The Adopt An Elder Foundation's mission is to provide financial and advocacy assistance to low-income, high-risk elders that affords them the opportunity for safe housing, proper nutrition, and healthcare access, so they can maintain an appropriate degree of independence and quality of life.
We are an all volunteer organization with no paid offiicers or staff. We pride ourselves on retaining only 5% of donations for administrative costs. That means 95% of all donations are distributed directly to our program.
"What a great organization. As a Deputy Public Guardian, I am familiar with all resources available, and this is the most wonderful and helpful organization out there. They have helped me with a couple of clients. They do such a great job, they are always on time with paying the facilities and keep me in the loop of whats happening with my clients and their care. Thank you for all that you have done for my clients and all your adoptees. I wish we had more organizations like yours. "
Background and history of the Adopt An Elder Foundation
The Adopt An Elder Foundation was founded on November, 2001. Due to the escalating costs of providing care and supervision, many low-income seniors were no longer able to afford to pay for assisted living in Northern California. Many were diverted into skilled nursing facilities prematurely based solely upon funding constraints. The Adopt An Elder Foundation's vision was to create an organization that could assist seniors who needed help but did not require skilled nursing.
Medi-Cal, primary funding source for custodial care in skilled nursing facilities, reimburses approximately $3800/month. However, Medi-Cal does not pay for assisted living. Low-income seniors may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which can pay for assisted living care. Currently, the SSI reimbursement rate of $878 is rarely sufficient to cover the cost of care, and assisted living buildings are forced to turn down SSI recipients.