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Columbus CEO: LifeCare Alliance expands westward with Diabetes Dayton merger

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 31, 2020, by Columbus CEO Magazine:

LifeCare Alliance is perhaps best known for being the Midwest’s leading provider of Meals-on-Wheels. Diabetes management, however, has become an increasing part of its caseload and care for seniors.

In August, the organization merged with Diabetes Dayton, a nonprofit that provides programs and services to help people suffering from the chronic condition.

“Diabetes Dayton, because of their size, they couldn’t take everybody that needed help,” said LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Charles W. Gehring. “At LifeCare Alliance, we take everybody. Together we’ll be bigger and stronger.”

Click here to read the full story.

Columbus Dispatch: Diabetes Dayton moving under LifeCare Alliance wing

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 27, 2020, by The Columbus Dispatch:

A nonprofit organization that has been helping diabetes patients in southwestern Ohio since the 1960s aims to strengthen and expand services by merging with a larger Columbus charity.

LifeCare Alliance, one of central Ohio’s largest and oldest charities, has merged with Diabetes Dayton in an effort to boost services in a part of the state with high rates of the disease.

The move brings Ohio’s last two diabetes-focused nonprofit organizations under the LifeCare umbrella, officials said. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association joined LifeCare in 2017.

Click here to read the full story.

Dayton Business Journal: Dayton nonprofit inks merger with Central Ohio healthcare agency

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 27, 2020, in the Dayton Business Journal:

Diabetes Dayton, one of just a few independent diabetes associations in Ohio, has completed a merger with LifeCare Alliance — one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in the state.

The partnership aims to expand services for both new and existing clients, enhance access to resources and strengthen care offerings for both nonprofits.

Click here to read the full story.

Elmer, LifeCare Alliance client, shown at home in his chair.

Grab bars, new step make WWII veteran’s home a safer place

By | Featured News, Home Repairs, Meals-on-Wheels

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, made improvements in the home of a Navy veteran to help him move safely around his home.

Elmer served in World War II between 1945-1947, and is classified as an atomic veteran. During his service, his ship and shipmates would be near the atomic bomb testing areas for either testing or cleanup for the atomic bomb. At age 92, some simple home improvements were needed to ensure Elmer could remain independent in his home.

He came to LifeCare Alliance through a partnership with Focus Hillard, inside the Norwich Township Fire Department. Focus Hillard teams up with Doctors West hospital to link area residents with community resources and improve their quality of life. After speaking to Elmer’s daughter, Focus Hillard realized that in order for Elmer to able to get around his home safely, he would need grab bars and other improvements. That’s’ when Focus Hillard contacted LifeCare Alliance to seek assistance for the family.

LifeCare Alliance installed a number of grab bars around the home and inside the garage entranceway. A new step was built at the entrance of his garage, as well. According to his daughter, this has given Elmer a sense of safety and comfort moving around the home.

“Showering is not as difficult now, and we have a small ramp located in the kitchen area that leads down to the dining area,” she said. “LifeCare Alliance was able to come in and install a grab bar along the counter area where the ramp is located, and now he using that to steady himself going up and down the ramp.”

Elmer’s daughter expressed her gratitude for the help her father received.

“We would like to thank Focus Hilliard, LifeCare Alliance and the Home Depot Foundation for not only providing the repairs needed but also having such a great program and partnership to serve the veterans of this community.”

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View of entrance before improvements

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View of entrance after step and grab bar installed
All Sides with Ann Fisher

LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring discusses COVID-19 response with “All Sides with Ann Fisher”

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring was a guest on WOSU Public Media’s All Sides with Ann Fisher this week to discuss the Agency’s activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are highlights from his interview (begins at 14:00 time stamp):

  • LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels program has seen a 53% increase in clients – or about 2,300 new clients – as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We are still accepting all who qualify, and we continue to offer our services without a waiting list. (If you or someone you know is in need of our services, click here to complete a referral application.)
  • LifeCare Alliance’s new home-delivery clients may be people affected by temporarily closed Senior Dining Centers, or those who may have temporarily lost access to family support because of quarantine and stay-at-home orders. Some new clients receive a weekly drop of frozen meals.
  • Daily check-ins are a critical part of the Meals-on-Wheels program. Five people were found in distress during the first week of the stay-at-home order. They were able to get help because of the volunteer or staff member who visited to deliver a meal.
  • The Agency has seen more than 1,200 new volunteer sign-ups in response to the increased need. Some new volunteers are people working from home or college students who are home from campus – people who temporarily have more flexibility in their schedules to volunteer.
  • LifeCare Alliance asks new volunteers to stay involved if they can, as many prepare to return to their workplaces. (Volunteers who have attended an orientation class can sign up for routes using our Meal Scheduler tool. First-time volunteers can get started by filling out an application online.) Volunteers may want to check with their employers if they would support their volunteer efforts or Adopt-a-Route.
  • A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, such as pantry drop-offs for our Groceries-to-Go clients and pet food deliveries with our Senior PetCare program.
  • LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels menu includes new items such as omelets, waffle sticks with blueberry compote, and popcorn chicken. Menus can be customized and options such as kosher, vegetarian, and pureed are offered. Our dietitians can work with your doctor to choose a meal plan if you wish.
  • The central Ohio community has always been generous, and that has been apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency funds and other corporate donations have been appreciated as LifeCare Alliance serves a growing number of people in our community.
  • We encourage all volunteers to be safe, with prevention practices such as wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Click here to listen to the interview!

This segment is part of a Wellness Wednesday episode on All Sides with Ann Fisher. To go directly to Chuck’s interview, skip to 14:00.

Volunteer Bill Abbott loads Meals-on-Wheels delivery bags into his vehicle.

Columbus Dispatch: No Quarantine on Good Deeds Amid Coronavirus

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published March 19, 2020, in the Columbus Dispatch:

LifeCare Alliance has made changes to the program that serves 5,000 meals a day on 165 routes to shut-ins in multiple counties. The changes include not requiring people to sign for their meals (to limit contact) and drivers picking up food and paperwork outside the nonprofit’s headquarters in Franklinton.

But even in these uncertain times, not one of the agency’s thousands of volunteers have said they would stop delivering.

Click here to read the full story.

Two volunteers carry styrofoam containers to their car.

Fox 28: Central Ohio Meals on Wheels volunteers on the frontlines during coronavirus pandemic

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story broadcast on March 13, 2020, on Fox 28:

Senior citizens are most at risk for Coronavirus, so people are doing everything they can to keep them safe. Among those on the frontline, thousands of “Meals on Wheels” volunteers in Central Ohio.

Josephine Jeffries said the deliveries mean the world to her.

“It’s so hard for me to walk. I am 93 years old and it’s been a real blessing. Everybody who delivers food is so friendly,” said Jeffries.

Click here to read the full story.

NBC4i Reporter Adrienne Robbins

NBC4i: Meals on Wheels Delivers Food to Seniors Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story broadcast March 11, 2020, on NBC4i:

The threat of the Coronavirus has organizers with Meals on Wheels already making plans just in case the virus comes to Columbus.

Organizers with Lifecare Alliance say they’ve had meetings for the last few weeks making sure they’ve got a plan in place to make staff and seniors stay safe.

Chuck Gehring is the CEO of the Lifecare Alliance. He said he’s been calming staff fears all week. “Everyone is on edge. Concerned. I tell our volunteers the people they’re delivering to. They’re going to be the last ones who are going to be attacked by this,” said Gehring.

Click here to read the full story.

Community Wellness Center client Fleeter

Wellness Centers link clients with accessible, affordable care

By | Featured News, Wellness

This year, LifeCare Alliance will celebrate 50 years of providing wellness services, a milestone that is significant for the Agency as well as tens of thousands of clients who have been served over the decades.

Community Wellness Centers, located throughout Franklin County, have a wide reach for clients such as Ms. Fleeter, who regularly visits the Community Wellness Center at Marion-Franklin Community Center.

Ms. Fleeter has been a client for more than six years and attends exercise classes taught by Registered Nurse Barb Parker, has her blood pressure checked, and receives foot care services that prevent her from more-frequent visits to her podiatrist.

Ms. Fleeter has formed a bond with Nurse Barb. “I think she’s so nice,” she said. “She’s really sweet. I like her.”

The exercise classes taught by Nurse Barb are especially beneficial, Ms. Fleeter says.

“It helps me because my fingers sometimes get stiff. Barbara tells us plenty of things to do to loosen up your hands. ‘You’ve got to use them,’ she says. Best thing she says for your hands is washing dishes. Well, I say I sure do enough of those!”

Ms. Fleeter, who says she worked as a chef at a local hospital for more than 35 years, visits the Community Wellness Center as much as twice a week. Without the Community Wellness Center, she would need to make more frequent visits to her doctor, which would cost more money. Ms. Fleeter is also concerned about driving a longer distance because with freeway construction, driving to the doctor’s office can be confusing.

But it’s the trust Ms. Fleeter puts in Nurse Barb that keeps her coming back. Sometimes, she says, she finds herself sharing more with Nurse Barb than she does with her doctor.

“I think Barbara is  greater than my doctor!” she says.

To learn more about LifeCare Alliance’s Community Wellness Centers, visit https://www.lifecarealliance.org/programs/wellness/wellness-centers/.

Learn more

Click here to learn more about LifeCare Alliance’s wellness services, including Community Wellness Centers.

View of water damage on ceiling

Army widow’s roof repair a ‘blessing’ thanks to LifeCare Alliance, MOWA, Team Depot

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

Ms. Marcum is a 95-year-old widow of a U.S. 2nd Battalion Army Ranger veteran who served from 1944-1946. When she needed help with a leaky roof that posed a safety challenge in her mobile home, she turned to LifeCare Alliance.

With the help of Team Depot and Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance made the roof repair so Ms. Marcum could navigate her home safely.

“I have been a widow for over 40 years now and it’s been a challenge when it comes to repairs to my mobile home,” Ms. Marcum said. “My roof has been leaking for about 4 years but has been getting worse over the years.  I had been asking everyone about getting my roof fixed but no one would do any work on mobile homes… I surely didn’t have the money to pay someone to fix it.”

After receiving a flier about LifeCare Alliance’s partnership with Team Depot and Meals on Wheels America on the Helping Homebound Heroes program, she called for help.

“I couldn’t believe it when you guys said you could fix it for me,” she said. “Not only fix it for me but I didn’t have to pay any money for it. That was a blessing for me.”

Ms. Marcum was grateful for the assistance.

“I just want to thank you, Home Depot and the great contractors from America’s Choice Construction. They were wonderful for all you done for me.”

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“I don’t know what I would have done without you guys because the roof was getting worse by the day. By you doing this work it has truly calmed my nerves and you know that I’m 95 years old and it was getting hard on me.”

-Ms. Marcum, on her experience with the Helping Homebound Heroes campaign

Thanksgiving Pie Sale is back at Carrie’s Cafe!

By | Carrie's Cafe, Events, Featured News, LA Catering

Carrie’s Cafe is offering delicious 10-inch pies for sale this holiday season. The following three pie flavors are available to purchase:

  • Apple $9
  • Pumpkin $9
  • Sweet Potato $9

All proceeds from holiday pie sales are invested back into LifeCare Alliance to support older adults, medically challenged and disabled individuals in central Ohio.

HOW TO ORDER

Pie orders are due by Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

Use the online form to order or call 614-437-2982 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may also stop by Carrie’s Cafe during normal business hours.

All orders must be prepaid in full. Cash, checks and credit card are accepted forms of payment. Please make checks payable to LifeCare Alliance.

Order Online Now!

To order multiple pie flavors, click “Continue Shopping” on the next screen.

10-inch Pie Options

PICKING UP YOUR ORDER

Shipping is not available for this promotion. Pie orders can be picked up at Carrie’s Cafe, 670 Harmon Ave., on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LifeCare Alliance helps veteran fix costly code violations with help of Team Depot, Meals on Wheels America

By | Featured News, Home Repairs, Meals-on-Wheels

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, helped a local veteran with home repairs that improved safety hazards and helped avoid costly city code enforcement violations.

Richard is an Army veteran who spent two years in Korea in 1970-71. His home was in need of repairs to the front concrete steps, as well as missing gutters and fascia boards.

“The repair that was completed by LifeCare Alliance and Home Depot changed my life tremendously because I did not have the finances to fix the home nor did I have the finances to pay the code violation fine,” Richard said.  “I just wanted to add that the contractors did fantastic job and I really appreciate all that you were able to do for me to get me out of the hole.”

LifeCare Alliance has worked with the City of Columbus Code Enforcement Department to help veterans with repairs to avoid going to court over code violations. Code enforcement often will grant some leniency when LifeCare Alliance is involved in veterans’ repairs, knowing that the Agency will be providing assistance.

“I am very proud to see that we live in a city that takes great pride and helping our residents instead of penalizing the underserved,” said Maurice Elder, who administers the Chores program for LifeCare Alliance. “This partnership has been great, to ensure the safety of our residents in the community who proudly served our country.”

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Meals on Wheels America grant supports Senior PetCare

By | Featured News, Press Releases

LifeCare Alliance is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support Senior PetCare. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the pets of central Ohio clients, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do on their own.

“More than 70 percent of our Meals-on-Wheels clients have a dog or cat,” said Chuck Gehring, LifeCare Alliance President & CEO. “This funding helps keep seniors and their pets together and safe.”

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted over $100,000 to more than 40 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from the former Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.5 million in funding and pet food donations.

“We know a pet’s companionship can significantly impact the physical health and mental well-being of homebound seniors for the better, but we also know that all too often, income restrictions or mobility limitations make it challenging for seniors to care for their pets without a helping hand,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “We’re thrilled that support from the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program will enable [program name] to provide pet food and other necessary services to local seniors to reduce some of that stress and make it easier for them to remain healthy and comforted at home with their beloved companions.”

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFECARE ALLIANCE’S SENIOR PETCARE PROGRAM

LifeCare Alliance, Team Depot help veteran repair broken garage door

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, helped a veteran repair a broken door that limited access to his garage.

Earl is a 70-year-old Marine veteran who served two years in Vietnam. He said that for many years it was difficult to access services to assist veterans. But he was relieved that after learning about LifeCare Alliance’s partnership with Team Depot, he was able to get his repair completed quickly.

“I came here Jan. 15, and the wheels started rolling in February,” he said. “That was quick to me. The whole thing was completed in 2-3 months.”

The garage door at Earl’s home needed repair after a spring broke, making it difficult for him to open and close the garage. Earl said back problems had limited his mobility. He said the pain even affected his ability to play with his grandchildren. So this repair would make it much easier to complete everyday tasks. The garage door had been broken for a year.

With assistance from LifeCare Alliance, Meals on Wheels and Team Depot, Earl was able to have a repair done that would cost an estimated $300-$600, significant for a veteran on a fixed income. Earl wants other veterans to know about the services available at LifeCare Alliance, and was grateful for the help he received.

“I’d like to thank Team Depot for me and all of the other veterans that they’ve helped. I’m glad to see somebody stepping up and helping old guys like me because every little bit helps.”

LifeCare Alliance improves shower access for Navy widow with help of MOWA, Team Depot

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, made improvements in the home of a Navy widow to help her safely access her shower.

Carol is the widow of a Navy veteran who served four years in active duty as well as 16 years in the Reserves. With limited mobility, simply getting into and out of the shower became a challenge for Carol. After hearing of LifeCare Alliance’s CHORES program, which helps seniors make home improvements to address safety issues, she decided to apply for assistance. Funding from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot helps provide these improvements for military veterans and their spouses.

I had two grab bars put in, one on the inside of the shower and one on the outside of the shower. I now can use both of them getting in and out of the shower. That is something that really helps.

They put in a flex handheld shower extension that you could pull off the wall. I can use this to rinse my hair without getting everything else wet. I love that, and I can now put a bench inside the shower to sit down and use the flex extension to wash.

This program from Lifecare Alliance, Meals on Wheels America and Home Depot was so simple to apply for it gave me the incentive to get it done.

I just want to thank everyone involved with assisting me with making it easier to shower and get in and out of the shower area.

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Carol Scior (upstairs tub & shower)

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LifeCare Alliance receives $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation

By | Featured News, Press Releases

Columbus, Ohio — Dec. 3, 2018 — LifeCare Alliance, the Midwest’s largest provider of Meals-on-Wheels, received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

The grant will be used to support the purchase of a Meals-on-Wheels delivery vehicle. LifeCare Alliance delivers Meals-on-Wheels to seniors and homebound clients in Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties.

“We appreciate the generous support of The UPS Foundation,” said Chuck Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. “This allows LifeCare Alliance to continue providing our vital wellness and nutrition programs to all clients in need — without a waiting list.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support LifeCare Alliance’s efforts to provide Meals-on-Wheels in central Ohio,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful program that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

For more information, contact:
Michelle Jones
Communications Director
LifeCare Alliance
614-437-2803
mjones@lifecarealliance.org

ABOVE: UPS has delivered a $5,000 grant to LifeCare Alliance to support the purchase of a new Meals-on-Wheels vehicle. Photo ©2018 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.

LifeCare Alliance nominee AEP wins Medical Mutual Pillar Award

By | Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels, Press Releases, Volunteers

LifeCare Alliance is pleased to announce that our longtime partner American Electric Power has been chosen for The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.

AEP has been one of LifeCare Alliance’s foremost supporters for more than a decade. LifeCare Alliance proudly nominated AEP because of the company’s many financial contributions as well as the all-important boots on the ground that help expand our reach to tens of thousands of clients each year.

In 2017, LifeCare Alliance accepted its largest-ever single gift — a $1 million contribution from the American Electric Power Foundation. Charles Gehring, the president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, called the gift “transformational” for the Agency. He said the money would be used to purchase a new Meals-on-Wheels delivery van each year for four years, as well as to provide support for the health and nutrition programs that keep central Ohio seniors and people with medical challenges safe, independent, and living in their own homes — where they want to be.

Employees of AEP have hosted donation drives to support clients of our Help-at-Home program, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, holiday Adopt-a-Family campaigns, and our Senior PetCare program — which helps seniors care for their beloved pets by providing food, supplies, and veterinary care.

Perhaps most importantly, American Electric Power has been a significant and reliable source of volunteer manpower for LifeCare Alliance. Groups of employees regularly visit our meal distribution center to volunteer in our Groceries-to-Go Pantry for people fighting cancer and HIV/AIDS, to serve meals at our Senior Dining Center, and to pack and sort food items for Meals-on-Wheels and Senior PetCare. Through our Corporate Adopt-a-Route program, nearly 100 AEP employees share the responsibility of delivering daily Meals-on-Wheels routes, donating their lunch hour to visit people in need every day, delivering a meal, a friendly smile, and a basic wellness check for thousands of homebound central Ohioans.

AEP is in its 13th year of participation in the Corporate Adopt-a-Route program and has delivered more than 100,000 meals.

AEP will be honored with The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service during a ceremony hosted by Smart Business Magazine on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. For more information about this event, click here or contact Molly Carpenter of Smart Business Magazine at 440-250-7039 or mcarpenter@sbonline.com.

LifeCare Alliance featured at senior hiring event

By | Careers, Events, Featured News

LifeCare Alliance will be the featured employer at an upcoming hiring event geared toward job seekers aged 50 and over.

Employment For Seniors will host the event Thursday, Dec. 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 4300 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

Representatives from LifeCare Alliance will be offering immediate interviews for positions including:

  • Direct Care Support (caregivers)
  • Food Service Workers
  • Meals-on-Wheels Delivery Drivers

To register for this event, call Employment for Seniors at 614-863-1219 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more

Click here to listen to the Successful Encore Career Podcast episode featuring Molly Haroz of LifeCare Alliance

APPLY TODAY

Interested in career opportunities with LifeCare Alliance? You can apply online 24 hours a day! Click here to see our open positions.

Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

By | Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels

Exciting news!

For the eleventh year running, the Meals on Wheels network — including LifeCare Alliance — is participating in the Subaru Share the Love® Event. Over the past ten years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels deliver nearly 2 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.

Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in seven seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why LifeCare Alliance provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to our homebound friends and neighbors in central Ohio. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love® Event.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

This November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in Ohio.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are, please look into the Subaru Share the Love® Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

And remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.

*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. Certain participating retailers may make an additional donation to the Hometown Charities selected. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 31, 2019. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

Home Depot representatives with LifeCare Alliance clients and staff

LifeCare Alliance, Team Depot complete veteran’s porch project

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

This summer, LifeCare Alliance featured Bob and Linda, South Side Parsons Area community advocates. A damaged roof and sinking porch on their own home presented a significant challenge to the military family.

LifeCare Alliance assisted the couple through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America. The porch and roof were improved this summer, and Team Depot representatives returned in September to paint the porch after giving materials time to cure.

LifeCare Alliance is proud to offer this assistance in the central Ohio community. For more information, call 614-278-3130.

Vital repair assistance keeps Army widow from going homeless

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

A mysterious leak in the bathroom nearly left an Army widow penniless when repair costs and water bills began to add up. But thanks to LifeCare Alliance, through a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, the leak and damage were fixed — allowing her to stay safe, independent, and living in her own home.

Darlene is the widow of an Army veteran who served from 1945-1947. Since her husband passed away years ago, money became tight. Her retirement and pension income also had run out. So when the unexpected leak caused major damage to her bathroom floor, she had no way to pay for repairs.

Since the leak appeared to be coming from the bathtub, Darlene tried limiting showers to avoid further damage to the floor. When that wasn’t working, Darlene thought she may be forced to leave the home she shared with her late husband. Around tax time this year, she shared her concerns with her tax preparer, who gave her some leads on assistance with the home repairs, including LifeCare Alliance.

“The Lord was watching over me when I found LifeCare,” Darlene said. “The first day the contractor came in, he showed me a picture of the new floor he was going to install.”

The contractor also pinpointed the source of the leak as the toilet, not the tub. “That’s something we wouldn’t have even known if it wasn’t for the contractor and LifeCare.”

Darlene’s sister lives with her and is on oxygen 24 hours a day. In addition to the floor repair, the contractor said the two would need grab bars installed in the bathroom for safety. Darlene had maxed out her credit card purchasing grab bars, but assistance from the Helping Homebound Heroes grant allowed her to return them, giving her an additional financial break.

“When the contractor got finished with the job, we were so overwhelmed at the look and safety of our bathroom. It was beautiful,” Darlene said. “We can take a bath now! We went without taking baths or showering for months in fear of the tub going through the floor.”

Darlene is grateful for the help she received from LifeCare Alliance, with the support of Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot.

“You know the Lord takes care of the widows and the fallen vets, and today LifeCare was our angel to allow me to stay in my home.”

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LifeCare Alliance clients Bob and Linda

Roof, porch repairs prop up pair of community advocates

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

Bob and Linda are strong community advocates in Columbus’ South Side Parsons Area Commission.

The married couple’s neighborhood pride pushes them to clean up crime and property damage in their community. But as issues with the roof and porch on their own home worsened, Bob and Linda needed some help. Their roof was damaged and part of their porch was sinking.

Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Over the years, he and his wife have dealt with several medical issues. He is one of many veterans that LifeCare Alliance is assisting through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America.

“We were in dire need of help and they came to our rescue to help us out,” Linda said. “And now our roof is fixed along with our porch. We just thank you from the bottom of our heart!!”

Bob shared his story with us:

I served in the Army from 1968-1971, doing one term in Vietnam.

When I got out of the service we got the house, and after some years we starting having a lot of issues with the house. We got a hold of LifeCare Alliance through a community meeting we were attending when Maurice talked about the program. LifeCare saved my rear end by coming out and fixing my roof and my dangerously sinking front porch that we were cited for from City Code Enforcement.

Without LifeCare Alliance, there would have been no way I could have afforded to do these repairs unless I hit the lottery or something.

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Damaged porch

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Repaired porch
Help-at-Home Donation

Help-at-Home Collecting Donations in July

By | Featured News, Help-at-Home

You can help provide a safe, clean environment for older adults receiving in-home personal care!

The Help-at-Home program at LifeCare Alliance will be accepting donations at two events this month. Items may be dropped off at LifeCare Alliance, 1699 West Mound Street.

Join us on July 18 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Help-at-Home has fun activities and treats planned for our donors!

The items below are some of our clients’ biggest needs:

Cooking Supplies
Cutting boards, chef and paring knives, spatulas, serving spoons, ladles, measuring cups/spoons, pots and pans, plates, bowls, flatware, drinkware, can openers, Tupperware containers

Food Items
Cereal, pasta, rice, noodles, peanut butter, bottled water, juice, reduced sodium or no-salt-added canned vegetables, canned chicken & tuna, canned fruits, canned vegetables, beans, soups and sauces, nutritional supplements such as Ensure and Boost

Personal Care
Adult diapers, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, lotion, razors/shaving cream, body powder, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash

Cleaning Supplies
Dish soap, laundry soap, fabric softener/dryer sheets, multipurpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, sponges/scrub brushes, wash cloths, basic cleaning supplies

Paper Products
Paper plates, freezer and storage bags, foil, plastic wrap, paper towels, napkins, facial tissue

For more information, contact Help-at-Home at 614-278-3149.

Mark Bellamy

Veteran’s fence repairs become within reach through Home Depot grant

By | Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, through funding from the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America, is helping local veterans like Mark make necessary repairs to their homes.

Because of a fixed income, Mark faced a significant challenge when his large privacy fence was damaged, attracting attention from a city code enforcement officer. The Helping Hometown Heroes grant helped Mark get the help he needed to shore up his fence and remove a citation he received.

He shared his story with us:

“My name is Mark, and during the 1970’s I was an Airman in the Navy.

My home is located on a corner lot and in my neighborhood crime has spiked, and my privacy fence provides me with a sense of security.  One day, I noticed the fence was leaning, and then it fell – that is when I received a citation from the City Of Columbus Code Enforcement Officer. After I was cited, we had a strong storm, and part of the large fence came down!

The code enforcement officer referred me to Maurice Elder from LifeCare Alliance. I was told that he helps veterans with these types of projects.  LifeCare Alliance and Home Depot assisted with repairing my fence and allowing code enforcement to remove the citation.

I am disabled and living on VA pension which isn’t much, so this help was a Godsend for me. Since my repair, Maurice inquired if I was in need of home-delivered meals. I gladly accepted the help. In closing, I would like to say, God Bless Home Depot and LifeCare Alliance.”

 

 

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David and Diane Kazee

Home Depot grant helps repair floors in veteran’s home

By | Home Repairs

David, an Air Force veteran, and his wife, Diane, reside in a mobile home in Columbus, Ohio.  Their home was in need of major repairs, especially the floor.  The flooring had begun to wear away, and Diane feared that her husband, who maneuvers through the home in an electric scooter, would fall through the floor.

Fortunately, help for David and Diane was available through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by The Home Depot Foundation and Meals on Wheels America. The Helping Hometown Heroes grant provides home repairs for veterans and their spouses.

Maurice Elder, customer service director at LifeCare Alliance and the administrator of the grant, connected the couple with the contractors of Home Depot to repair the flooring in the couple’s home.

Diane said she thanked the Lord the work could be done “because I was so worried about his condition and falling through the floor.  The guys who came to our home were very nice, polite, professional, and cleaned up after finishing the work!” One of the contractors noticed the couple’s toilet needed to be replaced. The toilet was not included in the original scope of work, but he replaced it with a new ADA-compliant toilet.

“I am so thankful to God that there are programs like this — one that extends funds even when the VA or others [have] exhausted their resources,” David said. “I appreciate all the businesses that contribute to this program; I want to thank LifeCare Alliance for your compassion for us and others like us.”

Floor repairs in progress