Access to supportive services for individuals aging in communities is becoming increasingly significant. Aging adults (50+) living in the District of Columbia's communities have a problem with access to supportive services. The lack of access to service has been primarily linked to poor coordination efforts by public agencies and local service providers. The three most needed supportive service priorities for seniors in these communities are (1) transportation, (2) home and community-based services, and (3) food access. Improved access to such services often helps older adults age independently and remain in their homes and communities.
It is essential to increase access to support services for aging adults to enjoy life and independence. To help them meet this goal, in 2015, the Legacy Collaborative Senior Village (LCSV) built a senior health village that includes care management, transportation, and food security options through strategic alliances and partnerships with community-based aging service providers. This effort focused on extending residential longevity, reducing hospitalization, lessening nursing home placement, and enhancing the quality of life for independent seniors living in the Ward 8 community.
The LCSV is co-located in the Overlook at Oxon Run, a high-rise community at 3700 9th Street, SE, Washington DC 20032. Traditionally, the village concept emphasizes creating connections and building community through “neighbors helping neighbors.” This village is unconventional and has a community-supportive service approach. More precisely, the LCSV has a three-dimensional community concept. It includes health and wellness programs, supportive services, and social and civic engagement, intended to create personal autonomy, diversity, social interconnectedness for successful independent living.
Resources development is essential for creating supportive environments for older adults, especially service providers seeking to support low-income individuals. LCSV continues to search for similarly aligned partners and more funding opportunities.