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Public Hearings on Women’s Financial Concerns

The Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is holding Public Hearings on Women’s Financial Concerns

The focus of the 2014-2015 Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is “building bridges to economic security” for women and girls in our community. The Commission has identified housing, transportation, childcare, and income to be several of the factors that impact economic security.

For more information, dates and locations, please download the flyer.

UPHS 2014 Webinar Series - Free for UPHS Members!

The Webinars will be posted to the UPHS website after the live event.

If you participate in the live webinar you will be able to engage in the 30 minutes Q and A portion.

Look for registration information 10 days before the scheduled webinar.

Each Webinar will contain 1 hour of instruction with PowerPoint slides and 30 minutes for Q and A.

  • September 16 – Customer Service: Building a Culture of Service
    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Instructor: Chris Lolley, Training Coordinator, Big Bend Communty Based Care

  • September 23 – The Perils of Conducting Background Checks -- When is it TMI?
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Instructor: Joyce Chastain, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Krizner Group

  • September 30 – Engaging Supervision: The relationship factor that can make or break your team
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Instructor: Carol Edwards, Director of Training, Community Based Care of the Big Bend

To register, please visit our Calendar.

Elder Care Services Receives Capital Medical Society Foundation Grant to Assist Seniors with Aging in Place

Photo of CMS and Elder Care check presentation.Elder Care Services received a $3,450 grant from the Capital Medical Society Foundation to help keep more seniors where they want to be – in their home. The grant will provide supplemental services for twenty (20) at-risk seniors and their caregivers who are currently on a waiting list. These services typically include bathing, light housekeeping, trips to the doctor, help understanding/paying bills, filing insurance claims and respite from care giving responsibilities.

When compared to other long-term care options, Elder Care Services’ In-Home Services program is the most cost-effective method of serving frail seniors. According to the 2013 Florida County Profiles, compiled by The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Leon County has 1,406 beds available in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and they maintain an 89.9% occupancy rate. With 938 seniors on the Elder Care Services waiting list, the delta between the needs of our seniors and the supply of local options continues to grow at an alarming rate.

We estimate that our In-Home Services program is about half the cost of an assisted living facility ($42,600 per year) and roughly 23% of the costs of nursing home placement ($82,125 per year) based on the results of GenWorth Financial’s 2013 Cost of Care Survey. When you consider the strong desire of seniors and their families to avoid nursing home placement, due to economic pressures and the increased challenges caregivers face to remain emotionally stable, In-Home Services is far and away the most cost-effective solution.

The Capital Medical Society Foundation grant will provide one-time only services to those in need who would normally qualify for state and federal programs, if more funding were available.

At present funding levels, large numbers of our seniors are scoring higher on their Comprehensive Client Assessments and at risk of entering a nursing home. Additional funding is critical for us to be able to deliver these vitally important services to as many high risk seniors as possible.

In partnership with many organizations in the community, our care managers work closely with families to provide services that enable at-risk seniors to maintain their dignity while maximizing their independence and quality of life. Our In-Home Services are the cornerstone of that effort. Direct Care Specialists visit homes on a regularly scheduled basis to provide the following personal care services: bathing, dressing, grooming, homemaking and companionship/respite. They become “extended family” to the seniors and their caregivers. Changes in health or physical abilities are reported immediately so the care manager can re-evaluate the care plan and make the necessary adjustments to the type and/or amount of services being provided.

"The benefit to me and my family through Elder Care Services’ In-Home Services program is simply amazing. I am the caregiver for my father-in-law, and if it was not for the wonderful staff at Elder Care Services, providing services based on his needs while waiting for subsidized funding – I do not know where we would be. Their staff helps with his personal care and provides him companionship during the day while we are away at work. If it was not for the generosity of Elder Care Services and the supplemental funding provided from this grant, my father-in-law would be in a nursing home, which would be truly difficult for him. In addition to providing services when state funds were not available, their staff worked with their community partners to provide a mini grant to remodel his bathroom so he could get in and out of the tub easier without assistance. The Elder Care Services In-Home Services staff are awesome; they really go above and beyond to help seniors in need while improving the quality of life of everyone they serve.” – Janie Register

There is no way to fully express our gratitude for the loyalty and generosity of our supporters. We could never do all the things we do without help from partners like the Capital Medical Society Foundation.

For more information on becoming a partner or donating to this program, please contact Amber R. Tynan, development and communications director, at 850-245-5931 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrating the Inaugural Class of Thunderdome Tallahassee

The Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association announces the membership of Class 1 of Thunderdome Tallahassee, a hands-on legal group training program to provide education, mentoring, networking, and leadership to a new generation of lawyers serving Leon County. Launching in September 2014, Thunderdome Tallahassee addresses a desperate need for equal access to justice for low-income families and children, by attracting, harnessing, and developing the talent of volunteer lawyers as they serve those needing family law assistance. This groundbreaking program has been developed by committee and curriculum partners representing Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Family Law Judges, Florida State College of Law and Public Interest Law Center, Leadership Tallahassee, Tallahassee Bar Association & Young Lawyers’ Section, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association.

Download the full press release here.

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