Inspired by their experience caring for a grandparent, Lori and Paul R. Hogan set out to help other families in similar situations and soon Home Instead Senior Care was launched. The international company with independently owned and operated franchises, provide in-home non-medical care for seniors. Today, 21 years after it began, the Home Instead Senior Care network has grown to over 1,000 franchises strong and reaches seniors and their families in 18 different countries.
Lori and Paul know firsthand the challenges that go along with caring for a senior loved one, so in 2003, they established the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. The mission of The Foundation is to enhance the lives of aging adults and those who care for them. To date, more than $1.5 million in grant funding has been distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Programs such as Families First Health and Support Center in New Hampshire, Redwood Empire Food Bank serving Sonoma County California and The OutCare Foundation in Ontario, Canada have all received grant funding through our foundation to help make a difference for the people in the communities they serve. These community grants provide hope to hundreds of thousands of seniors who have experienced the generosity of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation in a very meaningful way.
Home Instead, Inc. is proud to say they underwrite the operating expenses of The Foundation. This allows 100% of every dollar contributed from the general public to directly support seniors and those who care for them.
The challenge faced by The Foundation is in the numbers. Every day 10,000 people celebrate their 65th birthday. According to the 2012 US Census Bureau Projections, the population age 65 years and older is expected to more than double by the year 2060. In 2012, there were an estimated 43 million Americans age 65 and older. By the year 2060 this number is projected to be 92 million and this older population will represent approximately 1 in 5 residents in the United States. The demographics are similar in Canada and for those seniors age 85 and older, the projection will more than triple by 2060.
In 2010, Met Life Foundation conducted a survey that found most communities across the United States do not have implemented policies, programs or services aimed to meet the needs of the fast-paced growth of our aging population. Adding to this is the economic environment that does not allow for local governments to implement solutions. With these rising numbers, there is an urgent need for communities throughout the United States and Canada to embrace the unique needs of the older generation and implement innovative solutions.
Built on the mission and values that have made the Home Instead Senior Care network the industry leader it is today, The Foundation is steering a movement with hope and optimism for the aging adults in our communities. They are looking to expand the scope of impact through the implementation of programs and services that target the needs of seniors and those who care for them. Along with encouraging our partners and others who also want to invest in a world where all seniors age with greater success, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation Endowment Fund was established in 2013. This endowment fund impacts the following areas:
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Health and wellness
- Education and research
- Community service
- General endowment
The success of the endowment fund has allowed the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation to launch innovative programs that lead to better diagnosis and treatment; make healthcare more affordable and accessible for seniors; making research and learning a possibility through scholarships for medical professionals studying geriatrics; and strengthening our communities by providing programs and services that support the elderly.
Other charities that Home Instead Senior Care is working closely with are Help For Alzheimer’s Families and Hilarity for Charity. The Help for Alzheimer’s Families website provides a variety of resources to assist families in dealing with Alzheimer’s and with a dementia diagnosis. Hilarity for Charity was created in 2011 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen. Their charity hosts amazing, one-of-a-kind, and most importantly, hilarious events to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s among a younger generation.
Caring for our aging population in a way that offers dignity and hope is critical. To learn more about the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, visit our website at www.homeinsteadseniorcarefoundation.org and consider a donation. The Foundation values these contributions and recognizes those dedicated and committed to enhancing the lives of seniors. Information about grant requirements and giving methods can also be found on the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation website. 100% of your donation goes to the purpose you choose.