Life Circle Update COVID-19
We are living through historically unprecedented times. Isolation of our elder community caused by COVID-19 is exacerbating an already vulnerable situation for seniors and their caregivers. Life Circle’s Board of Directors and committed volunteers are continuing to work on opening our Adult Day Service program (ADS) as soon as possible. We have submitted all the necessary paperwork to obtain our license and are waiting for approval.
This pandemic has changed the way we approach helping elders in Santa Fe County. It has reinforced our awareness of the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our participants. We have modified the educational component of our program to include instructions for participants, their families, and volunteers on how to best avoid acquiring or spreading the virus. We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as directives from local and State authorities.
We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe during this challenging time. Thank you for your ongoing support.
MANY THANKS to all who joined us, in person or in spirit, as Life Circle celebrated the launch Santa Fe’s new Center for Healthy Aging Adult Day Center.
Life Circle Leases Hopewell Community Center to Launch Adult Day Services in Santa Fe
October 1, 2019
Life Circle has leased the Hopewell Community Center as a new home for the Life Circle Center for Healthy Aging Adult Day Service Program (LCCHA-ADS) at 1800A Espinacitas Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505. A coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults will be provided in a community-based group setting to adults 18 years and older. Fees will be on a sliding scale so services will be available regardless of one’s ability to pay. Plans currently call for operations to begin by early 2020. For more information, or to donate, please call Michael Munson, Board Chair, at 505-690-3323 or visit www.LifeCircleNM.org.
THE CRISIS: ELDER CARE IN SANTA FE
Santa Fe’s population is aging rapidly.
By 2030, more than 26 percent of Santa Fe’s population will be 65 or older. Today, about 18 percent of the city’s residents are 65 or older. This demographic shift means the city will have at least 10,000 more elderly residents in 2030 than it does today.
Considered as a whole, the city’s health care and long-term care services are inadequate and fragmented, and are incapable of serving the growing population of elderly. Badly-needed services and staffing are diminishing as the need is expanding. The combined public and private resources – and coordination between them — is sadly lacking. Santa Fe needs additional services and an advocacy platform to give our elders a voice and the help they need to live better lives as they age.
Providing elder services has financial benefits, not only for seniors and their families, but also for government and our healthcare system. The current cost of services for a senior who “ages in place” at home runs about $1,200 per month. A month in an assisted-living facility can cost more than four times that — and a nursing home eight times that. Medicare and Medicaid pay for most long-term care; by minimizing the need for long-term care in institutional settings, those government programs can reduce spending.
Life Circle of New Mexico, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, has a plan of action, viewable via this link.
Santa Fe has an urgent and growing need to provide the care and services to our aging population – our neighbors, parents and spouses. Life Circle’s goal is to bring together public officials, private businesses, community leaders and concerned individuals to design specific solutions for our community that will improve the level of care and services.
Life Circle’s vision is to have a centrally located campus in Santa Fe that provides the services and care outlined above. Initial funding will pay for start-up staffing and operational expenses. To donate, click here.