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Whiddon partners with GetSetUp to tackle social isolation for Community Care clients

Award-winning care provider, Whiddon, has partnered with
GetSetUp, an online platform that aims to bring health and wellbeing
classes directly to their Community Care clients. Through this
partnership, Whiddon aims to further enhance their care experience
by helping to improve health and wellbeing and tackle social isolation
for their home care clients.
GetSetUp has created a customised safe space for mature adults to
learn, create, and share their wisdom. The platform helps older adults

stay mentally and physically fit, creates economic opportunities
through jobs and reskilling, and provides a community where people
find meaning and purpose. GetSetUp classes are taught by older
adults to their peers and already serve over 2 million lifelong learners
globally.
“We’re so excited to have partnered with GetSetUp to provide this
special offering for our Community Care clients. At a time where
COVID-19 is still amongst our communities, and clients may be
unable to attend their regular social groups. This is a great way for
them to remain active, exercise their minds, and help to reduce social
isolation and feelings of loneliness,” said Whiddon’s Regional
General Manager Community Care (Clinical Lead), Anna Maltby.
“Our clients who do receive home care services, are still continuing to
do the things they love where they can. From visiting their friends or
continuing a hobby, our team is there to help them achieve this in
person or virtually, depending on pandemic regulations. The
GetSetUp platform will provide additional support to help our clients
to remain connected to the things they love during this time and will
remain an option for them to use even after the threat of COVID-19 is
gone,” said Whiddon’s Regional General Manager Community Care
(NDIS & Customer Liaison) Aaron Evans.
By addressing all the social determinants of health, GetSetUp is
helping to tackle some of the challenges older people may face. By
expanding friendship circles and creating a purpose, GetSetUp has
helped many older adults feel a renewed sense of joy. This coupled
with Whiddon’s excellent care services mean that older adults in their
care aren’t just having their physical health needs met but also their
mental and social needs as well.
“Learners regularly provide feedback about how we are changing the
lives of older adults by helping reduce social isolation, which is one
of the leading causes of illness and death among older

adults. Older adults on our platform are part of a global community
with peers who are passionate about similar topics. For many learners,
who are often home alone, this has made a world of difference. Now,
fellow peers in positive learning environments are just a click away,”
said Lawrence Kosick, Co-Founder of GetSetUp.
To learn more about GetSetUp, please visit https://www.getsetup.org
To learn more about Whiddon, please visit
https://www.whiddon.com.au

About Whiddon:
• Whiddon is an award-winning aged care provider with residential
care, community care and retirement villages across New South
Wales and Queensland.
• From our philanthropic beginnings, we have grown into a large not-
for-profit organisation with more than 2,300 customers and over
2,700 employees.
• We’ve been providing exceptional care to older Australians across
regional, rural and remote NSW and QLD for more than 70 years.
Our strong presence in regional, rural and remote NSW and QLD sets
us at the heart of our local communities, both as an employer and
aged care provider.
• To find out more about Whiddon, please visit whiddon.com.au
About GetSetUp
GetSetUp is a live, interactive learning platform for older adults who
want to learn new skills, connect with others, and unlock new life
experiences. Classes are taught by older adults and kept small to
ensure everyone can actively participate. The platform helps older
adults stay mentally and physically fit, creates economic opportunities
through jobs and reskilling, and provides a community where people
find meaning and purpose by helping each other and forming new
connections. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. To
learn more, visit www.getsetup.org/.

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