Healthcare Decision Day

Thursday, April 13th
1:30-3:30
RSVP 336-532-0000

Wills & Power of Attorney

Rupe Gill, Attorney with Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley and Gill

Five Wishes

PACE Social Workers

Come early and join our Caregiver Support Group (lunch provided) 12:15-1:15.

1214 Vaughn Road, Burlington, NC 27217

Community Event & Summer Social

Car Show 9-10-16

Caring for the Caregiver

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Join us for Lunch & Learning
at Piedmont Health SeniorCare
1214 Vaughn Rd. Burlington, NC 27217

Planning for the Future: Advanced Directives and Legal Documents

Also meet our new Providers:
Katie Kwaschyn, DO • Meredith Harris, FNP-C

Thursday August 11, 2016
12:15PM-1:30PM

Please RSVP to the Social Work Department at (336) 532-0000. If you are in need of daycare for your loved one please advise when you RSVP.

 

Memory Lane Café

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Reminisce, Socialize, Laugh, Relax, Enjoy

Memory Lane Cafe is a variation of the Memory Cafes where seniors and their caregivers are treated to an afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment, and pampering. Having something to look forward to is not only advantageous for Senior Loved Ones but for Caregivers as well. This month join us for refreshments and delightful entertainment with our special guest Barbara Lott, Storyteller who will take us for a stroll down her own memory lane to deliver some enjoyable stories and perhaps spark some memories of your own.

When: JULY 25, 2016 3:30—5:30
Where: Piedmont Health SeniorCare (PACE)
163 Chatham Business Drive, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Sponsored by Piedmont Health SeniorCare

RSVP:
Jessica Bryan
Email: jjbryan01@gmail.com
Call: (919) 272-0699
-or-
Susan Hardy
Email: susan.hardy@chathamcouncilonaging.org
Call: (919) 542-4512

ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY CAREGIVERS PLEASE

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Walking (and Rolling) to Feed Children

fth-rollingCat Balentine is the occupational therapist at Piedmont Health SeniorCare, located in Burlington, NC. The mission of Piedmont Health SeniorCare is “…to promote and sustain the independence of seniors wishing to remain in the community.”

Recently, Feed the Hunger received a gift of over $388 from this organization to provide life-sustaining food for children and families in need. Curious about the gift, we just had to find out the motivation behind it. What we found is a remarkable idea carried out by some incredible individuals!

Here’s their story. Back in 2013, the goal was to transform the afternoon “walking group” into an opportunity for participants to give back to the community. Working as a team, the group decided to raise funds that would be donated to a designated nonprofit cause or charity selected by the participants. Balentine says, “The program not only motivates some to be more active and promotes overall wellness, but it also gives our participants the opportunity to feel part of a group and allows them to feel in a way that they may not feel anymore, like they are a contributing member of society.”

Participants have an opportunity to walk – or roll – every day. Their laps are tallied daily and totals are kept. At the end of the month, total mileage is calculated, donations are gathered, and funds are sent to the designated group(s).

Over the last two years, Team PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) has logged 1,195 miles, raising $9,157 and benefitting 24 different organizations.

So, in August of this year, Team PACE logged 75 miles, which brought in $388 for Feed the Hunger. $388 provides 1,385 meals for malnourished children here in the US as well as around the world. The diagram below may help you visualize this a little better. The money raised by Team PACE is the equivalent of providing five children a nutritious meal each and every day of the school year. What a blessing!

A group of super seniors showed me how much fun it can be to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Now it’s your turn. How can YOU creatively provide more meals to those in need? We’d love to hear your comments!

Jim Gurley
Director of Development
Feed the Hunger

(original article located at: http://www.feedthehunger.org/walking-and-rolling-to-feed-children/)

President Obama Signs PACE Innovation Act into Law

New Law Allows for Faster Expansion and Authority to Serve New Populations

President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act (PIA) into law last night. The new law will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop pilot projects based on the successful PACE Model of Care.

president-obama“The President’s signature caps a more than two-year effort to provide opportunities for the PACE model to be used as a platform for innovation to serve more seniors as well as younger individuals in need of integrated care and services,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of NPA. “We look forward to working with CMS to develop opportunities for PACE providers and others to develop new pilot programs that will take the lessons learned from PACE and apply them to new populations and more communities.”

The next step is for CMS to develop a process to accept, evaluate and measure proposed pilots based on the PACE model. Providers already have started to explore what changes in the model would be necessary to serve other populations that need consistent access to care and services.

“As we have worked with providers that serve younger individuals, such as those with developmental or physical disabilities, we have identified slight modifications to the PACE model that would be helpful,” Bloom said. “For example, the composition of the interdisciplinary team may need to be different, or the nature of activities at a PACE center might need to change to emphasize vocational training. The possibilities are very exciting.”

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) spearheaded the legislation in Congress. The Obama Administration also provided consistent support by including PACE pilot programs in its last two budget proposals and signing the legislation into law.

Dr Sharon Reilly

Dr. Sharon A. Reilly joins Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Burlington

Dr Sharon Reilly

Dr. Sharon Reilly

Dr. Sharon A. Reilly joined Piedmont Health SeniorCare as a provider for seniors in the PACE program. Reilly graduated from the Medical College of Virginia (now called VCU School of Medicine) in 1997. She completed a rural family practice residency in Blackstone, Va., in June 2000 and started her practice that fall. In 2008, she began practicing in a community health center in Charlotte Court House, Va. In 2012 she married a North Carolinian and moved here in 2015 to begin work in Burlington.

“I am very excited to welcome Dr. Reilly to our PACE site in Burlington,” said Crystal Torain, site director. “She has extensive experience caring for seniors and a strong passion for providing community-based care.”

PACE medical director Jane Hollingsworth says, “With Dr. Reilly’s strong background serving seniors in community-based care settings, she will further enhance the medical, psychological and spiritual support PACE provides patients and their families as they age in place.”

Before medical school, Reilly taught high school biology and chemistry for five years. She was inspired to go to medical school by the thoughtful questions that students asked in biology and chemistry class and by the need for a primary care physician in the rural area where she lived in Virginia.

Reilly grew up in Bowie, Md. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in biology with a focus on botany.

Reilly became interested in PACE when it was introduced to the rural area of Virginia where she was practicing.

Outside of work, Reilly enjoys cooking, eating, reading about food, traveling, hiking, gardening, cycling and spending time with her husband, Bob McNeill, and other friends.

 

Dr. Jane Hollingsworth receives NC PACE merit award

Dr-Jane-HollingsworthMedical director Dr. Jane Hollingsworth received the North Carolina PACE Association’s individual of merit award for direct care, and was honored at the conference on April 11. Hollingsworth was nominated for her longstanding dedication, compassion and quality care.

“She patiently listens to the stories of patients, their families and her colleagues and even as busy as she is, she never makes one feel rushed but always valued as an individual,” says Burlington site director Crystal Torain. “She is stoic yet responsive and exemplifies a role model for others in health care.”

A native or North Carolina, Hollingsworth received her medical degree from UNC-CH and served as primary care physician for 20 years for Piedmont Health Services Moncure Community Health Center. She pioneered Piedmont Health’s efforts in exploring the PACE model in the late 1990s. Since 2009, she has served as the medical director of PHSC.

“. . . as busy as she is, she never makes one feel rushed but always valued as an individual.”
~ Crystal Torain, Burlington site director

Hollingsworth also has served as a clinical instructor at UNC School of Medicine since 1987. She has incorporated medical student education and resident training at PACE. Her steadfast commitment to teaching has allowed PHSC to serve as a hub for developing and implementing health care innovations.

“Dr. Hollingsworth has dedicated her entire career to serving the health needs of frail seniors in her community,” says Executive Director Marianne Ratcliffe. “She is a role model for all of us in delivering compassionate, high quality care, as well as professionalism, human kindness, consensus building and leadership.”

PACE participant Foust overcame polio, enjoyed career in business for 24 years

Joanna-FoustJoanna Foust joined the Pittsboro PACE program at Burlington in September of 2012. The native North Carolinian is the oldest of seven children, born in Roxboro in 1952. Foust suffered from polio as an infant and was in quarantine for a year. She has memories of her loving parents and family helping her through school and her father carrying her into church. Being limited in her mobility, Foust turned to books at a young age and would stay up late at night reading. After many surgeries, Foust was finally able to walk. She was 12 years old. A few years later, she fulfilled her mother’s dream and walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma from Cummings High School and then attended Alamance Community College in Business Administration. Foust became the first African-American manager for Pic & Pay Shoes in Burlington and was employed there for 24 years, setting up stores in Durham, Greensboro and Raleigh.

In 2012, Foust lost both her legs to amputation, but she says she never threw herself a pity party. The mother and grandmother says “I am proud of my achievements.” Foust enjoys collecting and preserving four-leaf clovers and watching TV game shows.

Alzheimer’s series co-hosted by PACE

Alzheimers-Series-CoHosted-by-PacePiedmont Health SeniorCare, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, will be holding a series of educational events starting this month. The events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Pittsboro site. Contact Karin Wannaker, 919-545-7337 for more information. Join us on the following dates:

Thursday, April 30, 5:30-6:30pm
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Thursday, May 14, 5:30-6:30pm
Dementia Conversations
This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and final decisions

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30pm
Effective Communication Strategies
Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s. Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Thursday, June 11, 5:30-6:30pm
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.