GREENFIELD — Rebecca Bialecki will join LifePath on Sept. 3 as the Home Care Program director.
The Home Care Program is one of LifePath’s flagship programs, coordinating and providing home care and services to people over age 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 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. She 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 vice president of Community Health and 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 received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from American International College, a master’s degree in social work from UMass, and a doctorate 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 at LifePath.
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.
“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.”