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Topics: Old age, Gerontology, Steuben County, New York Pages: 47 (11992 words) Published: March 9, 2015
Feasibility Study of Services Needed for Aging in Place in Steuben County This project was undertaken on behalf of
Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc.
In conjunction with the
Steuben County Office for the Aging

Prepared by
George Bliss, RN, BSN, MS
Aging in Place Coordinator
October 2010

Funding provided by a Community Empowerment Grant
From the New York State Office for the Aging
With special funding from Steuben Trust Company
And the Begeal Club

Table of Contents
Abstract ……………………………………………………………………….….…..…3 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………..……....4 Description of importance ……………………………………………………..…….…5 Research Questions ……………………………………………………….……….……6 Literature Review …………………………………………………………………….7-8 Data Collection ………………………………………………………..…………….…..9 Data Collection Plan ………………………………………………………...................10 Methodology and Instruments ………………………………………………….…11-15 Limitation of Collection plan ………………………………………...………………..16 Summary of analysis ………….……………………………………………………17-32 Conclusion ………………………………………..…………………………………33-35 Reflection ………………………………………………...……………………………..36 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………….....37 Appendices………………………………………………………………………………38 A.

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Letter to the Editor……………………………………………………...….39 Reminder Ad Steuben County Residents………………………………….40 Article for “Second Season” – Keep Those Surveys Coming…………….41 Article for “Second Season” – Building a Resource for Aging in Place....42 Letter to the Editor–Reminder to complete survey…..………………..…43 Article for “Second Season” – The “Aging in Place Survey” Results are in………………………………………………………….……..44 G. Thank You Ad…………………………………………………….………...45 H. Power Point Presentation – provided to community groups – introducing the project

I. Power Point Presentation-- Survey Results

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Abstract
The purpose of this project was to determine the services that will need to be created or enhanced so that the older residents of Steuben County can choose to continue living in their own homes with appropriate services, to age in place.

A mailing list for the survey for our Aging in Place Feasibility Study was generated using the “Second Season” newsletter data base from Office for the Aging. The survey was sent to 3,038 Steuben County residents age 50 and older. The number of surveys sent to each township, city or village in the county was determined by the percentage of the total county population in each of these locations. Another 300 surveys were placed in libraries, town offices, and other community locations. From a grand total of 3338 surveys distributed, 896 surveys were completed and mailed back to the Office for the Aging for a return rate of nearly 27 percent. The survey will be useful by Steuben County Office for the Aging, the Steuben Senior Services Fund and other area agencies serving the needs of the elderly as they prepare to meet the future needs of our aging population.

Findings from the survey indicate that many of the older residents of Steuben County are living with very little income and cannot afford services for which they would be required to pay. However, they are very interested in remaining in their own homes and communities; aging in place.

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Introduction
Description of the Problem
The Aging in Place Feasibility Study was undertaken at the request of Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc. The study was funded through a Community Empowerment Planning Grant given to the Steuben County Office for the Aging by the New York State Office for the Aging. The study explored the necessary services to be provided to Steuben County senior citizens to allow them to age in place with dignity and to investigate solutions for meeting the increase in senior service needs due to the “Baby Boomer Generation” coming of age. With the increased need will come issues with the delivery of in-home services to our older citizens.

Focus Statement
By the year 2015 there will be a significant increase in the elderly...

Bibliography: Galewitz, Phil. (2010, April Thursday). Nursing home residents get aid to move out.
Stafford, P. (2009). Design guidelines for the new Elderburbia. Elderburbia Aging
with a sense of Place in America (pp
December 8, 2009
Letter to the Editor
On Thursday October 8, 2009 an Aging in Place Conference was held in Bath, NY. The
conference was sponsored by Office of the Aging and moderated by a representative
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