Eaton is lucky to have an amazing Service Coordinator on staff. Prithika has been with Eaton for almost a year and has done a fabulous job in her role. Here is a description of what she does in her own words:
As the Resident Services Coordinator, I work to connect residents and their families with supportive services in the community. My goal is to empower residents to remain self-sufficient and to live in an apartment community for as long as possible.
Above all else, as a Resident Services Coordinator I am also your advocate.
I strive to ensure adequate, timely and cost-effective provision of services.
I will work in tandem with you to assess your needs and refer you to appropriate services.
I can assist with applying for Medicaid, applying for SNAP/Food Stamps, scheduling transportation for medical appointments and refer you to mental health and financial support services, among other things.
If you are interested in learning more about how I can assist you, please give me a call at 303-937-3018.”
Service Coordinators are key players in providing supportive services in low-income housing.
According to the American Association of Service Coordinators:
“In terms of cost savings, a comparison of the national average monthly cost of nursing home care versus keeping a low income, frail elderly person in their own apartment with access to benefits, supports, and services at a property with a service coordinator reveals some startling data. According to the Genworth 2016 Cost of Care Survey of Home Care Providers, Adult Day Health Care Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes, the average monthly cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $6,844.
Keeping a frail elderly person independent in his/her own subsidized apartment with supportive services and public benefits can reduce spending of taxpayer dollars to approximately 64% less than the monthly average cost of nursing home care. This figure is based on the average SNAP (food stamp) benefit for seniors of $194/month; Homemaker/Home Health Aide services at an average of 40 hours/month; 70% of the national average of HUD’s 2016 fair market rent for a one-bedroom apartment; and, the average monthly cost of a service coordinator based on the AASC 2016 Service Coordinator Salary Survey.”