Long Term Care Meeting

Friday, May 7, 2021 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm
Virtual. Register using this link and you will receive an email with the Zoom link to the meeting.

Long Term Care Committee Meeting Agenda:
1. Introduction and community announcements (12 noon) 
2. Approval of minutes from February 5, 2021 (12:05)
3. “Tompkins County: Promoting Age Friendly Communities Project” presented by Cornell students Robyn Wardell, Grace McCartney, and Lin Khant Oo. (12:10 pm – see below)
4. “Kendal at Ithaca’s Navigation of the Pandemic: Impact on Mental Health” with Sherry Smart, social worker from Kendal at Ithaca (12:30 pm – see below)
5. Updates from committees and community announcements (if time allows, otherwise information will be posted)
– Age Friendly Programs in Tompkins County (Tompkins Age Friendly Center for Excellence)
– Advance Care Planning
– Home health aides, a new work group to address the shortage of home care staff in Tompkins County.
 “Tompkins County: Promoting Age Friendly Communities Project 
Cornell University students, Robyn Wardell, Grace McCartney, and Lin Khant Oo will report on the findings from their Engaged Cornell-funded project supervised by Dr. Mildred Warner, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning and Dr. Xue Zhang, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Global Development. Their work, a part of the Age-Friendly Center for Excellence Initiative for Tompkins County, includes a comprehensive review of village and town plans to identify age-friendly practices and the mapping of resources.
“Kendal at Ithaca’s Navigation of the Pandemic: Impact on Mental Health”
Sherry Smart, a social worker at Kendal at Ithaca, will speak about Kendal’s navigation of the pandemic and its impact on mental health. Kendal at Ithaca is a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with a range of options for independent living and access to higher levels of care as medical needs progress. Ms. Smart will provide an overview of the continuum of care at Kendal and discuss the protocol implemented to protect the health of its residents. She will share the various strategies and resources that helped Kendal adapt to the new normal as well as the challenges encountered. There will be time available afterwards for conversation and questions.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Beverly Chin at bchin@hsctc.org
The Long Term Care Committee of Tompkins County is open to everyone. The Committee comprises community members, caregivers, medical and human service providers, and professionals representing a broad array of healthcare and residential services, businesses, and programs that serve the aging population and people with disabilities. The Long Term Care Committee is the designated Long Term Care Council for Tompkins County Office for the Aging and New York Connects Programs. As such it plays a vital role in the local planning process that identifies needs of aging residents, people with disabilities, and people with long term care needs. The LTC Committee is staffed by the Human Services Coalition. Active work groups and past projects can be found here.
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