Senior health care coalition to be organized, outreach and service providers involved.
The San Fernando Valley based Partners in Care Foundation (Partners) has received a $200,000, 12-month planning grant from the SCAN Foundation for the purpose of expanding access to community-based long-term care services for seniors and caregivers in the Santa Clarita Valley and South Los Angeles. Planning for the Santa Clarita effort will commence this month.
The program calls for Partners to create the "Family Care Partnership" that will develop, test and disseminate best practices in aging, disability and long-term care services. Members of the Partnership for the Santa Clarita Valley include the core collaborators of the Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care Center, Alzheimer's Association, the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, California Health Innovation Center of Partners in Care, College of the Canyons, and the Heart and Stroke Association.
Additional members include the Center for Healthcare Rights, Grandparents as Parents, LETMESAIL,
and the San Fernando Valley Multipurpose Senior Services Center (MSSP).
In addition to improving access to services, a portion of the grant will be used to develop a plan for a new "under-one-roof" facility in Santa Clarita staffed by Partnership member agencies as well as a call center providing brief assessments and referrals, thereby making it easier for seniors and their caregivers to access the array of services provided by the Partnership.
Dr. Bruce Chernof, M.D., president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, said the program envisioned by Partners is an excellent example of how long-term care for
's growing senior population is changing.
"Seniors want to remain healthy and independent in whatever settings are most appropriate to meeting their needs. For most persons that setting is in their own home. The challenges are to design care models that help care providers coordinate their services and promote easier access to those services. We think the Partners initiative is a leading example of how to address those challenges."
Founded in 1998, Partners collaborates with health systems, social service agencies, and public organizations to develop and test models that better integrate and deliver services in order to enhance seniors' ability to remain at home and to maintain or restore the best health and highest level of functioning possible.
In addition to serving as the lead agency for research and evaluation projects and developing partnerships to increase access to care, Partners also provides direct services through an MSSP, an
, and two Adult Day Programs in