Navigating the aging assistance options can seem a bit daunting at first like a game of chess, and even though people are living longer and healthier lives, there may still come a point where they need extra care. Future planning can help aging adults and their loved ones choose the best type of care to support them through this shift. Future planning helps to assure assistance is available and makes sure financial costs don’t come as a shock.
When it comes to options for older adult care there are a lot of options with their own fancy buzz words floating around and this can be hard to navigate.
These are facilities that are set up specifically for older adults. Different facilities provide different levels of care.
Assisted Living (AL or ALF)
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
Not everyone needs or wants to move to a care facility. Many people would rather age in place, where they stay at home and feel comfortable. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t if it is feasible?
According to the CDC, “Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
As the boomers age into older adults, most of them are seeking ways to age in place and stay at home. In order to help assist in aging in place, a number of home and health care services are available.
Health Care services tend to focus on medical services provided to older adults by doctors or nurses. Meanwhile, Home Care generally indicates an umbrella service that offers a variety of customizable medical services and caregiving services that facilitate daily living tasks. These have been broken down into different categories that are often add ons or bundled together in packaged services.
At-Home Physician Care
Occupational and Physical Therapy
At-Home Dietary Support
Home Health Aides/Caregivers
Beyond Basic Care
The basics of daily living are not the only essentials to living healthily as you age. Staying connected to a community, keeping up-to-date with technology, and economic opportunities are all factors that many older adults consider essential to aging well.
That is why GetSetUp partners with many of these home care service providers and care facilities to ensure that these needs are addressed. GetSetUp helps older adults by providing classes on a variety of topics from health and wellbeing to technology that are taught by their peers. Older adults from any walk of life can attend live interactive sessions with peers to learn how to use basic technology from iPads to Zoom classes. Plus there are many classes that go beyond the basics for continued technological learning and growth on a variety of topics from meditation to staying positive and exercise to doodling.
GetSetUp is helping to build a live virtual and interactive community for older adults. Community and purpose mean that people do not feel socially isolated and this can help prevent the negative side effects of loneliness such as dementia. This engaging community of learners is not only a great way to meet new friends but it helps older adults to learn and stay engaged in a community of their peers, which often lifts their spirits and improves their overall well-being!
One learner Carol said, “I can't tell you how much I love getsetup.io . . . I sometimes take 4 classes a day. . . I am enjoying the social aspect of some of the classes, which is also very important for mood and staving off dementia. I find keeping my mind and body active has enhanced my quality of life and ability to focus on mental tasks.”
It’s never too soon to start to think about caring for yourself or a loved one.
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The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) has partnered with The Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) and GetSetUp to offer GetSetUp's classes and community