Grotta in the News

  • Uber service on the way for Madison, Chathams seniors

    Madison Eagle (2/1/17)
    A new transportation service for senior citizens in the Chathams and Madison is likely to begin as a three-month pilot program in April, said John Crouthamel, who is working on the project as part of the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition.

    Crouthamel, who also serves on the board of trustees of the Senior Services Center of the Chathams, said rides are likely to cost seniors $3 to $5, with Tri-Town 55+ paying the rest of the cost, which is 87 cents a mile.

  • Grotta grants keep patients out of hospital

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/2/16)
    The Grotta Fund for Senior Care is hailing the success of a grant program that has allowed hundreds of local elderly people to remain at home rather than unnecessarily return to hospitals

  • Towns join forces to improve senior life

    Essex News Daily (12/24/15)
    MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A commitment to meeting the unique needs of their older residents resulted in South Orange and Maplewood being jointly awarded a $35,000 grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care to develop successfully aging communities.

  • Grotta to support senior-friendly planning

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/11/15)
    In a move to enhance the lives of older adults in the Greater MetroWest area, the Grotta Fund for Senior Care is offering four planning grants to help communities provide more services and activities for their oldest residents.

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New Springpoint program supports healthy eating in affordable housing
The Journal on Active Aging November/December 20, 2015

The Springpoint Senior Living Foundation recently received a USD$25,000 grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care in Whippany, New Jersey, to help launch the "Go Fresh! Get Healthy!" program for Springpoint Senior Living's affordable housing residents. Launched in two communities this fall, "Go Fresh! Get Healthy!" supports healthier eating. The program delivers freshly grown pro-duce directly to residents, who receive a variety of seasonal vegetables — approximately 16 pieces per bag-including Jersey tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, squash and cucumbers, in addition to seasonal fruits.

"We are grateful to The Grotta Fund for the generous donation that allowed us to jump-start this program," states Gary T. Puma, president and CEO at Wall, New Jersey-based Springpoint Senior Living. "With room for more funding oppor-tunities, we hope to roll out 'Go Fresh! Get Healthy!' in all of our 18 affordable-housing communities for seniors." The program incorporates a range of healthy aging initiatives, including health and wellness screenings and classes led by local physicians and nutritionists, cooking classes and nutrition counseling, and walking fitness programs.

Community VNA receives Grotta Grant to continue efforts to reduce rehospitalizations (6/9/14)

Care Transitions is the new “buzzword” in health care reform. Simply put, it is the change of care being provided to a patient from one setting of care to another, such as from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility or from a hospital to home care with a visiting nurse.

During these episodes of transition, patients can become overwhelmed with the information and care instructions they are given, especially regarding their medications. The instructions they receive may be confusing or even conflict with something they are already doing. Patients may not have seen their primary physician since before their hospitalization and don’t always follow through with receiving follow-up care after leaving the hospital. These situations put the patients at high risk for further complications or re-hospitalization. Currently, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – is readmitted within 30 days. »more