Peninsula Home Care and MAC Incorporated Team Up to Offer FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops
SALISBURY, MD - Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? People diagnosed with chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease or diabetes face an uphill battle most days to find the strength to manage their illness, curb their pain and have a positive outlook on life.
Peninsula Home Care is partnering with MAC Incorporated (the Area’s Agency on Aging) to provide the tools, resources and training to the community to help improve health and lower health care costs to those suffering from chronic illnesses. The two organizations are offering Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops in the community, free of charge.
“We are arming patients with the resources and knowledge they need to make better life decisions,” said Nancy Bagwell, branch director, Peninsula Home Care. “As healthcare reform will undoubtedly impact the way the medical profession cares for patients, we knew it was time to be proactive and take responsibility for preparing people in our community to take an active role in their plan of care. Self-management is the key. With the right tools, patients will empower themselves to make changes that will improve their health and overall quality of life.”
Workshops – Work Towards Better Health
Self-Management programs empower people to take an active role in managing their chronic illness. The workshops being administered by Peninsula Home Care and MAC Incorporated will help participants make lifestyle choices and changes, adhere to prescribed medication treatments, and become educated, responsible, informed patients.
“MAC Incorporated has been doing Chronic Disease Self-Management since 2006,” said Leigh Ann Eagle, MAC Inc. “The model we follow is evidence based and we know it works. I have a stack of letters from patients who went through the classes and found a better and healthier way to live their life. Whether it is being able to exercise regularly again, weight loss, walking from their car to the house without having to gasp for air or managing the pain they experience everyday with more ease, the results from this program can be life changing.”
The model being used is from Stanford University, has shown significant, measureable, and sustainable improvements in health status, increased exercise, reduced fatigue, self-efficacy, and psychological well-being in addition to improved and enhanced partnership with physicians, health care providers and care givers. (The initial program showed a two-year savings of $390 and $520 per participants based on reduced hospitalizations and outpatient visits.)
The six week long workshops focus on pain management, eating, exercise, medication use, emotional management, and communication with physicians and other health care providers.
The programs are available to the community and will be held at MAC Incorporated, assisted living facilities, and various other community centers. FREE of Charge!
Don't miss the next FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
- When: October 17-21, 2013
- Where: MAC Incorporated, 900 Progress Circle, Salisbury MD 21804
- Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
- To register call Peninsula Home Care - 410/543-7550
Call or visit www.peninsulahomecare.com for more information on dates, times, and locations of classes in your area.