Un Paso a la Vez
Provided support services to older adults to help them maintain or achieve a healthy and safe living environment.
“Un Paso a La Vez” helped low-income, Hispanic older adults in Cameron County, Texas, maintain independence and dignity and remain in their homes with appropriate support. Community Health Workers work with each new program participant individually via home visits.
An initial assessment identified factors that supported or inhibited the participant’s ability to remain in his or her own home with appropriate support. An action plan was then drafted, which outlined steps that the participant, with the support of the Community Health Worker, family members, and others, could take to address barriers and reinforce strength identified in the assessment.
MHP Salud also referred participants to other community resources where appropriate, with CHWs helping to coordinate referrals and ensure follow-up. In the case that participants needed home modifications, MHP Salud’s CHWs also made internal program referrals to our partner, Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley. Modifications were made for accessibility, safety, or to reduce functional limitations.
The primary work of the program occurred on an individual basis between CHWs and participants, but CHWs also offered group health education sessions and physical activity classes to participants. CHWs worked with each participant for an estimated six months.