The Elder Service Plan Winthrop’s center is now home to 23 works of original artworks. The Elder Service Plan helps seniors live in their own homes for as long as possible by providing quality day programs. The facility is located one block from Winthrop Beach and features a lovely activity room where education, recreation, and arts groups meet.
The Elder Service Plan is part of the national network of PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly), and is one of many programs in Winthrop part of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. The program allows participants and their families to choose the right combination of medical, social, recreation, rehabilitation, home care, and other services so they can continue living in their own home.
Participants may also transition into the residence facilities at The Elder Service Plan. The center is currently home to 26 residents over the age of 55 who need transitional care after a hospitalization, and to those with dementia who require specialized care. The residents can enjoy artwork donated through The Art Connection in the rotunda and sitting rooms.
Artwork also enlivens the space for day participants in the activity room, within in the kitchen, around the rehabilitation rooms, and across from the reception desk. The work is already well loved by members, residents, and their guests as well as by the wonderful caregivers and staff.
The selection committee comprised of staff, volunteers, and participants in the dayprogram did a great job choosing the art, there were over 200 works for them to choose from and some of the committee had trouble deciding just what art would be best. Elder Service Plan staff member Patricia Diaz reported that she “enjoys art and appreciate The Art Connection’s donation. I liked more than 20 pieces, the art is so beautifulâ€¦ it really impacts the patients and staff in a positive way.”
The “Art Viewing” held by the center on September 15, 2011 was a memorable event where staff and artists were able to mingle with center participants, take tours of the art, and learn about the impact the Elder Service Plan’s art collection is making in their community. Check out images from the reception!