Rebecca Bialecki to join LifePath as Home Care Program Director


Published: 8/27/2019 9:45:08 PM
Modified: 8/27/2019 9:45:06 PM

ATHOL — Rebecca Bialecki of town will join LifePath on Sept. 3 as the Home Care Program Director in Greenfield.

The Home Care Program is one of LifePath’s flagship programs coordinating and providing home care and services to people over 60 who experience challenges with activities such as bathing, dressing, shopping and housekeeping. It is the agency’s oldest and largest program. More than 1,500 individuals last year of all incomes and with all ranges of needs were served through this program, which has been shown to prevent or delay the need for nursing home care.

Bialecki is known to many as the former Executive Director of the North Quabbin Community Coalition, a position she held for 14 years. Under her leadership, the coalition implemented many innovative solutions to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. Bialecki was active in developing public policy and advocating for funding priorities to meet the needs of the region.

After leaving the Coalition, Bialecki served as the Vice President of Community Health/Chief Agent of Change for Heywood Healthcare. She worked in collaboration with others to complete the Community Health Needs Assessment and to implement population health strategies to improve well-being. She also provided leadership in the development of addiction and mental health services, implemented tele-behavioral health programs, and created a Change Agent Fellowship. She presently serves as Chairman of the Athol Board of Selectmen.

Rebecca received a Bachelor of Nursing from American International College, a Masters in Arts in Social Work from the University of Massachusetts, and a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Harvard University.

“With her significant skills and experience, she will be well-positioned to grow and strengthen the Home Care program, which will be critical as the aging population in our area grows and more people need more and different types of in-home support in order to stay living at home and in the community,” said Diane Robie, Director of Client Services.

The Director is responsible for program development, oversight, implementation and regulatory compliance. She will supervise a team of supervisors and case managers and liaise with health and human service organizations, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and other Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs).

“Rebecca has had a long-standing association with LifePath, having served on the Board of Directors for many years and partnered with LifePath to strengthen services in the North Quabbin region,” said Barbara Bodzin, Executive Director. “We are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

About LifePath

LifePath, a private, non-profit corporation, Area Agency on Aging, and Aging Services Access Point, serves all of Franklin County and Athol, Petersham, Royalston and Phillipston, Massachusetts. Some programs are available in Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and Berkshire counties. LifePath supports elders and persons with disabilities maintain independence and quality of life in their own homes and communities, and caregivers to find relief and help loved ones to choose the path right for them.

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