Finding a Home for Those in Need
Jonathan found himself homeless after the death of a sibling. He struggled with mental illness as well as the stress of a recent colostomy placement.
Not originally from York, Jonathan was discharged from the hospital to LifePath Men's Shelter in York, far from his established social and medical support system in Lebanon. LifePath realized Jonathan was struggling with his new environment and needed a higher level of healthcare support, so they referred him to the Arches to Wellness program at the Lifepath Shelter.
The Arches care team identified Jonathan’s risks for hospital readmission. They focused efforts on his recuperative care needs, including mental health stability, education with colostomy bag management, and a focus on SDoH barriers. During his stay, Jonathan worked alongside the Arches Social Worker on a care plan including:
- Securing appointments with several WellSpan primary and specialty care providers
- Applying for and receiving Social Security Income
- Enrolling in a transportation assistance program
- Obtaining permanent housing through the YMCA
Jonathan’s social worker also helped him connect to Oasis House, a program of Bell Socialization, where individuals with mental health diagnoses can receive ongoing resources. Jonathan now lives in his own room at YMCA Men’s shelter and is feeling optimistic for his future!
Arches to Wellness
This recuperative care program supports more than 100 patients annually in an acute or community setting who require a short-term place to heal. This 30- to 45-day program addresses medical and social complexities while offering shelter, basic necessities and access to community resources. PCHs and shelters partner with Arches to Wellness to lease beds for its patients during their time in the program. It has proven an 80% reduction in ED visits and 71% connection to permanent housing.
Omega Bed Program™
This partnership with local nursing facilities supports patients who are identified in an acute or community setting as requiring skilled nursing care. The program walks alongside nursing facilities to break down social barriers as well as address financial barriers to obtain a long-term payor and plan for the patient's healthcare journey. This program currently supports close to 100 patients annually by connecting them to short- or long-term rehab, when their social concerns would have otherwise been a barrier.
Alliance for Low-income Personal Care Home Advancement (ALPHA)
WellSpan has been a longstanding partner to Alliance for Low-income Personal Care Home Advancement (ALPHA). This initiative garners local and state support for low-income personal cares homes (PCHs) across the state. ALPHA's mission is to keep these small PCHs for low-income individuals open and operating, so that older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities can age with the dignity, respect and security they deserve. Since 2008, half of Pennsylvania's PCHs have closed, and COVID-19 has further devastated these facilities. Many PCH residents have lived in their facility for at least 15 years and have nowhere else to live.
In 2021-2022, ALPHA's advocacy at the local and state levels helped in securing a $20 million annual increase for PCH residents, increasing the rate by $7.50 to $45.80 per day per resident. This directed $1,330,425 in funding to the 25 PCHs of Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. ALPHA credits this success to expanding its advocacy base by 220 supporters, an increase of 488%.