“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
Booker T. Washington
It’s the beginning of a new season. As I reflect on our previous seasons, that combined to create our first year, I am amazed at what we accomplished. FY2013 was one of the most challenging times in my 25 year tenure with UMHS. We came to the table optimistic but determined to do our part to address the financial deficit within the health system; working together to create OUR plan.
Despite the challenges, we accomplished some amazing tasks that support our health system and our community, both internally and externally.
- We made 11,574 reservations for patients, families and visitors to UMHS via the Patient and Visitor Hotel Accommodations Program – that’s an average of 965 reservations per month! The onsite Med Inn Hotel averaged 100% occupancy for 12 months. And, we launched our partnership with the Ann Arbor Mennonite Guest Home – a six year project to bring additional lodging to our patients and their families.
Adolescent Health Initiative
- Lauren Ranalli, Director of the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS), was successfully hired as Director of the Adolescent Health Initiative and we received a grant from MDCH to hire a program manager. Physician Adolescent Champions have been identified and with medical director, Maggie Riley, MD (Family Medicine) we are firmly on our way to doing great work. Planning for the first state-wide conference on adolescent health in Michigan is, also, underway for April 2014. The conference will focus on translating knowledge on working with adolescents to practice.
Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels
- We marked 2 million meals served (since the late 1980’s) with a celebration and open house in January 2013 that recognized our staff, volunteers, donors and funders for support for nearly 40 years. Our annual volunteer-driven golf fundraising event, The Judy Fike Golf Outing to benefit Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, raised over $25,000 this year which will be used to provide meals to area homebound seniors and others.
Comprehensive Gender Services Program
- The Gender Program saw the largest increase in new client enrollment for calendar year 2012 with 108 new clients (a 40% increase our previous high of 43 new patients in 2007) since the program’s inception in 1995. (Notably, that growth shows no sign of slowing, as the program has enrolled 158 new patients to date in 2013.) In addition, the program created two support groups: one for the parents and guardians of gender-variant children, and the second for spouses and partners of transgender adults. The program also increased its ties with the Disorders of Sexual Development clinic and maintains a strong connection to Family Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Urology and Reproductive Endocrinology in providing support for our clients. The first gender variant youth and sibling event will be held at CPS in October in direct response to the increasing needs of this special population. The UMHS-CGSP is the only university-based, multidisciplinary gender program in the United States.
Friends Gift Shops
- Provided over $200,000 in grants to support patients and family programs within the health system (this includes $150,000 in core awards given to support Child & Family Life, Social Work Guest Assistance Program (GAP), Trails Edge Vent Camp (for ventilator dependent children) and the Patient Education Advisory Committee). Some of the other awardees for FY2013 include the East Ann Arbor Surgical Center, Adult Medical Observation Unit, Transplant House, the Brandon NICU, the Depression Center and Canton Radiology.
Housing Bureau for Seniors
- Celebrated 30 years of serving area seniors and their families. The yearly conference, Senior Living Week that provides education and information about aging in place, resources to support housing transitions and contact with experts in the field of housing and aging support celebrated its 15th anniversary. One of the highlights of HBS, our HomeShare Program is the only official program of its kind in the state of Michigan and has proven demonstrably effective in the community as an alternative method for allowing seniors to remain in their home.
- Launch of two innovative new classes – Interpreting in Palliative Care and Interpreting in Mental Health, both new classes are the one of the firsts trainings of their kind offered nationally. In addition to these two new courses, we successfully offered professional trainings classes for Bridging the Gap, Medical Terminology and Body Systems and Foundations for Medical Interpreter (formerly Medical Interpreting – Basic Skills ASL). These course offerings make our program a standout for promoting medical interpreting as a profession. The next step on our journey is the accreditation of our training program.
Program for Multicultural Health
- Partnered with the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to present a successful African-American Men’s Health Symposium with significant contributions from Dr. Ken Jamerson, Frederick G L Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine (former medical director, Program for Multicultural Health), Brian Frey, UM School of Public Health Intern, Community Programs and Services, and Dr. Rohan Jeremiah, Paul D. Cornely Postdoctoral Scholar, UM School of Public Health. This symposium was Phase I of our partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The symposium had barely closed before discussions began for Phase II — a Midwest regional symposium in 2014. The symposium also provided an opportunity to create an African-American Male Community Health Advocate group for the community. We are excited to train men how to educate other men on health issues (e.g. Hypertension, Diabetes, and Prostate Cancer) that are disproportionately experienced by African-American men.
- We enjoyed a successful summer teaching over 40 children (between the ages of 5 and 12) about nutrition. The children, summer camp participants at either the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti, MI or Peace Neighborhood Center in Ann Arbor, MI learned about healthy eating, made health snacks, and participated in “taste-testing” vegetables and fruits not normally a part of their diet. (https://www.med.umich.edu/multicultural/)
Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools
- We experienced a period of transition within our program. Jennifer Salerno, the long-term director and visionary for RAHS left to pursue other endeavors. Lauren Ranalli, MPH, was hired to take her place at the helm. Lauren hit the ground running in March; working to successfully manage the challenges created by the merger of two school-districts. Economic challenges for both Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools districts drove a merger which had the potential to affect three (3) of our school-based health centers. Following the merger, we efficiently closed the Ypsilanti Middle School health center and moved those services to the Lincoln Middle School. This move expanded services in the school district and provided support for our Lincoln High School school-based health center. We were the award recipient of nearly $400,000 from HRSA to improve the Ypsilanti High School Health Center. The award will allow us to renovate our clinic space to provide more privacy and efficient flow for students visiting the school-based health center.
- Developing the next generation of “leaders and best,” staff and students attended “Advocacy Day” (students, accompanied by RAHS staff, visited Michigan State Legislators to garner support for school-based health centers) in Lansing and participated in Project VOICE on the UM Flint campus.
- Reorganized and streamlined volunteer training and orientation sessions successfully. Created a process to efficiently onboard non-student volunteers (retirees, stay-at-home parents, and others). Allowing equal access to community volunteers to support our patients, their families, faculty, and staff. But more importantly, we continue to average close to 2,000 volunteers providing support to our institution.
This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of our many accomplishments during FY13. I would still be writing!! Instead, this is just a sample of the excellent support we provide to the University of Michigan Health System and our patients, their families and friends and the community. We are a valuable resource. We will continue to flourish to provide quality and consistent energy and passion in support of the vision, mission and goals of the health system.
The best is, truly, yet to come!
“Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident. Rather, it’s the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence…all directed at specific goals.”
-Gary Ryan Blair
June 15th marks the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
What’s the first thing you do when you are looking to buy something? Head straight for the keyboard and Google it, Facebook it, or ask your friends, relatives and coworkers for recommendations. Why? Even if it’s something we’re somewhat familiar with, we want to know what to expect, and what people are saying about that product or service.
The Internet continues to be a vast collection of information about anything you would ever want to know. Furthermore, caregivers use the web to find information on care options and resources, and to connect with other people who have had, or are dealing with, similar experiences for support.
The past several years of research results indicate that caregivers are using the Internet for information more so than any other group. Pew Internet’s latest survey shows that 8 out of 10 caregivers have access to the Web, and 90 percent of those with Internet access use it to find health information for someone other than themselves.
Are you a caregiver searching the web for a beautiful, new, caring, and premier assisted living center for a loved one? Don’t look any further; Linden Square Assisted Living Center is currently under construction at 650 Woodland Dr. E, in Saline. We are a sponsor of the UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors annual event, Senior Living Week. Stop by the Senior Living Week Expo at the Morris Lawrence Building on Washtenaw Community College’s campus on Friday, May 10th between 8:30am – 3:00pm. Or, if you can’t make it to the Expo, we will be hosting a workshop at our new facility on Tuesday, May 14th from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
Want to know more about Linden Square? Visit us at www.lindensquarealc.com, follow us on Facebook, or watch our virtual tour from a sister community, in Grand Haven, MI, Grand Pines Assisted Living Center.
Post supplied by: Steve Hopkins, Vice President Wellness & Home Based Solutions, Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Many of us could have thought of this question as we were faced with this stage of healthcare. After a hospital stay or visit, the need for additional services such as short term rehabilitation and/or nursing services may be needed in order to fully recover.
Your situation could be due to a short illness, injury, or a planned surgery. Whatever the case, navigating and understanding short-term rehabilitation can still be a challenge. Listed below are a few key thoughts that you can inquire about to help make this process a bit smoother.
First, understand the transition from the hospital stay or visit to the next setting. Understanding what types of services will be needed for you or your loved one in order to make a full recovery is imperative. Your physician will make recommendations and next steps. Upon that recommendation, a hospital social worker will provide you with a list of resources and options available in your immediate area. After hospital discharge (if there was a stay) often there is transition to a short-term sub-acute rehabilitation facility. After this, there likely would be a recommendation for therapy and nursing to continue at home when you are able to return there safely. And then after home therapy discharges, there are a few providers that even offer continued wellness and healthy living opportunities to fully complete your recovery.
Another key component is identifying providers who can offer all of these services. The important fact here is that you have many options and can decide what is best for you or your loved one. The challenge is that you may not know your provider choices, your provider’s capability, the quality of the provider, or if they have a record of excellent customer service. Asking your doctor, as well as family and friends for recommendations is important. They can speak from many perspectives such as from a clinical quality perspective, as well as from a customer service side. Some quick hands-on research may be necessary too. It’s always good to visit a facility and see it with your own eyes, if time allows. If an onsite visit is not an option, visiting websites helps too (many times facilities will have virtual tours and photos available) so that you can view the facility from a distance. In your research it is important to ask questions like:
- “Does your organization provide all of the services I need through my entire transition?” Ask for a full list of services so that you have a reference in the future.
- “How can I see if your facility is comfortable and modern or institutional?” If you cannot visit in person ask if a virtual tour or photos are available on their website.
- “What types of therapy or short-term rehabilitation services are available?” Are physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy available? Will they have outpatient rehabilitation services available for you after you discharge from the facility. Continuing outpatient services is a great way for you to continue working on your recovery with the same team of therapists and in familiar surroundings.
- “Will a company representative like a transition manager or nurse visit me in the hospital before my discharge?” Often times organizations have specialized team members such as transition managers and/or clinical liaison’s to visit with you at the hospital. They can be instrumental in sharing treatment and outcome information between the hospital and the facility, as well as providing you with information about what to expect and the process of your recovery at the facility.
- “Will your team communicate directly with my doctor through each stage so they know what is going on with me?” Ask them to elaborate on how information about your progress will be shared with your physician.
- “How long will I need to be at the facility?” Many facilities will refer to a length of stay (LOS) and can usually report their average performance for different diagnoses.
- “Are your performance results (improvement measures and re-hospitalization) readily accessible to me?” Depending on the type of license the facility has, you can visit http://www.medicare.gov/Nursing/Overview.asp for information on the facility’s latest state level survey; often times facilities also publish annual quality scores as well.
- “Will my insurance cover my entire stay, will I have any out-of-pocket costs?” Often times there are gaps in insurance coverage, including Medicare, and it’s important to know what you will be responsible for up front.
These questions may seem basic, but the answers can start to put a picture together about what will happen once you are admitted into a short-term rehabilitation facility. Connecting with a provider that you know will support you through every stage of rehabilitation is something you deserve but something you may need to request.
There are many great resources available in our local community. Learn more about many of these community resources at the upcoming Housing Bureau for Seniors Expo on Friday, May 10, 2013. Many local organizations will have exhibits and expert staff on hand to provide you with information and resources. You will have the opportunity to hear more about ALL of the available rehabilitation options, stages, and facts that you need to know in order to be prepared to quickly receive the care you need and to return home healthy!
Legacy Law Center is proud to participate in Senior Living Week once again this spring. Each year, our law firm hosts a booth at the Expo, and we enjoy getting to meet a wide variety of attendees and other professionals. Terrence A. Bertram, our firm’s senior attorney, will be speaking on some estate planning basics that everyone should know.
Legacy Law Center is a firm in Ann Arbor that particularly specializes in elder law and estate planning. The specific areas of law we practice include wills and trusts; powers of attorney to cover both health care decisions and financial and legal decisions; decedent’s estates; Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits counseling and qualification; and guardianship and conservatorship law. Additionally, we serve as probate mediators, or neutral parties trained in facilitating peaceful resolutions among family members about issues that arise in caring for an aging loved one.
Terry’s presentation will cover the types of documents that should comprise a complete estate plan, and how to go about making the decisions and elections required in your plan. Many interesting things are currently happening in the estate planning arena, so Terry will also have his pick of an array of special topics to cover in his presentation. I will address just two of them here.
One topic that is of perennial interest and importance is the need to have a valid health care power of attorney so that someone you trust always has the authority to make medical decisions for you in the event that you cannot. Health care powers of attorney are a vital piece of your estate planning tool kit, yet statistics show that far too many people are still putting off executing this simple document that can save so much pain and uncertainty for your loved ones.
Second, since last October, we’ve been kept particularly busy by changes in the laws that govern powers of attorney in Michigan. One of the main changes is a new requirement that your durable power of attorney have a signed acceptance page. In effect, the person you nominate to act on your behalf, if you become unable to do so, now has to sign an agreement stating that they will act in your best interest. Powers of attorney that were executed prior to October 2012 are still effective, but because banks and financial institutions are not required to accept them, we have recommended to our clients that they consider an update.
We are eager to participate in Senior Living Week 2013 and we hope to see you there.
Dementia Capable Care is a memory care program that enables those living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia to thrive.
Alzheimer’s Prevalence Statistics
- Alzheimer’s affects 5.4 million people
- By 2050 it is expected to grow to 15 million
- People live with Alzheimer’s for 8 to 20 years
- By age 65, 1 out of 8 people are affected by Alzheimer’s
- By age 85, 1 out of 2 people are affected by Alzheimer’s
At Glacier Hills, we believe those with Alzheimer’s/Dementia can continue to lead a life of quality and one filled with purpose and joy. This is accomplished by engaging these individuals’ in meaningful activity by determining their best ability to function and matching the activities complexity with the individual’s cognitive ability. The environment, the challenge of the activity, and the approach of our care team are all tailored to the individual resident’s stage of dementia to allow our residents to flourish.
Creating home, a place of purpose, safety, and belonging is accomplished through our focus on successful participation in meaningful life activities and through building loving, supportive relationships between our residents and our care team.
Our unique assessment process, along with our skills in knowing how to incorporate each resident’s identified stage of dementia and their own unique individuality into day-to-day life, creates an environment of wellness to fulfill our resident’s potential at every stage of their journey.
Glacier Hills is a proud sponsor of the UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors annual event, Senior Living Week. Stop by and visit our table at the Senior Living Week Expo at the Morris Lawrence Building on Washtenaw Community College’s campus on Friday, May 10th from 8:30am – 3:00pm. If you can’t make it to the Expo, we will be hosting a workshop and an open house at our facility (1200 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor) on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am. Refreshments will be available after the workshop.