Statewide Initiatives to Address Priority Areas of Need:
The Statewide SeniorTrust Grant Program launched four initiatives on
April 15, 2018:
Aging in Place Program:
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of TN and Tennessee Habitat Affiliates to implement a statewide Aging in Place program to provide home accessibility modifications and repairs to 1,463 Tennessee homeowners who are age 60+ and financially unable to complete the repairs themselves. The goal of the Aging in Place program is to allow these older adults to remain in the homes where they can live safely, comfortably and independently.
Westminster Home Connection, based in Nashville, TN formed a partnership with Scott Morgan Community Development Corp in East Tennessee and Reelfoot Rural Ministry of the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in West Tennessee. The goal of the program was to make 315 homes safe and functional for homeowners age 60 and over in East, Middle and West Tennessee. Services provided include critical repairs, mobility modifications and sort-pack-move support.
SMILE ON 60+
SMILE ON 60+ is an innovative, statewide, sustainable initiative with the goal of improving the overall health and quality of life of low-income, mobile adults age 60 and over through access to oral healthcare services and community education. SMILE ON 60+ evaluates, educates, and navigates patients into dental homes. Transportation to dental providers is offered to help reduce barriers to receiving treatment. Interfaith Dental in Nashville, TN is the lead agency and has created a network of dental care for older Tennesseans comprised of 22 partners in 32 locations. This project has transformed the system of oral health care for older adults in Tennessee.
Tennessee Senior Law Alliance:
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) partnered with the West Tennessee Legal Services, Memphis Area Legal Services, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and Legal Aid of East Tennessee to form a one-of-a-kind network known as the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance (TSLA) to provide civil legal assistance to meet the legal needs of Tennessee’s most vulnerable adults age 60 and over. TSLA works to help older adults by addressing core legal issues such as accessing healthcare, housing, estate planning (simple wills, powers of attorney, advanced directives), income maintenance, consumer finance, abuse and exploitation. Collectively, TSLA has worked with partners to ensure that Tennessee’s older residents can live their lives safely, securely and with dignity. The TSLA team is comprised of more than thirty members across the state to provide services in all 95 counties.
Tennessee Senior Volunteer Transportation Network:
The Senior Volunteer Transportation Network (SVTN) is a coalition of volunteer transportation programs that serves older adults in Tennessee. This network of programs strives to meet the five A’s of age-friendly transportation: Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability, Affordability and Adaptability. This type of transportation provides a more personalized option for older adults who need door-through-door transportation. In addition to providing needed transportation, these volunteer programs offer opportunities for social interaction. With the key feature of volunteer transportation being volunteer drivers, many meaningful relationships have been developed between drivers and riders. The goals of the SVTN are to expand the capacity of existing volunteer transportation programs and to create thirty new programs in underserved areas across the state.