September 15, 2016

September Meeting Minutes

• Carmela and Donna - APS
     o Family Type Homes
     o Operator is the person who runs the home, certified by NYS OCFS only
         Operating certificate is for a 4 year period
         Operators typically have a caregiving background
         Signed code of conduct, checked with the vulnerable persons central registry and staff exclusion list, 2 confirmed references
    o Typically there are 4 residents per home
    o 4 homes in Erie County
    o Currently recruiting for operators and a few residents
    o Provides a family atmosphere
    o For people who need assistance with activities of daily living, similar to an assisted living facility level of care
    o Some operators are willing to provide respite stays for 30 days or less
    o Private pay rate or SSI/SSD
    o There is an admissions agreement
    o Other agencies are allowed to come into the home to help the resident
    o Interested, contact Francine A. – 858-6453
• Molly Ranahan – Age Friendly Erie County Initiative through Senior Services
    o Started by AARP
    o Looking at social and environmental factors that influence people’s aging experiences
    o 5 year program in the planning stage
    o Currently launching the community needs assessment
         Conducting a lot of outreach to get older adults to complete the surveys
    o Want to inventory age friendly projects in the community – figure out how to reach older adults who don’t use the internet or social media
• Rachel Rotach – Alzheimer’s Association
    o There are 5 grant recipients for the $25 million grant over 5 years
    o Goal is equipping caregivers and professionals
    o Caregiver Partnership- Ann Doetterel (Catholic Charities, Alz. Association, OFAs in 7 counties)
        Episodic respite care and trial periods for programs
    o Center for Excellence at UB – Sarah Harlock
        Pushing for early detection currently at the clinics at Buffalo General and the VA, Dent and at some primary care offices
        Teach providers mini assessments, especially in rural communities to help detect cognitive impairments
        The ask of physicians is incorporating this assessment into the Medicare Wellness Assessment
        Goal is early detection because the identified medications work best during the early stages
    o Want to prevent caregiver burnout and delay placement in nursing homes