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Erie County Department of Senior Services partnering with Blooming Health to expand communications with older adults


Mon, May 13th 2024 12:10 pm

May is Older Americans Month; pilot program will facilitate communications in 70 different languages

Submitted by the Press Secretary to the County Executive 

The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced a pilot program in partnership with Blooming Health that will greatly improve communications with constituents, allowing the department to communicate with older adults through voice calls, text messages and email in 70 different languages at the click of a button.

Funding from New York state powers the pilot program, which strengthens departmental connections with older adults and helps to better communicate information about services, provide referrals, and easily collect survey data to improve services. The pilot program will enable older adults to receive timely assistance, nutrition support, home delivered meals updates, educational information, and emergency information all in one spot.

“This new program keeps older adults engaged with their community and improves access for more people to utilize our department’s services and programs,” Commissioner of Senior Services Angela Marinucci said. “We are always looking for ways to expand our outreach and provide individuals with the information and connection they need as they age in place, and this program provides that outreach across 70 languages so we will reach even further.”

Blooming Health CEO Nima Roohi said, “We are honored to collaborate with Erie County Department of Senior Services to support their vision of providing programs and services to older adults and their families to promote independence, optimal health and wellness in a safe and secure environment. By fostering inclusive engagement, we can amplify the support services available to older adults and ensure more people across the county can benefit from these valuable resources.”

Blooming Health is an agetech company with a mission to power healthy aging in place for all. Its inclusive digital engagement solutions enable aging care providers across the U.S. to reach tens of thousands of older adults and caregiver clients in a personalized way, removing technology and language barriers to enable older adults’ easier access to timely care.

The Department of Senior Services has already begun onboarding its current clients participating in county services into the pilot program. Older adults will receive a welcome message containing information about the service. If they are not interested in participating in the service, they are able to unsubscribe at any time.

To learn more or sign up, contact the department at 716-858-8526.

For more information on Blooming Health, visit https://gobloominghealth.com/; or on the Erie County Department of Senior Services, visit https://www3.erie.gov/seniorservices/.

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