Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents honored by Office of Aging

Fifty-one PEERs from Lycoming and Clinton counties enjoyed an indoor picnic lunch catered by the 4 C’s Cafe and musical entertainment by the Steve Hunter Family at the first agency-wide PEER Day, held in July at the Clinton County Community Center.

Also in attendance were Jan Brown, regional ombudsman coordinator; five local ombudsman staff, volunteers and representative staff from nursing facilities.

STEP Office of Aging ombudsmen began offering the PEER program in 2006 and 111 trained PEERs are currently active in Lycoming and Clinton County facilities.

Every nursing home and most personal care homes in Lycoming and Clinton counties now have PEER groups.

Awards were presented with Lottie Laidacker, Sycamore Manor’s nominee, receiving the overall Outstanding PEER award.

Other PEERs nominated for their outstanding service were Elly

Marquardt, Elmcroft of Loyalsock, representing the senior living group; Janet Herman, The Haven; Stan Hammaker, Insinger’s Campbell Street, representing personal care homes in Lycoming County; Debbie Brooks, ManorCare Jersey Shore; Vern Wernett, ManorCare North; Mary Davenport, ManorCare South; Dorris Flagg, Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit; Artie Breznek, Rose View Center; Harold Myers, Susque-View; Florence Metzger, Valley View; and Tory Barlett, The Williamsport Home. STEP Office of Aging is part of STEP’s Independent Living Pathway to Success.