Tennessee receives $17M to support older adults, people with disabilities during health crisis

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 17:31:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The State of Tennessee received $17,667,081 in grant money to fund efforts supporting older adults and people with disabilities during the current health crisis.

The grant money was a part of $995 million in national grants from the coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act.

In Tennessee, the funds will provide home-delivered meals, care services in the home, respite care and other support for families and caregivers.

A full break down of the $17 million grant money is below:

  • $4,057,304 - Home and community-based services which will help older adults shelter in place to minimize their exposure to the virus. This includes personal care assistance, help with household chores and grocery shopping and transportation to essential services
  • $9,737,529 - Expanding home-delivered meals for older adults, like "drive-thru" and "grab-and-go" meals for those who typically participate in meal programs at community centers.
  • $1,455,526 - Centers for Independent Living will receive money to provide support and services to individuals with disabilities who are experiencing disruptions to their independent, community-based living due to the pandemic.
  • $2,010,992 - Allows the National Family Caregiver Support Program to expand a range of services that help family and informal caregivers provide support for their loved ones at home, including counseling, respite care and training.
  • $405,730 - Supports State Long-term Care Ombudsman programs.