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.
The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is designed to help older adults learn behavioral and problem-solving techniques that have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life.
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.