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New adult day care, public housing units open in Jamaica Plain

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  June 4, 2013 11:14 AM

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(Boston Housing Authority)

Pictured are: Edward Grimes, CEO of Upham's Corner Health Center; Dr. Adam Burrows, medical director of Upham's Elder Service Plan; Jagdeep Trivedi, director of operations, Upham's Elder Service Plan; Mary Carroll, a program participant and Amory Street resident; Margaret Wirth, board president of Upham's Corner Health Center, and Bill McGonagle, BHA administrator.

Officials over the weekend marked the grand-opening of a newly-renovated building that houses an adult day care center and a dozen public housing apartments for seniors and adults with disabilities in Jamaica Plain.

“Boston seniors deserve quality, affordable care right in their own neighborhoods,” said a statement from Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “This innovative partnership helps us meet the needs of our elderly and disabled residents, and at the same time gives them a place to come together as a community.”

The facility at 125A Amory St. was established through a partnership between the Upham’s Corner Health Center and the Boston Housing Authority, officials said. The building sits adjacent to the city housing authority’s Amory Street development.

The full-service PACE, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, center is a combined clinical and adult day center program. While at the center, participants are able to: visit their clinicians, including primary care, dental, and physical therapists; have meals; socialize; partake in activities; and receive transportation to and from home, the housing authority said in a statement.

“We’re excited to provide this opportunity for our residents to remain with us as they age,” said Bill McGonagle, the housing authority administrator. “Many of our residents consider BHA their home; they develop many important relationships within our communities and do not want to have to leave as they age and need more care.”

There are also 12 new apartments designated as affordable housing and built for residents that need on-site, 24-hour care and services, officials said.

Funding for the location included a competitive $4 million federal grant through stimulus funding.

To learn more about the PACE program, call 617-288-0970, and ask to speak with enrollment.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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