In the Spotlight
By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017
This week’s interview was with Ruth Beckerman-Rodau, Chief Executive Officer of Springwell. Since 1976, Springwell has offered Waltham residents services that help residents remain independent with the highest quality of life possible. Springwell is passionate about helping seniors and individuals live at home, supporting family members and those who provide care, and working with health care providers to improve health and satisfaction while reducing costs. We hope you enjoy reading below!
Why is healthy aging important to your agency? How do you see Waltham continuing to grow as an age-friendly city in the years to come?
Healthy period is important. The healthier an individual is, the higher quality of life that person has. With increased medical interventions, people are living longer and oftentimes with more health issues. If a person can control their health issues, the more independent and engaged that person will be in society. Civic engagement in one’s community leads to empowerment, ensuring that one’s environment is inviting and welcoming and has the resources that residents want. Continuously offering opportunities for engagement and welcoming people to be a part of the healthy aging movement will allow Waltham to successfully grow as an age-friendly city.
What are your agency’s current goals, projects, and events, particularly in regards to healthy aging efforts in Waltham?
Springwell offers an array of services which support all Waltham residents’ desire to remain healthy and independent. Such services include: information and referral, providing direct hands on support for bathing/dressing/eating/etc., nutritional support, as well as educational workshops ranging from healthy aging to chronic pain or diabetes self-management. Springwell helps to ensure that each resident has the resources to stay as healthy and engaged as possible for as long as possible.
What healthy aging successes has your agency achieved thus far?
Springwell provides services to 10,000 people per year, serving all regardless of economic status. Some services we provide are free, and others are provided at a subsidized rate.
What is Springwell’s latest initiative?
We have recently started a private geriatric care management program that offers a below market rate for individuals who are not low income but also cannot afford the traditional market rate.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about your organization?
Springwell offers programs for family members who are caregivers for a loved one. We work in close partnership with the Waltham Council on Aging, the Waltham Department of Public Health, and a variety of community partners. We are located at 307 Waverley Oaks Rd. #205 Waltham, MA 02453. You can reach us at 617-926-4100 or on our website, www.springwell.com.