“What they’re doing has become a model of how to care for the elderly who want to stay in their homes,’’ said Johnston. “It’s not the only option out there for people, but it’s an important option.’’
Though other nonprofit and government organizations offer similar services for seniors, such as senior centers found in many towns, the focus of Village to Village is to keep people in their homes, said Johnston-Walsh.
“Sometimes an elderly person only needs a little help, like someone changing a light bulb on the ceiling,’’ said Johnston-Walsh. “But it’s those little things, if they can get the help, that can keep people in their own homes,’’ she added.
Having lived in their home for more than 40 years, McWhinney-Morse and her husband, David, also 78, have used a number of Beacon Hill Village’s recommended services, including the use of young volunteers who helped them move furniture. “It’s been enormously helpful,’’ said McWhinney-Morse.
Beacon Hill resident Roger Cox, 81, a retired engineer and sales executive, said he and his wife, Susan, 79, joined Beacon Hill Village not just for its services, but to make friends.
“There’s much more dignity to living in your own home,’’ said Cox. “We’ve been very happy with it. This is the kind of thing I think you’re going to see more and more of in the future. It works and it’s what people want and need.’’
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