Bivins Foundation To Reconfigure Eldercare Services

Long-term care and rehabilitation services at Bivins Memorial will be merged later this year into the Bivins Foundation’s most advanced care center, Childers Place, an award-winning facility built in 2008, according to Mary E. Bivins Foundation President Judy M. Day.

“Bivins Memorial was nationally recognized as state-of-the-art when it was built in 1968, but it is nearing the end of its lifespan as a skilled nursing facility,” Day said. “This reality, combined with the rapidly evolving marketplace for senior services in Amarillo, has given us a chance to look to the future and plan for how the Bivins Foundation can make the best use of its resources to help the most seniors.”

The marketplace for senior services is changing because of the huge increase of Baby Boomers reaching age 65. In the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle, there are 82,065 people who are 60 years of age or older, a number equal to 18% of the total population. In 15 years, that age group is projected to double to about 165,000.

Childers Place, a technologically advanced facility with a highly trained staff located in the medical center, will add to its array of services to meet the community’s critical need for rehabilitation services. The changes at Childers Place and Bivins Memorial are pending regulatory approval.

“Many of us have a long history with Bivins Memorial,” Day said. “And even those who have been involved for a short time with this outstanding facility know that Bivins Memorial has a magnificent history of compassionately serving residents and their families. We are mindful of our obligation to help our residents and staff through this change in our services by reflecting the Bivins Foundation’s core values of dignity, independence, self-worth and good health.”

The Bivins Foundation will continue its mission to improve the lives of senior adults with elder care services through its 120 units of low-income senior housing at Bivins Village I and II, as well as through Childers Place, Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center and B Fit outpatient therapy clinic.

“We will continue to seek answers to the question of how to make the best use of our resources to help the most people,” Day said. “We know that today’s seniors want to be able to stay in the most independent setting as they age, and helping them do so is a way we can positively affect their health and quality of life.”

“We continue to identify opportunities to partner with others in the community, such as faith-based organizations, nonprofit agencies and other institutions that share our mission of caring for older adults,” she said. “For example, the Bivins Foundation has been part of a broad community collaborative to reimagine senior centers of the future as places to advance holistic wellness.”

Future initiatives will build on the Bivins Foundation’s long history of charitable work that includes a total of $4.9 million in grants to improve the lives of seniors across the Texas Panhandle. In addition, the Bivins Foundation has supported the FoodNET program by preparing 543,000 meals at the Foundation’s Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center since 2003. These meals are delivered to seniors at home and at central sites and provide the nutrition for many seniors to remain independent.

“The need for senior services will grow exponentially in the coming decades, and we look forward to actively achieving our mission to help even more elderly citizens live fulfilling, dignified and healthy lives,” Day said.

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation was established in 1949 with the primary philanthropic objective of caring for the elderly. In 2015, the Foundation touched more than 1,250 lives through Bivins Village, a 120-unit independent living community for low-income seniors; Childers Place, a state-of-the-art, long-term care facility which also will offer rehabilitation services for medically complex patients beginning in 2016; Bivins Memorial, a long-term care and rehab facility; the Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center, an innovative food production facility; and B Fit, an outpatient therapy clinic catering to seniors. The Foundation has distributed more than $110 million since its founding to support senior services, charities and ministerial scholarships.