On March 16, 2016, Valley West Health Care Center in Eugene, Oregon, hosted a dessert social for local health care professionals who serve seniors.
Approximately 65 representatives from independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, caregiver groups, case managers, patient care coordinators and other health care groups in the community gathered at the center. In addition to networking and enjoying cupcakes, attendees listened to Tyler Henry, director of rehab services at Valley West, give a presentation on how skilled nursing centers have taken on more of a post-acute role in the health care system.
Henry also offered ideas for how to help seniors continue to live well at home and how to coordinate community-wide education about high-risk areas for seniors such as heart failure, diabetes and COPD.
“I feel that they learned about health care changes,” said Henry, “including acuity changes, accountable care organizations and bundle payments and how important it is for increased communication, coordination and community partnership across settings to ensure our shared patients have a higher quality of life and decreased chances for re-hospitalization.”
The group of health care providers meets once a month at different locations.
“Thank you, Valley West Health Care Center, for hosting a great dessert social this week,” said Jo Schechter, account executive for “Northwest Boomer and Senior News,” who attended. “The room felt so good with the high wood ceilings, a fireplace and beautiful table settings with fresh flowers. The desserts and other food treats were delicious. You can really feel the dedication of the caring team who works there.”