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SAGE Launches GPS to Help Navigate Needs of Older Adults

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Pat Stelmach, RN, M.Ed. (left), and Kathy Bassiacos, RN, BSN, are GPS Care Navigators with SAGE Eldercare in Summit.  SAGE’s GPS (Guidance Planning Support) Services provides personalized support, care planning and guidance to families and caregivers who are caring for older adults. Credits: SAGE Eldercare
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SUMMIT, NJ - SAGE Eldercare is now offering a unique service to area caregivers of older adults. GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) services are available for anyone looking for answers on how to provide the best care for older adults in their lives.  

“We are helping people through times of transition when planning is essential to wellness,” stated Jessica Rosenzweig Gruber, Executive Director of SAGE. “GPS helps families navigate opportunities to improve the health and general welfare of older adults who are returning home after a rehabilitation stay, are newly diagnosed with a chronic illness, or have suffered a loss.”  

Basic GPS services include a home visit by a Care Navigator, who is a registered nurse specializing in geriatric care.  The nurse will assess the physical and emotional health of the client, the support networks that are currently in place and the person’s overall well-being. Additionally, there will be a review of the medications, creation of an emergency information packet called a “Vial of Life,” evaluation of home safety, assistance with advanced care planning, education on how to be an effective health care advocate and coaching on how to communicate better with health care providers. SAGE’s Care Navigators will provide the family with a written summary and will be able to provide personalized support, care planning and guidance to those who are caring for a loved one, whether the caregiver lives locally or long distance.

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“We are helping older adults age in place successfully at home,” said Kathy Bassiacos, Care Navigator for GPS at SAGE. “Families are grateful that we help create an acceptable plan of care that works for everyone. Older adults steered through GPS have direct access to the 13 other integrated services at SAGE, too.”

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services. Founded in 1954, SAGE is both the oldest and one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

In 1966, SAGE started one of NJ’s first Meals On Wheels programs and opened one of the state’s first adult day health care programs in 1975. Many of the services and programs provided by SAGE Eldercare today have served as models for other public and private agencies. Now in its 58th year of operation, SAGE offers 13 programs that annually serve almost 7,000 individuals directly and 52,000 including family members and outreach throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.

SAGE Eldercare programs include:  HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).

In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for over 50 years. Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for seniors in the community.

For more information, call 908.598.5529 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

Editor's Note: SAGE Eldercare is an advertiser on TheAlternativePress.com. For advertising information, please call 908-279-0303 or email advertising@thealternativepress.com.

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