St. Andrew's report to diocesan convention 2017
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 planned. We don’t know where to find the resources we need and 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.
St. Andrew’s spirituality website
The St. Andrew’s website recently launched a new tab called “Our Spiritual Difference” designed to show St. Louis Clergy how spiritual interests intersect with our faith-based mission. Our vision is for this page, located at StAndrews1.com/our-spiritual-difference, is to serve as a navigational tool for our Board, residents, caregivers, and all the families seeking senior living options that embrace all of their loved ones’ needs - mind, body, and soul.
Showcasing features such as spiritual inspiration, blogs, and news stories, the page highlights each community’s spiritual offerings and provides handy links to each community’s own website. Visitors to the site can learn about the many levels of care St. Andrew’s provides, bringing attention to our faith-based, non-profit mission.
- St. Andrew’s at Francis Place
- Cape Albeon
- Tower Grove Manor
- Brooking Park and the Willows
- St. Andrew’s Assisted Living
- Subsidized Housing
Our Supportive Services Program offers in-home support services to individuals where they live. Whether it is in a St. Andrew’s Community or a private residence, we assist them in remaining independent and safe. Our funding sources include: Medicaid, the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Veterans Pension Programs, Long Term Care Insurance, Private Pay, Charitable Funds, and NAP Tax Credits. Through this program we reach over 2,000 individuals annually.
The Caring Workplace
Our Caring Workplace Program allows Employers to offer the benefit of an Eldercare Specialist for their employees needing assistance with health care needs for their loved ones. This program is offered to over 1,800 employees.
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 2016, 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 $715,000 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.
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.
St. Andrew’s annual Adopt-a-Senior program brought holiday cheer, gifts, clothing, food, and gift cards to 604 low-income seniors in their own homes or in St. Andrew’s HUD communities.
Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans
For the 15th year, St. Andrew’s honored 22 extraordinary seniors on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 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 5th Annual Loving Hope Golf Outing took place on Monday, April 22nd, 2017 at the Four Seasons 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.
In January of 2017, Senior Solutions guided the opening of the Homer Schmitz Health Clinic at St. Andrew’s of Jennings, one of the affordable senior housing communities Sponsored by St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors. The Clinic is made possible by a charitable grant provided by Good Samaritan, Inc., and is conducted in partnership with Institute for Family Medicine and Deaconess Faith Community Nurses. This financial partnership is providing an on-site, walk in healthcare service to all resident of the Jennings community at no cost. The clinic is providing residents the opportunity to visit with a faith community nurse 3 days per week, a nurse practitioner two days per week, and a physician two times per month, allowing residents to see a practitioner that can order tests and prescribe medication.