Christ Community Church, as fiscal agent for Breath of Life Adult Day Service, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to assist with funding to start the adult day service.
Breath of Life provides companionship and care for dependent adults in the lakes area.
Breath of Life Adult Day Service is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide a caring, encouraging, Christian atmosphere designed to support dependent adults and their families or caregivers. They provide a safe, supervised setting to meet the daily care needs of participants with an emphasis on socialization and activities.
Breath of Life has a licensed registered nurse who oversees the daily program. This respite program makes it possible for family members and friends who care for dependent adults to take time out from the demanding care they provide. It is an affordable alternative to assisted living or nursing home care.
Robert Schricker, Breath of Life's executive director, said, "We are so pleased with the contribution from the Otto Bremer Foundation. This kind of support will help us get the word out on our new service. It will also help us continue our strategic planning on how to best serve seniors and other dependent adults, and their caregivers, which ultimately strengthens our community."
Shelli Urness, community services representative from Bremer Bank Brainerd, said, "The Otto Bremer Foundation was impressed by Breath of Life's community based approach to enhancing the ability of dependent adults to live independently, and their commitment to provide locally based care options."
The Otto Bremer Foundation is a charitable trust with the majority of its assets invested in the Bremer Financial Corp. The Bremer Financial Corp. is composed of the Bremer Banks along with several other entities. The foundation is supported 100 percent by the Bremer Financial Corp.
In Minnesota, more than 40,000 people are in nursing homes today. Minnesota taxpayers invest almost $1 billion per year to support two-thirds of those in nursing homes. Between 2000 and 2050, the state's population over 85 will triple from 90,000 to 250,000. Crow Wing County has the largest population in the state of senior adults over age 85. While the population of older adults booms, the state is losing 300-400 nursing home beds a year, and not replacing them with any other living choice.
For additional information on Breath of Life Adult Day Service, call Robert Schricker or Liz Martinson, registered nurse, at 822-3296.
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