Breaking Ground is increasingly housing older adults. In the last five years, the senior population (62 and older) within Breaking Ground’s permanent supportive residences has grown to represent nearly 30% of our total resident population. This is in part due to the addition of new buildings to our portfolio, including The Domenech and Redwood Senior Living residences in Brownsville, Brooklyn, exclusively serving homeless and low-income seniors. But the most significant contributing factor is the “aging in place” of existing tenants.
In order to both anticipate and meet the needs of our older tenants, Breaking Ground is implementing a roster of programs within our buildings aimed at improving the health outcomes of our older residents. These programs are designed to enable seniors to maintain their independence for as long as possible through links to home-based services, and thereby reduce systemic costs of caring for these individuals in institutional settings.
We recently completed a two-year pilot called the Elder Care Health Outreach (ECHO), and the final report and accompanying toolkit are now available.