PART II. EVALUATING FIT/READINESS, MEASURING IMPACT, COLLECTING DATA
A successful telewellness program is a collaboration of senior-serving organizations using technology-based tools to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of older adults. It should produce positive community impacts, and help residents understand, discuss, and address mental health and wellness challenges.
Older adult residents at Front Porch affordable housing communities discussed with their counselors and therapists on a wide range of concerns and subjects.
- Relationship conflict with family
- Caregiving role for adult child and grandchild
- General loneliness
- Adjustment difficulty to sudden diagnosis on memory loss
- Grief issues
- Loss of function (i.e. driving)
- Conflict with management
- Dealing with life-long trauma
- Abuse and neglect
- General aging issues
- Health deterioration
Sudden illness Several key program ingredients will be critical to ensure continued success and sustainability. The engagement and involvement of key community stakeholders as champions will serve as important site organizers and coordinators of their respective communities. Each community will assign a staff member volunteer responsible for outreach, project recruitment, marketing, and the coordination/delegation of addressing technical support issues.
Other reasons for measuring impact through data:
- Evaluating success
- Providing a basis for funding and staff resourcing opportunities