Virtual Senior Center Featured for Combatting Senior Isolation

Situation Report | September 7, 2021 

Access VSC Services for your patients under the HCA grant

A September 1 broadcast addressing senior isolation featured the Selfhelp-pioneered “Virtual Senior Center” (VSC) as a vital form of support and intervention for the homebound. Leading the discussion, which can be viewed here, is Selfhelp Chief Operating Officer and HCA Board Member Russell Lusak. The VSC provides a virtual means of peer interaction, cultural and educational engagement, self-care and other supports to seniors and other medically needy individuals in their homes.  

HCA has been working under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to expand the availability of the VSC platform for homebound individuals across New York State. The grant partners HCA with Selfhelp to make VSC services available to home care providers, managed care plans and hospices and their patients statewide. Additionally, HCA and Selfhelp have been working under a New York State Health Foundation grant to explore creation of a VSC pilot tailored specifically to veterans, as well as to support patient access and both patient and provider participation in even more ways. 

For more information on the VSC, including access to the VSC services for patients, visit HCA’s Innovations webpage.