St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System: Report to the 176th Convention

November 21, 2015
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Growing older carries a unique set of challenges for seniors, their families, and other potential caregivers. When crises occur, most of us aren’t prepared to act. We haven’t pre-planned. We don’t know where to find the resources we need. We often don’t even know what questions to ask.

That’s where we come in. For more than 50 years, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System has been the place where seniors, their families, and caregivers find answers. Whether it’s occasional help that allows a senior to remain independent at home, a comfortable retirement residence that feels like home, or an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, St. Andrew’s can provide whatever you need.

Thanks to donations to our Charitable Foundation, we are able to assist seniors at all income levels. We help them find and access the support they need, and most important, we help them Worry Less.
St. Andrew’s touches the lives of more than 8,700 seniors annually and employs more than 1,000 people systemwide.

COMMUNITIES:

St. Andrew’s at Francis Place 
St. Andrew’s proudly became members of the Francis Place community this year, helping transform an outdated facility into a place where residents and the surrounding community can feel proud. We are just finishing up a $5 million renovation. The community accepts Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and private pay residents

Cape Albeon 
Located in a beautiful lakeside setting, Cape Albeon joined the St. Andrew’s family this year. Cape Albeon is a descendant of the Good Samaritan Home, which served St. Louis seniors for 150 years.
Offering a wide range of services including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Respite Care, and Memory Care, Cape Albeon was a natural fit for St. Andrew’s as they shared our faith-based, non-profit mission of providing care and compassion for all seniors.

PROGRAMS:
Resident-Centered Care 
The Person-Centered Care philosophy is in full bloom at Brooking Park and at Cape Albeon, the newest member of the St. Andrew’s family. The Person-Centered Care concept re-emphasizes the importance, dignity, and preferences of the individual resident, from both care and environmental standpoints. At an assisted-living environment, residents are allowed input into the decisions that make up their own care and are made to feel empowered.

Project Independence
Since 2006, St. Andrew’s Project Independence has arranged for trained professionals to provide minor home repairs for seniors who could not otherwise afford these services. In 2014, 67 seniors received minor home repairs through Project Independence enabling them to remain living safely and independently in their own homes. Typical home repairs include repairing or replacing faucets, installing railings and safety bars, replacing broken locks or windows, and replacing unsafe or hazardous flooring.

Financial Support for At-Risk Seniors
In a world where seniors are living longer and healthcare costs are constantly on the rise, millions of seniors have discovered that their savings are just not enough to cover even their most basic needs. As the cost of aging goes up, so too, does the need for charitable care. St. Andrew’s is dedicated to helping the ever-growing number of older adults who have outlived their resources. Last year, St. Andrew’s provided more than $650,000 in financial assistance and supportive services to help bridge the gap between what seniors and their families can afford and what seniors need to live healthy, secure, and fulfilled lives. These funds provide financial assistance and quality of life programming for seniors living in St. Andrew’s communities and provide in-home care and support services for low-income seniors living in their homes through St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions.

Transportation Services Being independent does not always mean one is self-sufficient. Many times, older adults living in retirement communities need help with daily living activities. One of the most important of those is transportation. Five days each week, St. Andrews’ solution to that problem arrives at the front door. The popular St. Andrew’s bus takes residents to grocery stores, movie theaters, pharmacies, and other local sites. Last year, thanks to the generous donations of our dear friends coupled with a Missouri Tax Credit incentive, we were able to purchase a brand new wheelchair-accessible bus to ensure this transportation program will be enhancing the quality of life of seniors in our low-income communities for years to come.

Adopt-A-Senior
St. Andrew’s annual Adopt-a-Senior program brought holiday cheer, gifts, clothing, food, and gift cards 670 low-income seniors in their own homes or in St. Andrew’s HUD communities.

EVENTS:
Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans
For the 13th year, St. Andrew’s will honor another extraordinary group of seniors on Sunday, November 15th at our award winning St. Andrew’s Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Gala . Not only does this event inspire St. Louisans to redefine age, but it also raises more than $400,000 each year to help support our seniors in need.

Loving Hope Golf Outing
St. Andrew’s 4th Annual Loving Hope Golf Outing took place on Monday, August 3th the Four Seniors Country Club. Sponsored by World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation, the event was a tremendous success raising more than $65,000 to support financial assistance for Brooking Park residents.

Derby Brunch
Our 4th Annual Derby Brunch was held on Sunday, May 3rd at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Featuring traditional “Derby” dishes and refreshments from local restaurants, carriage rides, music, a live race horse, and an enthusiastic crowd donning their “Derby” hats, this spectacular event was created to support our FRIENDS program.

MILESTONES:
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, our Charitable Care program is providing comprehensive in-home support and Geriatric Care Management to enable low-income senior remain safely and independently in their own homes through Senior Solutions. We have recently been approved for a 3 year MO NAP tax credit program which will help us raise an additional $75,000 each year to support our Charitable in-home care program for low-income seniors.

 

More Info

Need more information? Contact Beth Felice, diocesan director of communications

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