Madeline’s Story: Madeline knows what it is like to be a part of a big family. She is the youngest of 10 children. She has four children of her own and more than 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even with all the love and support from her family, sometimes Madeline likes to discuss her health concerns and needs with someone else other than a family member. Thanks to the WISH Program, she has the chance to do that!
Madeline is 81 years old and has a number of health concerns, including problems with her heart and her balance. She was referred to the WISH Program by a social worker who worked in her independent living facility. “This is one of the best programs out there,” Madeline says. “It is nice to have the chance to talk to someone who you can be open and honest with and really express yourself.”
The WISH Program helps seniors like Madeline remain healthy and independent by providing a Health Coach who can help them develop a health plan and connect them to resources in the community.
Madeline worked with her Health Coach, Tenisha for a year. Seniors like Madeline who have problems with their balance are at risk for serious falls, one of the leading causes of hospitalizations among seniors. With Tenisha’s assistance, Madeline has been able to receive health services, including physical therapy, which is helping to address her balance problems. Tenisha made it possible for Madeline to receive these services right in the comfort of her own home. “Tenisha has tried to get every resource for me- some right in my own living room.”
Tenisha is also available when Madeline has emergencies and has to spend time in the hospital. “She is there for me when I go into the hospital and when I come home,” Madeline said. After one of her hospitalizations, Tenisha made sure Madeline went to see her Cardiologist and her primary care doctor so she could receive the follow-up care she needed to avoid future hospitalizations. Madeline is truly thankful for the assistance she receives from her WISH Health Coach. ‘Tenisha goes above and beyond.”
If you or someone you know is over 65, has Medicare and lives in one of the independent living facilities listed here, call 301-628-3470 to make a referral to the WISH Program.