Developed by Council on Aging’s subsidiary, home52, AddnAide is an app that pairs those who need care with those willing to provide it.
Ohio’s older adults are feeling the effects of the nationwide direct care workforce crisis. There are not enough workers to serve clients currently enrolled in state and locally-funded in-home care programs, much less meet the demand created by the growing population of older adults and people with disabilities who will need care in the near future. In fact, statewide, over 6,000 individuals enrolled in state home care programs are currently going without care.
home52, a subsidiary of Council on Aging, has developed a solution that addresses these issues by:
- expanding opportunities for older adults to participate in self-directed care
- creating a safe, secure environment to connect individuals who provide care with those who need it
- addressing all facets of the workforce shortage, from recruiting new workers to offering opportunities for education
- leveraging a cost-effective and streamlined model for care
- creating a fully-connected care team
What is AddnAide and how will it help?
AddnAide is an app available in the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or at addnaide.home52.org. It’s an enhancement of the self-directed care model, offering a secure space where older adults who need in-home care can match with care providers.
In AddnAide, older adults and direct care workers create personalized profiles to improve the matching process. Profiles highlight care needs, caregiving skills and schedule preferences, giving older adults and workers more control of the caregiving relationship. A professional care manager monitors care, and all payroll and time management functions are managed within the app, cutting down on paperwork for all parties. Communication about care needs and changes also happens within the app.
Most importantly, AddnAide will expand the pool of individuals available to serve older adults who need care. Based on successful gig-economy models used by companies like Uber, AddnAide is ideal for individuals who want flexibility in their work schedule, such as stay-at-home parents, retirees, those with other employment, and students. It’s also ideal for community-minded individuals who want to give back while supplementing their income.