The O’Neill Senior Center continues to ensure that their
clients remain HIP: Healthy, Independent, and Productive. They were excited to
discover that they were awarded a $5,000 grant through the Marietta Community
Foundation to provide funding to develop a Medication Assistance Program, which
strives to find indigent drug programs to help seniors afford medications and
cover the costs of unexpected medical expenses.
Many seniors are in desperate need of immediate medication
assistance due to unexpected health issues that result in expensive
medications. Limited income also prevents many seniors from affording
medication they need to maintain their health. All too often, when they cannot
afford the medication they require, they simply go without.
Normally, seniors in need of financial assistance are
enrolled in a patient assistance program, and it takes approximately 2-8 weeks
for them to be accepted and receive their medication. Going that long without
the medication they desperately need can prove fatal.
Thankfully, the O’Neill Senior Center received a grant
through the Marietta Community Foundation to begin a Medication Assistance
Program. O’Neill partnered with Kroger Pharmacy so that seniors can receive
temporary medication during emergencies or financial hardships until they are
officially enrolled in a patient assistance program in which they will receive
All clients enrolled in the Medication Assistance Program go
through a vetting process by the O’Neill’s Social Service Coordinators, making
sure that they are right for the program. Funds provided by the Foundation’s
grant are used as a last resort for their clients.
Hillary Foster, an employee of the O’Neill Center, explained
that “although this program has recently begun, however, the impact it has
already had on seniors in our community is tremendous. We are so grateful for
the support from the Marietta Community Foundation on this project.”
The Binkley Charitable Fund and the Bob and Marilyn Schafer
Family Fund, as well as the Foundation’s unrestricted funds, provided the
finances to allocate the grant to the O’Neill Senior Center. The Marietta
Community Foundation is glad to see that seniors in the area are able to stay
HIP through this program.