Patricia Connolly Osage is the Executive Director at LIFE ElderCare. For 41 years, LIFE has been serving seniors who want very much to continue living at home but who cannot afford the basic services they need to do so – and who have no one who can help.
Prior to this, Osage worked as the Director of Resident Services at Satellite Housing, a non-profit development agency providing affordable, service-enriched housing to the region’s lowest income seniors.
Satellite Housing has won awards for its housing design for deaf seniors as well as for its sustainable building practices. Its portfolio consists of 25 affordable housing communities that serve approximately 1,650 people in beautiful, affordable apartments across the San Francisco East Bay.
In total Patricia has worked for more than 22 years in various human service capacities including two years working in a primary health care clinic in Yemen. She has done direct case management for a number of different demographic and special need groups and ran the services department at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco just before coming to Satellite. She is an expert in the field of supporting services for formerly homeless adults and low-income seniors and frequently provides national and local presentations on topics related to best practices within these service fields.
In her position at Satellite Housing, Patricia ran Satellite Housing’s large services department that consists of three major components: wheelchair accessible transit, (non-clinical) case management, and activities programming. She developed expansive programs within both civic engagement and intergenerationally-based contexts to provide low income seniors with a wide range of opportunities for involvement with their community.
With her staff, Patricia collaboratively developed a unique logical model with the three intermediate goals for seniors of Optimum Health, Financial Stability, and Individual Well Being/Purposeful Living. The long term goal that encompasses all three is that seniors are able to not only age in place, but to also thrive in their community.