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July 29, 2009 > LIFE ElderCare receives $20,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente

LIFE ElderCare receives $20,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente

Submitted By Johnny Ng

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program for southern Alameda County has awarded a $20,000 grant to LIFE ElderCare in Fremont. During the past four years, LIFE ElderCare's Falls Prevention Program has helped over 750 frail seniors recover from the aftermath of falls and build the strength and flexibility necessary to avoid falls in the future. After completing a 12-week In Home Exercise Program, participants have reported up to a 29% improvement in mobility.

By utilizing Licensed Vocational Nurses, who are studying for their Registered Nurse degree at Unitek College, the Falls Prevention Program will provide geriatric case management services three days a week, for a period of two months, to seniors who have completed the 12-week exercise program. During this time the RN students will review the client's health status, medications, environmental safety and the level of mobility gained through the exercise program. They will also collaboratively establish two to three goals that will support and sustain the senior's continued progress. By providing these services it is expected that the seniors will be better informed about healthy lifestyle choices, the benefits of exercise and mobility, and the importance of a safe home environment.

"By adding an RN case management component to the Falls Prevention Program, LIFE ElderCare hopes to provide additional support and encouragement towards helping seniors sustain mobility levels that will reduce their risk of falling," said Mary M. Anderson, Executive Director. "We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente's continued support in making this extension to our program possible."

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to help seniors in our local communities to remain independent and make healthy lifestyle choices," said Sylvia Jimenez, Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County.

The Falls Prevention Program is available, at no cost, to frail, homebound seniors residing in Fremont, Union City and Newark, California.

Falls Prevention Program
www.lifeeldercare.org
(510) 574-2088

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