LIFEElderCareA committed communityworking together to providethe basics of life -food, friendship andenhanced mobility tofrail, Tri-City seniors.A heartfelt sharing of timeto enable all, regardless ofage, a healthy, independentlife.
Who are we:LIFE ElderCare is a501(c)(3), nonprofitorganization that has beenproviding direct services to Tri-City seniors since 1975.We currently have 12 (full andpart-time) staff.We are located in the City ofFremont Human ServicesDepartment at 3300 CapitolAvenue.Our services are home-based, delivered directly to asenior at their home.
Who do weserve:Our services are available toresidents of Fremont, Newarkand Union City, California.Who are aged 60 or older,(or younger than 60 withdisabilities).Who are experiencingdifficulty maintaining theirindependence due to short-term or chronic medicalproblems, and/or adverse lifeevents.
What do we offer:Meals On WheelsOne hot, nutritious, home delivered meal per day.*VIP Rides Transportation support, for those who have no othermeans, to get to medical visits and shop for groceries.Friendly VisitorsCompanionship for those who are lonely and isolated.Fall PreventionA supervised home exercise program to improve strength andbalance and help prevent falls.* Meals On Wheels participants also receive regular health and wellness assessments, healtheducation and assistance with blood pressure monitoring.
Cost and Enrollment:There are no With the exception of Mealsincome On Wheels (which asks for a donation to cover the cost ofrequirements or the meal), our services arerestrictions. offered at no cost to the senior.Eligibility is based Each program needs to beon need, not applied to separately byincome. contacting the Coordinator. The application process can be done in person, over the phone, or through a home visit.
Who uses ourThe oldest old (age 85 and older) are the fastest growing services: segment of the elderly population. The frail elderly who have no From 1960 to 1994, this friends or family to help them. group increased 274 percent compared with an increase Average age of 45 percent for the total 85, predominantly female. population. Lives alone. Overall, the oldest old are projected to be the fastest Has multiple, chronic medical growing part of the elderly conditions that make it hard population into the next to live independently in their century. own home.
How are the services provided:A paid staff member of LIFE ElderCare handles enrollment in eachof the programs, and the coordination of services.Direct services (delivering meals, providing companionship, andoffering ride assistance) are provided by trained communityvolunteers who have gone through a background check and whohave a clear driving record for the past five years.LVN and RN students from Unitek College provide assistance withhome exercise and fall prevention training. Cal State East Bay, 4thyear nursing students, as part of their community healthclass, provide coordinated care through home visits to Meals OnWheels clients.
Who are the volunteers: Most of our volunteers are mature, retired people over age 60, or independent professionals and business owners who have free time during the week to volunteer. We also have young mothers who volunteer with their children and people who are in-between jobs and looking to gain new skills and contacts.A significant percentage ofour volunteers have been Each volunteer is closelywith us for more than five monitored and evaluated byyears. the program coordinator and by the program participants.
Why do they volunteer: The opportunity to “give back” to share what they have with others. To meet new people, make friends and to feel appreciated.Susan and Marilyn have To feel part of a broaderbeen delivering meals tofrail, homebound seniors for community that they arethe past 20 yearsthrough our helping to shape and enrich.Meals On Wheels program. To build an “aging friendly” environment that will support them in their time of need.
How are wefunded:City and/or County GrantsPrivate FoundationsBusiness DonationsIndividual DonorsMajor Funders: City of Fremont, AlamedaCounty Area Agency on Aging, AlamedaCounty Meals on Meals, Measure B GapFund, RGW Construction, The CaliforniaWellness Foundation, East Bay Foundationon Aging and True North Foundation.
What are our goals:Help frail, vulnerable seniors maintain theirindependence, and to age in place, for as long as safelypossible.Provide assistance that is easy to access, affordableand personalized.Contribute to the health and well being of the agingpopulation in the Tri-City community.Foster inter-generational friendship and promote a strongsense of community among our ethnically diversepopulation.
What is our impact:During the fiscal year 2010-2011:• Over 100,000 hot nutritious meals were delivered.• We provided 2,200 escorted rides to those without transportation.• 198 seniors had weekly companionship.• 367 seniors were enrolled in a home exercise program.• Over 500 volunteers committed 2-4 hours of their time permonth, a $1,100,000 community investment in healthy aging.• 358 nursing students received hand-on training in geriatric home care.
How is LIFE ElderCare different:We are a community-based and community-supportedelder care agency.Services are provided by volunteers and trainednursing students.Services are based on need, not income.No financial or long-term commitmentis required.Participation is self-directed and voluntary.Seniors chose which services they want and use the servicesfor as long as they need help. They can opt-out of a programand come back whenever they need assistance again.
What is the alternative: Without community services, the elderly move in with their family or live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Nursing home and assisted living rates rose significantlyBecause of rising costs, along from 2009 to 2010.with an overwhelming desire Private room nursing ratesto remain independent, more rose 4.6% to $229 per day orand more Tri-City seniors are $83,585 per year, (in the San choosing LIFE ElderCare. Francisco East Bay $104,025). Assisted living rose 5.2% to $3,293 per month or $39,516 per year (in the San Francisco East Bay, $45,000 per year).
How can youget involved:Sign up for services.Become a volunteer.Become a donor.Spread the word about ourorganization.Follow us online and sharewith your friends.
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