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Service to Elderly to be Honored

Contact: Jennifer Bonck

Photo of Carla Bishnoi, Whitesburg, Ky.
Carla Bishnoi

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A current focus of the OVAR/GEC is to develop a Best Care Practices interactive Web-based continuing education program, as well as a database to provide a repository for Best Care Practices from across the region. Best Care Practices are evidence-based ideas and programs that are proven to produce successful results that improve the care of older persons.

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June 21, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Carla Bishnoi, Whitesburg, Ky., has been honored for her outstanding efforts in improving the care of older persons.

Bishnoi is the winner of a Best Care Practices Award from the Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center (OVAR/GEC). She is one of four winners to be honored for service in elder care during the 20th annual Summer Series on Aging, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Bishnoi has been recognized for her initiative, Video Cam Home Visit Program, a computer-based video message system to increase socialization and communication for residents’ quality of life. The video visitation program was implemented at Letcher Manor, where she is an administrator. Bishnoi will join the other winners in presenting innovative approaches to the care of older persons during a special workshop on Best Care Practices, to be held during the Summer Series. These presentations will be documented in the proceedings from that workshop and posted on the OVAR/GEC Web site.

OVAR/GEC is made up of member universities, including UK, University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, and East Tennessee State University. The organization was established in 1985 to enhance geriatric education and improve services for older persons throughout Kentucky, southern Ohio, eastern Tennessee, and western Virginia. A current focus of the OVAR/GEC is to develop a Best Care Practices interactive Web-based continuing education program, as well as a database to provide a repository for Best Care Practices from across the region. Best Care Practices are evidence-based ideas and programs that are proven to produce successful results that improve the care of older persons.

Best Care Practices help providers to identify the critical components of care, identify and describe problems experienced by older persons, find and assess existing Best Care Practices, discover creative solutions to similar problems, and implement and replicate Best Care Practices in health care and community settings.

For more information on OVAR/GEC and Best Care Practices, visit www.rgs.uky.edu/aging/gec.


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