The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of the Outreach Program

WHO:

The Masonic Home partners with area agencies on aging across the Commonwealth to provide services to Masons, their wives or widows.

Eligibility includes a Master mason, age 65 or older, who has been a member for 10 years or more with the last 5 years being in a Virginia Masonic Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

OR, a wife or widow, age 65 or older, of an eligible Virginia Master Mason.

Currently serving 13 participants, with the anticipation that the need will continue to rise.

WHAT:

Program began in rural areas of the state.

Designed to meet clinical needs of participants in their home.

Provides up to 20 hours of clinical services per week, per household

Services include assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, and eating.

Meal preparation, Nutritional supplements., Custodial Services, Transportation to appointments ,and Lifeline Service.

WHEN:

Program began in 2001. Initially, the need was apparent in rural part of the state, and has spread throughout ever since.

WHERE:

Mountain Empire for Older Citizens (MEOC) servicing Wise, Lee and Scott Counties and City of Norton

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC) servicing counties of Russell, Buchanan, Tazewell and Dickenson.

Capital Area Agency on Aging (CAAA), servicing counties of Charles City, Goochland, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSEVA), servicing areas of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.

Peninsula Agency on Aging (PAA), servicing areas of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and James City and York Counties.

WHY:

Our Masonic Fraternity needs support with clinical services. Statistically over the next ten years and beyond, our nation’s largest population group will be over the age of 65.

Available funding in the community is not adequate to properly care for many of our older adults in their home, and many do not have the income to receive the needed services.

HOW:

Applicant for program contacts our Outreach Program Coordinator

Coordinator works with local area agency on aging to setup a Uniform Assessment Instrument (UAI) home visit to determine services needed.

Resident Life Committee of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Home will make approval decisions based off budget availability and also the clinical and financial need of the applicant.

COST:

Cost depends on the services offered and the area of the state.

Average annual cost per participant is $8300

Average cost for a resident at the Masonic Home, with an average 7.5 years lived, is $190,000. That cost would average $62,000 for an Outreach Program participant.

Current 2015 budget is $135,000 which is expected to gradually increase over time.


Please encourage any brother that could use The Outreach Program services to contact the outreach coordinator at the home.

Thank you!


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