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Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Supportive Housing Meal Program

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As the largest eldercare provider in western Pennsylvania, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is committed to enriching the aging experience through person-centered service and living options.  Since 1928, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been setting the standard for senior living options that are consistent with the needs and preferences of residents and their families in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, personal care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, end-of-life care, and specialty dementia care.  A leader in the aging services arena, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has 54 communities and/or services at 44 locations across 10 counties in western Pennsylvania serving 6,500 seniors and families each year.  At all times Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is grounded in Christ-like values of benevolence and love of neighbor as we pursue excellence, innovation and collaboration to ensure individuals live well and team members have meaningful, engaging work.  The far-reaching Presbyterian SeniorCare Network family of affiliates includes:  Presbyterian SeniorCare Oakmont Campus, Longwood at Home, Longwood at Oakmont, Presbyterian SeniorCare Washington Campus, SeniorCare at Home, SeniorCare Network, Shenango on the Green, our Erie communities and the Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation, employing over 2,100 employees in total. For more than 30 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has provided affordable senior housing in all sizes and types—from condominiums to high-rise apartments for income-qualified seniors and persons with disabilities in the Pittsburgh area.   Our commitment to providing affordable housing to our most vulnerable community members – low-income seniors – as well as supportive housing options for individuals living with disabilities at more than 30 locations is evident in the comfortable and modern accommodations we provide.  In addition, onsite service coordinators connect our residents to appropriate community service providers and agencies. One of the hallmarks of our supportive housing communities is our meal program.  Meals are prepared by our in-house cooks and are served Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon.   The meal is hot, nutritious and meets the daily food pyramid requirements – not to mention they are GOOD TASTING!   Residents can get the meal delivered to their home or can eat it in the community dining room with other residents.  The cost of the meal is $4.00.   The menu is customized around the holidays and families can join the resident with advance notice and ordering. Currently four Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Supportive Housing communities offer the meal program: 

  • Fairmont Apartments in Friendship
  • Silver Lake Commons in Homewood
  • Commons at North Aiken in Stanton Heights
  • York Commons in Lawrenceville 
It is the desire of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network to expand the meal program to:
  • Page Place in Manchester
  • Sweetbriar Place in Mt. Washington
  • St. Justin Plaza in Mt. Washington
By increasing the scope and reducing the cost of the meal from $4.00 to $2.00 – more seniors will be able to take advantage of the meal program and all the benefits that go with it. In the United States, elderly Americans have increased in number and proportion.  The population aged 65 years and older is 13% of the total population, and it is expected to rise to 20% by 2050.    Good nutrition is one of the main determinants of successful aging.  Successful aging can be defined as the ability to maintain a “low risk of disease and disease-related disability, high mental and physical function, and active engagement of life.”  Diet can influence the incidence and severity of disease and poor nutrition can accelerate loss of independence.  There is also a relationship between nutritional well-being and an older adult’s ability to perform activities of daily living. (ADL’s)    For low income seniors, both the quality and quantity of food consumed is compromised because much of this population must allocate a significant portion of their budget to medications, health care and other necessities. Grant funding to expand the program and lower the cost of meals at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, would help to ensure that many more seniors in our care are able to take advantage of this program and receive nutritious, good-tasting, balanced meals at least once a day – and possibly more. Moreover, with more seniors using the meal program and dining in the community dining rooms – socialization is increased as seniors are dining together and not eating alone in their apartments.    


Submitted

Nov 30 2016

Organization Organization Type

Nonprofit

Challenge

Healthy Food

Product Stage

Prototype

Team
  • Jacqueline S. Flanagan
  • Kristen Dent
  • Kim Loefke

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