With its recent implementation of a new wellness initiative, the West Warwick Housing Authority is hoping to provide residents of its two locations with the resources they need to age in place.
Dr. Tiney Ray, a Georgia-based nurse practitioner, author, and dementia consultant and trainer, lead a workshop for Rutland area medical practitioners and caregivers. She shared what she has learned from her years in the field about providing care to individuals with dementia and the importance of self care.
Support and Services at Home (SASH) for All is making headway in the Brattleboro area, where several non-profit housing communities are testing the concept. This federally funded pilot initiative is bringing SASH programs and resources to families and individuals living in affordable housing.
A decade ago, primary care practices and housing nonprofits in Vermont partnered to reduce chronic conditions among older adults and younger adults with a disability in collaboration with the state’s Blueprint for Health. Today, as an extender of the Blueprint, Support and Services at Home (SASH), which supports healthy aging in place, is helping to advance health equity in the state.
Senator Bernie Sanders has allocated $1,352,000 to expand a mental health program embedded in affordable housing through SASH® (Support and Services at Home) in partnership with the designated community mental health agencies across Vermont serving low-income older Vermonters and those with disabilities.
A September 20, 2022, report by the AARP Public Policy Institute examines the merits of SASH and its focus on extending primary care and human services practices into the homes of people with needs for long-term services and supports. The report notes that SASH was founded and piloted in 2009 and now partners with 70 organizations, including hospitals, community-based organizations, and academic institutions, in sites across the state.
The SASH program run by the Rutland Housing Authority is featured in an inspiring article by Paul Post in the fall 2022 issue of Rutland Magazine. Interviews with SASH staff members and participants confirm the enhanced quality of life they enjoy thanks to having SASH in their community.
Under the leadership of Nancy Rockett Eldridge leadership, Cathedral Square launched Support and Services at Home (SASH) in 2011 with funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practices demonstration.
The Springfield Housing Authority has been recognized by the statewide Support and Services at Home (SASH) program for offering support to residents and surrounding community members for 10 years.
SASH’s strategy to help older Vermonters schedule and access the vaccine was highlighted in a December 2021 compilation of "COVID-19 Innovations” by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).