In 2013, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) set out to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Founded with the promise to honor our elders, for 110 years we have served seniors’ health care needs in several communities within the city of Boston, and more recently, in the towns of Brookline, Dedham, Needham, Newton and Westwood. As a chronic care hospital, HRC offers long-term care, post-acute care, adult day health and outpatient services.
As a hospital that primarily serves a community of seniors, it is always our priority to keep seniors healthy and safe in their homes for as long as possible. From flu clinics to caregiver training sessions, we put a lot of emphasis on educating seniors and their loved ones on the necessary steps and care needed to remain independent.
From 2012 through 2013, we researched and evaluated the needs of our community and the services we offer as well as those offered by others within and around the communities we serve. Our goal, ultimately, was to understand how we can move forward deliberately to meet the guidelines that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlined for seniors in its Healthy People 2020 Report and better address the health needs of seniors in our community.
Our findings clearly indicate that HRC already aligns with Healthy People 2020 in the areas of prevention, long-term services and supports for our seniors. However, the CHNA findings show that seniors in our communities also need assistance with the following:
- Diabetes care, screening and education
- Educational and informational services around chronic diseases
- Falls prevention
- Mental health and depression counseling, services
- Access to various geriatric specialists.
In response to these findings, HRC will develop a set of program recommendations for our community by February 2014.
We thank members of HRC community for your helpful guidance and input in compiling this 2013 CHNA. “ReAge” is our word that signifies our refusal to accept the status quo in aging, and this CHNA is just one example of how we dig deeper in order to redefine aging. We look forward to your joining us in this all-important mission to power health care in new ways to meet the needs of today’s seniors and those to come. We invite you to become involved in the next step by reviewing our CHNA.