Senior Services sponsors health checks


First Posted: 11/20/2009

Theres no place like home.
This is the idea promoted by Surry County Senior Services, and the agency took Friday afternoon to celebrate National Home Care Month with seniors by offering free snacks, goodies and blood pressure checks.
Were here to promote home care and do a service for the clients, said Jody Yaeger, director of senior services.
Seniors could come to the senior services portion of the Human Services building from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday to have their blood pressure checked by a nurse, get fresh popcorn, view informational displays about the agency and home care, and pick up health packets.
The agency encouraged most of its employees to have their blood pressure checked as well. The event brought in several seniors.
Everyone always wants their blood pressure checked and needs it checked, Yaeger remarked. She said the blood pressure checks were offered as a way to get people to come learn more about home care.
Its especially important right now, because the state made so many cuts to Medicare, Yaeger said. She wants more people to know about the options available to them in Surry County.
Surry County Senior Services is a division of the health department. Yaeger said, Our primary role is to keep people safely at home as long as possible.
According to Yaeger, home care is cheaper than a nursing home, which can average $5,000 to $7,000 per month.
Within senior services are Surry County Home Health Agency and Surry County Friends of Seniors. These agencies provide a variety of services: home health services, Community Alternatives Program, Faith in Action, personal care services, chore/respite program, family caregiver support program and medication assistance.
What is great about our agency is the fact that we have so many programs, Yaeger noted.
These services are paid for by grants, Medicaid, or private pay. Many of these programs provide in-home aides to help seniors a few times a week. Due to high demand, some of the programs have a waiting list.
While seniors are the main focus for services at this agency, some disabled clients of younger ages are also served.
Fridays event was done to celebrate National Home and Hospice Care Month. On Monday, the Surry County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the observation of this month.
According to a press release by the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina, home care describes a wide variety of health and health related services provided in a home setting to maintain or restore an individuals health and well-being.
There are more than 1,500 licensed in-home service providers in North Carolina. Around 400,000 North Carolinians received home and hospice care last year.
Tim Rogers, vice president of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina, said in a press release, The fact is, home- and community-based care is itself a cost-saving program for the state and federal government. On average, patients who receive care at home, regardless of the level of care, receive that care at a significant savings to taxpayers.
Yaeger hopes seniors who came to the celebration learned something: how important and crucial a part of health care home care is.
To learn more about Surry County Senior Services, call 783-8500 or visit www.surry.com.

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