SAN DIEGO – June 23, 2010 – ElderHelp (www.elderhelpofsandiego.org) has received a $75,000 grant award from the Archstone Foundation. ElderHelp will use the funds to support its Concierge Club, an innovative, affordable option for seniors providing in-home care and enabling them to remain independent in their own homes.
“We are so blessed to have received the support of the Archstone Foundation,” says Leane Marchese, Executive Director, ElderHelp. “With state budget cuts taking a toll on senior social services, it is promising to have the extra funding to help San Diego seniors have affordable independent living options, such as the Concierge Club, as they head into their golden years.”
Specifically, the grant will be used to strengthen the Concierge Club’s Preferred Provider Network (PPN), which provides Concierge Club members’ access to reliable, affordable services such as home repairs, long-term care providers, and community based resources, as well as health and wellness practitioners. The Concierge Club’s PPN offers a referral program where an ElderHelp preferred provider coordinator will screen service providers for quality and dependability, negotiate discount prices for members, and follow up to determine if service was satisfactory.
ElderHelp’s Concierge Club connects caring volunteers and staff with seniors to help them stay where they want to be most – independent, and in their own homes. It is open to all seniors, regardless of income. The Concierge Club is designed to lighten the load for family caregivers and decreases the likelihood of falling victim to a scam or elder abuse. ElderHelp’s Concierge Club is designated one of California’s Top Ten Innovative Community Solutions on Aging by the California Healthcare Foundation, and in December 2009 received the Nonprofit Management Institute’s Award on Organizational Innovation and is a model for programs to provide seniors care at an affordable rate.
About the Archstone Foundation
The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The Foundation’s priorities include elder abuse and neglect, fall prevention, end-of-life issues, and responsive grantmaking to address emerging issues within the aging population. Since its inception in 1986, the Archstone Foundation has awarded more than $73 million in grants. Learn more at www.archstone.org.
Founded in 1973, ElderHelp is one of San Diego’s oldest and most trusted organizations assisting local seniors. ElderHelp is a non-profit organization comprised of professionals and community volunteers committed to offering quality social services that help seniors live independently in their own homes. Last year, ElderHelp assisted more than 5,000 seniors throughout San Diego County. Visit www.elderhelpofsandiego.org or call (619) 284-9281 to learn more or to sign up for services. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.