Forum Session

Linking Housing and Supportive Services for the Frail Elderly: Challenges and Opportunities
October 23, 2009

Manager

Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Summary

Creating effective linkages between supportive services and housing for frail older people is considered to be an important, but often overlooked, part of health and long-term care policy and practice. Finding ways to provide services in places where older people with disabilities live, and locating affordable and accessible housing to accommodate people with long-term care needs, are often difficult tasks fraught with policy, administrative, and financing hurdles. This Forum session provided an overview of the complex subject of housing and supportive services linkages, and noted challenges in implementing successful models and finding sustainable financing. Speakers discussed how effective linkages can be achieved, using as examples a public housing authority, a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC), and other supportive housing models.

Speakers

Jon Pynoos, PhD, UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy, and Planning, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California; Candace Baldwin, Senior Policy Advisor, NCB Capital Impact; Kenneth Barbeau, Director of Community Programs & Services, Lapham Park Venture, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee; Kathy Rosenthal, Vice President, Long Island Regional Operations, FEGS Health & Human Services System

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Pynoos, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Barbeau, and Ms. Rosenthal are available for download. Speakers' biographies are also available.

Related Materials

See information on the U.S. Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Need for Seniors in the 21st Century, and its final report, A Quiet Crisis in America: A Report to Congress (June 30, 2002).

See also the book, Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults, Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities, edited by Jon Pynoos, Penny Hollander Feldman, and Joann Ahrens (Hayworth Press, Inc., 2004).

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