Under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, HCA Education and Research (HCA E&R)* and Selfhelp Community Services are working together to build up capacity and expand access to Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center (VSC), so that all patients or clients served by home and community-based care providers can access this powerful platform in every region of New York State.
*HCA E&R is a 501c3 affiliate of the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA)
NEW UPDATE: Start-Up Funds Now Available. See Details Below.
The VSC combats social isolation and the associated high-risks to health, by enabling homebound older adults to connect with peers, volunteers, professional caregivers and community members in virtual social sessions, educational and exercise classes, personal and cultural enrichment, health self-management and wellness activities. Most importantly, it helps older adults to maintain and expand their social network.
Participants can log into the VSC whenever they choose (24/7), review the weekly calendar, and join classes that interest them.
Independent evaluation has found that joining the VSC has multiple emotional and physical health benefits: it reduces isolation and loneliness and increases connectedness and self-reported health status.