Here’s Why Our Communities Need Home Wellness Programs for Seniors

Aging comes with challenges that can make some daily tasks difficult. But with small supports from a home wellness provider, older adults are able to stay independent in their own homes longer.

VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions client Roosevelt is 75 years old and lives in a senior building. He has been getting services from VANTAGE (formerly Mature Services) for 8 years.

Roosevelt found that as he got older, daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking had become harder. He is not comfortable with using the stove because he has developed poor eyesight. And rheumatoid arthritis makes it difficult to bend over and clean.

Physical barriers do not stop Roosevelt from aging where he wants to, in his own way. With small supports, he is able to stay in his own home and maintain his independence.

Throughout the week, VANTAGE staff comes to Roosevelt’s home to help him with different tasks around the house that have become difficult for him to do on his own. Team members do routine cleaning and cook him meals.

“I’d really be in a pickle if I didn’t have services from VANTAGE,” said Roosevelt. “The workers are all really good. It’s wonderful.”

Help seniors like Roosevelt by marking your calendar for GIVE65, a 3-day crowdfunding event for agencies that give hope to seniors. Make a difference in a senior’s life straight from your phone in minutes.

Aging in place

Roosevelt is just one of many older adults who wishes to maintain their independence. 98% of seniors in Summit County want to age in place at home. However, local funding cuts have shrunk resources for senior home wellness.

Home wellness programs provide services such as house cleaning, personal care, running errands, and preparing meals that help older adults avoid going into a nursing home prematurely.

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 home wellness model for aging in place saves everyone dollars. The average cost of VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions is about $2,000 per person per year, compared to nursing home costs of $90,000. With such a staggering difference, it is easy to see how even individuals with resources can quickly run out of funds.

For those who need a higher level of care, nursing homes are necessary and beneficial. However, if a senior can be provided with a small amount of support to stay in their home affordably and safely, the entire community benefits.

How you can help

Help us serve seniors in need by joining us for GIVE65. Presented by Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, GIVE65 is a 36-hour long crowdfunding event that aims to raise funds for organizations that give hope to seniors.

Between July 10 and 12, you can make a donation to VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions’ GIVE65 page. Home Instead is matching funds, so your dollars double. Your generosity will help neighboring seniors receive the support they need to stay in their own homes and be active in the community.

Want to help spread the word about GIVE65? Use this GIVE65 flyer to help us reach our goal.

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