Just about everyone enjoys spending time with their grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family elders but for many senior citizens without family nearby, isolation and loneliness can be constant challenges, particularly if they are homebound. Despite the colorful personalities and incredible personal stories this population has to share, it’s oftentimes a group in need that doesn’t get the attention many other do. One of our wonderful partner agencies aims to keep senior citizens engaged in the community and in their own homes as they age.
At Home in Darien is a nonprofit that helps Darien seniors live independently as part of the national aging in place movement to help seniors stay in their homes and the community as long as possible. The organization helps seniors maintain a sense of control and they say that control is the foundation for feelings of dignity and a certain quality of life and independence. The organization provides an array of services including transportation.
One of the key factors in the success of the program is the dedication of volunteers from the community. Executive Director Gina Blum says those volunteers are essential to making the program work.
“Our goal is to keep seniors connected to the community,” said Blum. “We couldn’t do that without our dedicated volunteers. Without them, we would not be able to successfully help Darien seniors remain living independently and comfortably at home as they age. We are truly grateful for that support.”
The organization has developed a variety of ways for volunteers to get involved. They are looking for Friendly Shoppers, Visitors, Helpers and Drivers. All of these roles are designed to make seniors living at home more comfortable and more connected to the community. From help with changing a light bulb or battery to playing board games or picking up groceries or other household items, the volunteers are critical to keeping seniors connected and able to stay in their homes as they age.
In the Fall and Winter At Home in Darien also offers volunteer opportunities for leaf raking and snow shoveling. The leaf-rakers do a once a year leaf raking at the end of fall. Snow-shovelers are typically Darien High School students who take on a house for the winter and shovel the public sidewalk for that resident each time it snows.
If you’d like to get involved with At Home in Darien just visit their VolunteerSquare profile anytime. The organization will do some vetting and basic training before you are matched with a senior citizen. New volunteer opportunities are always posted so check back often!
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