SASH Overview


SASH is a free service available to individuals on Medicare that helps them stay happy, healthy, and most importantly, AT HOME.

Who does SASH serve?

SASH serves seniors and individuals with special needs who receive Medicare support and who live in congregate housing and the surrounding community. Today, SASH touches the lives of approximately 5,000 people across the state of Vermont, including residents of Rutland Housing Authority's properties and of towns throughout the Rutland County.
For an account of the program's impact for one RHA SASH participant, read "SASH: Bringing Health Home"
How does SASH work?

SASH coordinates the resources of social service agencies, community health providers and nonprofit housing organizations to support Vermonters who choose to live independently at home. Individualized, on-site support is provided by a Wellness Nurse and a trained SASH Care Coordinator.
With the guidance of SASH staff, SASH participants determine their own health and wellness goals. To ensure these goals are met, SASH focuses on three areas:
  • Preventative health care and services coordination.
  • Self-management education and coaching, particularly relating to chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.
  • Transitions support after a visit to the hospital, nursing home, or rehab facility.
As a caring partnership the success of SASH is dependent on the involvement of local agencies that together focus on the needs of participants. SASH partners in the Rutland area include:


What are the benefits of SASH?

  • Improved quality of life
  • A comprehensive health and wellness assessment
  • An individualized Healthy Living Plan
  • Money saved through preventative health care
  • Regular check-ins and health coaching
  • Convenient access to a Wellness Nurse
  • Successful transition plans
  • A trusted guide to help navigate long-term care
  • An informed team to help in a crisis
  • Access to prevention and wellness programs
  • Medication management assistance
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