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September 24, 2018

Oswego Health, Menters and others Team up for Senior Health Program in Minetto


Oswego Health, Menter’s Ambulance Service, along with Oswego Hospital Lifeline and the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, recently teamed up to offer a safety program for seniors at the Minetto Senior Building.

From left are Tracie DeSantis, of Menter’s Ambulance Services, Lauri Clark, of Oswego Hospitals’ Lifeline Program and Jennifer Rice, LPN, a Gentiva Home Health Clinical Liaison and member of the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition.

From left are Tracie DeSantis, of Menter’s Ambulance Services, Lauri Clark, of Oswego Hospitals’ Lifeline Program and Jennifer Rice, LPN, a Gentiva Home Health Clinical Liaison and member of the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition.

At the presentation, the seniors were provided a helpful tool that readily makes their medical history and list of medications available to emergency responders, if they are summoned to a senior’s home.

Oswego Health and Menter’s Ambulance Service developed medication forms where seniors can easily and clearly list their prescribed medications.

The medication form can then be placed in a folder that with the help of a magnet is placed on the senior’s refrigerator.

In the event they need to call an ambulance, all their medical information can be found in one convenient location for use by first responders.

The safety program also included safety tips on how to prevent falls in the home and a presentation from Jennifer Rice, of Gentiva, who is a member of the Falls Prevention Coalition.

According to state statistics, two older individuals die every day in New York, due to complications related to a fall.

The Fulton seniors also learned more about Oswego Hospital’s Lifeline Program, which allows seniors and others with medical conditions to live more independently knowing that medical help is just a phone call away.

Subscribers wear a small, simple to use device that can be used to summon medical help.

Ready to take calls from Lifeline subscribers 24-hours a day are specially-trained individuals.

The staff has at their fingertips all necessary medical information on each of Lifeline’s subscribers.

More than 500 individuals, mostly senior citizens, are enrolled in Lifeline.

Lifeline also has a new medication dispenser that can be pre-loaded with medications that are then dispensed at scheduled times.

The dispenser holds 40 days’ of medications and can dispense up to six times a day.

To learn more about Lifeline, community members can call 343-1887.

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