The Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS) program was recently spotlighted in an article published by the Mount Vernon Inquirer about the Wartburg’s Friedrich Residence. The Wartburg Friedrich Residences is one of several sites currently offering the TIPS program to seniors in Westchester County. Reported in the Inquirer as a ‘trailblazer’ in telehealth programs the program incorporates three key elements that help seniors achieve successful aging:
- Clinical Monitoring of Vital Signs
- Social Support Check-up
- Intergenerational Support
Residents at the independent living facility experience the three main aspects of the program twice a week with assistance from Pace University students and students working with the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS). Together the students work to create an engaging environment that helps keep seniors actively involved in their health. A licensed health professional, who works remotely, then uses the collected vital sign/health history information to develop a customized plan of care for each enrolled participant. Currently the TIPS team is providing its’ services to a total of 40+ seniors at the Wartburg site.
Implementing the TIPS program at sites, like the Wartburg residence, aims to help reduce the rising cost of healthcare in Westchester County. The key objective of the program is to decrease the number of hospital admissions/readmissions and to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits. In addition TIPS helps participants to become better educated on ways to manage their chronic diseases and helps them take an active roll in their health and wellbeing. Implementing the TIPS program into a community type setting, like the one seen at the Wartburg, allows for “interaction among seniors in attendance and the opportunity to support one another in the self-management of health.”
Since the launch of the program in 2014 seniors throughout Westchester County have been able to experience the many benefits that TIPS has to offer. TIPS is funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.
Photos from the Wartburg Friedrich Residence and other TIPS locations can be found by visiting: http://westchesterpartnership.org/tips-events-gallery.
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