DNWCD has a variety of programs that they operate, in addition to provide the core services. These programs are specialized exist to help specific segments of the disability community.
The Friendly Reassurance Program (FRP) includes a daily phone contact made to a homebound senior citizen 60 years and older.
The program is designed to reduce feelings of isolation and to monitor their health, safety and other concerns that may otherwise affect their well-being.
It, also, identifies and notifies community resources that can be of assistance to the senior. This program is linked with agency contacts, supports and resources, which can prove valuable during an emergency, extreme weather or power outages.
A homebound senior can take comfort in the knowledge that they have a link to the outside world. They know that a FRP caller will contact them at a mutually arrange time during the week (Monday-Friday)—acting as a social outlet and reliable lifeline in case of an emergency.
These phone conversations address topics of concern to the senior citizen and check into their current status. Follow-up monitoring occurs, if the senior citizen has not been reached on their agreed upon day. A call is made to an emergency contact(s) to check in on the senior or the senior can call back to an assigned number to update their status.
In some situations, the local police department may be asked to conduct a safety check on the senior and report back. If a medical or other safety emergency presents itself, an ambulance can be notified and intervene. This helps to lessen the fears of family and friends about their loved one living independently.
Agencies representing FRP callers have screened them and maintain program protocols.
For more information on the FRP, you can contact Jacki Stefko at 313-923-1655. Make sure that they mention Friendly Reassurance.
The PATH (Physical Action Toward Health) Program is a series of workshops developed and tested by Stanford University to help individuals learn techniques and strategies for daily management of chronic health conditions. The participants use the Living A Healthy Life books to cover a variety of topics relating to better management of chronic conditions.
These workshops don’t just involve the facilitator. Participants are encouraged to share their own experience and offer their individual insights. As a result of these workshops, the participants are better equipped to face the daily challenges of living with a chronic condition.
Two trained leaders conduct the workshop (one or both may themselves have a long-term health condition). Anyone can sign up for the workshops, as long as they have a chronic condition or know someone with a chronic condition
They are currently held only in Western Wayne County and run for 6 weeks.
If you know someone that would like to participate, they can contact Beatrice Ricci at 313-923-1655. When they call, make sure that they mention the PATH Program.
Nursing Home Transition
Disability Network’s guiding principles include consumer choice. For those people currently living in nursing homes, they can help them to get the supports so that they may returning to a safe environment in the community of their choice. Disability Network can provide guidance and help for those that are alone in this very important change.
This process is different for each individual. It spans various disciplines and can include various organizations. Each possible option is presented to the individual so that they can make the best possible and most informed choice. This process can help to address and resolve any concerns or conflict from outside pressure from family or friends.
The nursing home transition process start with initial assessment and orientation where the NHT specialist assess what needs the individual requires. Before leaving the nursing home, the NHT specialist will conduct a person-centered plan (PCP), which will allow the consumer to formulate a plan of action and can involve family and friends.
To qualify for the NHT program, individuals:
- Must have Medicaid
- Be currently living in a nursing home
- Have a stable, monthly income
If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about NHT, you can contact Paul Johnson III or Peter Kyles at 313-923-1655. When you call, make sure to mention Nursing Home Transition.