Hays County organizations received grants from the latest St. David Foundation funding – Corridor News

St. The David Foundation announced $ 51 million in new funding to advance health equity in central Texas. The largest portion of these new investments will support aging adults in the region ($ 13 million), as well as safety net clinics to ensure access to quality health care for those who are uninsured and under. -insured ($ 18 million).

This funding brings the Foundation’s cumulative investments in 2021 in central Texas to more than $ 76 million across our strategic priorities.

The challenges of caring for an aging population are too often overlooked in the conversation about the explosive growth of the Austin metropolitan area.

Many people would be surprised to learn that adults over the age of 60 are the fastest growing segment of the Central Texas population.

One in six residents is age 60 or older, and in rural communities outside of Austin, this ratio is even higher. Among these seniors, one on three people live with a disability and one in 15 lives below the poverty line.

Rapid population growth, combined with the unique needs of older people, is increasing the demand for direct services for older people and support for caregivers.

A 2021 survey found that more than 90% of seniors would rather live their last years in their current home. However, many people will need help with tasks of daily living as they get older. Health problems and disabilities can make these needs even more complex.

While some families have access to and can afford paid caregivers for their loved ones, many others cannot. Families who experience systemic inequalities are more likely to be forced to shoulder caregiving responsibilities themselves.

As the senior population in central Texas continues to grow, so does the pressure on family caregivers. This “silent army” of 53 million Americans—Representing a ratio of one in five Americans — work overtime as caregivers, free of charge, in roles for which they are neither trained nor paid.

The impact of caring for an older adult on the caregiver is vast – emotional, physical and mental – and often with significant financial implications. On average, caregivers report spending 26% of their total income on care activities.

“We often say that aging is the great equalizer because eventually we all experience some decline in our physical and cognitive functions. However, how people are able to deal with these challenges depends in large part on the resources that families may or may not have, ”said Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer for the St. David’s Foundation. “We are committed to funding local partners who make these essential resources more easily accessible to all aging seniors and those who care for them.

As part of St. David’s Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping older Mid-Century Texans remain independent and healthy as they age, we are proud to fund 37 organizations and initiatives with grants totaling over $ 13 million for this latest round of grants.

Respite for caregivers: Adult day health centers

Adult day health centers are an effective and meaningful way to support older people and their caregivers, places that provide day care and companionship to older people, who in turn provide respite for those in need. ‘take care of them.

These essential services give family members the opportunity to share caring responsibilities and allow caregivers to connect with others and participate in activities that can improve their daily lives.

Two grant recipients at the forefront of expanding this much-needed form of respite are Central Texas AGE and A Gift of time, both of which will use funds to build and operate adult day health centers in central Texas.

  • Central Texas AGE received a new grant to increase the Foundation’s existing support for a fundraising campaign to build a new adult day health center in South Austin, in addition to additional funding to support their grassroots work by providing day care and social welfare support for older people with physical or cognitive needs.
  • A gift of time received a new grant to continue ongoing plans to establish a new adult day health center in Georgetown. The grant also funds virtual programs for family caregivers and seniors with dementia.

Home support for aging adults

St. David’s Foundation continues to support local partners who provide direct services in transportation, nutrition, case management and home safety improvements. These grants help Texans stay at home and live independently.

For those with greater needs, home care grants support family caregivers, reduce the costs of residential care, and allow older people to stay in their homes. The Foundation is also seeking solutions to the shortage of skilled home care workers, a need that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

  • Central Texas Home Care Meals on Wheels will receive new funding to continue their work in providing direct care to low-income seniors who need support with activities of daily living to age safely at home.
  • Coalition of Texans with Disabilities received a grant, jointly funded with the Episcopal Health Foundation, to pursue policies that would increase base salaries for home care workers.
  • Hospice Austin and Palliative care in Austin received new grants to help ensure family caregivers, who otherwise could not afford, receive care at home for a loved one at the end of their life.

Complete list of all recipients

Stdavidsfoundation _ Fall 2021 Grant Recipients

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