Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Don't nursing home residents have all their
personal needs met?
A. No! Nursing home residents receiving assistance from Medicaid
are allowed a monthly Personal Needs Allowance (PNA). The amount of PNA
varies by state, with most providing less than $40 per month. In
California the amount is $35. Nursing home residents who have no income
other than supplemental security income receive only $30 per month for
PNA. The remaining income goes to the nursing home for the cost of care.
This minimal PNA is expected to fulfill varied personal needs, such as
clothing, radios, telephones, televisions, hair cuts, reading material,
batteries, stationery, personal care items and occasional outings. How
can residents, even on the most basic level, begin to meet these needs
on such a minimal allowance? Helping to meet these needs is one of the
many ways you can support The Bridge
of Hope Foundation.
Q. How does the Bridge of Hope Outreach Project help
nursing home residents and people with disabilities?
A. Among other things, we provide nursing home residents with
individual visitation, group birthday and other celebrations, singing
and praise worship services, and shopping and recreational outings. We
also provide residents with many items including various smaller
personal needs items to larger items like power wheelchairs, televisions
and electric beds. In the past, we have focused our outreach efforts on
two local nursing homes while learning how to best help the people we
seek to serve. We have now reached the point wherein we are enlarging
our mission to use every available resource to extend our outreach to
help as many people as possible who reside in nursing homes and/or are
disabled, both in our community and nationwide. We believe we can best
achieve this goal by sharing what we have learned about the critical
needs facing nursing home residents and people with disabilities with
others and helping them to emulate our example of serving.
Q. How many nursing homes are there in the United
A. There are over 17,000 nursing homes in America.
Q. How many people reside in nursing homes in the
A. Approximately 2 million people reside in nursing homes in the
United States. With exponential growth taking place in our
population, within the next two decades, it is estimated an additional 3
million people will be living in nursing homes.
Q. Are donations tax deductible?
A. Yes. The Bridge of Hope Foundation is a registered 501 (C) 3.
All donations are fully tax deductible.
Q. What type of donations are needed?
A. Cash donations, power wheelchairs, selected adaptive
equipment, new clothing and other items in good condition. Also
Automobiles, airplanes, boats, real estate or other items that can be
resold by The Bridge of Hope Foundation to generate operating funds.