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The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community

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.

Grotta has awarded more than $4 million dollars in grants to 50 agencies benefiting seniors from 2003 - present. 

Expanding Transitions in Care Efforts: Evidence-Based and Best Practices Approaches to Improving Medication Management and Expanding Collaborative Efforts Aimed At Improving Care Transitions

Webinar
September 22 • 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Click here to register.

Renie Carniol, Grotta Director, NTOCC Director, Cheri A. Lattimer, RN, BSN, Executive Director and Dr. Edward Davidson PharmD, MPH Asst. Professor Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern VA Medical School Partner, Insight Therapeutics, LLC will provide a webinar to perspective grantees and other agencies interested in Expanding Transitions in Care Efforts with Improvements in Medication Management and Growing Stronger, Larger and More Successful Collaborations with Hospitals, Community Based Organizations and Beyond. Cheri will describe examples of programs that are utilizing Evidence-Based and Best Practices methods to address  one or both of these specific issues. She will also provide information, tools and resources that applicants and others may find useful in their programs.

Improving Medication Safety & Management in Care Transitions (HomeMeds)

Webinar
September 29, 2014
• 12 Noon. - 1 p.m.

HomeMeds is an evidence-based, technology-enabled intervention that addresses medication safety among older adults by connecting homecare and other community-based services to health care providers.

This webinar will describe how to HomeMeds can help nurses and care workers make better use of the information already being gathered in the home and helps unmask potential medication problems so they can be resolved. 

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

To join the session, please follow the following instructions:

1.  Please join my meeting.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone. (605) 475-6777 ,,,06161942#

3. Meeting ID: 609-897-421

Any questions, please contact Renie Carniol at rcarniol@jfedgmw.org or Debbie Micchelli at dmicchelli@jfedgmw.org.

Grotta Today

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.

Care Transitions in NJ – New Grant Opportunity: Fall 2014

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. Details can be found on the Seeking on a Grant page.