2008-02-15 / Community

Peninsula Hospital Center Auxilians Learn About Adult Day Program

Auxilians were delighted with the presentation delivered by ADHC Program Nursing Supervisor Kathy Ryan, RN (center). Auxilians pictured (l-r): Gert Oltchick, Aleaze Logan, Joan Coogan, Rosemarie Curley, Anne Marie McNerney and President Sheila Schwartz. Auxilians were delighted with the presentation delivered by ADHC Program Nursing Supervisor Kathy Ryan, RN (center). Auxilians pictured (l-r): Gert Oltchick, Aleaze Logan, Joan Coogan, Rosemarie Curley, Anne Marie McNerney and President Sheila Schwartz. Nearly 50 members of the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary met the first week in February and were treated to a presentation about the Adult Day Health Care Program based in Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. The presentation was delivered by ADHC Nursing Supervisor Kathy Ryan, RN.

Nurse Ryan filled in the Auxilians on the nature of the ADHC Program, which provides a wide range of ambulatory care services aimed at keeping older persons healthy enough to remain at home, rather than having to live in long-term assisted living situations. ADHC at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation is a medical model of adult day care, one which offers independence and dignity to its registrants while providing whatever medical, nursing, rehabilitation and nutrition services are required, on a case by case basis. All of the care is dispensed by a top-notch team of highly skilled professionals within the context of a caring social environment.

"The registrants truly become our family," said Kathy Ryan, a sentiment sincerely echoed by Joyce Little, RN, the program's director.

The services offered by ADHC include psychosocial assessment, medical monitoring, nutritional meals and counseling, comprehensive assessment and an individualized plan of care. Additionally, there is a full range of recreational programs available to all of the residents of the ADHC program including trips, barbecues, fashion shows, arts and crafts, and games. There are also experienced registered nurses who manage the registrants' medication needs.

Referrals to the Hospital Center's Dental, Podiatry, Ophthalmology, Speech, Hearing, Physical and Occupational Therapy Departments are arranged for the registrants as needed. A licensed certified social worker provides counseling and assists with support services. Health education and promotion are also stressed, as well as an exercise program.

ADHC registrants can also be referred to the Hospital Center's outpatient department for other support services such as x-ray, laboratory testing, electrocardiograms, mammograms, etc.

The therapeutic recreation department also encourages registrants to participate in leisure-time activities available through the PCECR's recreation department where participants watch movies, partake in holiday par- ties and learn about cooking, indoor gardening and crafts.

Eligibility for the program is simple. Individuals who are medically at risk, living in the Rockaways and its surrounding communities, who are alert, able to feed themselves and handle their personal hygiene needs with minimal assistance and able to participate and be maintained safely are welcomed to the program. A complete medical evaluation prior to joining the program and a tuberculin test are mandatory for admission. The program, including transportation, is fully covered for Medicaid registrants. There is also a very affordable private pay rate available for those who are not Medicaid eligible. Those interested in learning more about the ADHC Center can call 718-734-2742.

The PHC Auxiliary is a volunteer service committee with more than 200 dues-paying members. Their contributions to the Hospital Center are many and diverse. In challenging fiscal and political times, the Hospital Center looks to its volunteers for support and ideas to help provide quality service to its community. Each year the Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars for a variety of Hospital Center projects, through their annual raffle, their monthly bazaar and book and plant sales. This past year the funds were donated to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory; the previous year the donated funds were earmarked for the new Mammography Suite.

The Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of every month, for a luncheon meeting at the Hospital Center. The next meeting of the auxiliary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 12 Noon in the Meditation Room of the Extended Care Facility. The scheduled speaker is Victor Quinones, the Physical Therapy Supervisor of PHC, who will talk about indoor exercising and its benefits during the winter months. Upcoming speakers include Dr. Martin Grossman, Director of Medicine; Dr. Perry Herson, Director of PHC's Diabetes Center, and a representative of Medicare, who will be visiting in May to discuss Medicare benefits.

Auxiliary meetings provide the membership a forum for the exchange of ideas, as well as educational and entertaining speakers. Those interested in joining the auxiliary can contact the Department of Public Affairs at 718-734-2507.

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