The Options Counselor 11/22/10

The Options Counselor is a self-guided program for consumers to plan for their quality of life, now and in the future. The information and tools assist individuals in making sound decisions about their care needs as they age. It also provides resources for those helping someone else with a health concern or a disability

Topics and resources include:

  • Caregiving
  • Civic engagement in your community
  • Emotional well-being
  • Financial planning
  • ...
Health Risk Assessments 11/22/10

These free assessments for consumers present information about various health conditions and the risks connected with them. Users will receive a Personal Health Report, which includes a summary of their results, information about their specific risk factors, and ways to improve their health.

The assessments cover the following health issues:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer...
A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities 11/22/10

This toolkit, published by the U.S. Administration on Aging, provides aging agencies and their State and local partners with a starting point for conversations regarding how to better serve diverse populations of older adults. Besides directors and managers of state units on aging and area agencies on aging, program managers, policy advisers, information specialists, outreach workers, options counselors, ombudsmen, and many others may find this toolkit useful.

The toolkit consists...

Diabetes Risk Test 11/10/10

This tool for consumers helps them determine their risk for having prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Users are presented with a brief questionnaire and then provided an assessment, along with a link to more information about diabetes.

Self-Assessment and Action Planning: Using the Baldrige Organizational Profile for Health Care 11/04/10

This self-assessment and action planning tool introduces users to the Baldrige Organizational Profile, part of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Organizational Profile is a snapshot of an organization, the key influences on how it operates, and the key challenges it faces.

The first section, Organizational Description, addresses the organization’s health care environment and its key relationships with patients and other customers, suppliers, partners, and stakeholders...

Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action 10/13/10

Few communities are prepared to meet the needs of older residents or to engage these residents in civic life. The Aging Well in Communities Toolkit addresses this challenge by giving local governments the resources they need to successfully plan for aging well in their communities.

The toolkit:

  • Breaks down the aging well planning process into manageable steps and gives specific guidance for each step
  • Provides a structured process for gathering different types...
Step Up to Stop Falls Toolkit™ 10/06/10

This toolkit contains a variety of fall prevention resources for older adults and the caregivers and health care professionals who work with them. Content can be downloaded directly from the Web site, including manuals, guides, presentations, and videos. Examples of available resources include:

  • Video exercises to improve strength and balance
  • A home safety self-assessment checklist
  • Professional screening and competency guides
  • Prevention and risk...
Your Heart, Your Life: A Lay Health Educator's Program 10/04/10

The Your Heart, Your Life program for lay health educators can help them learn about heart health and how to teach others. The program includes two Web-based training courses that will help educators acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivating factors to help them take action against heart disease.
It will also help them develop skills for leading sessions about heart health in their community.

This program is also available in Spanish.

Healthy Work Environment Assessment 09/21/10

This assessment tool can be used for any health care environment to measure its health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. These standards identify the systemic behaviors that maintain patient safety, ensure optimal outcomes, and support excellence in nursing practice.

The AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment provides:

  • A baseline measurement of how an organization...
Care Coordination Forms 09/08/10

The New York Care Coordination Program is a collaborative partnership among State and county governments, peers and family members, and mental health provider agencies. The program offers person-centered, recovery-focused care coordination for individuals with severe mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression) who have had at least one psychiatric hospitalization.

This site provides downloadable versions of the forms used by the program’s care...


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