Academic journal article Care Management Journals

New York City Department for the Aging Annual Plan Summary 2010-2011, Part 2

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

New York City Department for the Aging Annual Plan Summary 2010-2011, Part 2

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Editor's Note. The following plan presented verbatim in this article was released in 2009. It is reprinted and adapted for the Care Management Journals format with permission from New York City Department for the Aging. It is published in two parts. Part 1 appeared in the previous issue. The updated 2010 Annual Plan Summary can be downloaded from http:// www.nyc.gov/aging.

DFTA's comprehensive examination of its aging services system is an ongoing effort to strengthen and improve the services older New Yorkers receive today and to prepare for the growing and diverse needs of New Yorkers tomorrow. The Department has been modernizing its three core services: case management, home delivered meals, and senior centers:

* The newly redesigned case management model is a more coordinated, uniform, and integrated system that DFTA envisions will better link older adults to a wide range of communitybased services that provide a continuum of care. All clients receiving an in-home service funded by DFTA receive a comprehensive assessment from a case management agency;

* The redesigned home delivered meals program demonstrates DFTA's commitment to continuing to provide nutritious meals to vulnerable older New Yorkers while creating greater choice and capacity to address the future needs of a growing homebound population. DFTA will be conducting a home delivered meals satisfaction survey to follow up on the program's transition; and

* DFTA's senior centers provide meals in an environment where older adults can participate in a variety of recreational, health promotional and cultural activities, as well as receive information on and assistance with benefits. The Senior Center Request for Proposals (RFP) will remain faithful to these principles while continuing to respond to the diversity of New York City's older population.

DFTA has been deeply engaged in developing visions to enhance the City's livability and capacity to support people of all ages and abilities; this includes addressing the social dimensions of our City's sustainability. The Department will be implementing recommendations from the report, "Age-Friendly NYC: Enhancing Our City's Livability for Older New Yorkers," which impacts everything from community and civic participation to public spaces and transportation. The Department is also participating in the Mayor's NYC Service plan, which aims to leverage the assets that New Yorkers have to offer one another. This year DFTA is welcoming a team of VISTA volunteers to work on the development of New York City's TimeBanksNYC project, a strengths-based community development program being launched in collaboration with the Aging in New York Fund as part of the NYC Service plan. TimeBanksNYC will enable participants of all ages to offer and receive services in a managed exchange, wherein someone does something for another individual, and gets a "time dollar" in exchange (which can then be redeemed for a service from someone else). The aim is to forge a strong sense of community and leverage the assets that New Yorkers have to offer each other. The following sections highlight agefriendly programs and initiatives the Department will direct its efforts toward during the 2009-2010 program year.

GRANT-FUNDED INITIATIVES

The Department for the Aging, as well as its not-for-profit charitable arm, The Aging in New York Fund (ANYF), seeks resources through public and private partnerships to develop innovative service models that address the unmet needs of older New Yorkers, their caregivers, and the aging services network. Current research and development programs funded by grants that serve New York's older adult community include:

* The Depression Screening Initiative . Developed in conjunction with DoHMH and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA), this initiative focuses on identifying depression in at-risk older adult senior center clients and increasing access to treatment in high-risk areas of the City. …

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