“CENTER CITY (WPVI) —
“When Joan Dill, of Center City Philadelphia, had trouble making her medical appointments, her doctor suggested she join Penn’s Village, where she was partnered with two health pals.
“‘They’re really good,’ said Dill. ‘They take me to all my appointments. It’s the difference between living and dying, really.’
“Penn’s Village is the Philadelphia chapter of the national Village to Village Network – neighbors helping neighbors with the goal of enabling seniors to age in their own homes.
“‘People want to be active, they want to help each other,’ said Penn’s Village Executive Director Jane Eleey. ‘They want to learn new things.’”
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And here’s an article from today’s Philly.com: “Volunteer ‘health pals’ help seniors navigate medical care.”
Here’s a link to the Village to Village Network – “In 2010, the Village to Village Network – a national organization that collaborates to maximize the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement – was formed. The Network provides expert guidance, resources and support to help communities establish and maintain their Villages. The Village Movement started with Beacon Hill Village in Boston over 15 years ago and today there are over 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Village to Village Network and the Village Movement will not only impact Villages and their members, but the lives of countless families, caregivers and members of the broader community they serve.”
In this area, Connections Central PA “is a community membership group of people 55 and older in the Central PA Region who choose to age in place. Enjoy a spirit of people helping people through involvement with volunteering, connecting, and sharing. Access trusted resources: screened vendors, transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, and social and educational activities.”
In Lancaster, “Lancaster Downtowners is a network of people who share a common passion for downtown Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years. Downtowners includes individuals who have already retired and are living in the city, others who anticipate living downtown for their retirement years, and younger people supportive of the Downtowners initiative.”
The The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, in this report “The Aging-in-Place Village Concept: Addressing Liability Concerns”, cautions, “No matter how good the intentions of nonprofit organizations and their agents (e.g., volunteers), organizations can be held legally responsible if their agents harm others.”