Three Maine communities are receiving a total of $872,057 over three years in grant support as part of the Maine Health Access Foundation’s (MeHAF) Thriving in Place initiative to promote community efforts to assist people with chronic health conditions stay healthy and in their homes rather than needing hospital or nursing home care. This program is part of MeHAF’s work to improve the way health care is experienced by patients.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging, SeniorsPlus, and York County Community Action Corporation previously had MeHAF planning grant support to develop partnerships and solicit feedback from their communities on strategies that would help support people with chronic illness. These three organizations now join six other communities participating in the Thriving in Place initiative. All TiP grantees participate in regular trainings and meetings to share what they are learning.
“Maine people are independent and want to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. Thriving in Place communities bring organizations and local residents together so they can better coordinate their efforts across health care and social services so everyone is working side by side to keep people living independently in their community,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO of the foundation. “As the state with the oldest population in the nation and with high rates of disability, Maine must be planning now for strategies that can help people, particularly those who are older, stay healthy and receive needed care and support at home.”
TiP uses a team approach. The partnering organizations receiving this grant support include health care providers, social service agencies, volunteer networks, in-home support and community support organizations. Working together, these partnerships will coordinate community resources to help people better.
“TiP communities are developing very creative and cost-effective strategies to keep people supported in their homes. Daily check-in telephone programs with police, high school community service projects making home repairs, having Meals on Wheels volunteers trained to screen people for depression, and reducing social isolation with social activities are just a few of the many ways TiP communities offer alternatives to the expensive over-reliance on hospitals and assisted living facilities to care for older and disabled people with chronic health conditions. TiP communities aren’t just better for aging people; they are the communities where all of us want to live,” said Dr. Becky Hayes Boober, MeHAF Senior Program Officer overseeing the TiP program.
Local grant contacts:
Eastern Area Agency on Agency (greater Bangor area)
SeniorsPlus (Western Maine)
York County Community Action Corp (York County)
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