Program to offer full guardianship/conservatorship services to frail elders

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.This grant supports a Local Initiative Funding Partners Program to increase threefold Jewish Family Service's (JFS) capacity to assume guardianship/conservatorship of elderly citizens in Worcester County. Guardianship by JFS for people whom the courts have determined are incapable of making rational decisions for themselves in regard to medical consents for treatment and/or their personal and financial needs and who lack a significant other to act on their behalf should improve the quality of life for socially isolated elderly in institutional and community settings. During the three years of the project, JFS anticipates 230 referrals from community agencies, institutions and concerned individuals which would result in 150 full evaluations and acceptance of more than 125 clients in need of guardianship. Funding partners include: the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Hoche-Scofield Foundation and the Stoddard Family Trust. An expansion of state eligibility and reimbursement for guardianship care seems likely. State contracts for this service will be a principal source of future financing for the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $98,398.00

Awarded on: 7/13/1989

Time frame: 9/1/1989 - 11/30/1992

Grant Number: 15606


Jewish Family Service of Worcester, Inc.

646 Salisbury Street
Worcester, 01609-1121

Deborah Fins
Project Director