Partners In Care, now located at the future Hospice campus in Pasadena, has received local and national awards for its transportation programs, and has expanded its mobility services for the community, according to a release.
Partners In Care is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to help older adults remain independent in their own homes.
According to a release from the organization, Partners In Care was named the BWI Business Partnership’s 2012 Member of the Year for its collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) to help vital NSA employees get from work to home.
The group’s Ride Partners program also received the prestigious STAR Award for Excellence from the Beverly Foundation of New Mexico. Of the 378 applicants, Ride Partners was one of only five programs to receive the award and a $15,000 grant for services for older adults.
Thanks to funding from a federal New Freedom grant, Partners In Care is expanding its transportation program with the addition of wheelchair-accessible buses, according to the release. The new mobility initiative is an on-demand, fee-for-service program to fill gaps in community services.
Partners In Care’s most senior members, who may no longer be able to ride in a volunteer’s car, can utilize the buses for door-to-door, non-fixed route transportation, and can take a caregiver along.
The buses are open to individuals, businesses, and organizations for nonemergency medical transportation and social and recreational outings 24 hours a day.
Partners In Care is partnering with Anne Arundel Medical Center and others to utilize the buses to enhance home and community-based services for people transitioning from institutions back to the community and to reduce hospital readmissions.