Support and Services at Home (SASH)
What is SASH?
The Support and Services at Home Program is offered throughout the State of Vermont, and it is designed to provide personalized coordinated care, through nursing services, programming, and service coordination, to help participants stay safe and live independently in their homes as long as possible, regardless of age or residential setting.
SASH uses Medicare dollars in a targeted way, knowing that it is more expensive to move someone to higher care than to have them live in their own homes. By funding a service like SASH to offer assistance to people living at home, it saves the state money, and increases the quality of life for individuals who would rather stay in their homes.
Who do we Serve?
SASH Participants are usually 65 or older, or have a disability. Although many of our participants live in RuralEdge properties, it is not a requirement. We have many community-based participants living in family homes or other facilities across the Northeast Kingdom and eastern Orange County.
To become a member, contact us at (802) 535-3555 and ask for the SASH Director.
SASH Services come at no cost to participants!
Our SASH Wellness nurses provide many direct preventative healthcare services to participants, including:
- Annual nursing assessments
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Foot Care Clinics and in-home foot care
- Medication Reconciliations
- Health Education
Preventative services help lower rates of hospitalizations and stays at higher care facilities.
There are three components of care management in SASH:
SASH staff conduct wellness assessments, convene community partners working with the participant, understand participant needs and preferences and coordinates a healthy living plan for the participant.
SASH staff develop healthy living plans, provide health coaching, regular check-ins, mostly via phone during COVID-19, and organize evidenced-based programming.
SASH staff coordinate with discharge staff, family and neighbors to keep the participant safe during transitions in care, along with appropriate visits and intervention to make sure discharge instructions are followed, medications are changed accordingly, and set goals for future care.
Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic, RuralEdge SASH coordinators have made the food security of their participants a high priority. This has not only continued during the pandemic, but has expanded!
We participate in several monthly food drop opportunities, namely:
Veggie Van Go
Senior Farm Share
During COVID-19, we have had the opportunity to participate in the Vermont Everyone Eats program, which provides state funding to restaurants to prepare meals for those suffering food insecurity due to COVID-19. We currently get 100 meals each week from Auntie Dee Dees Homemade VT Baked Goods in East Burke, as well as 58 from Parson's Pub & Grill in Barton. These 158 meals each week go to SASH participants, and the program is expected to continue until the end of June!
Each of our coordinators and nurses are trained in some form of evidenced-based programming and education that they bring to SASH participants. Examples of these programs include:
Matter of Balance
Fraud Awareness, Diabetic Education & Fall Prevention
Programming is often available to the wider community, not just participants, helping us reach a wider audience and increase the good work that we do.
SASH Changes Lives!
“Soon after I moved in, the on-site SASH nurse noticed that I was showing the early signs of a stroke. They took immediate action to intervene and helped with my recovery. I am happy to share that my health has since taken a positive turn.” – Regina, SASH Participant