Public Housing: 3 Innovative Ideas to Better Integrate Seniors

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  1. Create a Jobs Program:  Many public and social housing organizations focus on work-able residents.  Because of that there is often a lack of focus on senior and disabled residents.  Why not find some residents in their golden years who might be interested in working and helping out in some way shape or form.  For example an organization in New York puts seniors to work in various ways.  A program called ReServe brings in seniors to help work with patients with dementia even in care roles.  This often works really well because the elderly helping are closer in age to those who are not well.  There is no reason that a social or public housing organization could not help locate similar work roles for elderly living within properties.
  2. Partner with University to Create Health Program:  Universities are ripe with students who want to change the world.  Why not reach out to the local university and find out if there are programs where students need internships, college credits ect for their programs.  There are students trying to become gym teachers, physical therapists, trainers and many other positions that need hands on experience.  Many seniors do not get the exercise and health advice they need.  This can lead to disease, depression and loneliness.  Time to reach out and make the partnerships!
  3. Create a Coffee Shop in the Community Room:  Lets take a page from the Germans.  In Hannover, they have created mini-coffee shops within affordable housing complexes for the elderly.  These spots are warm and welcoming.  People like to come in and spend time.  Turn your old rusty community room into a coffee shop.

What do you think about these ideas?

 

 

 

 

Source Articles:

Senior Care Providers Plug Workforce Gaps with Older Adults’ Help

 

Author: jcrites

Josh Crites is an American social housing professional with both practical and research experience. He has worked at 3 social housing companies in the USA in roles ranging from policy and operations to process improvement and strategy. Josh is a former Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. During that fellowship, Josh researched and worked with social housing companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, England, Estonia and Spain. He is an avid writer and advocate for the provision of social housing around the world.

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