The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research is using a $120,000 grant from AARP Foundation to develop materials that will help providers of affordable senior housing build mutually beneficial collaborations with health care providers.
Providers of health care and affordable senior housing can change the lives of low-income older adults and help the nation meet its health reform goals. That may seem like a tall order. But Robyn Stone maintains that if these partners find creative ways to work together, they can take affordable senior housing to a whole new level.
It takes time to recover emotionally from years of chronic homelessness. For 35 formerly homeless older adults living at Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments in Oakland, CA, every day of that recovery period begins with a friendly wave from Resident Services Coordinator Anna Cheung.
Managed care plans, accountable care organizations (ACO) or federally qualified health centers (FQHC) could help providers of affordable housing bring an integrated package of health care services into their housing properties. But selling these health care organizations on the Housing Plus Services model will take hard data, a clear business plan and an assurance that both parties will benefit from the arrangement, say 3 health experts who conferred recently with the LeadingAge Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative.
From May 2009 through June 2010, Adam Simning conducted 90-minute interviews with 190 residents living in 4 public housing high-rises in Rochester, NY. One in 4 older public housing residents in his study experienced some form of anxiety and depression.
Alisha Sanders, managing director of the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services, didn’t understand the full significance of a Pennsylvania-based Housing Plus Services program until she spoke with a handful of residents who told her how the program had changed their lives.
Could the fiscal challenges facing states around the nation actually have a silver lining for low-income older people? The experiences of The Park Danforth, a LeadingAge member in Portland, ME, suggest that this may well be true.