The Brookline Housing Authority believes that accessible and coordinated on-site supportive services are essential to the health of our public housing residents. It has been our long-time goal to bring the integrated service model we’ve experienced with Springwell’s Care Connections Program to additional housing sites. We couldn’t be happier that our new CareConnections Supportive Housing site enables us to meet that goal, and that Springwell will continue to be our partner in meeting the needs of our senior residents.

Partnerships with Housing Sites

Housing entities want what’s best for their residents, but when those residents are seniors and people with disabilities, it can be complicated to understand and coordinate all of their needs. On-site service coordinators can help to connect residents of housing programs with services available in the community, and also help to promote community‐building and networking among building residents, staff, and other service providers.

OVERVIEW

Springwell offers CareConnections to public and private housing sites in Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley or Weston that want to provide residents with easy access to long term care services and supports. Springwell provides a dedicated Care Coordinator, and can offer the following services to all residents of the site: needs assessments, 24-hour on-site staff available for urgent responses, social activities, coordination of in-home services from government subsidized programs or from private agencies, and a reduce rate for in-home services.

WHY SPRINGWELL

Springwell’s CareConnections program brings support to people right where they live, in surroundings that are familiar. Through CareConnections, residents of senior housing have preferred access to a variety of social, in home and health care services at reduced rates. The program, in existence since 1985, is designed in the style of a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), in which housing entities unite with health and social service providers to promote and support healthy and integrated aging-in-place. Springwell is experienced working with a variety of different funding models for the program, including congregate housing contracts; supportive housing contracts; and privately funded programs.

COST

Care Coordinator services are paid for by the housing owner or manager, or by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for Supportive Housing contracts. Costs to residents varies depending on the way the program is designed.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Program eligibility can be designed in coordination with the housing entity.

SERVICE DETAILS

Springwell’s CareConnections program brings support to people right where they live, in surroundings they are familiar with. Through CareConnections, residents of senior housing have preferred access to a variety of social, in home and health care services at reduced rates.

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CareConnections offers housing authorities and private management companies a menu of comprehensive supportive services that helps assure the safety and independence of the residents, including:

  • A dedicated Care Coordinator on-site, who works closely with residents and family to assess needs and eligibility for subsidized programs, helps residents put together a personalized care plan, and who coordinates and monitors service delivery;
  • Regular Care Coordinator office hours to meet with residents or their family members;
  • Coordinated personal care & homemaking services from a single, highly qualified service provider;
  • Personal Care / Homemaking services available in 15-minute increments;
  • An on-site Personal Care worker to respond to urgent needs during evenings, overnight, weekends, and holidays;
  • On-site meal program;
  • Social activities that reduce isolation, develop community, and monitor frailer residents in an informal setting;
  • Weekly on-site nurse monitoring of blood pressure and pre-filling of medication.

CARECONNECTIONS IS CURRENTLY SERVING:

Brookline Housing Authority

  • O’Shea House
  • Sussman House
  • Kickham, Morse & Colonel Floyd Apartments

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

  • Coleman House, Newton CASCAP

Needham Housing Authority

  • Linden and Chambers

Newton Housing Authority

  • Nonantum Congregate

Newton Community Development

  • Casselman House
  • John W. Weeks House

Waltham Housing Authority

  • Waltham Congregate

Watertown Housing Authority

  • Woodland Towers

Springwell’s Care Connections and supportive housing program with the Brookline Housing Authority is the model of a successful collaboration

Contact Us

Housing managers or owners who would like to learn more about Springwell’s Care Connection program should contact Springwell’s Housing Program Manager at (617) 926-4100, or fill out and submit this contact form.

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