Community Resources


Fletcher Allen and Elder Health Services are eager to work with community partners and consumers to develop a system of services to allow older adults to stay healthy and live in the setting of their choice for as long as possible.

To this end, Elder Care Services at Fletcher Allen and the Center on Aging at the University of Vermont are involved in several community focused initiatives:

Champlain Long-Term Care Coalition (CLTC)

The CLTCC is made up of members of the community, providers and advocates for long-term care who are interested in forwarding the strategic direction of long-term care in Chittenden and Southern Grand Isle counties.

The Champlain Long-Term Care Coalition acts as an information  resource through email communications between providers, community members and community organizations.  To join the CLTCC emailing list please email Jeanne.hutchins@uvm.edu.

Falls Prevention Clinic at Fletcher Allen

A simple fall can have a severe impact on seniors. Often it results in a fractured hip, the most common injury to seniors. It usually leads to a long and expensive hospital stay, surgery, potential complications, and lengthy recuperation, often involving long-term care. Half of all elders who break a hip die within a year.

If you’re concerned about falling, call Fletcher Allen's Fall Prevention Clinic to set up an appointment. Fall risk assessments are covered by Medicare and most insurance carriers.

http://www.fletcherallen.org/services/rehabilitation/specialties/fall_prevention/

Or call 802-847-1902

Fires

Community Health Improvement has a Falls and Fires home safety program for seniors and young disabled.  Call (802) 847-2278 for more information.  For more information on fire safety, visit the link below:

Support and Services at Home (SASH)

Support And Services at Home (SASH) brings a caring partnership together to support aging at home.  The partnership connects the health and long-term care systems to nonprofit affordable housing providers statewide.  Together these systems can facilitate streamlined access to the services necessary to remain safely at home.  SASH is part of Vermont’s health care reform model, Blueprint for Health. 

The  Blueprint for Health is organized around a medical home model through which coordinated care is provided by an interdisciplinary community health team (CHT) that supports the patient’s primary care physician (PCP).  The SASH teams will extend the work of the CHTs and PCPs by providing targeted support and services to SASH participants in their homes.

For more information go to :  http://cathedralsquare.org/future-sash.php

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence based, self-education workshop for caregivers. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program will provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.

For a schedule of Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes go to: http://www.uvm.edu/~ctraging/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=98

(PACE) Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly

PACE is a health care program that helps eligible older adults remain independent in their own homes. They provide direct medical services as well as home care, medications, transportation, social support, and more. PACE helps Vermonters age in place with our unique team approach to care. For more information go to: http://www.pacevt.org/ or call 802-655-6700 for Chittenden County or 802-776-2900 for Rutland and surrounging area.

Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Forms

One essential element of providing quality end-of-life care involves honoring patient preferences.

If you become too sick to make your own choices and have not planned ahead for your medical care, your doctor will need to consult with your family or close friends—or perhaps a guardian—to obtain informed consent for your treatment.

The best way to guarantee that your wishes are known and honored is to complete an advance directive and talk to members of your family, close friends and health care providers about your preferences for care and treatment. This will relieve them of the burden of having to guess about what you would want in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself.

In the past a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (DNR) has been used when a patient does not wish to have Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In recent years the 'old DNR' order has been incorporated into a new form known as the DNR/COLST order by the Vermont Department of Health.

This more complete document is a clinician order for life-sustaining treatment (COLST) and conveys patients' wishes for CPR, intubation, transfer to the hospital, antibiotics, artificial nutrition and hydration, as well as overall treatment goals.

For more information and access to forms and directions please go to the Vermont Ethics Network website at: http://www.vtethicsnetwork.org/index.html or call 802-828-2909