Services for Seniors
Through our joint venture partnership with The Arker Companies, in 2014 NEBHDCo implemented a new services program at Richmond Hill Senior Residence, in Richmond Hill, Queens, to provide aging in place supports in this senior independent living building. This beautiful new construction property with funding sources including NYS Homes and Community Renewal/HCR and low income housing tax credits, consists of 65 residential units for persons62 and older, with 11 units set aside for special needs and frail elderly residents. Property amenities include a large and well-appointed community room, with space and furnishings for activities, resident community events, parties, meetings and meals. The community room also has a 60” TV monitor and a four-station computer lab.
An onsite senior services manager provides services coordination for all residents for referrals to local community services and assistance with transportation assistance, insurance, benefits and other paperwork. For special needs/frail residents, case management services are also provided, to ensure that all activities of daily living/ADL needs are addressed. A wide range of activities and programming is provided to address the breadth of needs and interests of the tenant population. Using a person-centered approach, programs focus on active living, wellness, social interaction, addressing isolation and depression, cognitive issues and physical impairments. Resident leadership is encouraged, and Richmond residents are active contributors to the curriculum and the life of the building. They have developed their own newsletter, have planning committees for various activities, and designated captains for each floor. Program schedules include health, wellness and fitness workshops and activities, current events discussions, motivational hour, computer assistance, arts and crafts, games, book club, ESL, basic Spanish, movie night, men’s and women’s groups, caregiver supports, regular tenant meetings, potlucks and holiday events.
Tracking and documentation of resident needs and outcomes, services provision and program activities is managed with AASC Online software. AASC Online was originally developed by the Pangea Foundation for the American Association of Service Coordinators/AASC, for use by HUD Section 202 senior housing service coordinators.