(GARDENA, Calif. – September 4, 2013) — South Bay Senior Services, a program designed to help seniors “age in place,” has been awarded a $5,000 grant from SCAN Health Plan to establish an emergency assistance fund. The money is to be used to provide one-time financial support to local seniors faced with unexpected expenses.
“Money problems can interfere with seniors’ ability to remain independent and in their own homes as they age,” said Cheryl Meronk, director of community outreach for SCAN, a senior-focused not-for-profit health plan. “With these emergency assistance funds, locally based organizations can work directly with seniors in their communities who are facing immediate challenges.”
The funds may be used to cover expenses such as: transportation; food assistance; respite; housing assistance; adult daycare programs; utility payments; adaptive devices, such as ramps, bath benches and grab bars; home repairs; or support for other basic necessities.
South Bay Senior Services is a program of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization providing a variety of programs to residents of Southern California.
SCAN’s year-round commitment in the community includes not only financial support but hands-on involvement from its 1,000 employees; action-oriented research; and an active commitment to sharing 35 years of geriatric knowledge with seniors, healthcare professionals, other caregivers and legislators. Examples of this include the SCAN Van mobile resource center for seniors and caregivers, SCAN’s Trading Ages™ senior-sensitivity program, continuing medical education programs offered to local physicians, the SCAN Resource Centers in California, and many other initiatives.
For 35 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing exclusively on the unique needs of seniors and others on Medicare. The company currently has nearly 145,000 members in California. Further information may be obtained at www.scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scanhealthplan.
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