VANTAGE Aging Is Participating in GIVE65 to Raise Money for Home Wellness Program

Summit County, Ohio (June 25, 2018): VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions is participating in Home Instead Senior Care Foundation’s GIVE65 campaign July 10-12 to raise funds that help seniors age in place in their own homes.

GIVE65 is a 65-hour, crowd-fundraising event for nonprofits serving seniors. Donations are tax deductible.

GIVE65 is hosted by Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, a foundation that has invested nearly $2 million in nonprofit organizations serving seniors throughout the United States and Canada.

This year, each participating organization is eligible for up to $5,000 in matching grants. It is a dollar-for-dollar match, meaning organizations do not have to reach $5,000 and/or their fundraising goal to receive matching dollars.

In addition, Home Instead is providing participating organizations with the opportunity to receive one of two $10,000 financial rewards.

As a nonprofit provider of homecare services, VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions is participating in GIVE65 with a goal of $50,000. Funds raised will help the program continue to build its financial reserves so that it can serve the growing number of people in need of services in Summit County and surrounding areas.

Seniors in Need

A program of VANTAGE Aging, Home Wellness Solutions serves low-income, older adults with chronic disabilities by providing in-home assistance with vital errands, housekeeping tasks, laundry and personal care that they can no longer handle by themselves and cannot afford to purchase. The program also includes a fall prevention initiative. A private pay model for services is available, as well.

In 2017, VANTAGE served 243 Home Wellness clients, helping them stay independent in their own homes.

There are currently 258 additional individuals on a waiting list to receive services. Due to a lack of funding, the program is unable to serve them.

Through GIVE65, VANTAGE aims to address the individuals on the waiting list and help more seniors stay independent at home and active in the community.

Why Give?

Supporting VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions through the GIVE65 Event has a positive impact on the community as a whole.

The stabilizing effect of in-home assistance coupled with wellness and fall prevention initiatives contribute to the community by providing a viable Medicaid diversion program which in turn saves the State and taxpayers millions of dollars.

The cost of in-home services from VANTAGE is approximately $2,000 per year per person. This is compared to the cost of nursing home care at $91,000 per year per person.

In Ohio, 27.5% of seniors are isolated, living alone and 28.5% of seniors live in or near poverty. In addition to this, the average family caregiver can expect to spend over 4 years and $100,000 actively helping an ailing family member.

GIVE65 donations help to eliminate many socioeconomic issues that are the result of resources not keeping up with the needs of a growing aging population. The GIVE65 Event leverages dollars designated toward building a sustainable and affordable Home Wellness Program for seniors and caregivers in Summit County.

WHERE YOUR DOLLARS GO: Here are some ways your donation makes a difference in keeping seniors in their own homes:
• $300 = one year of homemaker services
• $300 = one year of grocery shopping assistance
• $1,200 = 4 hours of chore services to 10 people

Donations to VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions’ GIVE65 campaign help seniors in Summit County stay in their own homes and active in their communities.

How to give

GIVE65 is July 10 – July 12.

You can make a secure, online credit card donation on VANTAGE Aging’s GIVE65 page: https://www.give65.org/campaignforhomewellness.

To help raise more funds, you can create a Hope Page on the GIVE65 website. Hope Pages allow you to make a personalized appeal. Share your GIVE65 Hope Page on social media and in emails with your friends, family, and colleagues.

To learn more about VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions, visit our website or call 330-253-4597.

About VANTAGE Aging

VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services) provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Our programs include Home Wellness Solutions, Behavioral Health Solutions including mental health counseling and treatment for alcohol and other drug use issues, job training, home-delivered and congregate meals, and volunteer opportunities. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, it has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, visit vantageaging.org.

Update: 7/13/2018

Thank you to all who participated in the Give65 Event. With your generous support, VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions raised $6,415! The proceeds go towards providing in-home care services to low-income seniors in need of assistance to live in their homes with dignity.