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How LifeCare Alliance makes aging our business

June 1, 2016
By Charles W. Gehring, President & CEO
LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance makes aging our business by assisting with the independence of older adults through the many programs and services provided by our organization. LifeCare Alliance was founded in 1898 by Catherine Nelson Black the wife of the then Mayor, Samuel Black. Mrs. Black was committed to "care for those nobody else pays any attention to." This was her mission 118 years ago, and it remains the mission of LifeCare Alliance today.

harles W. Gehring, President & CEO, LifeCare AllianceMany know about LifeCare Alliance because we are the Midwest's leading provider of Meals-on-Wheels, preparing and delivering 5,000 daily meals to five counties in central Ohio (Franklin, Madison, Marion, Logan, and Champaign), operating without a waiting list, and serving all who need our services regardless of their ability to pay. You may think this is how not-for-profit organizations are supposed to operate, but the fact remains, several meal programs will go out of business this year because of diminishing funding; and, those that are operating may have waiting lists exceeding six months to receive services. LifeCare Alliance has 7,600 volunteers that deliver meals in and around central Ohio 365 days per year. LifeCare Alliance also has developed a model which encourages volunteerism at the corporate level; The Adopt-A-Route program. The Adopt-A-Route program engages employees as volunteers to deliver meals during the lunch hour. When a company adopts a route five days a week, it saves LifeCare Alliance $12,000 per year.

LifeCare Alliance is in a league of its own! There are many Meals-on-Wheels providers across the United States, but none of them offer an umbrella of diverse services geared toward the independence of older adults. We have homemakers and home health aides, wellness services, nutritional counseling by licensed dietitians, senior dining centers, The Columbus Cancer Clinic, IMPACT Safety (a unique form of safety training for all ages) and, of course, the senior pet care program.

AARP estimates that Ohio taxpayers fund nursing home care at an average annual cost of $74,000 per person. By serving these same individuals at home for a fraction of that cost, LifeCare Alliance saves taxpayers money while serving the needs of the community. LifeCare Alliance clients also average five fewer days a year in the hospital than those with comparable demographics.

This is accomplished through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, staff and management team, board members, and supporters. With the services LifeCare Alliance provides in the home and the community, we can help our clients to age gracefully at home. This is why LifeCare Alliance is Nourishing the Human Spirit every day!

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