LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eleven California nonprofit organizations have each received $15,000 donations from SCAN Health Plan to establish emergency assistance funds through which they may provide one-time financial support to older adults and their caregivers faced with unexpected expenses. Such expenses may include: transportation; food assistance; respite; housing assistance; adult daycare programs; utility payment; adaptive devices, such as ramps, bath benches and grab bars; home repairs; or support for other basic necessities.
“All too often financial challenges stand in the way of seniors receiving the support they need to remain independent and in their own homes as they age,” said Dave Schmidt, CEO of SCAN, a senior-focused not-for-profit health plan. “The establishment of these emergency assistance funds allows us to work directly through locally based organizations to find seniors facing immediate needs and help them and their caregivers get through some tough times.”
The organizations that received this funding from SCAN are: Catholic Charities of San Diego, Independence at Home in Long Beach, Human Services Agency of San Joaquin County (Aging and Community Services), Institute on Aging in San Francisco, Orange County Council on Aging, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, Riverside County Area Agency on Aging, Silicon Valley Council on Aging, Social Services Agency of Orange County (Adult Protective Services), St. Barnabas Senior Services in Los Angeles, and WISE and Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.
According to Rebecca Benard, vice president of development and strategic initiatives at St. Barnabas Senior Services, the funds from SCAN are going to play a critical role in helping local seniors get through some difficult times.
“We hear from seniors who can’t make their rent or are in danger of having their water and power shut off,” said Benard. “These funds will allow us to assist these individuals – and others – who just need a little help.”
SCAN’s community-giving program is focused on helping to meet immediate needs – and assist with closing gaps – in community services. Funding is provided to community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to seniors, particularly those providing basic human needs such as food. Year to date SCAN has provided $255,000 in financial support to nonprofit agencies that support seniors in the communities it serves.
“Significant decreases in state and federal funding have created financial shortfalls for many community-based organizations,” said Schmidt. “At SCAN we feel strongly about ensuring that critically important resources remain open and available to seniors who rely on them.”
The community-giving program is part of the health plan’s larger community-outreach efforts, which also include the SCAN Van mobile resource center for seniors and caregivers launched earlier this year, SCAN’s “Trading Ages” senior sensitivity program, the SCAN Resource Centers in California and Arizona, and many other initiatives.
For more than 30 years, SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of seniors and is now the country’s fourth largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan. The company currently has nearly 130,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com.