Wellness and Independence for Seniors at Home (WISH) provides free, confidential health surveys for seniors with Medicare who live independently in the community.
While many people remain active and engaged in later life, older adults are at risk for a variety of health problems. WISH aims to reduce avoidable hospital use by connecting older adults to the services they need before their health declines. Working with a variety of community partners WISH identifies people in jeopardy of declining health, and connects them with the services and support they need to remain independent and out of the hospital for as long as possible.
Health coaching from WISH helps older adults to remain independent and age-in-place. Benefits include:
- Improved health and well-being
- Greater sense of independence and self-confidence
- Stabilized health to keep seniors out of the hospital
- Smoother transitions from hospital to home
- Connection to community-based services
It starts with a simple health survey. A WISH Health Coach meets with seniors who may be eligible to discuss their health concerns and assess their risk for declining health.
People who are at high risk for hospitalization receive ongoing health coaching from WISH. Health coaching helps older adults remain independent and age-in-place. The WISH Health Coach works with individuals to identify the different community-based services and supports that could help keep them out of the hospital and develops a personalized plan to connect them to the resources in the community that can help them stay active, independent, and in their home.
Health coaching goes beyond simply explaining the health plan. Health Coaches work in a close partnership with their clients, helping to connect them to a variety of community based services ranging from transportation to ordering medical supplies. Once all the components of the plan are in place, the Health Coach teaches individuals how to manage the plan independently to make sure there is no gap in services.
People who may qualify for WISH:
- Are age 65+
- Live in a house or apartment
- Have Medicare
- Live in Montgomery County or North-West Prince George’s County
WISH health coaching is provided by The Coordinating Center. Health coaching services are paid for by Nexus Montgomery.
To learn more, please contact
Senior Vice President of Population Health Services
The Coordinating Center
Shady Grove Medical Center
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Washington Adventist Hospital
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Holy Cross Hospital