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Market Survey of In-Home Health Care Providers.

Nelson, Erika Grace.

As the North East Senior Citizen Resource Center (NESCRC) moves into 2009, it seeks new and creative ways to serve seniors residing in Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, and Northeast Minneapolis to further its mission: 'Helping Seniors Live Independently With Dignity.' Providing care in a senior's home can not only be more cost effective for seniors and their families, but also better for a senior's morale, and as a result, his or her health. Adding health care services to NESCRC's repertoire would not only respond to the needs of the community, but also adhere to NESCRC's mission of helping seniors remain independent and age in place in their own communities. In order to avoid a redundancy in service provision, NESCRC launched its Market Survey of In-Home Health Care Providers to identify which types of in home health care serves are currently available and where there are gaps in services. NESCRC seeks information on how it can work with the community in order to fill those gaps. A total of 44 surveys were completed and returned to NESCRC. These responses provide a general idea of the landscape of service provision, funding and collaboration. Survey results indicate that adult day care, family foster services, case management and community based nursing were provided by the least number of respondents. In addition, fewer respondents provided home delivered meals, home modification, adaptive technology, money management, Insurance/Medicare Part D consultations, and support groups. A limited number of organizations provided free services, most charged a fixed rate for service. Organizations frequently used Medicare and medical assistance to cover service fees. Most organizations collaborated with one or more types of service providers including non-profit organizations, for profit agencies and businesses, and government agencies to deliver services. The following report highlights these and other key findings, and provides the organization with recommendations to guide NESCRC in its strategic planning for the future.

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Conducted on behalf of North East Senior Citizen Resource Center, Inc. Supported by Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
27 pp.
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