Rose View Center recently hosted the Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) graduation ceremonies. Brian Duke, The Pennsylvania secretary of aging spoke to the graduates and congratulated them on their hard work and commitment to the PEER program.
Additionally, local honorees acknowledged the graduates efforts. Among these honorees were: Richard Mirabito, state Rep., and Fred Shrimp, director of Lycoming/Clinton bi-county office of aging.
While graduates of the program did not wear caps and gowns, they did receive certificates, a tote bag, and a badge.
The ceremony recognized a great accomplishment for the seven members who completed 10 hours of training, preparing them to be advocates for themselves and other fellow residents at their long-term care facilities.
The PEER program is an initiative of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program which was established in 2002 under the Title VII of the Older Americans Act.
Four residents of Rose View Center, two of Elmcroft Living, and one of The Williamsport Home completed five weeks of two-hour sessions and became graduates of the PEER program. These graduates join the other 105 active PEER members within Lycoming County.