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What is SASH?

SASH is a nationally recognized, team-based program of care coordination shown to improve population health, save Medicare dollars and help people stay (or become) healthy so they can remain living at home. Operating from 140 affordable-housing communities throughout Vermont, SASH partners with more than 70 organizations to provide comprehensive support to 5,000 older Vermonters and people with disabilities. Programs and services are provided free of charge where participants live. SASH is part of Vermont’s initiative to reform health care by investing in wellness and attending to the social determinants of health, including housing.

SASH was created in 2009 by the nonprofit housing organization Cathedral Square. The program has been available free statewide since 2011. Since SASH has been in place, we have seen an increase in controlled hypertension, increased advanced directives in place, reduced falls, and reduced emergency room usage to name a few. SASH provides creative solutions to preventative health in our aging population.

SASH Mission

Coordinate and deliver person-centered, evidence-based care and support to people where they live, helping them improve or maintain their health and quality of life so they can live out their days in the location of their choosing.

SASH Vision

Participants will receive the support and services they need regardless of age, health needs, location, or income in the place they call home.

Flexibility to Choose

Participants are as involved in SASH as they see fit. It's always their choice.

  • For those with chronic medical conditions, SASH can play an integral role in helping them manage their conditions and stay healthy.

  • For those who are active and in good health, SASH can be "kept in their back pocket" as a safety net to use if and when needed.

  • For everyone, SASH offers a wealth of programs, including free wellness workshops, social activities, exercise classes, educational events, outings, and more. SASH is there to help participants when they lose a spouse or loved one, encounter an unexpected health condition, or need an advocate in an unforeseen situation.

Meeting Participants' Needs

SASH coordinates the resources of its partner organizations to provide the support a participant may need. These partners include member affiliates of Vermont Care Partners, nonprofit housing organizations, primary and community health care teams, and local and regional hospitals. Local representatives from these organizations make up the "SASH team" that springs into action when a participant needs extra help.

The Benefits of Participating in SASH

  • Improved quality of life

  • Comprehensive health and wellness assessments

  • Individualized "healthy living plans" tailored to each person's goals

  • Access to health coaching and wellness nurse support

  • Access to free prevention and wellness programs, exercise classes, social outings, group activities, and more

  • Money savings through preventive health care

  • Help as needed in returning home after hospitalization, navigating long-term care options, and managing a crisis

  • Support in managing medications

What Participants Say

100% of SASH participants surveyed in 2017 by the Vermont Department of Health reported:

  • Higher overall functional status.

  • Learning more about the relationship between nutrition and health.

  • Less difficulty managing their daily medications.

  • They would recommend SASH to others.

Learn More About Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square improves the lives of older adults and people with diverse needs by creating and maintaining quality, affordable housing with services tailored to their unique circumstances. Learn more at: