Tasks such as housekeeping, small home repairs, and running errands can be barriers to older adults continuing to live in their own homes. Another option for finding assistance with these task are organizations that have formed using the “Village to Village” model of neighbors helping neighbors.
The Village-to-Village Model provides services to older adults who wish to remain in their homes using local neighborhood volunteers. A “Village” generally incorporates these concepts:
- It is a membership-driven local nonprofit organization so there is some type of annual cost to join.
- It is operated and staffed by local volunteers and some paid staff.
- The Village organization can provide affordable services from volunteers often including transportation, home repairs, social, and educational activities*
- The Village can often provide referrals to vetted & discounted service providers.
- A Village is typically based on the needs of your community
Here are some Village to Village models operating in Colorado:
A Little Help
Serving metro Denver, Roaring Fork Valley and Northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Berthoud, Loveland, and Larimer County
Metro Denver: 720-242-9032
Roaring Fork Valley: 970-404-1923
Northern Colorado: 970-412-9396
North Animas Village
North Animas is a Village serving the following neighborhoods: Blue Sky, Cottonwoods including Cove and Greens, North Dalton Ranch including Willows and Enclave, Red Rock Ranch, South Dalton Ranch including Villas, and Trimble Crossing
North Fork Senior Connections
We serve the entire North Fork Valley on the Western Slope in Colorado, including the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford and the mesas and unincorporated areas that surround them.
Source: AgeWise Colorado Contributor
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and 2-1-1 and they may know of additional resources on this topic.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a public nonprofit agency designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. AAAs are primarily responsible for a geographic area, also known as a planning and service area (PSA), that is either a city, a single county, or a multi-county district. AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, if that is their preference, aided by services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option.
Find your local AAA by visiting their website or calling 1-800-677-1116.
2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community. Dial 2-1-1 from your phone or visit their website.
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