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Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS)

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Funded by a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS) uses non-invasive, FDA-approved medical devices to assess the health of more than 200 seniors at the Jewish Community Center of Scranton, Telespond's Abington Senior Center and United Neighborhood Centers’ Active  Adult Community Centers in Carbondale, Jessup, South Scranton and West Scranton. 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.
TIPS is currently being offered at these locations:
  • Abington Senior Center
    1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit  /  (570) 586-8996 
    Wednesdays & Fridays: 10 am - Noon
     
  • Jewish Community Center of Scranton 
    601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton  /  (570) 346-6595  
    Mondays & Wednesdays: 10 am - Noon
     
  • United Neighborhood Centers’ (UNC) Carbondale Active Adult Community Center
    66 N. Church St., Carbondale  /  (570) 282-6167
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
     
  • United Neighborhood Centers' (UNC) Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center 
    310 Church St, Jessup  /  (570) 489-4415
    Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
     
  • United Neighborhood Centers' (UNC) South Side Active Adult Community Center 
    425 Alder St., Scranton / (570) 346-2487
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
     
  • United Neighborhood Centers' (UNC)  West Side Active Adult Community Center 
    1004 Jackson St., Scranton   /  (570) 961-1592 x102
    Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

In the last year, TIPS has recorded more than 4,500 vital sign readings - over 27 percent of which fell outside of a healthy range. These readings can help manage or prevent diseases such as hypertension, COPD and heart disease. Among the positive outcomes, hospitalization rates dropped six percent after participating in TIPS. With the average cost of a three-day hospital stay estimated at nearly $30,000, the reduction in hospitalizations seen during enrollment in TIPS has provided the community with estimated savings of more than $660,000.

 
 

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