Windham Hospital Launches SeniorHealthResourcesCT.org Website for Eastern CT Seniors to tap Health Services
Educational Sessions to be conducted at Senior Centers in Ashford, Columbia & Willington
WILLIMANTIC, CT, March 23, 2010 – A new resource has just been made available to area seniors to help link them with healthcare services in the region as part of a pilot program funded by a grant from the Connecticut Office of Rural Health. The website, www.SeniorHealthResourcesCT.org offers an option to email a nurse case worker at Windham Hospital to receive guidance in meeting healthcare needs.
The Senior Health Resources site is a compilation of high-quality sources of information to help seniors and their advocates find services to help maintain an independent life style. Consumers are increasingly turning to the web for health information and Windham Hospital has taken steps to ensure that the site offers high-quality and reliable information to assist seniors in our region.
The easy-to-navigate site includes current services available locally from walk-in centers, women’s services, cardiac rehabilitation, in home care and physical therapy, among many others. Users can also find sections on Illness & Conditions, Medications and Healthy Living resources and links. The grant provides funding for needs assessment and development of the site, as well educational programs in the towns of Ashford, Columbia & Willington. If users can not locate a healthcare resource at www.SeniorHealthResourcesCT.org , or if more information is needed, they can email the Healthy Living advocate directly from the website or by telephone at 860.456.6982. The Healthy Living Advocate is nurse caseworker, Tamre Fontaine, RN.
The Senior Health Resources program team conducted needs assessments in the three towns and with area agencies with the ultimate goal of the program to improve healthcare access, to increase referrals to social and support services, and to reduce lengthy or unnecessary hospital stays. Outreach is continuing through regional and local town social service departments, senior centers, the VNA, the Windham Elderly Provider Network, Matters of the Heart Partnership and other agencies serving seniors in the towns of Ashford, Columbia and Willington. Educational and screening sessions are also planned at the Senior Centers in each of the towns throughout the spring.
Healthy Living Advocate Tamre Fontaine, RN