Since 1973 ElderHelp has been an advocate for San Diego’s older adults, believing that helping seniors age with dignity in their homes creates a stronger more vibrant community for citizens of all ages.
In the early 1970’s concerned group of inner city citizens convinced the SDSU School of Social Work to conduct a needs assessment among elderly living in San Diego’s Mid City. In response to the assessment results, which highlighted a high percentage of seniors in failing health, poverty and isolation, a community-based agency named Mid City Senior Enterprises was organized, and was granted a 501(c)(3) designation in 1974.
In 1991, the organization changed its name to ElderHelp of San Diego to more clearly reflect its service offerings and build partnerships with other community based organizations to serve the aging community. ElderHelp began attracting attention and calls from people throughout the city. With no strict eligibility criteria based on income, ethnic, religious or health status, ElderHelp’s reputation grew as an agency that would help anyone in need.
Today, ElderHelp is an integral part of the spectrum of government, health care, and community based providers focused on providing long-term solutions for seniors struggling to navigate complex challenges. We’re one of the only agencies solely focused on providing quality services and programs to help seniors age successfully in their own homes.
Leading the way with innovative solutions to modern-day problems, we’ve added support for Employed Family Caregivers to our core programs of Care Coordination, Seniors A Go Go, and HomeShare. As the landscape for seniors is changing, ElderHelp provides vital services that keep them healthy and connected to our community, impacting the lives of more than 7,000 seniors and their families each year.