OPRS receives Verizon Foundation grant

The Verizon Foundation has given a $23,000 grant to Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services to expand its Home to Stay program.

The program helps reduce hospital readmissions, and debuted in 2013 through OPRS subsidiary Senior Independence. A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse visits a patient within 72 hours of hospital discharge, with a follow-up within seven to 10 days. The nurse reviews medications, takes vital signs and confirms appointments.

It is offered at no cost to patients in the Northwest Ohio Accountable Care Organization. In the program's first year, there was a 3.4% hospital return rate, compared to a regional average of 14.5%.

The program also includes telehealth, which provides patients with glucose monitoring, pulse checking and other health measurements. Monitoring equipment sends data via a computer tablet to a nurse at Senior Independence.


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