Over the past few years, the SCAN Foundation has become a more visible and active leader in the movement to expand long term services and supports in California. Through research, demonstration projects, active convening and education of policy-makers and the general public, they have already amassed a wealthy of resources, much of which can be found on their website at www.thescanfoundation.org.
One recent piece – 10 Things You Should Know about Aging with Dignity and Independence. The starting point for discussion – aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home, regardless of age, illness, or disability.
Last Friday, a delegation from San Francisco joined others in Sacramento, at the invitation of the SCAN Foundation, which is building a movement of informed, connected and active organizations and individuals. The San Francisco Long Term Care Council is one of twelve regional coalition grantees, who was represented by Anne Hinton, Bill Haskell, Donna Calame and Susan Poor. James Chionsini, Sarah Jarmon, and Jodi Reid represented the California Discharge Planning Collaborative from Planning for Elders and the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) as the lead. In addition, Jodi and I are also providing Technical Assistance to another SCAN Initiative, the AGEnts of Change Initiative, which is funding 4 Agencies in California as they work to turn volunteers and participants into more active advocates and leaders. The final network represented on Friday was the California Collaborative, an on-going group of statewide organizations with an interest in improving long term services and supports.
These representatives from groups across the state came together for thought-provoking speakers, intensive, interactive workshops and general, all purpose networking. Watch this space to see how things develop.