The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties began the
groundbreaking TIPS initiative in 2015 aimed at helping older adults
self-manage chronic health conditions while avoiding unplanned or
emergency medical visits, improving overall health, reducing
healthcare expenses and minimizing stress on caregivers and loved
ones while remaining independently at home.
Funded by a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation,
TIPS uses non-invasive, FDA-approved medical devices to assess the
health of nearly 200 seniors at the Jewish Community Center of
Scranton, United Neighborhood Centers' Active Older Adult Community
Centers in Carbondale, Jessup, South Scranton and West Scranton and
St. Catherine's Manor in Dunmore.
Trained student technicians from the University of Scranton measure
the seniors' blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, pulse and weight
at least twice weekly. The readings are transmitted to a nurse who
reviews them remotely and will contact the senior directly at the
first sign of concern.