Keswick Featured in CityBizList Article on Expansion of the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors Program

CityBizList featured Keswick and our President and CEO, Carmel Roques in a recent article on the expansion of the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors Program.

 

“In Baltimore City, more than a quarter of all owner-occupied homes are owned by older adults, and 17 percent of all older adults in the City live below the poverty level. Because members of this population are more likely to live on a fixed income and experience limited mobility, they often have substantial housing needs. HUBS was created in 2015 to connect many of these vulnerable older adults with services for which they are eligible. The project has been successful, but limited funding and systemic challenges have hampered the initiative. The result is a backlog of more than 600 low-income older adults waiting—some for as long as three years—to receive vital home repairs to their roofs, furnaces, and hot water heaters.

To eliminate this current backlog, and to ensure prompt service moving forward, partners, along with Baltimore City and Maryland state dollars, have pledged funds to create a total program budget of nearly $12 million.”

To read more:

http://baltimore.citybizlist.com/article/442135/baltimore-program-providing-low-income-older-adults-with-vital-home-repairs-grows-to-12-million

Carmel Roques, Keswick’s President and CEO, Advocates for State’s Support of Adult Day Services in the Baltimore Sun

Carmel Roques, Keswick’s President and CEO, discussed the importance of Adult Day Service Programs in her Op-Ed for the Baltimore Sun “The state should support elderly adults who want to age in place.” Roques writes that “there are more than 126 medical adult day centers located throughout the state caring for nearly 5,000 clients per day. Without medical adult day services, many clients would need to be in nursing facilities at a much higher cost to the state.” However, “centers have seen significant increases in transportation, food and medical supply costs. Most notable has been the significant increases in labor and employee benefits. Over the last four years, minimum wage rates and premiums for family coverage for employer sponsored health insurance have increased, far exceeding state reimbursement levels. Unlike other businesses that can pass on costs to consumers, centers do not have this option because many clients are either on Medicaid or receive subsidies through the state grant program.”

 

To read the full article, click the link below:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0922-adult-day-services-20170921-story.html

Live a Healthier You Series – A Diabetes Prevention Program

SERIES Begins: October 3, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
 
Live a Healthier You Series – A Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results. It is an evidence based program of the Center for Disease Control. Sessions are tailored and adapted to match attendees background, interests, and needs. Positive lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, increased physical activity, and losing weight lowers the risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and improves your overall well-being and the well-being of your family.
 
This program will have weekly classed for the first 16 weeks; then, once a month for six months.
 
Participants: Are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or at risk for diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes is a FREE series that will teach you how to manage your hypertension and symptoms of diabetes by taking control of your health. The program includes 15 hours of educational and engaging workshops and materials.
The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals.

People with type 2 diabetes attend the workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and an audio relaxation tape.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

This series will begin on October 9, 10am – 12:30pm.

Register today as there is limited availability! Call 410.662.4363 or email communityhealth@keswick-multicare.org

Living Well with Chronic Pain Workshop Series

Do you have chronic pain?
Are you no longer able to engage in activities you enjoy?
Are you side-lined from family events due to pain?
Do you suffer from back or nerve pain or fibromyalgia?

Look no further…Keswick can help you!

Join us for the Living Well with Chronic Pain Workshop Series!

This interactive workshop series is designed for people who are experiencing chronic pain. In this workshop, you will develop skills to take control of your chronic condition to live a happier, healthier, more active life.

When?
7-Week Series includes an Intro Session w/FREE Blood Pressure Screening
Starting October 27  |  Fridays, 11:30am – 2:00pm (lunch provided)

Where?
Loyola Clinical Center, 5911 York Rd Ste 100, Baltimore, MD 21212
(Belvedere Square)

How do I join?
Call 410-662-4363 or email CommunityHealth@ChooseKeswick.org  for more info and to register.