What is Transitions?

The Transitions program provides emotional support and assistance to individual and families who are coping with serious illness like Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Liver Disease, and others.

Transitions provides clients and families:

  • Companionship
  • Support
  • Light household help
  • Help with errands
  • Respite for caregivers
  • Community resource tools

How Does it Work?

  • Clients can be referred by anyone - a friend, minister, doctor, etc.
  • Transitions staff will assess the client for admission and contact their physician to request a referral.
  • Once the referral is received, clients will be admitted and assigned a
    volunteer.
  • Volunteers visit regularly to monitor needs or changes, and report them
    to the transitions coordinator.

What is the Benefit?

  • Early and ongoing case management services.
  • Information on local resources for pharmacies, home health equipment, senior housing, support groups, social services, and more.
  • Trained volunteers to provide occasional help with things like household chores, meal prep, light housekeeping, errands, companionship and respite breaks for the caregiver.
  • A team approach to client’s needs through collaboration between Transitions staff, volunteers, and health providers. This team follows, monitors, and evaluates clients to reduce risks of repeated hospitalization, promoting effective care and management for patients with complex medical needs.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for services provided by Transitions.

 

Becky Wilder

 Becky Wilder – Volunteer and Transitions Coordinator

Becky Wilder joined HKV in January 2015 as our coordinator for Transitions, a non-medical community resource program. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Governor’s State University in 2001 and has years of experience in this community. Becky serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Kankakee County, as well as on the organizations Allocations Committee. She is also a member of the planning committee for the Village of Bradley Christmas Parade, the Alzheimer’s Walk for Kankakee County, and the Kankakee County Senior Provider’s Group. She was named as the Kankakee Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year in 2003.