Staying in Place

Staying in Place is designed to help older adults in Ulster County maintain active, independent, fulfilling lives in their own homes. We are inspired by the nationwide "aging in place" movement.

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victoria

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reiss

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

Staying in Place

Organization Website

Organization Phone

845-514-4891

Organization Address

2323 Glasco Tpke, Woodstock, NY 12498

Organization Country

United States, NY

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Name Your Project

Staying in Place

Country your work focuses on

United States, NY, Ulster County

Describe Your Idea

Staying in Place is designed to help older adults in Ulster County maintain active, independent, fulfilling lives in their own homes. We are inspired by the nationwide "aging in place" movement.

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Staying in Place is the first organization in our area originating a plan to keep people in their own homes as they age.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact

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What impact have you had?

We are developing community solidarity around the idea of older people being able to remain in their own homes as they age. We introduced the idea to the public nine months ago with a meeting attended by 120 people. Our local doctor spoke, as well as the president of the local social service agency. Since then we've held regular monthly meetings attended by the 22 core members that are involved in planning our program.

Problem

Our town and our county, like others in the area, are faced with an aging population that will need more services in the coming years. At the same time, better health and education has made it possible and desirable for older people to continue to live independently. What has been missing is a local organization that can make it easier for people to choose to continue to live in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home.

Actions

Based on the precedents of the "Aging in Place" organizations in other places, like Beacon Hill (Boston, MA), we are designing a program that can provide simple but effective services for the older population in our county. Among the services we provide: transportation (arranging rotating volunteer driving for grocery shopping, drugstore pickups, and doctor's appointments), assistance with paperwork (checkbook, bill paying) and aid with use of computer and internet to help people stay connected.

Results

We have gathered an enthusiastic group of members who would like both to benefit from our planned program as well as to help develop it. The most distinctive benefit to date as been the reassuring effect of knowing that the services will be there so that our members will be able to stay at home as long as they choose, with the support of our organization.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

To be successful over the next three years, these are our objectives:

To grow to over 100 members. With growth, we would be able to have a full time professional director. With additional members, beyond 120, we would like to split off new groups, so that each town in our county has a group not more than 120, to maintain a small scale community.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

We think the biggest obstacles are in organizing and in fundraising. The idea is timely and needed, but crossing the gap between gathering members and being able to deliver key services requires time, money and organization, all of which are dependent on our continued growth.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

No

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How long has this organization been operating?

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Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

not applicable

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Raise funds.
2. Outreach to candidates for our services.
3. Expand volunteer base.

The Story

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What was the defining moment that you led to this innovation?

I read an article in the New York Times on the front page, about a 'aging in place' program in Massachusetts. My colleague Amy Godes had just, reluctantly, put a deposit on a retirement community. We both felt we would rather live at home than move, and we are able to live independently if we have some services available. Amy was 85 at the time, and I'm 92. We wrote to the group in Massachusetts and learned how to set up an aging in place organization in our community. On describing this idea to our neighbors, everyone was enthusiastic, including people who would like it to exist for when they get older.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

The history of the 'aging in place' movement in this country begins in Massachussetts, but the idea has existed in Europe as well.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Friend or family member

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