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Grants Awarded to Improve Care Transitions in Essex, Union and Morris Counties
August 3, 2011
Three area agencies have received almost $300,000 in grants from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care to participate in a Care Transitions Initiative to improve transitions between settings of care and reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations. Current estimates predict that preventing avoidable hospitalizations nationally could save Medicare alone more than $17 billion. more...

Grotta Fund Inducts New Council Members and Awards Ten New Grants Totaling Almost $180,000
May 25, 2010
On May 11, 2010, The Grotta Fund for Senior Care, elected two new Council members, Gary Botwinick and Dr. Scott Coleman. Mr. Botwinick is a partner with the firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost in Denville where he chairs the Tax and Estate Practice Group. Dr. Coleman practices and oversees the IMMEDICENTER Totowa – an urgent care/ family practice/ occupational medical facility located in northern New Jersey. more...

SAGENew Grant for Senior Collaboration and Geriatrics Management Program
December 21, 2009
On December 21, 2009, representatives from Senior Behavioral Task Force of Morris County and new advisory members along with Renie Carniol, Director of the Grotta Fund for Senior Care presented to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders an overview of a new grant, Morris County Senior Collaboration and Intensive Geriatric Case Management program. more...

SAGEGrotta Fund for Senior Care Awards Grant to SAGE Eldercare
November 12, 2009
The most vulnerable and isolated older adults in Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset counties are receiving personalized care this year thanks to a one-year $50,000 grant to SAGE’s Eldercare Planning and Guidance program from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Center of Metrowest NJ. more...

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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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