At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.

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Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.

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JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.

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JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.

In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.

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What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”

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JABA Adds Care Transition Program

July 09, 2014


JABA announces new Care Transition program designed to help patients become their own health advocate and avoid re-hospitalization

Charlottesville VA (July 9, 2014) —- The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) has launched a new program designed to support seniors and adults with disabilities who are returning home from a hospital or rehabilitation stay. Called “Care Transitions,“ the service provides support for one month by a nationally certified Transitions Coach with the goal of preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions.

The need for the Care Transitions service is real. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid report that one-in-five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days,“ says CEO of JABA, Marta Keane. “Sadly, 76 percent of these readmissions are preventable. The results are extremely costly, both financially for the Medicare system, and for the health and quality of life of the individual. As a community-based organization, JABA has the expertise to provide outreach to individuals with social or economic barriers, which often play a central role in readmissions. These can include, for the example, the inability to pay for medications, or the lack of access to transportation or caregiver support.“

JABA developed the Care Transitions program to break the readmission cycle by helping patients become their own health advocate. The goal is to give individuals the guidance they need to build skills and confidence for self-care, and to provide the necessary tools to make a full recovery.

Part of a growing national initiative, Care Transitions benefits health care partners and hospitals, as well as individuals within the community. Because Medicare now penalizes for readmissions, area hospitals and health care organizations are giving a warm welcome to the service.

The development and outreach for this program is currently supported by state funding and the Genan Foundation.

For more on the national efforts regarding Care Transition, please visit CMS.gov. Those who have experienced a recent hospitalization or inpatient rehabilitation stay and are preparing to return home can learn more about JABA’s Care Transitions program by visiting www.jabacares.org, contacting Care Transitions Coordinator, Mary Ellen Hasenfus at mhasenfus@jabacares.org, or by calling 434-817-3556.

About JABA
JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational welfare. The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.

For information on JABA, call 434-817-5222 or visit www.jabacares.org.

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Drew Stevenson
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