WRC Senior Services Grants & Gifts
WRC Senior Services applies for grants annually to help advance our charitable mission and garner support for resident life enhancement across our continuum. Recent grants received include:
The Stackpole- Hall Foundation
WRC was awarded $65,000 in grant dollars for a renovation project at Ridgmont, a personal care home in Ridgway, PA. The monies were used to purchase and install new flooring throughout the facility.
We were gifted a $15,050 grant in 2021. The grant was used to buy the Dementia Live educational program. Dementia Live is a simulation that helps participants gain a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.
The Glenn and Ruth Mengle Foundation
In 2019, WRC was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Mengle Foundation for the start-up of a healthy brain center. While plans for the brain center are forthcoming, the foundation allowed for a partial diversion of funds to help offset obstacles cause by COVID-19, and permitted WRC to purchase portable screening machines and telehealth devices called “Nurse Rosie” for each WRC facility. Nurse Rosie is a portable vital signs system for collecting blood pressure, pulse, SpO2, and temperature in a matter of seconds. Nurse Rosie features touch- screen monitor, which can be used for telehealth appointments between doctors and residents. Telehealth has been particularly important to ensure resident safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
WRC was awarded $20,000 in 2020 for the iN2L (It’s Never Too Late) person based technology integrates the various hardware, software, media economic and adaptive components necessary to allow residents to participate and engage in person- centered recreational and rehab activities. The iN2L system is built on a picture-based touchscreen interface that allows users to simply “touch” their way to engaging, educational, spiritual, and personalized content that is appropriate to their own level of cognitive and physical activity. From using e-mail and video chat to connect with family and friends to enjoying mind stimulating activities, to improving hand- eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program.
In 2021, the Foundation provided us with a grant of $20,000. It was used to assist in the purchase of VitalCare platform program. This programs allows easy, remote communication between patients and staff. It also tracks patient’ vitals, nutrition, and medication schedules.
Women Who Care
WRC Senior Services was awarded funds for 30 Amazon Fire Tablets, tablet cases and hand strap holders. The tablets will provide skype technology for residents and families to communicate through the COVID-19 pandemic. With this technology, residents and families are able to connect with their loved ones.
Bryndel Family Charitable Fund
We received a grant of $2,500 in memory of Arveta Carson. The funds were used to purchase supplies to build a smoothie bar. Smoothies are an effective way to provide essential nutrients to older adults who might have a hard time enjoying a meal. They are also an enjoyable treat during the summer months.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
WRC Senior Services received PPE donations and other gifts to help protect staff.
Edgewood Heights Fence/Patio
Edgewood Heights residents are hoping to soon enjoy a new outdoor space! Plans are underway to create a new garden and patio area outside the dining room at the facility overlooking New Bethlehem from atop Keck Avenue. The fence surrounding the future patio has already been completed. A donation towards this project will provide residents with a safe outdoor space to enjoy year-round.
Ridgmont Laundry Room Project
In 2020, thanks to a generous donor, we completed upgrades to the Laundry Room at Ridgmont. The floor, all of the machines, sinks, tables, and cabinets were replaced during this process.