Who We Are

The SCAN Foundation is an independent public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence.

Our Vision

A society where older adults can access health and supportive services of their choosing to meet their needs.


Our Mission

To advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.

Why Our Work Matters

As all of us grow older, most people will encounter daily challenges, such as:

  • Getting help with daily needs like going to the grocery store and keeping the house clean
  • Managing chronic illness
  • Worrying about how to pay for care and services
  • Wondering about being able to live in a place of one’s choosing

Right now, there is no coordinated and easily navigated system in place to support Americans who want to live independently as they age. The time for solutions is now.

Across all the work we fund, we value projects that are bold, catalytic, and impact-oriented.

Areas of Focus

Transform care & delivery.

How care is delivered affects our health and quality of life

This goal is to establish person-centered, integrated models as the gold standard of care that all older adults come to expect and receive—regardless of whether they have Medicare only, or are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Person-centered models of care are vital for older adults with complex needs. These models put the person at the center of their health decision-making, improve quality and efficiency, and lower overall health care costs.

Build resilience & capacity.

Design with older adults to enrich their lives

This goal is to inspire and enable innovators to create new offerings that embrace the beauty of life as we age, and enrich the lives of older adults and families.

We encourage innovators to design with older adults, not just for them.

Drive responsive financing policies.

Affordable Avenues to Address Health and Daily Living Needs

This goal is to drive responsive federal and state financing policies to create meaningful care choices for older adults of today and tomorrow.

Policy change is needed to support widespread delivery of person-centered, integrated models of care. Our work seeks to best match fiscal policy with meeting increased daily living needs, while driving public demand for better care options.


The SCAN Foundation was created as an independent charitable organization in April 2008 through a $205 million one-time contribution from the not-for-profit SCAN Health Plan.