From aging in place to improving quality of life; QuitDoc strives to support Being You Longer!
From creating vape-free and tobacco-free social norms to generating community-based friendly aging standards, QuitDoc is a dedicated advocate to ensure that everyone has access to an environment that will support living a longer, fuller, healthier life.
The challenges of living independently expand as a person ages. To safely and securely live at home, further support beyond the individual may be needed. A Needs Assessment can help us better understand the needs of older adults, the current services available in a given community, and the gaps that may exist between the current and needed services. The disparities are the opportunities for BeLonger to fill and put into play for a more successful network of resources.
The Assessment should cover the following categories to create a meaningful framework:
Home health services
Professional Services (Medical, Case Management, Community Navigators)
Educational and Cultural opportunities
Legal and Financial needs
Resources and links to services for family and/or other care givers
Transitioning into assisted living or long-term care once necessary
As a secondary phase of the Needs Assessment, BeLonger should determine what kind of resources are already available in the community and research what programs are being used, overused, at or under capacity, or what may be deemed obsolete. BeLonger may be able to create the right kind of network to bridge the gap between these existing programs and the seniors/families that would benefit from their services.
The end goal for the results of the needs assessment is to improve the unmet needs of the senior population through networking with existing support programs, sharing resources, determining the gaps in services, and enhancing outreach and public awareness of these services. Volunteers led by BeLonger can help extend these services and provide the key ingredient needed to keep aging seniors living independently at home.
QuitDoc has partnered with elli-q
ElliQ, an AI-driven companion robot, is allowing users to Be Independent Longer. In addition to being a socially engaging and real-world connecting robot, ElliQ can act as an extension to the primary care teams' presence into older adults' lives. This will help increase patient engagement and improve the overall patient experience, while offering primary care providers continuous actionable data and insights for early detection and intervention. Having continuous engagement on the health status of their patients is invaluable to doctors. The combination of early detection when changes in clinical conditions occur, along with effective communication that strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, can increase the quality of care and help reduce avoidable emergency department visits and hospitalizations. ElliQ is the first-ever empathetic digital companion robot designed to help curb loneliness and social isolation among older adults. ElliQ is a proactive goal-based system that was developed with years of research and user studies combining psychology, behavioral sciences, and advanced cognitive AI capabilities. ElliQ engages older adults, connects to family, promotes wellness and helps older adults stay sharp.
QuitDoc Foundation's partnership with Intuition Robotics can help you to get an ElliQ companion in your own home. For more information click here. And to sign up for an ElliQ consultation, click here and list QuitDoc as your referral service.
In addition to developing our own programs to address each of these issues, we are currently partnering with existing organizations to spread the message. Each year we also participate in events celebrating Kick Butts Day, the annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. We have also coordinated local research on Point-of-Purchase advertising with Countertools.org.
Our efforts were rewarded in March 2008 with three grants from the Florida Department of Health to provide our innovative programs in three Florida counties: Dixie County, Gilchrist County, and Martin County. By July, 2015, we expanded the program to include twelve Florida counties. Click here for more information on our Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Grants.
To learn more about our school programs, or to let us know about other existing programs, please email Dr. Barry Hummel.