Pro­grams help­ing el­derly with hous­ing and healthcare

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent online Guest Com­men­tary “Ad­dress­ing the nexus of hous­ing and healthcare” (Mod­ern Healthcare.com, June 17), the work be­ing done by the Bi­par­ti­san Pol­icy Cen­ter’s Health and Hous­ing Task Force is on tar­get. As CEO of In­novAge, a provider of health and hous­ing ser­vices to older adults, I see the need ev­ery day, from the lack of safe and af­ford­able com­mu­nity hous­ing to in­ex­pen­sive fixes for an older adult’s own home to the ne­ces­sity and abil­ity to wrap healthcare ser­vices around ag­ing adults no mat­ter where they live. The de­mand ex­ists.

Bring­ing the ser­vices to­gether re­mains a chal­lenge; the way the na­tion cares for the el­derly is dis­jointed at best. But through the Pro­gram of All-in­clu­sive Care for the El­derly at adult day cen­ters like ours, we’ve been able to bridge the gap to some ex­tent by wrap­ping par­tic­i­pants in crit­i­cal-care co­or­di­na­tion ser­vices while they con­tinue to age in place. We pro­vide med­i­cal and den­tal care, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, meals, trans­porta­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties and much more. It’s a step in the right di­rec­tion, but we still have a way to go to serve all the el­derly who need our help.

Mau­reen He­witt Pres­i­dent and CEO In­novAge

Den­ver

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