Since 2011, Grotta has actively sought to improve care transitions as seniors’ transition from hospital to home or other settings by promoted the use of evidence-based models. Aware of the national problem of avoidable 30-day hospital readmissions costing approximately $17 billion nationally and its impact on seniors, Grotta has promoted local efforts and awarded more than $700,000 in grants.
Grotta’s commitment to improving care transitions affecting seniors continues today with its fourth and final year of funding. The 2014 Fall Grant Cycle will fund grants for a one year period, January- December 2015, that augment care transitions efforts with improvements in medication management and/or grow transitions efforts in stronger and larger collaborations.
HomeMeds (also known as the Medication Management Improvement System - MMIS) is designed to enable community agencies to address this important safety and quality of life issue.
Presenters: June Simmons, W. June Simmons, MSW, LCSW, President/CEO Partners in Care Foundation and Sandy Atkins, MPA, Project Director/VP Institute for Change, Partners in Care Foundation
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The Grotta Fund for Senior Care aims to benefit older adults and their families living in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties and help them to age in place in their homes and communities, with dignity and independence.
Grotta is a community advisory fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, created in 2003 with the proceeds from the sale of the Theresa Grotta Center for Rehabilitative Services. Through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, grants are selected on a non-sectarian basis. For one of its two grant cycle each year, the Grotta Fund Council members strive to address a selected focus or issue faced by the increasing number of seniors in the Greater MetroWest area, while the second grant supports direct-service community programs and services with a broader set of criteria.
Currently, Grotta grantees are implementing evidence-based models that improve care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions by 15-20%, advancing better communications and changing practice methods through teams and collaborations and involving hospitals, community-based organizations and governmental agencies. In addition, to promote senior-friendly, safe living, grant-supported programs offer innovative care coordination, shared housing, arts enrichment, volunteerism, spiritual enrichment, horticulture programs, geriatric mental health programs, and health education. These efforts are directed at the growing population of adults aged 60 and older.