For Immediate Release
June 18, 2007
WNYSeniorCare.org Wins NYAHSA’s
Innovation of the Year Award
WNYSeniorCare.org, a regional online senior care assessment
tool launched in late 2006, was awarded the New York Association
of Homes & Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) Innovation
of the Year Award.
WNYSeniorCare.org was designed for families experiencing
challenges caring for an elderly loved one. The site offers
advice, links to other senior care organizations in Western
New York, and an interactive tool to help determine the appropriate
level of care for the senior.
WNYSeniorCare.org was developed by members of the Western
New York Foundation for Homes & Services for the Aging
(WNYFHSA) and its affiliate, the Western New York Association
of Homes and Services for the Aging (WNYAHSA), with the support
of a grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation.
WNYSeniorCare.org is a free and anonymous online environment.
Since November it has received an average of 1,500 visits
per month, and more than 900 people have completed senior
care assessments to help transition a loved one to an appropriate
level of care. “For families who have not yet planned
for their senior loved one’s care, this time can be
filled with confusion, worry and guilt,” said Ruthie
Hunt, president of WNYFHSA. “The goal of WNYSeniorCare.org
is to provide the missing link between caregivers who don’t
know where to turn and the myriad of services in Western New
York available to them and their senior family members.”
NYAHSA, based in Albany, is a statewide organization of
not-for-profit senior care organizations dedicated to providing
high quality health care, housing and community services to
the elderly and people with special needs. NYAHSA’s
more than 650 members serve an estimated 500,000 New Yorkers
annually. The Innovation of the Year award recognizes programs
that creatively promote care and services to the elderly.
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