June 29th, 2012
This GrantWatch column in the June issue of the journal is full text, free-access, to all readers.
Many elderly and disabled people need long-term care, and it is expensive. Read what foundations around the country are funding in the area of long-term care. Efforts funded range from reports and analyses to “villages” in which elders can age at home with additional services available in their communities.
The GrantWatch column I wrote for the June issue discusses a selected sampling (not meant to be comprehensive, of course) of recent efforts. Here are just a few highlights.
The SCAN Foundation, the only foundation with a mission focused solely on long-term care, published a Data Brief in January on “Medicaid Managed Care and Long-Term Services and Supports Spending.” A SCAN staffer told me that Bruce Chernof, president and CEO of the foundation, included this brief and others in his April 2012 testimony before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging.
I also wrote about a ten-year, $10 million loan fund to finance the building of Green Houses, which provide community-based care in a small, alternative type of long-term care residence. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NCB Capital Impact announced the fund last September. This funding is separate from the $12 million that Robert Wood Johnson had already awarded (as of the time I was writing my column) for development, testing, and evaluation of the Green House model. Green Houses seem to me to be a wonderful innovation, as they make a long-term care residence less institutional and more like living at home.
In fact, that is how author David Nolan describes those and other small facilities in an issue brief titled “Home Is Where the Hearth Is: New Models for Nursing Homes.” Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation and released in April, the brief focuses on the Green House model. Read the rest of this entry »