The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ AgeWell Collaboratory is seeking the assistance of health care professionals working with seniors to evaluate a mobile app to keep older adults safe at home.  If interested, please refer to the information below.    

Greetings AgeWell Collaboratory Organizational Partners:

We are writing to see if you would like to join us on a fun and interesting research project! The College of Nursing and Health Profession’s AgeWell Collaboratory is partnering with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) and the Dornsife Center Wellness HUB to respond to concerns that older adults in West Philadelphia have expressed around home safety and aging in place. 

We have developed a mobile application (app) that would enable older adults, care partners and health and housing professionals to evaluate the safety of an elder’s home.  The app is called Safe at Home (formally the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP)) and was developed by Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN.  We have tested the app with older adults at the Dornsife HUB and are now seeking the help of healthcare professionals, such as nurses, PTs, OTs, social workers and housing specialists, to evaluate it.  The app includes considerations such as home modifications, fall hazards, lighting, assistive devices, home repairs and more. It will also include resource referrals/recommendations that one day will be integrated into the app.

We would like to invite you to join a 90 minutes focus group at the College of Nursing and Health Professions (Three Parkway/1601 Cherry Street).  During the focus group, we will provide a nice lunch (or breakfast depending on the time).

Your input will significantly contribute to improvements of the app and in health resources for older adults.

Here is the link to sign up and let us know about your availability for a meeting.

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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