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St. Agnes Hospital to use federal grant to set up chaperone program


July 17, 2020

St. Agnes Hospital's foundation received a federal grant to establish a program for volunteer chaperones to bring certain patients to appointments.

The St. Agnes Hospital Foundation is receiving a grant to set up a network of volunteers to chaperone the elderly and people with disabilities in getting to and from non-emergency medical appointments.

The federal grant of $181,145 through the Community Care Corps will enable the foundation to create the St. Agnes Trusted Ride program. The volunteer chaperone network “will be layered onto existing transportation ride-share options to help frail patients navigate the hospital campus,” according to a news release. The model is to aid the patients with access to their necessary medical care to improve their health outcomes and further their independence.

“St. Agnes Foundation’s Trusted Ride model will also reduce social isolation and family caregiver burden,” according to the release.

The new federal program is the first time that Community Care Corps, a federal agency funded by the Administration for Community Living, according to its website, has worked with St. Agnes Foundation Inc.

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