SENIOR BENEFITS AND SAVINGS

phylkissThrough participation in A Little Help, older adults remain productive. They increase interaction with children and youth and engage more with one another to prevent isolation.  In addition, they have more social and educational opportunities and learn to use newer technology. 

A Little Help operates a help line to connect seniors to a variety of programs including volunteer services, recommended service providers, and educational and social activities. For requests beyond our volunteers’ capacity, we maintain a referral system with neighbor-recommended service providers such as landscapers, home repair and modification specialists, and home health care practitioners. We also plan an array of social and educational activities in order to cultivate intergenerational connections and combat isolation. We celebrate interdependence among neighbors of all ages.

The list of services provided by our volunteers is long and continues to grow. Examples of services include:

  • Transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands, and social events
  • Medical note-taking
  • Minor home repairs and modification
  • Pet care
  • Yard work
  • Snow removal
  • Technology help
  • Check-in calls or visits
  • Light housework or laundry

Service Saturdays! are a big perk of senior membership in A Little Help. How long ago did you decide to move that old chair out of the garage and donate it to Goodwill? When were you last able to wash your windows outside?  Service Saturdays! provide an excellent opportunity for A Little Help members to receive assistance with these and other home maintenance jobs, such as inspecting handrails, cleaning cupboards and refrigerators, de-cluttering closets, washing windows, eliminating cobwebs, touching up paint, polishing furniture and floors, cleaning rugs, organizing paperwork, washing cars, or sprucing up the yard. These semi-annual events provide spring and fall outdoor and indoor cleaning.

Value of Service Saturdays! and other help

Seniors who participate in our Service Saturdays! receive an average of over $500 in services and labor twice a year, which makes  membership immediately worth its low cost. 

Having A Little Help to live safely and independently in their own home also allows older adults  to avoid or delay the financial burden of assisted living (~$50,000/year) or nursing homes (>$90,000/year). However, when seniors want to live independently in their own homes, they may encounter several obstacles. A Little Help works to help overcome these barriers by building intergenerational communities.

If the type of assistance you need is not listed here, let us know, and we will do our best to meet your needs. Either way, you decide whether to use the services we provide and the referrals we make.
 

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Professional Services

For services our volunteers are not equipped to handle, we will refer you to one of our recommended local providers, many of whom provide members a discount for their services, such as:

  • Adaptive home and personal care products to aid independence
  • Appliance repairs
  • Emergency call systems
  • Exterior cleaning, e.g. windows, siding
  • Exterminators
  • Financial planning
  • Handymen and women
  • Home cleaning services
  • Home delivered meals
  • Home health care
  • Independent contractors
  • Interior cleaning, e.g. carpets, weekly housekeeping
  • Masonry
  • Painting
  • Plumbing and electrical jobs
  • Yard and lawn care

 

Our membership dues are member-friendly, using a "pay what you can" approach.  We believe that money (or lack thereof) should not determine whether seniors receive the connection and help they need from their communities.  The following examples show the benefits and savings our members may realize through participation in A Little Help.  

Transportation savings with A Little Help

  • Average value: $3,700 out-of-pocket expense per senior household per year

  • For one ride per week, within a reasonable time frame and distance

Yard and home chores 

  • Average value: $1,500 per member household per year

  • Includes teams during Service Saturdays! in the spring and fall and ad hoc help

Handiwork

Average value: $480 per household per year

  • Changing light bulbs, minor repairs, diagnosis

Snow shoveling

  • Average value: $400 per household per year

  •  Season-long matching

  • Based on volunteer availability and geography

Technology help

  • Average value: $400 per household per year

  • One-on-one computer or smartphone tutoring

  • Device diagnosis and problem-solving

  • Group classes

Caregiver respite

  • Average value: $4,100 per household per year

  • 3-4 hours of respite per week with a trained volunteer

Friendly visits/walks

  • Average value: $1,600 per household per year

  •  Weekly in-home visits or walks

Care Calls

  • Average value: $520 per household per year

  • Weekly social and safety calls