Care for Elders (CFE) is Houston's largest, most diverse and most experienced partnership focused solely on elder care issues. Uniting over 80 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Care for Elders is dedicated to informing public policy and influencing community practice to increase access to services, improve the quality of care, and enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families.
What We Believe
· Everyone deserves to age with options, independence, well-being and dignity.
· Planning for the future should be a positive, empowering experience.
· We can enhance the quality of life for older adults in Harris County by understanding their needs, engaging leadership across sectors and leveraging resources for efficiency and impact.
How We Make A Difference
· Increasing Access: We coordinate resources and services to ensure access to care for consumers. We're also helping individuals take charge of their lives by providing information for maintaining independence.
· Improving Quality: We improve the quality of care for older adults by developing new models, sharing best practices, advocating for new policies and supporting service providers.
· Preparing for the Future: We're helping to shape Harris County's future by collaborating with other community leaders in the implementation of a comprehensive aging agenda.
Why It Matters
By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. This massive demographic shift places elder care issues at the center of Harris County's future. Care for Elders is facing the Age Wave by taking a strategic partnership approach to creating ideas and delivering solutions that ensure long-term improvements in services and systems of care.
In 1999, under the leadership of Neighborhood Centers, Inc., a number of Houston area organizations came together to formulate strategies for improving the local services being provided to older adults. In 2001, under the leadership of Sheltering Arms Senior Services, this partnership of organizations responded to a funding opportunity being made available by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The initiative called upon community partnerships to develop and implement a strategic plan for improving local long-term care systems and services. Care for Elders was selected as one of 8 partnerships in the country (from 535 applicants) to receive this funding, develop a community wide plan and implement it.
Although RWJF funding ended in 2008, Care for Elders has continued its efforts to engage organizations in collaborative planning and problem-solving through support from the United Way of Greater Houston and other local and national funding organizations. Today, there are more than 80 organizations involved in Care for Elders, and the partnership has developed and implemented 15 different strategies since its inception.
United Way of Greater Houston serves as the headquarters and fiscal sponsor for the partnership.