Providence ElderPlace deploys team to serve elderly and disabled in affordable housing complexes

September 11, 2014

Providence is now offering unique and comprehensive care to those in need at 11 affordable-housing buildings in the Portland metro area. Qualifying residents can enroll in the Providence ElderPlace program to be served at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Health & Social Services Center in downtown Portland.

Providence ElderPlace offers PACE, or Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, services at multiple locations in the greater Portland area. The program now is joining with Cedar Sinai Park, CareOregon, Home Forward, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Asian Health and Service Center, Lifeworks NW, Sinai Family Home Service, Jewish Family & Child Services and REACH Community Development to offer coordinated health services to under-served, low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“Almost four years ago, Providence was approached to be part of the Housing with Services collaboration to integrate health care with the provision of low income housing in downtown Portland,” said Ellen Garcia, Providence ElderPlace executive director. “We saw this as an excellent way to improve the health of our community through early intervention and a focus on reducing hospitalizations.”

Through the Providence ElderPlace program, qualifying residents will receive help with primary medical care, in-home care coordination, nursing and social work services. In-home care services may include meal preparation, shopping, errands, housekeeping, medication reminders and personal care, such as bathing, dressing and grooming in the resident’s apartment. The goal is to help the residents remain in their own home for a long as possible.

“We're excited to be the first health care provider to deploy a team to serve enrolled elders in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Health & Social Services Center through PACE,” said Garcia. “We are deeply committed to serving the poor and vulnerable, and this is one more way for us to provide the compassionate care Providence is known for."

The Providence ElderPlace program will operate out of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Health & Social Services Center at 1226 SW 12th Ave. Clinic hours and days will expand as the number of enrolled residents grows.