Two of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best-known advocates for seniors, the Visiting Nurse Association and The Senior Source, are joining forces to launch a first-ever community-wide planning project to elevate and expand care and services for local seniors.
Development of the groups’ so-called Action Plan for North Texas will be supported by the Better Together Fund, which was announced in June as a pilot program to drive large-scale social change. The $3 million fund was launched by the Dallas Foundation, the Lyda Hill Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
The first phase of the VNA-Senior Source effort will be to create and publish a baseline report identifying critical gaps in current services available to seniors. VNA and Senior Source are inviting local nonprofits that are currently working with seniors to provide information regarding their programs and services for consideration in the report.
All interested organizations should submit their information via Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NT4seniors by December 8. The completed report will be shared with interested parties next spring.
VNA and The Senior Source hope the report will serve as a catalyst for creation of a community-wide Action Plan.
“The timing couldn’t be better,” VNA CEO and president Katherine Krause said in a news release. “We see the need daily in our work, but it is time to elevate the conversation to ensure seniors in North Texas are heard and are getting the care they need and deserve.”
Added Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of The Senior Source: “As a community, it is vital for us to come together to ensure older adults in North Texas have the tools necessary to thrive. We will work collaboratively on the plan that will ensure we meet the needs of older adults long into the future.”