Community Services Agency operates several safety-net programs in Mountain View and Los Altos, California. Their Senior Case Management program brings together a range of services to help older residents keep living in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. For several years now, I have been the primary grantwriter for CSA’s applications for funding from Santa Clara County, including grants for Senior Case Management. I have also written grant proposals for other clients for funding from city and county agencies.
Community Services Agency’s Senior Case Management (SCM) program coordinates information and assistance to address the basic needs of functionally impaired seniors. The primary goal of the program is to keep low-income older adults living in their own homes and out of costly hospitals and nursing homes. This is a better outcome both for clients and for the community as a whole.
A professionally trained geriatric case manager (CM) coordinates the services appropriate to meet each client’s unique needs. Typically, these services focus on such vital areas as food, healthcare, and transportation. For example, the CM may schedule medical appointments, help the client sign up for eligible benefits, arrange for transportation, etc. The CM will also provide advocacy and collaboration with existing care providers, as well as with the client’s family members and friends. The CM uses her knowledge base and the rapport created with the client to become a designated information and resource hub for the client.
“I have worked with Patty on several government proposals. Her writing is clear and concise yet she deftly conveys the scope of work of the program. She is also an excellent editor.”
— CSA associate director