Home Wellness Solutions is a program of VANTAGE Aging. Home Wellness serves low-income, older adults with chronic disabilities by providing in-home assistance with vital errands, housekeeping tasks, laundry and personal care that they can no longer handle by themselves and cannot afford to purchase. Our target recipient is the older adult who is not yet eligible for in-home Medicaid services. With regular limited in-home assistance, these individuals can remain stable in their own home environments and continue to remain supporting members of their community. The stabilizing effect of in-home assistance, coupled with wellness and fall-prevention initiatives, contributes not only to our aging neighbors, but to the community by providing a viable Medicaid diversion program which in turn saves the State and taxpayers millions of dollars. The cost of in-home services is approximately $2,000/year per person compared to the cost of nursing home care of $91,000 per year per person. During the past year, Home Wellness Solutions provided assistance to 243 older adults. 99% of those served were able to remain self-sufficient in their own homes and 93% reported that our services assisted them to remain at home. There are an additional 258 names on a waiting list. Although the aging population continues to grow exponentially and it is much less expensive to serve individuals at home, funding for free services to those in need is declining. With minimal Home assistance, older adults can often continue to live independently for many years, truly a priority for the community.
Meals on Wheels is growing and in need of your support to help stop senior hunger among many of your homebound senior neighbors. The need for hot nutritious meals has grown from 525 meals served daily to over 700 meals in just one year. All meals are on a donation basis, no one is turned away for inability to pay. After all donations, the program is still short $2.50 to cover the cost of a meal. Our goal is to help your homebound senior neighbors stay healthy, save and live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Sadly, an increasing number of low-income seniors are having to choose between food, rent or medications. Your donation will help our communities seniors not have to make those choices.
Due to requests from families, city officials and physicians, In 2016 the Country Meals program was born, serving meals to homebound seniors with in an hour outside of Rapid City limits, thus adding an additional 22 communities. Because of this huge increase in requests for nutritious meals, your donations have never been more important.
PLEASE HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A SENIORS LIFE TODAY WITH YOUR DONATION AND HELP STOP SENIOR HUNGER
Seniors in San Diego remain our largest underserved population. While the general population in the County will increase by 38 percent in 2030, those 65 and older will increase by 130 percent - an astonishing figure that needs to be addressed.
As the County deals with inadequate affordable housing, the practical solution is to help seniors remain in their homes as long as possible. ElderHelp is one of the only agencies that meets this need - keeping them healthy, safe and stable in their own homes. Our Care Coordination program services - delivered at no cost to the senior - bring more than comfort to our clients. We actually help them extend their meager incomes by saving them the expense of transportation, minor home modifications and repairs, garden services and pet care.
Of more significance is our proactive health advocacy and monitoring, which averts or delays the financial hardship of needing a nursing home or long term care.
Many seniors have reached the point in their lives where their physical limitations preclude them from using public transportation, or in some cases, using it regularly. Others live in areas not readily served by public transportation. Our Care Coordination transportation program is one of the few programs that specialize in transportation services designed especially for seniors and the challenges they face in accessing transportation. And because there are no fees, it is accessible to all seniors who live in our service area.
The Service-Enriched Housing project provides housing and supportive services to low-to-moderate income seniors seeking to avert a crisis and/or improve their housing and quality of life through a unique combination of services that change the way we think about housing, health, eradicating poverty and bringing about self-sufficiency, changing the landscape of impoverished communities, one senior at a time.
As the largest generation in American history ages, the need for different types of senior housing grows. Nationally, the number of persons 65 and older was 43.1 million in 2012, according to the Administration on Aging's Profile of Older Americans. That number is projected to grow to 56 million by 2020.