Presence Life Connections
Title
Presence Health Breakthrough Homebound Elderly Program Takes Center Stage
Date
06/07/2016
Article
This year marks Presence Health’s Homebound Elderly Program’s 40th anniversary. For nearly half a century, associates and volunteers have been helping low-income, homebound seniors by providing friendly visits, errand assistance and more.

Rosann Prosser, Director of Clinical Operations for Presence Home Care of Des Plaines, presented an Innovation Forum session Monday, June 6, at the Catholic Health Assembly titled "At the Margins of Society: Helping Homebound Elderly Age in Place."

The Homebound Elderly Program began when five Chicagoland hospitals -- some of them now part of Presence Health -- collaborated to address the problem of frail, low-income seniors using the emergency department to address acute but not emergency-level conditions. This program and the people that make it come to life are the essence of the Presence Health Mission— providing compassionate, holistic care with a spirit of healing and hope in the community. From coordinating in-home nurse visits to monitor a homebound senior’s blood pressure or conduct a blood draw to delivering meals to running errands or just paying a friendly visit, the program volunteers and employees are focused on one thing – helping those in need.

"It's a blessing to elderly Chicagoans who do not want to move out of their homes but whose health and circumstances make it difficult to stay there, said Rosann Prosser, director of clinical operations for Presence Home Health of Des Plaines, Ill., and head of the Presence Health Homebound Elderly initiative. "Seniors were coming in sicker and sicker, many were repeatedly coming to the hospital for unmet health needs and many were being discharged to skilled nursing facilities because they didn't have the right support at home to address medical and non-medical issues.”

At a cost of just $4,000 per patient per year, the initiative has improved the patients' health, reduced their hospital admissions and reduced the length of stays of those who did have to be hospitalized. For more information, contact Presence Health at 877.742.7447 or visit www.presencehealth.org/homecare.

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