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Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation Funds New Glendale Adult Health Center
Foundation for Senior Living has received $150,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation to build a new Northwest Valley Adult Day Health Services Center in Glendale with a goal of having the center operational within 18 months.
“We are so grateful for this donation,” said CEO and president of Foundation for Senior Living Tom Egan. “Our goal is to raise $5 million and this gift brings our total raised to nearly $3 million. We’re on pace to have a ground breaking ceremony in November.”
The center will serve the large population of low-income seniors in Glendale and Peoria. The district it will be built in had the fifth highest percent increase of individuals living in poverty in the country between the years 2000 and 2011, with 20 percent of the total population age 50 or above.
The new building will offer physical therapy, educational activities, a serving kitchen, media and exercise rooms, a memory garden and shower and laundry facilities. The current center, which is housed in a rented facility, no longer meets the organization’s standards for care or accessibility.
“Think of the worry, exhaustion and cost of caring for an aging loved one. Think of the instinctive desire to keep loved ones in their homes, among familiar surroundings and enjoying a measure of independence, for as long as safely possible,” said chair Carol Peden Schilling of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “FSL offers a respite for weary caretakers, while providing medical, restorative and therapeutic care for aging seniors with limited means. We are pleased to help build a larger and improved facility so FSL may extend services to more seniors and their families.”
The center will staff a registered nurse to supervise healthcare management as well as certified therapeutic recreational therapists, certified nursing assistants and social workers. There will also be dedicated staff providing personal attention, individualized care plans, interactive games and activities as well as companionship.
It will also provide support to individuals experiencing cognitive and physical challenges such as dementia and traumatic brain injuries.