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Porter Hills Foundation Receives Grant Supporting Low-Income Older Adults at LifeCircles PACE-Holland
Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland and Partners Award $10,000 for Telehealth Initiatives
The Porter Hills Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and Greater Ottawa County United Way Emergency Human Needs Fund. This gift will support telehealth initiatives for low-income, nursing home eligible participants at LifeCircles PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Holland, Michigan. LifeCircles PACE opened in Muskegon, Michigan in 2009 and, in February 2016, opened its second site in Holland. Now one of thirteen PACE sites statewide, LifeCircles serves 118 participants at its center in Holland, many of whom live with a behavioral health challenge. LifeCircles PACE serves older adults living in Muskegon County and portions of Ottawa and Allegan counties.
The LifeCircles PACE Day Health Center provides key services for PACE participants including comprehensive medical, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy needs, nutrition and meals, health education, social and recreational activities, and door-to-door transportation. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Day Health Center has temporarily closed, but participants need care and services more than ever.
“We are thrilled to receive this gift from the Emergency Human Needs Fund through the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and Greater Ottawa County United Way to support the healthcare needs of the older adults we serve at LifeCircles PACE,” says Joanna Hogan, Vice President of Philanthropy for the Porter Hills Foundation. “Telehealth technology will allow our clinical teams to continue to provide outstanding care and services with a face-to-face connection for our participants and family caregivers. It’s truly a game-changer for the vulnerable population we serve.”
“Utilizing iPads and conferencing technology, PACE participants, family members, and caregivers will have the ability to connect virtually with PACE clinical team members, allowing
participants to receive care, while reducing the exposure for both team members and participants to COVID-19,” explains Luke Reynolds, Executive Director of LifeCircles PACE. “PACE social work team members will also be able to host virtual caregiver support groups to reduce feelings of isolation, stress, and burnout.”
PACE serves the social, medical, and supportive needs of low-income, older adults, ages 55 and up, who live within the PACE service area. PACE participants must be certified as meeting the State of Michigan criteria for nursing facility level of care, but be able to live safely in their homes and communities, thanks to PACE support. PACE offers a cost-effective alternative to nursing home care, providing overall savings of 40% to the State.
For more information, about LifeCircles PACE, visit https://lifecircles-pace.org/ or call 616-582-3100.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the mission of Porter Hills is to be trusted experts serving seniors with grace. Its vision is to be nationally recognized as an unparalleled leader and partner in senior services. In March 2019, Porter Hills affiliated, under shared governance and leadership, with United Methodist Retirement Communities, based in Chelsea, Michigan. Together, UMRC & Porter Hills represent the second largest nonprofit senior living organization in Michigan. With a tradition of exceptional quality and a commitment to cutting-edge care, these faith-based organizations and their affiliates combine to serve more than 6,700 older adults each year, from 24 locations and service lines, across 22 counties in Michigan’s lower peninsula. UMRC and Porter Hills make up one of the state’s leading providers of PACE services, serving approximately 1,000 older adults across 15 Michigan counties. porterhills.org|616.949.4975
Porter Hills Foundation is the charitable arm for Porter Hills, with headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1995, the Porter Hills Foundation was officially established as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to raise, invest, and monitor the funds that support Porter Hills in providing a continuum of high-quality communities and services. With a focus on the health and well-being of older adults, and education and retention of our outstanding staff team members, the Porter Hills Foundation’s four priority initiatives include: benevolent care, employee support services, capital improvements, and life enrichment for older adults. porterhills.org/foundation|616.577.2297
LifeCircles PACE is a proven, cost-effective alternative to nursing home care allowing eligible participants to live safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible with the help of PACE services. Often referred to as the “gold standard” for the care of older adults with healthcare challenges, PACE is designed to specifically meet the social, medical, and supportive needs of low-income, nursing home eligible adults ages 55 and older. The PACE model is based on the philosophy that older adults with chronic health needs and their families enjoy a better quality of life and are better served when they can remain in the community they call “home.” Lifecircles-pace.org |616.582.3100
The Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area seeks to ensure that our community thrives today, tomorrow, and forever by building our Community’s Endowment to support high impact charitable projects, helping donors achieve their charitable goals and leading and partnering in community level initiatives. Cfhz.org |616.396.6590