Age of Discovery
Self-sufficiency programs for the elderly and persons with disabilities differ from other adult programs. Rather than focusing on building the skills needed to transition out of assisted housing programs, activities for the elderly and persons with disabilities help these vulnerable individuals age in place, avoid institutionalization and continue to thrive in his/her current community. Services include:
- Home visits. Elderly home visits are conducted by program staff on a semi-annual basis to assess needs and make appropriate referrals to community agencies.
- Service coordination. Service coordination ensures residents’ basic needs are met, they are safe from harm, they are able to thrive in a supportive community and they are able to maintain a high quality of life. These goals are met through needs assessments, service coordination/referrals to needed community services and partners, comprehensive case management, provision of evidence-based educational seminars, promoting community engagement and leadership and outreach.
- Wellness and nutrition. On-site classes on health related topics such as fall prevention, nutrition and blood pressure, among others are regularly held. Fitness and nutrition classes as well as meals to those in need are also provided.
Residents with disabilities looking to (re)enter the workforce who reside in subsidized housing programs often have gaps in education and skills that preclude them from securing living wage employment. We connect these individuals to needed GED, short-and long-term occupational training certification and post-secondary education opportunities as well as those for workforce readiness, placement and retention.