Dignity Alliance Massachusetts (DAM) is a grassroots movement formed in 2020 to create and implement a vision of care and living options rooted in the dignity and well-being for older adults and people with disabilities. DAM actively advocates for a comprehensive, systemic restructuring of institutional care — radical change to the underlying model of long-term care, including facility operations, and significant enhancement of public policies that support home and community-based options. Participants include aging and disability service and advocacy organizations, individual advocates, policy makers, legal service organizations and attorneys, and interested persons.
Why DAM Is Necessary
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the inadequacies, limitations, and, in all too many instances, outright failures of nursing homes and other congregate settings where older adults and persons with disabilities reside and receive care.
- Over 5,000 deaths in Massachusetts nursing homes spanning four months — nearly 15% of all nursing home residents in our state.
- Nature and function of nursing homes have remained essentially unchanged since the late 1960s and 1970s, following the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid.
- Nursing home residents all have disabilities and straddle all ages— it is our goal to support maximum health and dignity in the most-integrated settings.
Apply by mail or email
To join our coalition, download and fill out the form below. Print and mail it to: Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, 35 High St., Beverly, MA 01915
or email it to: email@example.com