Alisha's Blog

Center for Housing Plus Services Managing Director Alisha Sanders reflects on opportunities for advancing housing plus services.

You Can’t Have “Housing Plus Services” Without Housing

We could improve the health of older adults by implementing models that deliver health and supportive services, at home, to seniors with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations. But that won't happen without an adequate supply of affordable housing.

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  1. Everyone Should Be An Advocate For More Affordable Housing

    I recently sat in on a conference session that explored how housing with services strategies could help Medicaid programs support individuals with disabilities. At the end of the session, a service provider in the audience directed a question to a panelist from a housing organization.“What are you doing,” he wondered, “to ...

  2. What’s So Important about the HUD/HHS Study Findings?

    The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research recently worked with the Lewin Group and The Moran Company to study the health status and health care utilization of older people receiving assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The study, which was funded by HUD and the Department of Health and Human ...

  3. Is Your Housing Property Helping Residents Manage Medications?

    Are you familiar with the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults? If not, you should be. The Beers Criteria, published by the American Geriatrics Society, is a list of medications that older adults should avoid or use with extra caution because of the complications they can cause. When I reviewed ...

  4. Health and Housing Specialists: Supporting Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing

    Many affordable senior housing properties employ service coordinators to help residents live successfully in their apartments. A number of studies document a broad satisfaction with the service coordinator position.  Even so, it may be time to take a new look at the role that housing staff can play in supporting ...

  5. How the WellElder Program Provides Benefits to Residents

    The WellElder program, which operates in 4 affordable senior housing properties in northern California, is a robust example of housing-with-services linkages, according to Supporting Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing: An Evaluation of the WellElder Program, an evaluation that the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research conducted ...