May 9, 2014

Waynesburg, PA — Community Action Southwest is conducting PEER training sessions at Evergreen Personal Care Home located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Community Action Southwest is a subcontractor of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

The PEER program encourages a partnership between Nursing and Personal Care Home residents and facility staff to work together to solve concerns before they become more intense problems.

The PEER program trains resident advocates to work with facilities, staff, and residents to enhance quality of care and quality of life for their “peers.” The program was initiated by the Pennsylvania State Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office in an effort to assist long-term care residents in volunteering their time and expertise to self-advocate issues that will resonate for their peers.

PEER program participants attend five two-hour training sessions which include topics such as “The Focus is on YOU,” “Building Self-Resolution Skills,” and “PEER the Sky’s the Limit.” There is also a two-hour session for facility staff to orient them to the PEER concept.

Following the completion of the training sessions, the PEER participants have a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of completing the program. The PEERs are awarded with a certificate, a starfish pin, a door sign, and a badge.

On May 14th, 2014, there will be 12 graduates from the PEER Program at Evergreen Personal Care Home and Golden Living Center.

The graduation ceremony will take place at Evergreen Personal Care Home on May 14th at 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact William Teagarden at Community Action Southwest, 724-852-2893.