The Touchmark Foundation awards scholarships to support students pursuing degrees in nursing. In addition, the Foundation is supporting a special effort to increase the number of nurses available to teach tomorrow’s nurses. By helping to develop new nursing teachers, the number of nurses can be increased at a faster rate, and investments in nursing are leveraged for many years.
The Foundation places particular emphasis on student applicants pursuing geriatric nursing studies. Scholarships are available to students who live or pursue their nursing education in any of the following states or province:
In 2016, the Foundation began working on a three-year research project with Washington State University’s College of Nursing to implement smart home sensor technology in homes at Touchmark on South Hill in Spokane, Washington, and Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton, Oregon. This unobtrusive technology promotes healthy aging in place while supporting nursing research in developing future gerontological health care practices.
A longstanding focus for the Foundation has been to help alleviate hunger in seniors and families. Over the years, the Foundation has contributed more than $100,000 to support the annual holiday food box project, which has been making a difference in people’s health and well-being.
Partnering with Western Oregon University and Meals on Wheels People, the Foundation provided a grant to help seniors enhance their concentration and memory through a series of fun and challenging games offered while waiting for meals to be served. These games utilized Dr. Rob Winningham’s “Use It or Lose It” program to exercise different portions of the brain.
The Touchmark Foundation developed a program that addressed vision impairment in seniors. Through collaboration with several Touchmark locations and surrounding communities, the Foundation was able to acquire low-vision assistive devices, train staff, and develop programs to support people’s vision needs.
The Foundation encouraged other communities to implement similar programs based on the experiences and outcomes of these pilot projects. The low-vision project demonstrated the power of the collaboration between the Foundation and Touchmark—and the potential to create new and significant programs for seniors on a broad, national scale.
The balance program addresses the importance of reducing falls in seniors. Thanks to a generous donation, the Foundation purchased and installed a NeuroCom® Balance Master® in Bend, Oregon. The equipment evaluates a person’s balance and provides information for treatment regimens. The Foundation also partnered with Cal State Fullerton to develop water-based fall reduction solutions.