Elder Care Fund renamed to DiStefano Family Care Fund

Renamed to honor our recently retired Executive Director, Rosanne DiStefano, the DiStefano Family Care Fund remains a financial resource for older adults, aged 60 plus, who need immediate assistance and live in the Merrimack Valley. Funds may be used to purchase “basic necessities” such as prescriptions, food, fuel and shelter when all other means and resources have been exhausted.

If no other payment source is available, the Fund also may be used to cover short-term home care services, home health care, payment of a utility bill or brief respite care for a 24/7 caregiver. Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, there is no cost to the elder. However, in some instances, the DiStefano Family Care Fund may share the cost with the elder or their family. Every recipient is given an opportunity to pay back their awardto help replenish the DiStefano Family Care Fund – a “pay it forward” philosophy that benefits the next elder or family who calls and needs help.

The DiStefano Family Care Fund is solely supported by fund-raising events and activities, foundations and private contributions. Gifts, in any amount, are always welcome and can be made directly to the DiStefano Family Care Fund. Contributions also may be made to celebrate special people or events or to honor someone’s life with a memorial gift.