Eleven Disciplines Help Chart Successful Course for Care Resources

Comprehensive clinical care is one of many services offered through the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Photo courtesy of Care Resources.

The following guest article comes from Care Resources.

Sometimes, it’s just a simple note.

But in it, Tom Muszynski finds inspiration that reassures him Care Resources, the community-based program where he serves as chief operating officer, is on the right track.

“I received a card recently from a family who said that without our program, their mother never would have been able to remain in her home during the last year,” he says.

A main reason? The fact that Care Resources and its caregivers adhere to something called the 11 disciplines, administered by professionals in 11 health-related fields who work together to treat not just a symptom, but the entire person.

With a day center located in Grand Rapids at 4150 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Care Resources is part of a larger national entity called PACE, short for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE is committed to keeping adults 55 years and older with challenging health care conditions in their home by caring for their medical, physical and social needs.

The 11 disciplines of PACE focus on providing the following:

  1. Day care center
  2. Primary care
  3. Nursing
  4. Physical therapy
  5. Occupational therapy
  6. Recreational therapy
  7. Social work
  8. Dietary services
  9. Transportation
  10. Personal care services
  11. Home care services

Together, these promote healthy and independent living and help prevent nursing home placement.

Care Resources Chief Operating Officer Tom Muszynski with a PACE 101 banner

As COO the better part of two decades – and a health care provider nearly 35 years in all – Muszynski is well-versed in PACE and extolls its virtues to every employee.

“Really getting to know one another and our participants is tied to those disciplines,” he says. “Our holistic approach to care means everybody is collaborating on participant needs and going beyond the call of duty to support others.”

Each of the disciplines addresses a specific aspect of health and wellness, but the teams delivering those services are interconnected. This interdisciplinary group meets daily to plan tomorrow’s needs, based on what that day or previous days rendered. They assess risks, provide and oversee medications, encourage activity, provide transportation, guide dietary needs, address hygiene, provide post-surgical care and so much more.

With such a wide range of health care services, Care Resources is able to ensure participants get high-quality care in a timely manner.

“For example, if we have a person with a hurting shoulder, they don’t wait two months to see someone,” Muszynski says. “It happens within a day or two because of the diverse specialists and resources we have available.”

At Care Resources, it’s also important to bring family members in as part of the equation.

“We want to be aware of everything and everyone affecting a person’s health in order to develop a comprehensive care plan unique to the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of each participant,” he says. “We also want to ensure family caregivers have the support they need as their loved ones continue to age.”

Although not a discipline, Care Resources is also purposeful in bringing whimsy to the party to promote socialization and build community among participants.

“Our employees will dress up for holidays, put on barbecues and even stage a prom dance to create a fun and engaging experience for participants,” he explains. “And we’re always open to other ideas. It’s why we have a participant advisory committee to help us consider new and better ways to serve.

“We’re dedicated to positively impacting lives. That’s what we do.”

For more information about Care Resources and the PACE model of care, call 616-913-2006 or visit CareResources.org.

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