The Jefferson 2000 Fund
Pew Renews Grant to Assist Elderly
The Pew Charitable Trusts have renewed support for the department of family
medicine's outreach to the elderly with a $161,000 grant to the Geriatric
Assessment and Treatment Program. The project, begun two years ago with
a Pew grant, provides care to at-risk homebound senior citizens in the Ludlow
section of North Philadelphia.
The grant allows the program to expand its services to reach more neighborhood
residents who require healthcare services but who cannot leave their homes.
After assessing this population's needs, a multidisciplinary team develops
a plan of care and follow-up visits.
"We have a commitment to this geriatric community, and we know that
these services improve the quality of their lives enormously," said
Robert L. Perkel, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine and
director of the assessment and treatment project. "We want to be able
to continue serving this group of people who may be among the forgotten
and whose numbers are growing."
The grant provides for a geriatric nurse-practitioner to assist in home-health
care, including the ordering of occupational and physical therapy. A social
worker, who is also part of the team, provides help by securing the services
of homemakers as well as arranging for meals, community support and financial
and legal resources. The two home-health aides provided by the grant are
recruited from the Ludlow community.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, a national and international philanthropy with
a special commitment to Philadelphia, support nonprofit activities in the
areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services,
public policy and religion. The Trusts have supported a wide variety of
Jefferson departments and projects for many years.