Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative
Launched in October of 2015, Phase 1 of the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative focused on testing several home and community-based models of services in rural Minnesota and North Dakota to enable seniors to age successfully in their homes and communities. Lutheran Services in America is working with national funding partners to extend and expand the collaborative starting in 2019. Phase 2 will focus on technical assistance to providers in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana as they implement sustainable programs that:
- engage and activate older adults and their family caregivers in promoting health
- promote social engagement
- provide access to services and supports
- strengthen the quantity and quality of care from informal caregivers
LSA Senior Connect
One of Lutheran Services in America’s top priorities is helping vulnerable, low-income seniors stay healthy and remain independent. It can be challenging for seniors to manage chronic illness and they frequently require non-medical supports to remain independent. To address these challenges, Lutheran Services in America developed LSA Senior Connect with its provider organizations. This product is currently being tested in local markets with the intent of expanding to national markets in the near future.
In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lutheran Services in America is piloting the implementation of a post-acute care team based transition model, Connect-Home. The model, initially tested by Lutheran Services Carolinas, is being further tested by member organizations Lutheran Social Ministry of New Jersey, Samaritas and National Lutheran Communities with the goal of making it more broadly available across the Lutheran Services in America network. The model is designed to prepare skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients and their caregivers to safely transfer from SNFs to home-care, and to remain there without complications. This partnership is being supported by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Nonprofit Finance Fund
This initiative, supported by Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Kresge Foundation, is designed to support organizations as they explore new collaborations to expand the delivery of preventive services to high-need populations, reduce costs, and enable more services to reach individuals who need them. Technical assistance includes building the capabilities and capacity to work with healthcare organizations in new ways.
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