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.