- Published: 04 July 2016
“They treat you like you were family”
Supportive Housing is a program of LifePath (formerly Franklin County Home Care) that assists residents who reside in housing complexes for elders and persons with disabilities to “age in place.”
Five sites are located at:
- Elm Terrace in Greenfield with 108 units
- Highland Village in Shelburne Falls with 46 units
- Squakheag Village in Northfield with 20 units
- Stoughton Place in Gill with 14 units
- Stratton Manor in Bernardston with 20 units
Rosie lives at Highland Village. “I do like being in here. It’s quiet and peaceful,” says Rosie, adding that she likes that the people are nice, friendly, and helpful. “If you need kind of assistance that you don't understand, they'll come to your apartment and help you figure it out.”
Susan Manatt, Supportive Housing Coordinator, is committed to helping her neighbors in the community live better. “Part of my role is to help residents access services and benefits to which they might be entitled that will help them with the quality of life.”
These services may include case management; adult day programs; assistance with personal care, grocery shopping, and meal preparation; home safety adaptations; housekeeping and laundry; memory disorder consultation; personal emergency response systems; supervision and companionship; transportation to medical appointments; a 24-hour emergency hotline; bill paying assistance; medication management; and more.
Residents gather for meals in the community room. A weekly exercise class is available as well as educational programs and other social activities such as card playing and games like bingo. Holiday celebrations occur throughout the year.
Katie lives at Elm Terrace with her little dog, Martin. “He's a nice little dog. He came all trained. He doesn't bark. And I need to walk and that was one of my excuses to myself to get the dog, but I got him because I wanted him. He's just a good dog. Everybody likes him. He's king of the place.”
“I had a good life. I was married. I had the life I liked. I had four kids. I enjoyed them,” says Katie. “My husband died, what, 31 years ago. And my life changed, you know.”
Eventually, it was time for Katie to leave her house. “I couldn't do stairs anymore.” She looked around for a new home and settled on Elm Terrace. “I looked at them all. This is the one I like.”
“Sometimes things work out good for people,” says Katie. “The people that work here are just so nice to you, you know? They treat you like you were family.”
To apply for a unit at Elm Terrace, submit an application to: Greenfield Housing Authority, One Elm Terrace, Greenfield, MA 01301; to request an application, call 413-774-2932 or visit www.greenfieldhousing.org.
For the other four sites, submit an application to: Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 42 Canal Rd, Turners Falls, MA 01376; to request an application, call 413-863-9781 or visit www.fcrhra.org.
The Massachusetts Supportive Housing Program, a collaboration of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is available in 41 senior public housing sites statewide and serves 6,360 senior residents.