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Help On Call

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Help On Call

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Your few hours can make all the difference in someone's life.

Imagine not being able to get to a doctor appointment or fill a prescription because you can no longer drive? Imagine paperwork piling up because your eyesight isn't good enough to sort through it. If you're a senior struggling to continue to live in your own home, these obstacles are the reality.  Click to read how you can make an impact.

 

We always need volunteers in the Help On Call program.

 

"I enjoy my free time, but I also feel I want to fill some of it by helping others.

I remember taking someone to get her hearing aids adjusted, and she was so happy to be able to hear again!"

 

Responsibilities of Volunteers

Provide support to seniors in their homes by driving to and from appointments, helping with grocery shopping and errands, organizing paperwork and/or helping to create a bill paying system, visiting with a lonely homebound senior or helping with minor home repairs.

 

Volunteering Locations

Low-income seniors and the disabled are referred to the Help on Call program from social services agencies around Montgomery County.  Clients live in their own homes and will be matched with a volunteer who lives in the same area.

 

Hours

Depending upon the request, you could spend as little as 15 minutes making a phone call to check in with a homebound senior or as much as several hours getting them to and from a doctor appointment. Matches are made taking your availability into consideration.

 

Training

No formal training is required. Compassion and patience for the elderly are needed. Job descriptions for each role: driving, shopping, visiting, billpaying and minor repairs are provided.

 

Qualifications and Rewards

  • Be sensitive to the special needs of seniors
  • Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain the confidentiality of your senior
  • Be able to relate well to a variety of people
  • You will gain the satisfaction of helping a senior remain independent

 

Contact: Maria Strohl: (610) 834-1040, ext. 29 or email marias@rsvpmc.org

 

Helpful Links

mcaas.montcopa.org
aging.com
www.aging.state.pa.us
caregiverpa.psu.edu
benefitscheckup.org
www.montcoworks.org
agingpa.psu.edu

www.dsf.health.state.pa.us
www.nia.nih.gov
www.ssa.gov
www.medicare.com
www.medicare.gov
www.panpha.org
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