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Grant Recipients

The Grotta Fund is pleased to list and describe our current grant recipients. We encourage interested individuals to contact these agencies for more information.

Training and Guidance

The Grotta Fund for Senior Care also provides training and technical assistance to grantees. In addition, grantees are invited to special networking sessions and workshops. The Fund Manager keeps a close eye on all grants and grantees, to foster collaborations and enhance performance, as Grotta sees itself as a partner with each agency and project.

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Featured Grotta Grantee

Grotta Granteea•pha•sia (uh-fay’-zhuh) n. A language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading, and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. This frustrating condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect.

With Grotta Fund’s funding support in 2012, the prime goal of this unprecedented project, to successfully replicate the Adler Aphasia Center model in Maywood, NJ, has more than exceeded our expectations.

When the Adler Aphasia Center at JCC MetroWest opened in June, 2012, we had one licensed speech therapist, five members with aphasia, two days of programming, a small handful of volunteers, no formal caregiver support group, and a Jewish Community Center with several thousand members and employees who didn’t have a clue about the meaning of aphasia.

Today we have two licensed speech therapists, 16 members who have enrolled with close to a 90% attendance rate, are preparing to expand to four days of programming, 14 committed volunteers, a Life Coach who leads a formal caregiver support group that meets weekly, a Speech Pathology graduate student intern from Seton Hall University, and a Jewish Community Center whose staff and members now embrace our members with aphasia by including them in much of their programming and events.

The participants attend activities of their choice, in the arts, technology, discussion groups, movement and more, all facilitated by licensed speech language pathologists, trained volunteers and student interns. Caregivers receive support through weekly discussion groups as well.

>>Learn more about the Adler Aphasia Center

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Grotta in the News

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center nurses improve readmission rates

Prospective Grantee WorkshopStaff at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Barnabas Health, recognized the need to decrease the readmission rate for patients with heart failure in 2010. As a result of their efforts over the last two years, that rate has dropped from a high of 36.6% to 20.5%.

After identifying many reasons for readmissions, NBIMC applied for and received a grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care, a community advisory fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ. Thanks to three new grants, when they leave the hospital they won’t have to figure out complicated drug and diet routines for themselves. Instead, they and their caregivers will have professionals navigating the transition for them, coaching them on their daily regimen, and providing follow-up monitoring.The 68-year-old Dover resident lives alone. Her daughter lives in Honduras. Though her twin sons live in the United States, she said, they visit only once in a while. more


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