Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grants $3 million for replicable rural senior services
February 12, 2013
The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has overarching goals to address unmet needs, which include those of seniors, families, children as well as educators and animals. In its latest efforts to reach those aims, the foundation granted $3 million to a nonprofit senior housing and services organization called Ecumen.
This funding will support the creation of a sustainable and replicable model of an aging services hub that leverages technology such as telehealth, promotes activity at a fitness center and encourages independence.
"Our goal is to help keep people healthier and out of the nursing home and hospital. This initiative will take a whole-person approach and create a community hub that helps integrate technology, socialization, fitness, nutrition and healthcare," said Ecumen president and CEO Kathryn Roberts.
Instead, the facility will include rehabilitation suites that help community members heal from ailments and illnesses, so they can return home in great health and continue to live independently. Ultimately, the goal of this work is to create a facility design that uses existing community infrastructure and can be recreated in other rural areas to help aging individuals nationwide.
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