Caring for Area’s Senior Population Topic of Discussion at Community Roundtable
CHARLESTON, SC - October 2, 2013 - Among the 100 large metro areas in the United States, Charleston ranks No. 27 in a Best Cities for Successful Aging list. Published by the Milken Institute, the report looked at eight factors, including health care, wellness, transportation, financial well-being, employment/education and community engagement, to determine areas would be appealing to an aging population.
Charleston rated higher than Columbia (No. 49) and the Greenville area (No. 78), but local businesses and professionals engaged in serving an older population are continuing to discuss what else the area can do to best serving this fast-growing population.
The Greater Charleston Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council along with the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition is sponsoring a half-day community roundtable Oct. 2 to discuss issues that are most important in helping older adults remain in their chosen residence as they age.
Those topics for discussion mirror many of the same ones used in the Best Cities for Successful Aging report: wellness, financial, health care, employment, living arrangement, transportation, community engagement and overall livability.
“We hope to emerge with a local policy agenda endorsed by a wide range of experts that can guide the actions taken by the National Aging in Place Council Greater Charleston Chapter and serve as a rallying cry for all those local organizations that serve the aging in our community,” said Mark Smith, local chapter chairman.
Participants in the roundtable discussion represent thought leaders and professionals in a variety of sectors that serve the senior population, including nonprofit, government, the private sector and geriatric research institutions.
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Q: You work with the elderly in both your business (Franklin & Associates) and as a volunteer. What do you like about that demographic? A: Seniors are interesting -- I find that they have wonderful life adventures and stories to share! At the same time, I enjoy being of service to seniors and their family members when they are confronted with some of the complex and confusing issues related to retirement living, health care and long-term-care planning.
Q: Before you became a long-term-care specialist, you worked in human resources. What attracted you to your current field? A: My own vulnerability, not having children, attracted me to the field initially, but my father's lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease gave me an "up-close and personal" view of the costs of care and how it can affect seniors and their family members on a day-to-day basis.
Q: You and your husband started the nonprofit S.C. Aging in Place Coalition. In a nutshell, what does the organization do? A: The coalition is unique in that it brings the private sector together with nonprofit and government agencies for a common mission. The 85 member organizations are dedicated to providing education, resources and outreach that can help an individual stay safely, comfortably and independently in their own residence for as long as possible. (www.scaipc.org).
Q: Tell us about the transportation problem that led you and others to start the Independent Transportation Network. A: Seniors ask over and over, "How will I get to the places I need or want to go when I can no longer drive?" Safe, reliable and efficient transportation becomes one of the key elements in the aging-in-place equation. ITNCharlestonTrident provides dignified, door-through-door transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week for seniors -- 65 and up -- and the visually impaired. It started in November 2006 and has completed close to 25,000 rides. (www.itncharlestontrident.org)
Q: What would you like to tell potential volunteer drivers? A: It's not just a ride, it's a relationship with an individual who will be extremely grateful for the service you provide. Unlike many volunteer opportunities, ITN is flexible. You can provide a ride when and where it is most convenient for you.
Q: November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. Why do you think it's important for women in particular to plan for long-term care? A: Women live five years longer than men and make up 74 percent of the residents in long-term-care facilities (according to the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance). Women are called upon more frequently as caregivers in the family and as a result often turn down promotions or leave the work force altogether. As a result, their finances may suffer, leaving them vulnerable to the financial risk of a future long-term-care need.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? A: Like my mother -- volunteering, engaged, active and using my iPad or whatever technology is available at the time, to keep in touch with family and friends around the world.
Q: What books are currently on your nightstand? A: "The Reluctant Empress," a biography of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. My mother was born in Vienna, and I am fascinated by the history of that region.
Q: What was your best vacation, and where are you still hoping to go? A: Galapagos Islands and Antarctica top the list, but I still hope to go to Hudson Bay, Canada, to see polar bears!
Q: Will you be doing any shopping today, Black Friday? A: I'll be strolling with friends on King Street -- shopping is a distinct possibility!
Compiled by Kristen Hankla
AllCare Living Services Inc. receives Business of the Quarter in photo from left to right - Frank Price, Kelly Williams, Skip Williams, Rachel Sheridan
SUMMERVILLE - On Sept. 8, AllCare Living Services was awarded Business of the Quarter by the Greater Summerville Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. The award, which was presented by chamber Chair Johnny Bevon and Rita Berry, CEO of the chamber, is given each quarter in recognition of a local business that has established an exemplary commitment to the community, is customer service oriented, determined, innovative and demonstrates good will efforts in giving back to the citizens, other businesses and community organizations of the Summerville area.. Accepting the award for AllCare Living Services was CEO and President Kelly Williams, Vice-President Skip Williams, Chief Operating Officer Frank Price and Rachel Sheridan, director of client services. The ceremony was held at the Visitor's Center on Main Street. AllCare Living Services is a locally owned in-home care company that has been in business since 1998. Their services include Alzheimer's/dementia care, personal care assistance, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders.
ITNCharlestonTrident (Independent Transportation Network) Provides 20,000th Ride April 22, 2010
ITNCharlestonTrident, a dignified transportation alternative for older people who can no longer drive, provided its 20,000th ride since beginning service in the lowcountry on Nov. 15, 2006. ITN provides rides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for seniors 65 and over and the visually impaired 21 and over serving the Greater Charleston, Greater Mount Pleasant and Greater North Charleston areas.ITN is a community based and community supported transportation program utilizing volunteer and paid drivers.
Member rider Annette Vinson took the 20,000th ride the afternoon of Thursday, April 22, 2010, with the destination her regular beauty shop appointment. Mrs. Vinson, who lives in the West Ashley area, has utilized the services of ITN for the three and a half years ITN has served the community with the alternative transportation program. Mrs. Vinson uses the program for her medical appointments, shopping, going to the pharmacy and, of course, and her visits to her hair salon. There are no restrictions on ride purpose. Offering a door-through-door service, ITN drivers also assist members in going up and down steps, open doors and help with packages. All ITN drivers have been thoroughly screened and trained before providing their first ride forITN.
Pictured: Left- Barbara Franklin, Right- Annette Vinson
Volunteer Driver Barbara Franklin provided Mrs. Vinson the 20,000th ride. One of nearly 40 volunteers, Barbara, in addition to being a regular volunteer driver for ITN, serves as the chair of the ITN Volunteer Committee and the chair for the Transportation Committee of the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition, a big supporter of ITNCharlestonTrident.
ITNCharlestonTrident thanks its volunteers for the great effort put forth in helping to achieve this major milestone and its community partners for their support in helping to make the ITN program a big success.
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Pictured: Left- Annette Vinson, Right- Barbara Franklin
Photographer: Jim Ledbetter
Kelli Cochran-Seabrook, Forty Under 40 winner 2009 From the Charleston Regional Business Journal Click Here To Read
Mayor Riley attended the December 9 meeting of the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition and honored Paul Franklin – Founder and Chairman of South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition. He acknowledged the work of the Coalition for the past six years and the efforts of all the members to support the ability of seniors in our community to age in place successfully.
In a feature article titled “Barbara & Paul Franklin Practice What They Preach” the Lowcountry Sun (September, 2009 edition) describes the efforts made by the Franklins to plan ahead for successful aging in place. Paul Franklin is Founder and Chairman of the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition. Barbara Franklin is Co-Chair of the Education Committee.
Williams driven by entrepreneurial spirit and compassion By Roger Lee The Journal Scene
Kelly Williams has been an entrepreneur since she was 10. “I grew up knocking on doors, asking people if they needed their car washed or pine cones picked up and getting paid for it,” Williams said. “That led into baby sitting as I got older and any other jobs I could find. I’ve always been driven to take care of myself and make my own living.” Her entrepreneurial instincts have served her well since she and her husband opened their own in-home care agency in 1998. Under her guidance as the agency’s president, AllCare Living Services has become a leader in the field.
Williams now has more than 20 years of experience in home health care to draw on and that has paid dividends, particularly recently. Over the last few years, the agency has grown by more than 30 percent. Williams says even the sluggish economy hasn’t appreciably slowed the demand for the company’s services. She didn’t always plan to be involved in health care, but that is where fate and her heart took her. As she graduated from high school, she graduated from odd jobs here and there to a fulltime position as a receptionist at a law firm. She attended night school, getting a degree in business. That led to an administrative job with the state’s home care division and then to a position with a national home health care provider. However, she found she didn’t always like the approach many home health care providers take. Thinking there might be a niche to serve and she might be able to help more people, Williams ventured out on her own. “I saw a lot of needs that weren’t being met,” she said. “With a big company and corporate rules, there were a lot of times we would tell people we couldn’t help them when I felt we could.” That’s why in addition to providing home medical services, AllCare Living is willing to help seniors and disabled people in other ways. “Basically, we want to help people stay in their homes if they don’t want to live in a nursing home,” Williams said. “We want to give people options and help them however we can whether they need medical assistance, help shopping or cooking, or companionship.” Williams and her company are involved with various charitable and community related endeavors. She is particularly active with the Summerville Rotary Club and Women’s Auxiliary Rotary Club. She has served on the Rotary Board of Directors for three years and is the incoming Summerville Rotary Club President. She also spearheaded the club’s entrepreneurial summer training program at Pinewood Preparatory School. “It’s a youth leadership program that teaches kids about starting their own business and things such as developing business plans,” she explained. Williams said the part of the business she enjoys most is that it allows her to meet a lot of people. “As we’ve grown, I’ve realized I can’t do it all myself anymore so the piece I have kept is the interviewing,” she said. “I love that interaction. I enjoy talking to people not just about their needs and how we can help them, but also about other things. I get to hear war stories and all about people’s lives.” Williams and her husband Skip recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, age 12 and 16. The family attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Originally published by The Summerville Journal Scene in the Oct. 21 Women2Watch special section
Barbara Franklin was honored by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as one of Charleston’s most “Influential Women in Business” at a luncheon at the Charleston Marriott on October 22, 2009. She was recognized in the category of “Volunteers”. A keynote address at the luncheon was given by Anita Zucker who is known for her philanthropic work in the Community.
Congratulations to Dr. John Forney who was selected as a Finalist among the “Health Care Heroes” identified by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Read the article here
Dr. Mary Anne Larkin (Advanced Hearing Care), Kirke Gordon (BeWell Home Care Services), Barbara Franklin (Franklin & Associates) and Laura Stefanelli (Respite Care Ministries) were among many members of the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition that joined forces with The Outreach Center of St. Matthews and Respite Care Ministries to bring necessities of the season to senior in need. Members collected items for delivery including blankets, slippers, socks, gloves and toiletries and also helped with the delivery of the bags of supplies to seniors.
Bernice Green and Barbara Franklin
An unexpected knock at the door at the home of 40 area seniors meant there was a wonderful surprise in Charleston this Christmas. On the other side of the door stood a volunteer equipped with gifts, prepared to share the blessings of the Christmas season. The gifts were not luxurious, trivial or indulging. The gifts were comfy blankets, warm socks, tissues and food. As volunteers hand delivered the bags they heard seniors say “what a blessing this is”, and simply, “thank you!” Over the past eight years, the Christmas Bags project of the Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthews has been sharing simple necessities and joy during nearly 400 visits with seniors in downtown Charleston. In an effort to stretch Christmas cheer at little further this year, the Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthews and Respite Care Ministries asked for help from the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition. Volunteers from all three groups worked together to collect donations and deliver items to Charleston seniors in need.
The bags were delivered by dedicated volunteers who described their opportunity to share their gifts as “one of the best ways I can think of to celebrate the real spirit of the Christmas season….”,“a wonderful encounter… especially when I heard the laughter brought about from me in my Santa hat!”
SCAIP Volunteer Drivers met the “500 Ride Challenge” that was established last year in support of ITNCharlestonTrident(Independent Transportation Network). Margaret Agee - Co Chair of the Transportation Committee - was congratulated for her efforts at the Quarterly meeting by Paul Franklin – Chairman of SCAIP.
Three members of the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition were among those honored on March 19, 2008 at the presentation of the 2007 Jefferson Awards for Public Service at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Pictured left to right are : Richard Giffen, Laureen Deibert and Paul Franklin
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