BENEFITS AND SAVINGS

phylkissThrough participation in A Little Help, older adults remain connected and productive. Our older adults can increase interaction with youth and engage more with one another to prevent isolation and loneliness. In addition, our older adults have more opportunities for social and educational engagement and to learn newer technology if there is a need. 

A Little Help operates a helpline to connect older adults 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, beauty appointments, and social events
  • Note-taking during medical appointments
  • Minor home repairs and modification
  • Pet care
  • Yard work
  • Snow removal
  • Technology help
  • Check-in calls and friendly visits/walks
  • Light housework and laundry

Service Saturdays! are a big perk of older adult membership in A Little Help. How long ago did you decide to move that old chair out of the garage and donate it? Whendid you last 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, polishing furniture and floors, cleaning rugs, organizing paperwork, washing cars, and sprucing up the yard. These semi-annual events provide spring and fall outdoor and indoor cleaning.

 

Value

A Little Help enables you to live safely and independently in your own home, which helps to avoid or delay the financial burden of assisted living (~$50,000/year) or nursing homes (>$90,000/year)A Little Help works to help overcome barriers to living independently in your own home 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 and referrals we provide.
 

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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. siding
  • Exterminators
  • Financial planning
  • Handymen and women
  • Home cleaning services, e.g. carpets, weekly housekeeping
  • Home delivered meals
  • Home health care
  • Independent contractors
  • Masonry, plumbing, or electrical jobs
  • Painting
  • Yard and lawn care

 

Membership

Our membership dues are member-friendly, using a "pay what you can" approach. Our members pay what they can to access services and programs each year. We believe that funding should not determine whether older adults 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.  

 

Savings with A Little Help

Transportation

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

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

Yard and home chores 

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

  • Service days in the spring and fall and ad hoc help

Handy help

  • 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 availability and geography

Technology help

  • Average value: $400 per household per year

  • One-on-one computer or smartphone tutoring

  • Device diagnosis and problem-solving

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