Programs helping elderly with housing and healthcare
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