Catholic Charities Receives Grant from Highland Park Community Foundation for Senior Services
Friday, November 30, 2018 by Communications

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation. These funds will be used to support senior services in Lake County.

Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services mission is to help seniors and those that care for them to make informed decisions about their care needs and how to remain independent and age in place. Each year Catholic Charities serves more than 16,000 seniors in Lake County of which over 750 are residents of Highland Park and Highwood, through a variety of programs, including hunger relief programs like senior congregate meals and serving as the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Lake County and senior case management to ensure seniors are connected to resources and services to support them to remain in their homes as long as possible. 

“Our senior care programs are a vital lifeline to seniors in our Lake County community. We offer seniors essential information, support and someone to talk to about all aspects of aging, always keeping in mind their right to self-determination and remaining independent as long as possible when discussing options,” said Marla Harris, Senior Services Department Director. “The majority of people as they age, don’t know they have choices regarding their care needs nor do they know what questions to ask about options available to assist them in aging in place, in their homes and communities. The grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation will help us reach more seniors in Lake County and ensure a high level of dignity and quality of life.”

Many studies have shown that the cost of in-home care is significantly less than institutional/nursing home care and the benefits to the senior are much greater. It is Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services goal to assist these residents, including those in Highland Park and Highwood, to identify and access services that help them stay independent.

“Lake County continues to have a diverse mix of elderly, including those with low incomes,” Harris said. “Older adults face financial, medical and nutritional issues that can be overwhelming. Our programs offer support to the elderly and their caregivers, who want to maintain their independence in their community.”

The Highland Park Community Foundation annually awards grants though a competitive application and review process. For more information, visit www.hpcommunityfoundation.com.

 

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