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With a successful 30-year history, Foundation for Senior Care moves into 2010

In 2009, the Foundation for Senior Care celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to look forward to serving the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz in the years ahead. While the needs of the senior population steadily grow, the Foundation’s dedication to assisting them is unwavering.

This past August, members of the community joined together to celebrate the 30-year milestone.

“We had an open house anniversary party here on the property,” said Morgan Cadmus, executive director. “It was a great day.”

All in all, Cadmus said, 2009 was a successful year on many levels. To start with, its second annual Dinner with the Docs, held at the Vista Valley Country Club, sold out two weeks before the event. The venue, filled to capacity with 200 guests and 27 doctors, has spurred organizers to seek a larger facility for 2010.

Man’s best friend gets credit once again for making the fourth annual Paws in the Park previous fundraiser another huge success.

“We had the biggest attendance yet,” said Cadmus, citing how nearly 800 people attended. In 2010, Paws in the Park promises to deliver the same great entertainment for the whole family.

Its thriving fundraisers have been of substantial help considering the marked increase in requests for senior assistance. The Foundation for Senior Care has three core tiers: Care Van Program, Senior Advocacy Program and Adult Day Care Center.

The Care Van Program offers a wonderful gift to seniors who are unable to drive by providing free rides throughout town to appointments.

As seniors require more assistance, a Senior Advocate is assigned to oversee their needs. This help may include scheduling doctor appointments, accompanying a senior to the doctor’s office, buying groceries, and organizing minor home repairs. Senior Advocates also play a crucial follow-up role when one is discharged from a hospital and/or skilled nursing facility.

The Adult Day Care Center, commonly referred to as ‘The Club,’ is welcoming to those who need special assistance or live with cognitive impairment. It is brimful with daily activities and can give caregivers peace of mind that their loved ones are in professional and caring hands.

“We are here to make your life easier,” Cadmus said.

The Foundation for Senior Care’s fiscal year, ending in July 2009, showed their Care Van Program assisted seniors with 8,500 free rides. Compared to last year, this number rose by a significant 2,000.

“There was a huge increase in rides and this seems to be the common theme with all our programs,” Cadmus said. “The need has increased, but unfortunately, the resources have not.”

The economic crunch has slowed monetary donations to the foundation. However, the greater Fallbrook community has continued to come together and gift as much as they can. Be it a dime or $100, every cent counts, Foundation representatives say.

On the subject of funds, thanks to a generous grant by Supervisor Horn, the Foundation for Senior Care property has been relandscaped and is now drought-friendly

Looking ahead to 2010, Cadmus said the organization will continue to build on the fundraiser successes of 2009. A new addition will be free CPR classes offered to the public.

“We are building a relationship with a lot of different organizations, and one that really stands out is Carlos Perez of Affordable and Quality Home Care Services, who is volunteering his time to teach CPR classes,” Cadmus said.

“We are following the vision of our bylaws in that we want to provide education to our community.”

Foundation for Senior Care has been and continues to be the heart of Fallbrook for seniors and their families.

“We do feel that the community has embraced us and has come to rely on our services,” he said. “It’s really meaningful.”

To learn about the Foundation for Senior Care, its volunteer opportunities and more, Cadmus invites local residents to stop by anytime. The office is located at 135 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook. (760) 723-7713. Please visit

http://www.foundationforseniorcare.org.

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