Fallbrook is a quiet, rural community surrounded by avocado groves, citrus groves and horse farms. Our organization was incorporated on October 5, 1979 as the Fallbrook Hospital Foundation in Fallbrook, California in the county of San Diego. The organization was originally founded as a non-profit whose mission was to raise funds to help supply the local hospital with its equipment needs. Dr. Harold Neufeld was instrumental in forming a membership board of trustees to develop a non-profit corporation that would continually provide the finest health care at the lowest possible cost for the community of Fallbrook. The membership board of trustees raised enough funds to not only supply new equipment to the hospital, but to also replace the roof on the aging hospital building. The membership board of trustees raised more than $2 million dollars over the next eleven years.
In 1998 the not-for-profit Fallbrook Hospital became affiliated with Community Healthcare Systems (CHS), a for-profit company. When this happened, the Fallbrook Hospital Foundation changed their mission and their name to the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation. The board spoke to the doctors and the community to research the current healthcare needs in Fallbrook. They discovered that there was a need for care giving for people with dementia, and continuing education for seniors. In 2000, the day care center was opened (The Glenner Center) as well as a facility to provide schooling for seniors on computers (SeniorNet). The Foundation evolved, doing more and giving back to the community and developing ideas for various healthcare needs: a drug rehab center, Project Care site and Healthcare Resources center.
Eventually transportation for seniors and the disabled was recognized as a huge unmet need in the community of Fallbrook. In April 2004 the Care Van program was formed to provide free door-to-door transportation to seniors and the disabled to medical, dental and physical therapy appointments as well as rides to the pharmacies and grocery stores. In February 2005 the Senior Care Advocacy program was developed to further the cause of caring for the seniors and disabled in the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, and De Luz. The Care Advocacy program works with seniors to help them in finding the best resources for their healthcare needs and assisting them to remain independent and living in their own homes.
In 2007 the Foundation made the decision to place our focus strictly on seniors and the disabled in Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. The combined population was over 50,000 in a mostly rural area with limited resources. Fallbrook is about 55 miles from the city of San Diego. The senior population is about 8,000 with many low income seniors. The need was great and the Care Van and Senior Care Advocacy programs were fully operational and the Senior/Adult Day Care Center was as a viable resource for the client and caregiver alike.
The Administration on Aging shows that between 2010 and 2050, the United States is projected to experience rapid growth in its older population. In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010. The baby boomers are largely responsible for this increase in the older population, as they will begin crossing into this category in 2011. With this projected increase in the senior population, our programs will be more important than ever for the seniors who live in Fallbrook.
The Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation, often confused with the Fallbrook Healthcare District, formally announced the unveiling of its new business name, doing business as, the Foundation for Senior Care in July 2008. Today, the Foundation continues to reach out to the community via its four programs: Senior Care Advocacy, Care Vans, Senior/Adult Day Care Center and Senior Care Computer Learning Center.
The Senior Care Advocacy program offers one-on-one assistance in finding resources for those in need. A senior, their loved one, neighbor, or friend can contact the Foundation for help. The Advocate helps seniors with resources to ensure they have what they need to live independently in their own home. And when they no longer can live alone, the Senior Care Advocate helps with the transition to a facility that best matches their needs. One of our Senior Care Advocates was able to be there for a client during his last weeks, providing care, support and resources before he passed away. His children, who don’t live in Fallbrook, were very grateful to the Advocate for her support and caring for their dad when they could not be there. The Care Van program operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. within Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. Friendly drivers pick up seniors and the disabled on an appointment basis, providing free door-to-door transportation for those who do not have a driver’s license and can no longer drive.
The Care Van gives rides to medical & dental appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, hair appointments, physical therapy and to the Senior/Adult Day Care Center. The Senior Care Advocacy and Care Van programs are free services.
Our Senior/Adult Day Care Center, affectionately referred to as ‘The Club’ is a unique social, recreational program designed for seniors and adults age 18 years and above. We are a non-medical facility specializing in care for clients with memory impairment. The center offers a cheerful, calm and peaceful environment providing individual care and attention to each client. Activities and programs are designed to meet the individual needs of clients who require added assistance throughout the day. Activities include cooking, crafts, games, news, current events, chair-exercises and entertainment. ‘The Club’ provides caregivers with a wonderful respite opportunity, giving them some time to rejuvenate. Fee based half day and full day programs are available.
Our newest program, the Senior Care Computer Learning Center offers computer instruction to our community’s citizens over 50 years of age, giving them the opportunity to learn more about technology and how it can work for them. We try to be flexible and schedule our classes to meet the needs of our students and offer classes for seniors of all skill levels. We take feedback from the students – both past and present – to determine which classes we will be teaching and when. Classes are small (up to 8 students) providing each student with individual attention. The environment is easy and the camaraderie is fun. The Computer Learning Center also offers workshops on a regular basis. A nominal fee is charged for computer classes.
Our programs are offered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding major holidays. The Foundation and its programs are not government funded.
The Foundation is funded by grants, bequests and donations. Most donations come from individuals and organizations that care about seniors and want to help them continue to receive our unique, free and/or low cost services.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of a leading group of dedicated local residents from the community who work tirelessly with a common goal of helping others. Martha Choi, Dr. Doug Clements, Bob Franz, Bob Halibozek, Mark Haskell, Gail Jones, Tom Koehler, Bonnie Lentz, Mike McReynolds, Dr. Robert Pace, Joe Sanfilippo, Roger Shaver, and Robert Wright are all members of the Board serving without compensation and donate hundreds of hours to help with the Foundation’s programs and services.
The mission statement of the Foundation for Senior Care is to identify, assess and promote programs that solve health issues important to seniors in our communities.
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