Orange County honors 2016 Long-Term Care Quality Service Award winners

Photo of 2016 winners

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2017)— The Orange County Board of Commissioners honored five local companies for their efforts to provide quality, long-term care for individuals in need of services.

Winners of the 2016 Long Term Care Quality Service Awards are: Acorn Homecare Services; Carol Woods Retirement Community; Homewatch Caregivers; Livewell Assisted Living; and Visiting Angels of Central NC. Each winning organization received a check for $100.

“These organizations are committed to continuing and expanding their programs so that many more individuals, facing pain and suffering, will continue to have opportunities to experience joy and pleasure,” said Janice Tyler, Orange County Department of Aging Director.

In 2013, the Advisory Board on Aging created the Orange County Long Term Care (LTC) Learning Collaborative to bring administrators and direct-care staff together to learn about and share successful approaches to quality care. This is the third year that the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging and the Long Term Care Learning Collaborative have offered long term care organizations the opportunity to apply for a Long Term Care Quality Service Award.

Each year the Advisory Board selects an evidence-based or promising quality program for long-term care providers to learn about and implement within the year. This past year the focus was palliative care and the creation of a culture of comfort for older adults living with pain and chronic conditions in long-term care facilities and at home with homecare assistance.

The winners facilitated access to palliative care services when appropriate while creating individualized programs of comfort and pleasure for clients and residents.