"to foster opportunities for West Virginians to live and age with dignity and purpose"
The West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living, formerly known as the Long Term Care Partnership, is committed to fostering West Virginians’ ability to age in place with improved economic security and in a setting they choose--whether at home, in a residential care facility, or elsewhere.
West Virginia has one of the oldest populations in the U.S., and its size is growing. Our state also has the nation’s highest disability rate. And, with less access to residential long-term care than most other states, many West Virginians will elect to remain at home as they age.
Public and private professionals from many disciplines across West Virginia are working hard to improve the experience of getting older. The Partnership seeks to bring together these varied efforts to create an integrated network of thought and action. By emphasizing collaboration and communication, we will propel statewide progress to support West Virginians in a more successful and financially secure aging experience.
What is The Partnership for Elder Living?
The system of services and care for seniors (we prefer the term “elders”) is being taxed by a huge population explosion caused by the “Baby Boom” generation and increasing longevity of life. Government, non-profit, and for-profit entities address a myriad of issues that relate to the need that our society has to make our senior citizens as comfortable as possible. continued
Nearly 100 professionals in various occupations in the field of aging care and policy attended the 4th Annual WVPEL Partner Summit on October 3 at the University of Charleston. They heard from national and state speakers all day about progress and challenges in their field.
Carla Washington, Executive Director of the Direct Care Alliance started the program with a presentation on why Direct Care Workers are "Essential to Quality Long Term Care." [VIEW]. She spoke of efforts to raise the status of the people who provide all sorts of care to elders and others in their homes.
Cyndy Sundstrom of the WV Department of Education explained the new standard curriculum that WVPEL's Direct Care Workforce Work Group created, with her help, and the state certification program that comes from it. [VIEW]
Jenni Sutherland, Director of the new Home Care WV registry for direct care workers (another WVPEL-initiated project) not only told the attendees about the new online registry, but showed the first public viewings of the site.
Evelyn Post of Central West Virginia Aging Services then talked about the need for services above and beyond the formal elder care programs and how her agency's Helping Hands program is providing them. [VIEW]
Dr. Michael Robie of Amedisys spoke of what may be the future in home health reimbursement - bundled payments in his presentation [VIEW]
Tom Susman of TSG Consulting spoke at lunch about efforts to expand the number of providers that can be reimbursed by Medicaid for Personal Care services.
Enid Kassner of AARP's Public Policy Institute gave a sobering presentation about West Virginia's low ranking compared to other states in Long Term Care Services and Support. [VIEW]
Marcus Canaday, Director of the Take Me Home West Virginia program in the Bureau for Medical Services, talked about progress in our Money Follows the Person project that strives to bring elders and others out of nursing homes and back into community settings.
James Thibeault of the Kanawha Valley Village People provided the attendees with an idea of how a group of elders is creating a cooperative program to help themselves stay in their homes.
Finally, Vickie Powell of HospiceCare WV gave a presentation on the movement toward using palliative care to provide comfort and healing to suffering elders. [VIEW].
Be sure to get on the WVPEL email list to get advance information about next year's Summit.
The study surveyed hundreds of West Virginia elders who have reached the "doughnut hole" and have trouble getting medications. It looks at how they cope to stay independent. Click here to read the study report.
WVPEL Director Phil Schenk has started a blog on this web site that will point to interesting articles and news bits about various issues in the world of aging. In addition, Phil will post events in West Virginia that may be of interest to readers. To get to the blog, just click the "blog" button on the top of this page or bookmark http://blog.wvpel.org.
Work groups have started working on issues such as: in-home direct care workers; economic factors affecting the ability to age where you want; and transitional care for elders with chronic diseases. We welcome your participation in any of these or in development of other groups to address issues of interest to you. Read more.
Recently posted to our online "Library" is the final report with recommendations of the Make A Plan (MAP) planning project for Alzheimer's in West Virginia. The planning involved input from more than 50 participants from all over the state and from many professions and interest groups. This report was presented to the West Virginia Legislature's Joint Interim Committee on PEIA, Seniors, and Long Term Care on December 12 and received very positive response from the lawmakers. The project's director, Jane Marks, who is CEO of the Alzheimer's Association West Virginia Chapter, gave praise to all who participated. Her leadership was inspirational and resulted in a very impressive report.
WVPEL acted in a facilitation role for the project and is proud to post this report as an example of the kind of work that can be done through our coalition-building model. Don't forget that we are starting new work groups to look at
Contact Phil Schenk at email@example.com for details.
You may have noticed that we have changed our name. As of September 29, 2011 we are the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living. We changed the name to more accurately identify what we do. We're not just about long term care. We bring partners together over a wide array of issues related to elder living as we pursue our mission to foster West Virginians’ ability to age in place in a setting they choose. We invite and encourage you to let us help facilitate a collaboration of organizations and individuals working on an issue in your field that falls into that mission.
Our website is now located at both www.wvpel.org (Partnership for Elder Living) and www.wvltcpartnership.org The old address will still bring you here for awhile. Please note that staff emails have also changed. For example, please now contact Partnership Director Phil Schenk at firstname.lastname@example.org and update your address book accordingly.
A group at West Virginia University which received funding from the West Virginia Long Term Care Partnership (now the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living) has completed a study of the need for a Gerontology Practitioner Certificate. The study, led by Dr. Kristina Hash of the WVU Division of Social Work, shows strong support and need for such a certification program. Over 300 respondents contributed to the study. This data will now become the basis for efforts by a committee of professionals from around the state to pursue development of a certificate program. The West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living, congratulates Dr. Hash on this work and is proud to have been a partner in it. Read the report
Certain states significantly outperform others in the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS) to older adults and people with disabilities, according to a new report released jointly today by AARP's Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation. See the state-by-state results and read the report on the Mountain State at http://www.longtermscorecard.org.
Have an idea for a project that would address an issue in long term care in West Virginia that you would like to have funded up to $5,000? Briefly describe it in an email to email@example.com. The West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living is interested in projects that would involve partnerships among organizations, agencies, and individuals.