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#4 - In-home Support for Elders
By Lawrence Rickards
Posted on 4/4/2017 5:17 PM

Blog #4 - In-Home Support for Elders – Helping Hands and Seabury Resources for Aging


By Lawrence Rickards, Editor, Mount Pleasant Village Newsletter


Most older adults prefer to continue living in their homes rather than move into assisted living or nursing home arrangements. Fortunately, there are a growing number of supports available to help and assist older persons in remaining in their homes. This is the first of a two-part blog that will explore community-based care for elders needing moderate assistance to remain living independently.


An earlier blog, Warning Signs That Help Is Needed, described circumstances where assistance is likely needed to maintain the health and well-being of the older person. Many of the needed supports are available from the Mount Pleasant Village Helping Hands Program and Seabury Resources for Aging. Next month’s blog will provide information on the programs and services provided by Iona Senior Services


The Village Helping Hands Program

Mount Pleasant Village was established to help neighborhood resident age independently in their own homes. The Helping Hands Program utilizes volunteers to provide a range of services on a no-cost basis. The services available include:


  • Companion and Special Assistance: Escorting a Village member for grocery shopping and medical appointments, and providing companionship with home visits, social outings, hobbies, reading, and phone calls.


  • Personal Administrative Tasks: Organize paperwork, complete medical/dental forms, sort and review mail, bill paying, draft correspondence, and arrange for documents to be notarized.


  • Transportation: One-way/round-trip rides for errands, appointments, and events.


  • Neighborhood Errands: Shopping, pharmacy, dry cleaning, pet walking, etc.


  • Home Maintenance (light): Changing light bulbs, minor fixture repair, seasonal packing and storage, brief absence services (watering plants, pet care, mail pick up).


  • Downsizing and Decluttering: Helping to organize, display, store, sell, and donate collections, and organize and deliver donations to area centers.


  • Gardening and Yard Work (light): Indoor plant maintenance; outdoor landscaping, and raking and removal of leaves.


  • Inclement-Weather Support: Sidewalk preparation, snow shoveling and removal, digging out cars, and ice removal.


  • Electronic Appliance Support: Troubleshooting and minor repair of televisions, radios, kitchen and bath appliances, yard tools, and medical equipment.


  • Technology Support: Setting up, programming, troubleshooting and minor repairs, and tutorials for computers, software, printers, copiers, faxes, scanners, and smartphones, and help with social media.


There are services the Helping Hands Program is not able to provide:

  • Medical or personal care services
  • Administer medication
  • Legal or medical advice
  • Sign any legal or financial documents.


Helping Hands assistance may be requested by:

Seabury Resources for Aging

The Village has entered into a partnership agreement with the Care Management Program of Seabury Resources for Aging that offers Villagers free advice and discounted care management and consultant services.  Seabury, a 93-year-old nonprofit organization, provides affordable services to older adults.


  • Care Management Services: Members of the Village will receive a 10% discount on the Seabury Care Management Services fee, currently $125/hour.  Care managers provide guidance during crisis and assist with planning, getting to know the client through assessments and evaluations and creating a care plan that meets the client’s needs.


  • Consultations: Members will receive a 10% discount on consultation services, which currently cost $400 per person and $550 for two people in the same home.  This is a one-time 2-hour meeting with a Care Manager to discuss a specific goal or situation.  A written summary of resources discussed with contact names is provided following the meeting.