THE CARE PACKAGE: Special Edition - Happy Older Americans Month!

May 17, 2012

Nicole's Notes

Happy Older Americans Month! Since 1963, communities across the country have been celebrating Older Americans Month. The theme for this year is Never Too Old to Play.

Physical and mental health and wellness play a big part in the desire and ability to play. If we truly celebrate the contributions of older adults in our communities, we should make sure they have access to trusted physicians and other providers who work together to manage their care.

We should help older adults avoid going to emergency rooms for non-emergencies, and we should make sure that when hospitalization is necessary, they feel safe and receive quality care with good outcomes. Upon discharge, they should be concerned only with getting better and armed with a plan that includes what they should do when they get home. They should be linked to community resources so they are not readmitted less than a month after discharge, as 1 in 5 older adults is now. And certainly, they should NOT leave the hospital worried that liens will be placed on their homes because of high medical bills—which is what happened to Mrs. Joyce Jones of Charlotte. See her story below, share it and join us in calling on Carolinas Healthcare System to remove liens on any patient’s home.

Calendar

NC CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER CARE: Luncheon for older adults, caregivers in Apex, Goldsboro

Join the NC Justice Center for two upcoming Campaign for Better Care community luncheons and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.

The Campaign for Better Care aims to make improvements in the health system for older adults and build a strong, lasting consumer voice for better health care. Come and share your experiences and ideas about what you think needs to be changed in our health system. Both events will feature special guests Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Deptuy Director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and Ajamu Dillahunt, Outreach Coordinator for the Workers Rights Project at the NC Justice Center.

APEX. The first free event will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at the Holland Chapel AME Zion Church in Apex. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the church, 360 Burgess Road. Reserve your seat by May 25 by calling Holland Chapel at 919-362-7831 or holland.chapelamez@att.net. Click here for a printable flier.

GOLDSBORO. The second event will be held on Thursday, May 31 at the First African Baptist Church of Goldsboro. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at 803 Harris Street in Greensboro. RSVP by May 25 to Bettye Lewis, 919-734-4935 or fabc803@ncrrbiz.com, or Ophelia White, 919-734-6043. Click here for a printable flier.

If you are interested in hosting a NC Campaign for Better Care event, contact me at 919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org.

First Person

From NC Health Report, May 2, 2012
By Adam Searing and Adam Linker

Read all about it in the Charlotte Observer. In response to the stunning revelations about Carolinas Healthcare System’s and other hospitals’ practices uncovered by the Observer's and Raleigh News & Observer's Prognosis: Profits series, the NAACP, the N.C. Justice Center, Action NC, the N.C. AFL-CIO, the Jesus Ministry, and the Black Women’s Caucus issued a statement yesterday calling on Carolinas Healthcare System to remove liens it has on people's houses – like Ms. Joyce Jones' small house – and join other major hospitals in the state that have ended the practice of suing patients. Click on the image below to hear Ms. Jones' story.

Let's hope $4.2 million-man Carolinas CEO Michael Tarwater is listening to NAACP leader Reverend Barber's words from the final leg of the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty:

"The Bible says we’re not supposed to burden the poor and the sick and the afflicted. We’re supposed to lift them and help them and heal them. [Carolinas HealthCare] is a group with money hounding people who are just trying to make it."

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