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Neighbor network forming to give home help to elders

  • Senior Center Executive Director Cathy Buntin is seen speaking with seniors at a Senior Center event. FILE PHOTO


Staff Report
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SHELBURNE FALLS — A new group will soon be working with the Senior Center of Shelburne Falls to provide additional forms of home help for elders within the community.

It’s called the Buckland Shelburne Neighbor Network, and its goal is to expand the number and types of services — beyond those already offered by the Senior Center — that will enable older people to stay in their homes.

Senior Center Executive Director Cathy Buntin and Outreach Coordinator Leanne Dowd met recently with Neighbor Network members Diane Poland, Nancy Eisenstein and Carole Groman to discuss what types of outreach services would help elders live independently, but which are not now provided by the Senior Center because of economic restraints.

Additional services could likely include social visits to people confined at home; arrangements for pets when elderly owners can no longer take care of them; and home services during short-term illness or disability, such as walking a dog, bringing in firewood, or picking up medications and meals.

The group is looking for more people to get involved. For more information, contact Diane Poland at: dpoland35@gmail.com.

For more information about any Senior Center program or service, email: sfsrctr@crocker.com or call 413-625-2502.