About CareForce Innovation

Enabling older adults to live with vitality, grace and dignity.


  • About

    CareForce Innovation is St. Catherine University’s partnership with the faith-based aging services providers, Benedictine Health Services and Presbyterian Homes & Services to create learning, improvement and innovation initiatives.

    Elder and home care professionals are among the fastest growing U.S. professions. An estimated 1.6 million direct care professionals, including nurses, home health and personal care assistants are projected to be needed by 2020 (PHI, May 2012). These healthcare professionals are critical to meeting the daily needs of older adults however the challenge of educating these practitioners is amplified by high turnover in senior care settings. Nearly 85% of nurses hired in senior care settings in the Twin Cities leave the job in 18 months.

    The CareForce Innovation partnership was created to harness the collective assets of its partners to benefit older adults and those who care for them. These three nonprofit, faith-based partners share a history of collaboration; a demonstrated commitment to social justice; compassion for marginalized populations; and a holistic approach to service within the context of self, family and community.

    Using an intrapreneur model, CareForce partners harness the expertise of their practitioners, scholars, students, elders and caregivers to define unmet needs and design and deploy new approaches that are feasible, sustainable and transferable.


  • Mission

    CareForce Innovation cultivates more effective, scalable and transferable approaches to promote health and well-being and increase care and living options for older adults and those who care for them.


  • Vision

    To enable older adults to live with vitality, grace and dignity.


  • Partners

    CareForce Innovation is a partnership of faith-based aging services and health education providers engaged in co-creating learning, improvement and innovation initiatives.


  • Funding

    CareForce Innovation is funded through support from its three partners, as well as charitable gifts and grants. Outside funding helps speed capacity of the partners to pilot,scale and spread learning, improvement and innovation for the benefit of older adults and those who care for them.