Lend an extra hand

Elder Service Plan is a comprehensive program for people 55+ who need extra support to stay healthy and independent in their home.

By Bill Burgey, Marketing and Enrollment Manager, Elder Service Plan

The holiday season is often a time for fun family gatherings. Relatives and friends travel long distances and new memories are created with loved ones. It’s a moment to catch up and meet new grandchildren. Family traditions and festive decorations are plenty. It’s also a chance to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for in our daily lives.

If you have aging parents, grandparents, or other older adults in your life who need extra support, carve out some time to check-in with them to see how they are doing. Before the dessert is served or after all the dishes are put away, take time and ask some questions. Below are a few to consider:

  • Are they isolated at home?
  • Do they have plenty of food for when they cannot get out to the grocery store?
  • What is their overall health condition?
  • Are they struggling to manage their medications?
  • Have they had falls or other incidents that may cause them harm?
  • Can they get to their medical appointments?

You may discover that are able to live comfortably without additional support. But, for those who could use an extra hand, do you know where to look for help? We suggest starting with the local senior center, meal program, church group, or adult day program. These local community resources can help older adults with transportation, shopping, and add important social activities into their routine. However, additional support may sometimes be required to ensure they can live happily at home.

Residents living in Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, and surrounding communities, have access to the Elder Service Plan, a program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, at Cambridge Health Alliance. ESP is a comprehensive program for people 55+ who need extra support to stay healthy and independent in their home. Patients receive health care from an experienced team, including geriatricians and nurses.Services are provided in peoples home and at ESP centers in Cambridge and Malden. [find a provider button here]

For more information about ESP, visit www.challiance.org/esp or call 617-575-5850 and ask for a member of the Enrollment Team. From everyone at ESP, we extend our very best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Cambridge Health Alliance

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Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.