AmeriCorps members assist elderly, disabled live independently

CommCaresAmeriCorps Community Cares is an AmeriCorps State program, of Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation (TCAC).  Community Cares receives generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, public housing authorities, nonprofits and faith-based agencies to provide home and other supportive services to low-income frail elderly, challenged and disabled citizens in seventeen counties. Members assist frail seniors and persons with disabilities by direct, in-home assistance so that the residents can remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. In 2004, Community Cares was nationally recognized by Innovations in Civic Participation, AARP and the Office on Aging, as a model senior care program. Yearly, AmeriCorps members are placed at service locations and assist 26,000 clients with a wide array of supportive services that include home and health, transportation, cognitive activities, environmental education and disaster relief.

As of September 30, 2013, less than 1% (17 seniors) of the 109,415 seniors served entered a nursing home, and were not able to remain living independently. As of September 30, 2013, Community Cares identified 39,204 economically disadvantaged, 3,576 medically underserved and 9,126 uninsured seniors. All AmeriCorps members are required to become certified in an American Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training course. Most of the AmeriCorps members re-enroll for an additional term of service with the Community Cares program. The Community Cares retention rate is 97.7%.

Read more on pg. 56 of Transforming Communities Through Service.

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