We’re marking World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 with a special two-part series on advancements in the care of our HIV+ residents. This month: National funding is vital to the services Broadway House residents rely on to improve their health—and return to the community.
It’s no secret that Broadway House for Continuing Care is a national leader in restoring the health of people with HIV/AIDS. Generous funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is critical to our mission. Broadway House is the only long-term care facility in the nation to receive this prestigious annual grant, which this year totaled approximately $212,000.
“This funding allows Broadway House to provide important specialties, all onsite, that treat the whole patient—mind, body, and spirit,” explains Gloria Horton, BA, SCW, CDP, CDVC, Director of Social Services. “At Broadway House, we build a village around each resident, forging relationships and trust that help residents to adhere to their care plan. So many support services work together toward a discharge plan that enables our residents to achieve better health.”
Each year, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds comprehensive services at Broadway House including medical case management, social work, substance abuse counseling, medical nutrition therapy, mental health services, and art therapy. Coordinated through our Social Services Department, the rigorous grant application process involves gathering and reporting data from a host of Broadway House departments.
“Broadway House is the only nursing home to receive Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding because of the continuation of care we provide to our HIV+ residents,” says Ms. Horton. “For instance, we have infectious disease specialists—including doctors, nurses, and social workers—who are well versed in the complex needs of our residents. Medical case management can help stabilize HIV when residents adhere to medication regimens, and medical nutrition therapy can prevent the ‘wasting’ that is common with HIV. These are just a few examples of specialty care, which is very expensive to provide. We’re so grateful that funding through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program helps to make all of this possible.”
Next month: Learn how new advances in HIV/AIDS care are improving survival rates.