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Saint Elizabeth Community Fund for Quality Eldercare in RI
By Jean Cohoon / April 23, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“We have the most extensive array of services for older adults of any senior care provider in Rhode Island,” states Steven J. Horowitz, president & CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community. 

Founded in 1882 by opening a home for elderly women in Providence, Saint Elizabeth Community now has 16 locations around the state and services that include nursing home care, independent living, home care services, adult day centers, assisted living, rehab care, and memory care; more than 2,800 people receive services annually.

“Innovation in elder care services is what we really like to do,” Steve shares, noting the establishment in 2009 of Saint Elizabeth Haven that provides a short-term, safe haven for elderly victims of abuse. “Elder abuse is happening, and we have the ability to offer a safe place for an abused elder to stay and receive care. It’s one of the most rewarding things we do,” Steve says of the program that to date has served 35 people. 

Saint Elizabeth’s most recent service addition is the 2017 opening of the GREEN HOUSE® Homes at Saint Elizabeth Home. Each home has 12 private bedrooms and private bathrooms that are situated around the shared dining room, kitchen, and hearth room. “There’s so much more interaction, and this innovative model of nursing home care is a first in Rhode Island,” Steve explains.

Saint Elizabeth also has five adult day centers that serve about 200 people each day and a certified care management program that helps families create a plan of care and review options in elder care. “There’s such a great need for services for Rhode Island’s growing elderly population. We still consider it to be an under-served population,” says Sharon Garland, chief philanthropy officer.

Saint Elizabeth has relied on its endowment since 1887 to ensure its financial stability. In transferring a portion of its endowment to the Foundation, Sharon says, “We respect the Foundation and know it will manage our endowment properly,” with Steve concluding, “We think it’s a good marriage, as both of our organizations are committed to caring for Rhode Islanders”.

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