Healthy Home Program Wins WV Housing Innovation Award!

Healthy Home: A Wellness Collaborative Program is the recipient of the 2017 WV Housing Innovation Award!

Karen Jacobson, executive director of the Randolph County Housing Authority accepted the award at the West Virginia Housing Conference September 22, 2017 in Charleston, West Virginia. “We really appreciate this award! The Wellness Collaborative and Healthy Home staff have worked hard to create a program that helps older residents maintain their health and wellbeing with services that are provided in their homes or apartment buildings. We think this person-centered and home-based service, delivered through a collaborative effort, represents the future of care in our state.” Ms. Jacobson stated.

In 2013, the Wellness Collaborative, initiated the Healthy Home Program demonstration project with mission to

‘Promote an active, purposeful quality of life for our local residents, so they may live safely in their homes, experience wellness, and avoid costly and traumatic emergency and institutional care.’

This free program serves seniors 55 and better in seven congregate housing sites in Randolph and Tucker counties: First Ward School Apartments, Valley Village Apartments, Gateway Apartments, Elkins Manor, North View Apartments, Tygart Valley Apartments, and The Pines and Pineview at Cortland Acres.

The Wellness Collaborative partners include:

This collaborative consists of unconventional partners with the common goal of reducing health care costs and improving the lives of seniors. Services center in the home environment—the place we most experience our health!

The Healthy Home housing sites serve approximately 300 older and disabled adults. The program provides a Program Coordinator and a Wellness Nurse at each site to work with participants individually and provide group programming to address:

Early evaluation results showed a 46% decrease in Emergency Room Visits for the first cohort of participants after they joined the program. In order to use health care more efficiently and reduce costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations, the program offers socialization opportunities to reduce isolation, regular nurse home visits, resource coordination, wellness activities, brainteaser games, self-management classes, and more. With continued success, the Healthy Home Program’s goal is to replicate the program across West Virginia in order to create positive change for senior residents and to improve overall delivery of health care services

When it started, the Healthy Home program was supported solely by the five partner groups. In 2016, the Claude W. Benedum Foundation funded a significant expansion of the program, as well as a formal evaluation and potentialeplication. Additional funders have included NeighborWorks America, the WV Health Care Authority, the WV Partnership for Elder Living and the Pallottine Foundation. The Collaborative members continue to donate in-kind support to the program as well.