While preventing homelessness is a primary Age-In-Place goal, it is not the sole positive outcome of the program. Another impact we have is providing seniors with comfort of mind, especially in times of illness.
This was evident recently, when we were able to serve several seniors on one day. In the morning we provided yard work and house cleaning for a Ms. B. Two weeks prior Ms. B had suffered her 2nd stroke. As a result, even simple cleaning tasks such as sweeping and dusting became much more difficult. This was compounded by her having to focus on rehabilitation in order to regain her lost mobility. Thankfully we performed all the household and yard tasks she requested and it is our hope that we aided in small part to her recovery.
In the afternoon, we served Ms. A. Again, our task was housecleaning and yard work. However, instead of aiding in recovery we were helping prepare for it. Unfortunately, Ms. A has cancer and was to have surgery the following week. Again, our volunteers performed marvelously. We hope it gave Ms. A some peace of mind about the condition of her home so that she could focus on the task at hand, beating her cancer!
We welcome volunteers to spend a day with Age-In-Place and see what an impact they can have. In just a few hours not only will you have finished raking leaves and mowing the lawn or cleaning a kitchen or bath but you will have made it all the more possible for a frail older adult to stay in the comfort of their home.
Alex Krowka works with Age-In-Place coordinating volunteers and leading projects to serve older adults. He can be reached at AKrowka@seaburyresources.org.