UYM Charities Senior Housing - Be Safe At Home (BSAH)
Originally founded in 1980, UYM Charities (UYM) is a private, governmentally chartered, non-denominational religious organization organized in New York State under Article 9, religious law, and operating as a 501(c)(3) under the IRC Code of 1954. Although our original function was to support—and provide a place for—abused women and children, we expanded our mission and outreach through the years to include assistance for seniors and disabled adults in need. Today, UYM and its affiliates/partners help thousands of vulnerable people annually.
UYM achieves its mission through several programs offered at a reasonably low cost through a partnership with its primary affiliate, Be Safe At Home (BSAH), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. By sharing and leveraging resources with BSAH, UYM is able to provide critically needed services to vulnerable populations, including seniors and the disabled, at less cost to stakeholders and the health care system in general.
BSAH is an unmatched, high quality, comprehensive home and personal safety management program with special emphasis on prevention through outreach representatives and handypersons. BSAH empowers vulnerable populations to maintain control over their surroundings and in effect their lives. BSAH works to achieve several related objectives, including greater confidence, independence, self-satisfaction and self-worth. Ultimately, BSAH seeks to improve the overall health and well-being of vulnerable populations.
BSAH IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
— 24/7 Personal Emergency Response (PERS)
Provides clients with a valuable tool in the form of a button(worn as a pendant or on a wrist band). When pressed (from anywhere in the home), the button activatesa communication unit that allows individuals to speak directly to a specially trained “In-touch” attendant.Once the system is activated, the attendant views all of the client’s emergency information from theircomputer screen and contacts EMS and/or the client’s personal emergency contacts.
— Social Companionship
AAs an add-on feature to PERS, the companionship service enables importantsocial interactions with a specially trained “In-touch” attendant. Clients are encouraged for any reason,including companionship and safety concerns, to make a daily call to the monitoring center by pressing thependant button.
— 24/7 Medication Reminding & Monitoring Service
24/7 Medication Reminding & Monitoring Service
— Home Maintenance, Domestic Services & Emergency Service 24/7
Under the direction of BSAH keypersonnel, pre-screened and approved handypersons are trained to identify potential fire and safetyhazards in homes during their visits. They encourage the elimination of step stools, scatter rugs, improperlyrun electrical extension cords and additional, potential safety hazards. By addressing these seeminglyinnocuous items, the home’s safety environment is dramatically improved and the risk of falls and otherserious injuries are diminished.
— "People Helping People” Program
This program provides mutually beneficial arrangements that placewell-abled and developmentally disabled adults as handy persons. These handy persons assist clientsby performing a variety of basic tasks or chores that are needed in and around the home under BSAHsupervision.
— "Seniors Helping Seniors”
This community building part of BSAH places younger, active retirees withverifiable handy person skills into the home of clients to perform various tasks and services. The trust andunderstanding brought by the retired handypersons has added greatly to BSAH’s success.
OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTORS
As the U.S. population continues to age, the demand for services that will enable elders to age with dignity and security in the safety and comfort of their own homes will increase dramatically. With this in mind, UYM is looking to partner with real estate investors and/or housing developers to create affordable housing for vulnerable populations, which would primarily be seniors.
With a capital investment, UYM would be able to extend to investors the tax benefits it receives as a private, governmentally chartered, non-denominational religious organization organized in New York State under Article 9, religious law, and operating as a 501(c)(3) under the IRC Code of 1954. These benefits would enable investors and developers to save a tremendous amount of money in the new construction of—or through the purchase and conversion of existing structures into—affordable housing.
This housing will be unique in that UYM will support residents through BSAH to deliver the aforementioned programs and services. Under the program’s format, all residents will have a safe, comfortable environment whereby independence in the community is maintained and preserved for as long as practical.
PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
- To provide safe and affordable housing structures for seniors and disabled adults on low income (Section 8),
- To enable these individuals to live in a safe, comfortable livingenvironment while remaining independent in the community for as long as practical,
- To create employment opportunities for and in our targetedsegment, and
- To create a better sense of community and care for our agingpopulation while working toward better elder care and reducinggovernmental costs.
The respective programs and strengths of UYM and BSAH create much needed services to underserved segments of our communities.
HOUSING PROGRAM BENEFITS
Through BSAH programs and coupled with other existing home health care givers, UYM seeks to create a “Nursing Home without Walls,”™ which enables vulnerable populations to regain control over their surroundings and, in turn, their lives. This re-established control will promote and 1) sustain peace of mind, 2) increased independence and confidence, and 3) emotional well-being and improved overall health by:
- Providing vulnerable populations with living environments that are safe, comfortable, and affordable
- Providing low cost 24/7 “Safe At Home” emergency support services
- Providing a sliding fee service’s scale for low income clients, subsidized by community sponsors and our fundraising events allowing for valuable services to be completed while maintaining the dignity of those served
- Reducing occurrences of hospital stays and institutionalization
- Reducing injuries caused by in-home falls and fires
- Reducing home maintenance and Medicaid costs
- Reducing a variety of additional costs that result in direct savings to the community and government
INCREASING PEACE OF MIND FOR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT PROPER AND CAPABLE CARE IS AVAILABLE AND ADMINISTERED TO THEIR LOVED ONES
Besides the primary and obvious benefits offered to our seniors and other disabled beneficiaries, our services and programs also deliver the following:
- Create employment opportunities for developmentally and learning disabled and challenged adults
- Create employment, research and internship opportunities for university and high school students
- Reduce employee (e.g. the “sandwich generation”) “down time” at work (as a result of parental care)
- Provide research, resources and information exchange opportunities for professionals in the field of elder care
Stats to Consider
- Each day, 10,000 adults reach age 65 and this will continue until 2029
- By 2030, it is estimated that at least 20% of the population will be 65+
- AARP estimates ~ 87% of older adults want to remain in their home as they age
- Assisted living apartments average $51,780/year
- Semi private rooms in a nursing home averages $98,550/year
- HUD estimates one fifth of nursing home bills are paid primarily or entirely out of pocket
- An estimated 39% of individuals 65+ have no mortgage obligation