Written by Linda Portney Goldstein Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
When Vita Scotti and Jan Stone thought residents at the Harborview Active Adult Community should have a working knowledge of CPR and training in the use of the portable defibrillators that are placed in various locations on the premises, they reached out to Kelly Steinman, R.N. with the Town of North Hempstead’s Project Independence.
The mission of Project Independence is to assist and enable aging seniors to remain in their homes in familiar surroundings as they grow older. One of the elements of the Project is to provide education to qualifying communities. It was under the educational provisions that Steinman put Scotti in touch with Catherine Blotiau, a nurse educator with the outreach program of the North Shore/LIJ Health Care Network, one of the many local organizations and businesses that partner with Project Independence.
Harborview at Port Washington, an active adult community located off Fairway Drive overlooking the Harbor Links Golf Course, is one of several senior communities on the peninsula. Looking around the meeting room, the residents did not seem to fit the traditional picture of “seniors.” This may very well be because the minimum age requirement to purchase at Harborview is only 55 and as residents say, once you are a homeowner, the great gym and classes ranging from Zumba to Pilates and everything in between keep you active and in shape.
The meeting was well attended. Blotiau demonstrated the use of a portable defibrillator and CPR techniques. This meeting was an information session and it was not intended for CPR certification. Blotiau and Steinman said that a certification session could be arranged if enough residents show an interest.
If you would like to find out more about Project Independence call 311 and ask for Nurse Kelly or visit the Town of North Hempstead website.