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.