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Never Give Up...How Meals on Wheels Fights On

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 28, 2020 2:03:27 PM

Increasing Demand…

Meals On Wheels, which delivers meals to the elderly in their homes and at senior centers, has seen demand for their services explode since the pandemic started.

  • When COVID-19 hit, a staggering 89% of Meals On Wheels programs reported increased demand for meals, practically overnight.
  • 79% of Meals On Wheels programs saw their demand double.
  • Older adults who were mobile prior to the pandemic can no longer safely go to stores to buy their own food, and many do not have loved ones close by to help them through this time. Add this to the roster of seniors who were already homebound.
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Topics: senior care, Covid-19, Pandemic

A Letter To My Grandmother

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 25, 2020 11:19:04 AM

The letter below from a young nurse to her grandmother touches on the painful separation from one another we all feel that has caused our country’s uneven response to, and resulting suffering from, this terrible pandemic.

Ellen is a 31-year-old nurse working in a Seattle intensive care unit for the past six months watching Covid patients die alone. She sat down after her shift one night and wrote this letter to her grandmother, who she hadn’t visited in more than a year.

I think this thoughtful young woman captures the suffering that social separation can cause. With her permission, I publish her touching letter below...

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Topics: senior care, Covid-19, Pandemic

Case Workers And COVID Care

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 7, 2020 1:15:00 AM

While singing the praises of our dedicated case workers during the coronavirus pandemic, I have received numerous inquiries from readers who do not know what case workers do in hospital and post-care settings. Apparently, the critical role of medical social workers is not clear to the general public. I thought it best, therefore, to let them speak for themselves.

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Topics: caseworkers, senior care, Covid-19, Pandemic

Saving Our Seniors

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 30, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Adults 65 and older account for 16% of the US population but 80% of COVID-19 deaths. Even as most states begin to gradually reopen society to restart a stalled economy, the message to the elderly is “NOT YOU”. You best - “STAY HOME” – “ISOLATE” - “QUARANTINE” while the rest of society risks illness trying to get on with life.

Social workers who work with the elderly are concerned. They say that during times of crisis, mental health cannot be overlooked. Loneliness and social isolation for older adults have a deep, emotional impact, sometimes leading to social disorders such as depression and anxiety. Social isolation has also been linked to increases in emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and nursing home placements.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, senior care, Covid-19

High Level Tech for High Standards of Care

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 18, 2020 9:30:00 AM



Great responsibility yields great reward.  This is especially true of SARCOA (Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging), the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serving senior citizens of Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties of southeast Alabama.  By continuously seeking ways to better serve the rapidly growing senior population through planning, coordinating, and developing community levels of service, SARCOA is able to make a huge difference as one of 13 AAA’s in Alabama, and one of more than 650 AAA’s in the nation

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Case Studies, FAMCare, How Clients Use FAMCare, senior care

COVID-19 The Future of Nursing Homes

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM

With 88% of 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid-eligible nursing homes reporting as of May 31, Medicare officials rolled out a federal database showing that the nation's nursing homes had 95,515 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 58,288 suspected cases, and more than 31,782 deaths among residents and staff. The Kaiser Family Foundation quickly amended the government’s admittedly incomplete statistics reporting more than 43,000 deaths, over a third of the nation’s known coronavirus deaths.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, healthcare, senior care, Covid-19

You Can Improve Senior Care, with Social Services Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 25, 2019 6:55:00 AM

Our senior population continues to grow, with the aging of the baby boomers. And with the glut of older citizens comes a glut of issues that elder care workers must deal with. There are health issues – both physical and mental. Muscles and bones get weaker, senses start to fail – hearing, eyesight, even touch, taste and smell, in some cases. And then there’s the loss of mental facilities. About 10% of people over 65 suffer from some form of dementia and it goes up to 32% for those over 85.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, case management workflow, case load, social services software, social services, case manager stress relief, senior care

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