Aging in Place programs are making a difference
Aging in Place programs create stronger communities throughout Westchester County. They are making a positive difference in the lives of members. In 2010, Aging in Place groups* provided or contributed the following:
Rides to appointments – During 2010, members received 735 rides to important doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, the supermarket and social activities. Access to these rides means that family caregivers don’t have to leave work or other engagements, residents don’t have to feel like a “burden,” and residents with chronic disease or disabilities can get the medical care they need.
Friendly visits – During 2010, there were 270 friendly visits to residents who were homebound due to illness or disability.
Special events/outings – In 2010, 85 special events/outings were held, offering members the opportunity to engage with each other, learn something new, or just enjoy a fun activity with others.
Volunteer hours – In 2010, there were 22,000 volunteer hours spent organizing and operating AIP groups (valued at $594,000) and 4,800 volunteer hours spent by members helping other members (valued at $130,000).
*These numbers reflect only partial reporting of groups from the Westchester AIP community. Only six of the 10 CAP communities were fully operational in 2010.
Beyond the Numbers
“One of the most difficult issues for me [a family caregiver] was coordinating and transporting my mother to her many MD appointments, blood draws and the all important beauty parlor. Your program has taken the stress of all the above from me. I am a nicer person.”
“The value of the program extends far beyond the elderly client to his/her family and to the greater community in which that family functions. My deepest appreciation and respect for At Home on the Sound. You are making a significant difference in many lives. And that’s pretty cool!”
“Since I no longer have a car, rides are given and it makes for added independence. I look forward to museum trips and concerts, shopping and local activities. I enjoy the important opportunity to make new friends. Who could ask for more?”