The WellMed Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 by Dr. George Rapier III, a noted physician who is also the Chairman of the Board. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(C) 3 organization that supports seniors and their caregivers in our community with a special emphasis on wellness, prevention, and living with chronic illness.
In the past two years, the WellMed Charitable Foundation has contributed more than $3 million to the community. It is the philanthropic partner of the WellMed Medical Group Inc. headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
Caregiver SOS by the WellMed Charitable Foundation
Caregiver SOS by the WellMed Charitable Foundation are caregiver resource centers that offer complimentary programs designed to support family caregivers on their caregiving journey, including wellness activities, information, support, and education. Caregiver SOS centers are staffed by a knowledgeable, caring caregiver specialist who help family members and friends who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as well as other chronic conditions such as stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease and heart disease.
Caregiver SOS services are available in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Caregiver activities can be scheduled at local churches, community or senior centers, or anywhere caregivers are comfortable.
Go to www.caregiversos.org or call 866-390-6491 to learn more.
The Caregiver Teleconnection is a free, safe, and confidential program that uses the telephone to connect family caregivers with trusted professionals and other caregivers. “Tele-learning” sessions are available on a variety of hot topics and feature physicians, attorneys, social workers and other experts with information you need. These group sessions last about one hour and can be accessed from anywhere using your telephone: no needs to get dress up, to find transportation, or to get a sitter.
Go to www.caregiverteleconnection.org or call 866-390-6491 to get a calendar of upcoming sessions or register to become a member at no cost.
The Caregiver Teleconnection is funded through a grant from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
The GIVE Program
WellMed employees are also dedicated to giving back to the communities where they work and live. The GIVE Program allows WellMed employees to contribute directly to the WellMed Charitable Foundation to support charities in all WellMed communities. The GIVE campaign has contributed more than $1.1 million since it started in 2008.
Senior Centers by the WellMed Charitable Foundation
The WellMed Charitable Foundation operates senior community centers in San Antonio, Austin and Harlingen with nationally recognized programs. These centers are free to seniors age 60 and over and their caregivers. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of seniors through physical activity, education, social and recreational activities, and evidence-based health promotion programs.