Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities, celebrated the 10th anniversary of providing supportive services to the residents of Brockton Housing Authority’s Belair Towers complex.
“The partnership between Brockton Housing Authority and OCES is designed to create a community environment that allows residents to age in place,” explained Elizabeth Weiner, Housing Programs Manager at OCES. “The goal of Supportive Housing is to integrate community resources, information, and services for the individuals that reside at a particular local housing authority site, such as the Belair Towers complex.”
OCES has been successfully operating supportive housing programs such as the one that runs at Belair Towers, for over a decade. The agency works with housing entities throughout the greater Plymouth county area to support both residents and housing management.
How the Supportive Housing Program Works
OCES’ Supportive Housing Specialist conducts an assessment to determine the specific needs of every new resident at a supportive housing site. All residents at a supportive housing site are eligible for information and referral services, medication reminders, safety checks and social or educational programs. Depending on eligibility, many other services are available as well. OCES has a direct service worker onsite seven days a week, who is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which ensures that residents have someone on hand to assist them.
OCES is always looking to incorporate new educational and recreational events onsite and encourages intergenerational ideas.
“We want to work with all housing entities throughout our area to support housing management and residents,” said Weiner. “Our focus is on enriching the lives of our supportive housing residents, and on making aging in place healthy, safe, and wonderful.”
For more information about OCES’ Supportive Housing Program, visit www.ocesma.org or call OCES at 508-584-1561.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.