President’s Point – January 2019
In 2018 Elder Care participated in or led many significant and, in some cases, life changing events that you may not be aware of. For instance, we distributed 288 food vouchers and 344 produce bundles, created a client corner stocked with pet supplies and other essential items and coordinated the pickup and delivery of numerous hospital beds. But rather than a review of all that we did, I would prefer to focus your attention on a few of the exciting possibilities that lie ahead of us in 2019.
At the end of 2018, the Agency for Healthcare Administration awarded a three-year Long Term Managed Care contract to a number of new statewide providers. We will begin these new relationships next month and the financial prospects look promising. We anticipate being able to offer a more comprehensive array of services to our clients while gaining back more of the control we lost when the original contract was awarded three years ago.
Every year Elder Care serves over 2,000 seniors through our Information and Referral program. The program is a vital lifeline that nourishes the hungry, warms those who are cold, and sustains quality of life. With years of experience we have seen firsthand that the seniors who call or walk in for information or a referral need immediate assistance with basic necessities. To meet this need, we began offering emergency supplies like material aid and utility assistance. Today we offer an emergency food pantry, a client corner that also includes pet food and supplies, Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly, weather related supplies, and ability aid items such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and bedside commodes.
In 2019 we will expand information and referral services and launch a newly branded and reformed program called Senior Outreach Services, or SOS. We will initiate a strong promotion for SOS so that we can reach more Leon County seniors than ever before. Elder Care has always been focused on providing comprehensive care with a variety of interrelated programs. This change represents one more way that Elder Care has recognized a community need and reorganized to provide the needed care without impacting our extremely low administrative costs.
Our sincere thanks for everything you did last year to help us improve the quality of life for our seniors and for all we know you will do again in 2019 to help keep them safe, warm and well nourished.Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!
Mark D. Baldino
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