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Vital Community Assessment Conducted by Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Shares Results
(March 14, 2011) On February l6, 2011 at the Amityville Historical Society healthcare professionals, business and civic leaders as well as representatives from local government and agencies gathered to hear the results of a Vital Community Assessment conducted by Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in 2010. Dr. Kristie Golden, Vice President of Ambulatory Services for The Long Island Home, comprised of Broadlawn Manor South Oaks Hospital, and Dr. Patricia Morley, Project Manager for the community-wide survey presented the findings.
Dr. Golden shared with the guests the vital role Broadlawn Manor has played for decades and will continue to play in community empowerment, planning, coalition building and community organizing. A focus of the New York State Office for the Aging is to ensure that communities are "aging friendly" and Dr. Golden recognizes the leaders in Amityville join Broadlawn Manor in viewing this as a priority. The four categories identified as a guideline for the survey were derived from the Center for Home Care Policy & Research, an independent research organization sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, through its Advant Age initiative. These categories are vital in creating an aging friendly environment and include addressing basic needs, optimizing physical and mental health and wellness, maximizing independence for the frail and individuals with disabilities as well as promoting social and civic engagement.
The survey was made available through members of the planning committee, online, administered at senior centers and given to participants and family members at the Broadlawn Manor Adult Day program. Nearly l00 respondents completed the Vital Communities Assessment providing their views on a number of factors that contribute to ensuring that seniors are able to stay in their communities and age in a vital and connected way.
Dr. Golden thanked all the attendees for their valuable contribution in promoting and discussing the need and results of this invaluable survey for the Amityville community. All attendees received a copy of the survey in newsletter format and a complete copy is available below.
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Mary Jeanne Corea