Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program.

Carrie Gilman and Beth Turbak appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, to discuss Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program.

Transitions serves any adult in Yakima County with a life-limiting illness. A life-limiting illness is one with a limited prognosis or that presents new challenges, significantly impacting an individual or the family’s well-being.

 

How does Transitions help?

  • Transitions provides assistance with planning, education and support in coping with a serious, life-limiting illness through social work and volunteer services.

 

What are the criteria for participating in the program?

  • Diagnosed with a life-limiting illness
  • Recent and/or anticipated changes in health
  • Client willing to have ongoing in-person or phone contact with the Transitions Program
  • Can be referred by physician, family/friend or self
  • Doctor’s order is not required. However, we do consult with physicians when needed, either for inclusion in the program or when medical concerns arise.

 

Who does Transitions serve?

  • In 2012-2013, an average monthly census of 72 clients
  • Clients reside independently, in assisted living facilities, adult family homes and nursing homes
  • Ages range from late 30s to early 90s
  • Clients diagnosed with many different illnesses

 

Transitions helps to educate its clients in a number of areas:

  • Advance directives
  • Community resources
  • Health system navigation: “Nothing adds up”
  • Future caregiving needs
  • Grief and loss associated with: New diagnosis, Progression of diagnosis

 

Transitions provides psychosocial support:

  • Initial psychosocial assessment – Ongoing support – LOTS of “check-in calls.”
  • Volunteer support

 

We rely heavily on volunteers.

  • Volunteers provide companionship, transportation, help with errands, light housekeeping, and/or meal preparation.
  • As the number of Transitions clients increases, we are utilizing more and more volunteers.
  • JV is working on recruitment process.

 

Who pays for the program?

  • The Transitions Program is funded by The Memorial Foundation.
  • There is no cost to participating clients and their families.
  • The Transitions Program does not bill any insurance for services provided.

 

For more information, visit The Memorial Foundation at memfound.org.

 

 

Frequently asked questions:

 

I have an illness that limits my ability to do certain things. Where can I find help in Yakima?

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program serves any adult in Yakima County with a life-limiting illness. A life-limiting illness is one with a limited prognosis or that presents new challenges, significantly impacting an individual or the family’s well-being.

 

Where can I volunteer my time in Yakima?

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program relies heavily on volunteers. The program serves any adult in Yakima County with a life-limiting illness. Volunteers assist these people with a variety of tasks: companionship, transportation, help with errands, light housekeeping or meal preparation.

 

What does it cost me to participate in the Transitions Program?

The Transitions Program is funded by The Memorial Foundation. There is no cost to participating clients and their families, and the program does not bill any insurance for services provided.


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