Services for the aged

Living and services at home

An important aim of services for the aged is that the aged person could live in his or her own home actively and with operational capacity for as long as possible.

OIVA centre

OIVA centre provides service guidance and counselling for the elderly. OIVA centre offers personalized counselling for the elderly supporting continued living at home as well as service need assessments for its clients throughout the Jyväskylä area. Guidance and counselling support the elderly in self-reliance and help them find suitable services. Service guidance is free of charge.

OIVA centre’s service counsellor can help the client either on the phone or on a home visit. The clients themselves can request a home visit.  The request can also be made by a relative, friend or an authority.
Service need assessment is made in order to chart the client’s resources and to draw an individual service plan for them.
The clients will be referred to appropriate services. Services can be provided by the city or by other service providers.

Home care

Living at home is supported through home care services. Home care includes home nursing and home service. Home care is provided in co-operation with the customer, the next of kin, and various co-operation partners, and the care is based on a written care and service plan. Home service deals with helping the customer with daily activities that the customer cannot perform on their own. Home nursing provides healthcare and nursing for the customer with support from a public health physician when the patient is no longer unable to use nurse or physician services provided by the healthcare unit for the treatment of outpatients.

Home care services

Home care services carry a fee, and are determined on the basis of the service type, amount, the paying capacity of the service user, and the size of the family. Service housing aims to ensure individual, home-like housing for people over 65 years of age requiring care and attention around the clock, who can no longer cope in their own home. Rehabilitation helps to maintain the resident’s operational capacity, and recreational activities promote mental well-being. In the service apartments, the staff is always present in the daytime, but during night time, help can be called by alerting the staff or the aged person is visited as agreed. In intensive service housing, the staff is present around the clock.

Day centres provide weekday activities for the aged

At the day centres, the aged can gather on weekdays to converse, do activities and spend time together. A day centre provides the residents in the area with services supporting independent initiative and coping at home, such as exercise, meals, and bathing. Jyväskylä has a total of 12 regional day centres.

The activities support the physical and operational capacity, and the health of the aged, while promoting social interaction. The day centres also supply payable services, such as meals, sauna and bathing services, as well as rehabilitation and hairdresser services by private entrepreneurs.

Day centres in Jyväskylä (in Finnish)

Allowance for taking care of close relatives

The next of kin receives an allowance from the municipality when he or she takes care of a seriouslydisabled or aged relative at home. The allowance for taking care of close relatives is a care compensation and/or services determined in a care and service plan; the compensation is paid to ensure the care or other attention to an aged person, a disabled person, or a sick person at home.

Housing of the elderly

The starting point for the housing of the elderly is to stay in their own home for as long as possible with the aid of home-based services. 
High-quality nursing care reflects a family-oriented approach as well as preventive and multi-professional practices.

Rentals and senior apartments for the elderly can be valid options if living in your own home has become difficult. In some residential locations it is also possible to buy meals.
In some of the rental apartments, it is possible to apply for services for the elderly through the SAS team. Several private service providers offer senior apartments.

The need for 24-hour care arises when the support measures provided at home are no longer sufficient. 

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