People Helping People

A Social Support Network Designed by and for Local Seniors

We are the region with the most elderly population in Maine. In fact, thphp-with-map-texte further you travel down the Boothbay peninsula, the older the average age. That’s why we want to be sure that we have great lifestyle options for our elder residents and seasonal visitors. The Foundation wants to ensure that EVERY person — whether elderly or disabled — who wants to live independently in their own homes can do so.

May 2017 will mark the second anniversary of our Senior Support Network for residents of the Boothbay peninsula. Our People Helping People program is designed for and by seniors living in the Boothbay Region to maintain vibrant lifestyles as they age.

Come Join Us!

We meet from 2 to 3:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall
185 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Members receive up to three services per week, which may include transportation, grocery shopping, dog walking & pet care, outings, companionship, and occasional help around the house and yard.

There’s a sliding scale membership fee, ranging from $10 to $100/month, based on net income.

Membership Benefits Include:

senior driving seniors

Volunteer Driver

  • Up to 3 Services per week
  • Daily wellness checks
  • Transportation
  • Grocery shopping
  • Dog walking & pet care
  • Companionship
  • Outings to community events

Additional Paid Services we can Arrange for Members:

Paid Gardener

Paid Gardener

  • House Cleaning
  • Home repairs/maintenance
  • Nursing
  • Yard Work
  • Wellness Monitoring…

We arrange for pre-screened service providers at negotiated fees, which you pay directly to them.

We currently have 35 seniors actively engaged in this program. Our ages range from 61 to 99 years old. We meet twice a month at our Community Center in Boothbay Harbor to plan and coordinate the services that we provide to one another. These services include: transportation to and from doctors’ appointments, to the “Seniors’ Walk Free at the Y” program, to grocery shopping, hair appointments, meetings, concerts, and other errands. We take one another to the Food Pantry. We take one another to doctors’ appointments, and typically act as the patient advocate, taking notes and ensuring that all of the questions and issues are addressed. We buddy up to call each other to check on one another. When one of us is discharged from a hospital stay, we organize to be sure that their homecoming is safe and we check on them several times a day for the first several days. We help one another find and access services from social services’ agencies, such as Meals on Wheels, our Community Navigator (Boothbay Region Community Resources Council), Food Pantry, Catholic Charities, and other service providers. We help one another organize and sort mail and bills to be sure that we’re not falling behind. In short, we support one another.

Our People HV2V Logoelping People program is a member of the national Village-to-Village Network. There are 205 of these “aging in community” organizations around the country.

The good news is that for the 30+ people involved in this program (volunteers “paying forward” plus members currently needing services), the People Helping People program is working. Two of our members are 99 years old and live with their families. But the families need help with caregiving and support (and time off duty). Others are in their 70s, 80s and earlier 90s—most with at least one chronic condition that prohibits them from being able to drive themselves. Several suffer from mild dementia. All are very happy with the level of support they’re getting from the program. One member “graduated” into a nursing home. But the rest have managed to stay active and healthy and are still living in their own homes, thanks to the support we’re providing.

Here’s a note we received from one 80-year old member’s daughter (who lives out of state):

I can say my father seems to be doing so well lately. He seems so calm, bubbly, secure, funny and happy. He seems like a different person lately. He has come a longgg way from 3 years ago. I’m amazed at the difference….Thanks for all you do!”

For a description of what we’ve learned in our first pilot year of this program, read Patty Seybold’s Report.

Comments

  1. Attention Patty Seybold
    Hi Patty, Our agency provides private pay services in your area and we’d be interested in providing information for your program. I would invite you to take a look at our website to see if the services we provide may fit the needs of your participants. I think our private pay rate is very competitive. Thank you for your time…your program certainly looks like it will fill a great need in your community. Vicki Ainslie, Program Director, Home Care for Maine
    P.O. Box 358
    Gardiner, ME 04345
    1-800-639-3084
    vainslie@homecareforme.org
    http://www.homecareforme.org

    • Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation says:

      Hi Vickie,
      We will definitely add yours to our directory of available services here on the Boothbay peninsula.. Thanks for reaching out!

      Patty

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