Elders Living at Home Program
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Dan Oates, MD
Geriatrician, Boston Medical Center
Faculty, Boston University School of Medicine
“My work with the ELAHP is one of my greatest professional joys.”
In June of 1997, Dan Oates had just finished his first year of medical school and was on summer break Boston University. Eager to begin providing care, he volunteered to run the Elders Living At Home Program’s blood pressure screening clinic at an elderly apartment building in Boston’s South End. This experience was his first foray into working with the elderly and his first experience with ELAHP. Little did he know then how this was going to change forever the direction his life would take...
“It was a pleasure,” Dr. Oates says, “being involved with a group of people so dedicated to ensuring that some of the most vulnerable elderly of Boston receive the medical care, housing and community support that they need and deserve.”
His experiences over that first summer, working with ELAHP and the clients they served, contributed to his decision to dedicate his professional life to working with the elderly. When he was a geriatrics fellow at BMC a few years later, some of the patients he followed were also ELAHP clients. He saw firsthand how patients immensely benefited from the collaborative relationship between physician and ELAHP’s clinical coordinator and case managers.
In 2006, he was invited to join the ELAHP advisory board and was delighted to become a part of the work the program was doing. “It is rare to see such ongoing care and dedication to the elderly,” he says. “My work with the ELAHP is one of my greatest professional joys.