Care connection

April 17, 2013 

Thanks to the tremendous support of the Mid-Continent Public Library, Truman Heartland Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our Care Connection website –

We encourage you to visit and explore this free site which is designed to provide quality information about all types of services that seniors and caregivers may need, both from businesses and nonprofit organizations. The over 20 service categories include: Home Repair and Maintenance, Home Modification, End of Life/Hospice and Palliative Care, Senior Activities and Respite Care.

The website has an Angie’s List approach that encourages those who use the services to provide their feedback. We will continue to add service providers, so check back often for newly added resources. If you know a business or organization that provides services to seniors and caregivers and should be listed, please direct them to the site to submit their information. Our committee of volunteers will review the information before it’s posted to the site. Please help us spread the word about this valuable new resource.

This truly has been a team effort creating this website. At our second meeting, our Community for All Ages Coalition identified as its top priority, “To work together as a coalition to ensure that every senior (and/or their family members) who needs services in our Eastern Jackson County Community knows about and has easy access to quality information and clearly understands how to access the resources available.”

At our first meeting of the over 50 community leaders involved in the coalition, people talked about what they were doing in this service area. It became apparent that there were a lot of great things happening and services available, but there was a lack of information.

The Coalition Committee on Senior Services, chaired by Lee’s Summit resident Cindy Cavanah, found there was not a good central source for information. Many of the social service organizations that assist seniors and provide referrals have developed their own systems, most often using a spreadsheet or notebook to gather printed information and brochures.

Steve Potter, executive director of the Mid-Continent Public Library and a member of the coalition, volunteered the services of the library to help us design and build the website. We are very grateful to the whole team at the library that worked on this project: Susan Wray, Rolo Aguilera, Amy Fisher, Mariah Hone and Bryan Gash.

We have also partnered with Shepherd’s Center Central, who not only provided a great deal of data for the website database, but are also allowing us to promote their Caregiver Institute and their “One Call Many Answers” phone number on the home page. When you call this number, you will be able to talk to a trained professional who can provide referrals for services.

The Lee’s Summit Community is actively engaged in the Community for All Ages Coalition for Eastern Jackson County which was formed and is organized by Truman Heartland Community Foundation. Over the next 20 years as all of us baby boomers march toward the next phase in our lives, our community will be experiencing a doubling of the population over age 65. Resources like this website will enable seniors and their families to find the services they need to remain independent.

Please check out the website and help us spread the word about this valuable information resource for seniors and their caregivers –

Phil Hanson has been the president of the Truman Heartland Community foundation since January 2010. Raised in the Raytown area he went to Rockhurst University for his undergraduate and UMKC for his MPA. He lead the fundraising staff for the United Way in Kansas City where he served for 23 years and later was with the American Lung Association for 3 ½ years.

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