Archive for November, 2010

Deaconess Associations Foundation: Caring Beyond Borders

November 29, 2010

Erica Garvin
Inside Healthcare

They say home is where the heart is. Shouldn’t it also be a place where you can receive services that help you live comfortably? That’s what Patrick Ward, executive director of Deaconess Associations Foundation, thinks. This foundation is on a mission to help seniors and caregivers find those services by sharing new ideas with the community it serves.

“Compassionate care knows no borders or boundaries,” said Ward. “There are a lot of people out there who don’t know there are services available to help them live comfortable and healthy lives at home. We’ve made it our mission to help them find the care they deserve.”

Deaconess Associations Foundation is a division of the healthcare organization Deaconess Associations, Inc. The organization began with Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. The hospital was founded in 1888 by a group of German deaconesses who provided door-to-door medical care for Cincinnati’s communities. More than 120 years later, the organization is reaching out to provide care in an entirely different way.

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Reduce Health Care Costs with Preventative Senior Care

November 23, 2010

When people are active and challenged, we lead happier, healthier, longer lives. As we grow older, leading fulfilling lives helps to keep us from becoming sicker than necessary with higher medical bills than necessary, and allows us to remain active members of society. In this article about Hebrew Home of Riverdale (New York), winner of the Innovation Award from Deaconess Associations Foundation, ITNGreaterCincinnati is praised as the kind of service that helps older people stay connected to friends, family, and community!

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Driving service aims to help seniors, visually impaired

November 18, 2010

On any given day, 3.6 million senior citizens don’t leave their homes, in part because they lack safe and reliable transportation.

In a local attempt to deal with that problem, a new driving service for adults over the age of 60 and the visually impaired is coming to Westport and surrounding communities this fall. The service, called ITNCoastalCT, or Independent Transportation Network, provides low cost, door-to-door service to many who would otherwise struggle to reach their destinations because they can no longer drive themselves.

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ITNCharlestonTrident Fall 2010 newsletter

November 17, 2010

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ITNOrlando Fall 2010 Newsletter

November 17, 2010

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You’re Invited to a Forum on Senior Transportation in Kansas City…

November 17, 2010

WHEN: December 2, 2010
TIME: 9:00am – 11:00am
WHERE: MARC, 600 Broadway, K.C., MO 64105

Please join us on December 2, 2010 at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to hear how ITNAmerica is working to help seniors. Katherine Freund, Founder of ITNAmerica (Portland, Maine) will be sharing how the ITNAmerica model is helping communities meet the growing demand for transportation of older adults nationwide. Learn how the ITN Model can help the Kansas City Region.

MARC is located at 6th and Broadway on the SE corner. Free parking is provided on the upper level of the parking garage.


*RSVP by contacting Sharon Earlenbaugh at or call 816-843-4453.

Sponsored by the Mr. Goodcents Foundation.

ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrates Four Years of Service

November 15, 2010

ITNCharlestonTrident is celebrating today its fourth year of providing dignified transportation to seniors and the visually impaired in the lowcountry.

On this date in in 2006, volunteer driver Phil Avery provided ITNCharlestonTrident’s first ride.

Phil Avery is still an active volunteer driver and, along with our many volunteer and paid drivers, has helped ITN provide 23,318 rides in the four years!

This would not have been possible without the great work of our visionary founders, our volunteers, our Board of Directors, our staff, our community supporters and, of course, our wonderful member riders who so greatly appreciate the service we provide.

Thank you to everyone for making this milestone a reality.

Jim Ledbetter
Executive Director

MSNBC Today Show Spot: Rising Risk of Elderly Drivers

November 10, 2010

This morning, a 5 minute spot on the Risks of elderly driving was featured on the Today Show on NBC. The news story followed and interviewed Leroy Steinke, an 86-year-old independent driver, and his daughter Mary Bushman, who were beginning to have a conversation about giving up driving. While Leroy was altogether a safe driver, the spot also showed the dangerous side of elderly driving with a video of an 84-year-old woman driving down the wrong side of a major highway for approximately 5 miles. Also included was a test with a “Senior Simulator Suit” by the NBC reporter and accompanied by driving expert David Melton to show how difficult it is to drive as a senior citizen.

Information is given within the spot about what to look for in driving habits of the elderly, how to approach the subject with an elderly parent, and statistics about the Baby Boomer generation turning 65 and the ratio of accidents for older drivers versus the rest of the population.

Watch the entire spot on NBC’s website here.

Baby Boomers’ dilemma: When should mom, dad stop driving?

November 10, 2010

Larry Copeland of USA Today discusses safe and non-threatening ways to discuss and bring up the option of no longer driving with older parents, as well as statistics on vehicle crashes in the elderly sector. For caretakers or adult children, a list of warning signs for older drivers who may be becoming a danger to themselves or others while driving is included.

Read the complete article on the USA Today website here.

ITNSarasota Employee Wins National Award!

November 8, 2010

ITNSarasota™, a community based non-profit agency providing affordable dignified transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairment announced that Ben Petro, Operations Manager for ITNSarasota, has won the “Karl Durgin Award for Excellence in Operations” for his service and dedication to the ITN mission. The award is given by ITNAmerica in loving memory of Karl Durgin, ITNPortland and ITNAmerica staff member. “The award represents the positive attitude, sense of humor and compassion epitomized by Durgin”, Donna Dunio, ITNSarasota executive director said. Adding that, “Ben is the ideal person to receive this national award! He has earned the respect and affection of every member rider, their families, our volunteers and his colleagues.”

ITNSarasota is the fastest growing of the 18 nation-wide affiliates that currently make-up ITNAmerica and according to Katherine Freund, President and founder of ITNAmerica, “it wasn’t even a contest; Ben Petro won hands-down!” Petro is responsible for customer service, volunteer coordination, the ITNRides software system, dispatching and marketing. He is a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and resides in Sarasota.