Older adults have special health needs. That’s why PinnacleHealth offers a range of comprehensive programs to help you or your loved one maintain optimal health and well-being.
As proof of our commitment to providing excellent care to older adults, PinnacleHealth has received the national Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders designation for elder care excellence. Our participation in the NICHE program—the largest geriatric nursing program available—allows us to offer the region’s best care to senior citizens.
The board-certified physicians at our Primary Care Practices provide diagnosis, treatment and management of a variety of conditions experienced by older adult patients, including:
- Impaired memory, with or without behavioral issues
- Falls and mobility issues
- Social concerns, such as ability to drive or live alone
- Weight loss or failure to thrive
- Palliative care
- Urinary continence
- Diagnostic services, such as mammograms, blood tests and osteoporosis scans, are offered at several convenient locations. All diagnostic procedures are coordinated by your primary care physician.
Our primary care practices have achieved Medical Home Certification. This means we have embraced the Medical Home philosophy of patient centered care and provide you with a team based approach to prevention and treatment. Each of our primary care practices have a Nurse Care Coordinator and a Social Worker available to assist you with medical and psychosocial needs, including:
- Chronic disease management, education and prevention
- Medication management and education
Coordination of services and communication between your primary care physician, specialists, and post-acute care agencies
During your hospitalization with PinnacleHealth System, our team of quality trained hospital staff provides comprehensive medical care focused on your individual health needs.
Our team of physicians, nurses, case managers and social workers can also help you get the care you need after you are discharged, including information and referrals to senior services in the community. You may also be connected to post-acute care services, including home health, rehabilitative care, or skilled nursing facilities.
PinnacleHealth has partnered with Affilia Home Health to offer skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy and remote-monitoring programs that allow you to manage your health from home. These services are designed to meet your specific needs and may include one or more of the following healthcare professionals:
- Skilled nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Medical social workers
- Home health aides
PinnacleHealth Post Acute Care Network (PACN)
Skilled nursing facilities in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties have partnered with the PinnacleHealth System to form a Post Acute Care Network. This network includes an interdisciplinary team of PinnacleHealth physicians, nurse practitioners, and care coordinators that work collaboratively with skilled nursing facilities to improve the transition of care and quality outcomes for our senior population. Our goal is to provide access to the best care, at the right place, at the right time. The PACN provides clinical services, geriatric education and evidenced based treatment protocols so facilities can care for the senior population.
Advanced Care Planning
Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and Advanced Directive (Living Will and HealthCare Power of Attorney) information is available at our health care facilities, including PinnacleHealth system hospitals and primary care practices. Advanced care planning is essential to making sure your wishes are known to your healthcare providers as well as your loved ones.
The POLST is a physician order designating your treatment wishes for end-of-life care across treatment settings. An Advanced Directive is important for all adults who wish to communicate their future wishes for end-of-life care. Contact your primary care physician to discuss the POLST or an Advanced Directive.
Community Senior Resources
The Area Agencies on Aging provide access to care and support services to individuals who desire to remain in their homes or who are interested in transitioning from a skilled nursing facility to the community. Residents must be 60 years of age and older. The Area Agencies on Aging provide the following care and support services:
- Family Caregiver Support Program
- Adult day care
- Senior Centers
- Long-term care assessments
- Meals on Wheels
- Health insurance counseling (Medicare)
- Elder abuse and legal services
- Information and Referral Resource Center
To locate another Area Agency on Aging, visit the PA Department of Aging website.
Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Two South Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 780-6130
Cumberland County Area Agency on Aging
1100 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA 17015
Phone: (717) 240-6110
Perry County Area Agency on Aging
2 West Main Street
PO Box 725
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Phone: (717) 582-5128
York County Area Agency on Aging
100 West Market Street York, PA 17401-1341
Phone: (717) 771-9610
PACE, PACENET, and PACE Plus Medicare are Pennsylvania’s prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescriptions to qualified residents, age 65 and older.
For more information call 1-800-225-7223 or visit the PA Department of Aging website.