Formerly the WVLTCP, we are now WVPEL, Inc.
Funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

4th Annual Partner Summit helps nearly 100 professionals in the field of aging understand "The State of Elder Care in West Virginia and the Nation"

Summit Four Presentation Index - Oct. 2, 2013

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]

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]

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]

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].