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Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and Philadelphia Fire DepartmentAwarded by National Fire Protection Association
Date:11/2/2009

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia (VNA) have been awarded scholarships to participate in a training conference dedicated to Remembering When(TM): A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, developed by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA. The awarded scholarships provide for travel expenses for two participants, Remembering When curriculum materials and all training.

VNA is a leading not-for-profit provider of comprehensive 24-hour in-home and community health care to residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

The conference will be held November 15 -- 17, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. NFPA has selected two-member teams from 32 communities across North America to participate. Teams are comprised of one fire department member partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults through home visits, such as visiting nurses associations, home health care agencies, and places of worship.

"Adults 65 years and older are more than twice as likely to be killed in a home fire compared to the population at large, and falls are the leading cause of death from injuries in this group," said Sharon Gamache, NFPA's Director of High-Risk Outreach Programs, "This training offers strategies that participants can bring back to share with their communities to help prevent fires and falls among older adults that live there."

"We are honored to receive this award from NFPA," said Mimi Schaible, RN, MSN, MBA, Senior Vice President for Business Development. "We care for nearly 1,600 patients in the Philadelphia region each day. Their health and safety is of utmost importance to us."

"This partnership with VNA is both welcomed and much needed. The Remembering When program will enhance our senior citizens' level of awarenes
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