May 1, 2023
Nesterly and Village Connections - Helping Seniors Age Well at Home
Housing for seniors has become an urgent focus area in Central Ohio.
Our guests are Frances Krumholtz, Volunteer and Engagement Coordinator · Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and the Nesterly liaison. And Donald Wiggins, Executive Director at Village Connections.
Nesterly is an intergenerational home-sharing platform that allows two or more people who are not related to share a home together. The platform provides financial benefits for hosts and affordable living options for guests, as well as social benefits that positively impact physical well-being. COAAA ensures the safety of older adults who are hosting, by conducting background checks and providing built-in payment processing. Furthermore, the platform has a task exchange feature that allows hosts to find guests willing to do extra chores around the house in exchange for a greater reduction in rent.
Village Connections is a volunteer-powered organization that provides rides to medical appointments and grocery shopping for older adults who may not be able to drive or have access to transportation. The organization requires that volunteers go to the door, help the member into the car, and provide a familiar face and personalized service for their safety and well-being. The organization is membership-based, with a fee of $500 annually for single-person households and $750 for two or more person households.
There are many programs and resources available to support seniors to remain in their homes, including social groups, senior centers, home-delivered meals, home health aides, and case management. The Franklin County Office on Aging and the Central Ohio Agency on Aging are good resources for finding these programs. Furthermore, the Village program has mentored other organizations from other states and has been contacted by people interested in starting similar programs. The Village to Village network also refers people to the program.
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