Help Us Provide Care to Senior Residents in Yakima
Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our ASHP-Yakima student society chapter hosted monthly health fair events at three long-term care facilities in the Yakima area. These events were an opportunity for pharmacy students to help elderly community members while practicing counseling and clinical skills including blood pressure screening, blood glucose monitoring, and comprehensive medication therapy management.
The pandemic has made it unsafe for student pharmacists to visit and assist our senior residents in person. To solve this problem, our student society chapter has developed educational videos to engage the residents and reading materials focusing on many common disease states such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, and will be providing them an opportunity to interact with the students virtually. These videos were created with the specific population in mind and will be informative but easy to follow. We plan to deliver the media to facility residents via mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, or smartphones. By doing so we eliminate the risk of novel coronavirus exposure to facility residents and staff while still providing them health education resources.
Since not all residents have access to mobile devices, we are hoping to fundraise to purchase tablet devices to distribute to our partnered retirement homes. These devices will be available for residents to borrow and use to view our educational media. The money will also help us provide cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment to make sure that the devices are clean and safe to use.
With your donation, we can continue to provide the same level of care and support to the Yakima senior residents as we have in the past.