July 10, 2014
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) is launching a new initiative designed to help patients avoid the hospital and take care of their health while enjoying the pleasures of home.
The new Care Transition Program will provide support for one month by a certified transition coach.
The goal is for patients to avoid unnecessary re-admissions to the hospital.
JABA says there is a serious need for this sort of service.
"We've developed this program to try to tackle some of the social and economic issues that often arise when people return home from the community, such as the inability to purchase new medications or get transportation or need for caregiver support," says Care Transition Coordinator Mary Ellen Hasenfus
JABA says they developed the Care Transitions Program to break the readmission cycle by helping patients become their own health advocate.