Shore Wellness Partners
Shore Wellness Partners (SWP) provides community case management, at no charge, to residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot county residents who meet the program’s eligibility criteria.
Medical Alert and Medication Dispensing Technologies
Philips Healthcare, Inc. offers medical alert systems and medication dispensing systems that help home care clients stay safe in their homes.
Assistive Technologies for Home Care Clients
Through Philips Healthcare, clients of UM Shore Home Care, UM Chester River Home Care and Shore Wellness partners can benefit from Lifeline and Medication Dispensing technologies that help them maintain their optimal health and independence in their homes.
These technologies, designed for patients who are greater risk for falling and/or medication errors, are provided by Philips Health Care and can be accessed through UM Shore Home Care. For more information these services, contact:
Personal Response Program Facilitator
University of Maryland Shore Home Care
121 Federal Street, Suite 3
Easton, Maryland 21601
TEL: 410-820-6052, ext. 2933
Individuals living with chronic conditions -- and those recovering from illness, surgery or other treatment -- are at increased risk of falling. Even those with with chronic diseases unrelated to mobility problems (for example, mental health and respiratory conditions) are more likely to fall than their more healthy counterparts.
Falls are a major cause of emergency department visits and hospitalization. More frequent falls are reported by seniors with chronic conditions; for example, seniors living with three or more chronic conditions experience 15 percent more falls than those without such conditions. Conditions that contribute significantly to increased fall risk include
- heart and neurological conditions
- cognitive impairment
- recent hospitalization
- dependence on assistive devices for balance or mobility
Taking a proactive approach to fall prevention can make a difference. UM Shore Home Care and UM Chester River Home Care staff can help identify trip hazards in and around the home and recommend changes, such as moving area rugs and installing railings, that reduce fall risk. Also, it is especially important that clinicians – doctors, nurses and home care providers– be informed of any falls and the circumstances in which they occurred, and that follow-up care is provided promptly.
A medical alert service can improve safety in the home for those at risk of falling. UM Shore Home Care and UM Chester River Home Care staff also assist individuals and families determine whether or not a patient’s health condition/s and living circumstances warrant using a medical alert service offered by Philips Lifeline.
Medication Dispensing Service
Managing medications in the home can be challenging for individuals who have chronic and/or complex health issues, especially individuals who:
- are at risk for complications, hospitalization or residential care facilities;
- have one or more chronic conditions;
- take multiple medications or have complex medication regimens;
- have cognitive impairment; or,
- have limited mobility and are at risk for falls
The Philips Medication Dispensing Service, available to clients of both UM Shore Home Care and UM Chester River Home Care, offers a high-quality, user-friendly and proven system that helps avoid medical complications and hospitalizations resulting from medication incorrect medication use.