OCES Appoints New MassHealth Programs Director
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Samantha J. Sousa, a resident of Brockton, MA has been promoted to MassHealth Programs Director at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns.
As MassHealth Programs Director, Sousa will oversee MassHealth programs at OCES including Adult Family Care, Personal Care Management, Senior Care Options and One Care Plans. She will also oversee management staff and develop and implement procedures, standards and guidelines for program/department operations while ensuring program integrity and regulatory compliance.
For three years prior to her promotion to MassHealth Programs Director, Sousa was the Home Care Program Assistant Manager, overseeing daily operations of the Home Care program and supervisory staff. Previous to that, Sousa was a Home Care Program Supervisor, where her responsibilities included supervising case managers who assess and set up services for older adults monitoring case files, assessments, and documentation to ensure compliance within Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) guidelines.
Sousa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and she is currently attending a social work licensure program to obtain Licensed Social Worker (LSW) credential. Sousa is a member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and is an ASA RISE inaugural Fellow.
Sousa regularly attends community events such as open houses at Councils on Aging (COAs), Metro South Chamber of Commerce multicultural business forums and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce events, and is often present at informational sessions at assisted living facilities, insurance companies, women empowerment, and Pride events.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 23 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency several programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
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Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency with offices in Brockton and Plymouth and proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has been honored as one of Cape & Plymouth Business Media 2023 Best Places to Work.
HANOVER AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Support a good cause with a day of fun at Starland in Hanover! Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will host a fundraiser on September 17, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. at Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park at 637 Washington Street in Hanover.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. OCES to hold Virtual Falls Prevention Presentations on September 13th
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… September is Falls Prevention Awareness month. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit agency that supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living, is offering two free virtual Falls Prevention presentations on September 13, 2023.
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… Do you struggle with Hoarding Disorder or excessive clutter? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures free in-person workshop series to offer support for individuals with hoarding tendencies.