WATCH TEAMS (Wellness Action Teams of Cecil and Harford) are making a difference in our communities.
Helping Seniors live healthy independent lives is our goal
Do you have a chronic disease such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lyme Disease
- Heart Disease
If so, then Wellness Action Teams of Cecil and Harford (WATCH) teams are here to help.
What is the purpose of the WATCH Team?
We believe that having a chronic disease doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun fulfilling life. The WATCH Team are teams of professional medical and outreach workers that help residents with TWO OR MORE chronic diseases manage their lives, medication, and daily challenges for better health outcomes and improved quality of life. WATCH Team are NOT hospital based and can meet you in your home, or anywhere else in the community where you are comfortable.
How many WATCH Teams are there?
There are presently four WATCH Teams that serve Harford and Cecil counties.
What staff is on a WATCH Team?
- Community Health Worker
- Social Worker
What services can a WATCH Team provide?
- They can connect you with a primary care doctor if you don’t have one
- They can assist with issues such as:
- managing your chronic disease
- transportation issues
- access to health insurance
- access to food
- scheduling doctor’s appointments
- creating a care plan
- helping you draft advance directives (end of life plan)
- reviewing your medications with you
- helping create a plan for taking your medications correctly
- answering questions about medication side effects
- providing health education
- connecting you with a social or spiritual community
- providing health coaching
- helping you connect with specialized resources for seniors
What does the WATCH Team NOT do?
The WATCH Teams are not home health care. They do not come into your home and provide daily routine care, house keeping, or chores. The WATCH team is not appropriate for addressing pain management as a primary concern, oncology, dialysis patients, and those for who suffer primarily with mental health issues not physical ones.
How do I get connected with the WATCH program?
You can be referred to the program:
- by your doctor or nurse
- when you are discharged from a Skilled Nursing facility to return home
- from a Home Health Agency as you end your home care
- or you can refer yourself to the program by calling 1-800-515-0044.
WATCH Community partners include: the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, Union Hospital, Harford County Health Department, Harford County Government, CRISP, Cecil County Health Department, Cecil County Government, West Cecil Health Center, and Beacon Health Center.