VANTAGE Aging receives grants for Home Wellness Solutions and Meals on Wheels programs
Akron, Ohio (January 28, 2019) VANTAGE Aging has received $58,190 in grants to serve more of Summit County’s most vulnerable population from CareSource, Corbin Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, and Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation. Funds will be used to help seniors remain in their homes with independence and dignity.
Funding was granted for VANTAGE’s Home Wellness Solutions program, which provides small supports that help seniors live at home, rather than be prematurely or inappropriately placed in a nursing home facility. Home Wellness Solutions provides assistance with activities associated with daily living, including housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, personal care, and wellness assessments.
Grantors of VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions are:
- CareSource, $5000
- The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, $5,000
- Sisler McFawn Foundation, $7,500
- Akron Community Foundation, $17,500
Additionally, Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation awarded a $23,190 grant to VANTAGE’s Meals on Wheels program. Funds have been used to purchase a 2018 RAM Promaster City Tradesman Cargo Van for home-delivered meals.
The new vehicle allows VANTAGE to address the growing nutritional needs of seniors in Summit County. Meals on Wheels delivers over 200,000 home-delivered meals and serves over 30,000 congregate meals in Summit County annually.
VANTAGE Aging offers a host of programs serving older adults across the state of Ohio, including: Workforce Solutions on-the-job training, Behavioral Health Solutions, RSVP Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Meals on Wheels, and Home Wellness Solutions.
The agency aims to promote a positive perspective on aging and continue to address the needs of older adults as Ohio’s senior population continues to grow. Currently, older adults make up 22% of Summit County. By 2023, older adults are projected to be 30% of the Summit County population, with a predicted 150,000 individuals over age 60.
“Grant funding allows VANTAGE to keep up with the rising need for services for older adults,” said Karen Hrdlicka, President/CEO of VANTAGE Aging. “We appreciate that foundations recognize the value of older adults in our communities and are willing to fund homemaker and meal delivery services that keep adults safe and healthy in their homes.”
If you or someone you know could benefit from the programs of VANTAGE Aging, please visit their website at vantageaging.org or call their office at 330-253-4597.
About VANTAGE Aging
VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Behavioral Health Solutions offers mental health counseling and treatment for alcohol and other drug use issues to adults age 45 and older. Job training for low-income adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330.253.4597 or visit www.vantageaging.org.
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Senior Director of Community Engagement