Wellington Non-Profit Helps Seniors Aging at Home

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The non-profit organization Wellington Cares, Inc., coordinates volunteers to help residents over 65 stay at home.

WELLINGTON – A new program launched just before the holidays strives to improve the well-being of Wellington's seniors.

The Adopt a Senior program, developed by the non-profit organization Wellington Cares, Inc., provides food, medicine and medical devices to residents 65 years of age and older who may otherwise be without. .

This is one of many programs offered by Wellington Cares, which offers Wellington seniors free, non-medical services – transportation, lighthouse repairs and phone calls – to help them age in their homes.

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The organization was created in 2010 by former Wellington Mayor Kathy Foster.

Wellington has a population of about 62,000, of which about 9,000 are seniors, depending on the village.

"Kathy understood that it was necessary to help the growing number of Wellington seniors who choose to live at home as long and safely," said Diane Gutman, volunteer coordinator for the community. ;organization.

Gutman oversees a list of 47 volunteers who provide various services, such as transportation of attendees to appointments, places of worship and grocery shopping. provide weekly respite so caregivers can make their own appointments; and make welcome phone calls to those who wish to speak to someone regularly.

Volunteers also help manage Wellington Cares' non-perishable food pantry by delivering food once a week to a selected group of participants.

Currently, the organization serves 129 participants.

"The answer has been overwhelming," said Gutman. "Other towns and villages have asked Wellington Cares to replicate the program in their own community, and participants see volunteers as their personal angels who have helped them regain their independence. Volunteers because they may not always be available to help their loved ones due to extenuating circumstances ".

Adopt a Senior is the latest program offered by Wellington Cares, which is funded by grants as well as personal and commercial donations.

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Donations are now accepted to "adopt" an elderly person and provide food, medical supplies and medicines.

A donation of $ 5,000 provides food and medicine to two participants for one year. Donors receive two invitations to the Wellington Cares annual meeting; four tickets for the annual lunch; a logo on the website; and the marketing of the merchandise to be distributed in the home visiting bags.

A donation of $ 3,000 provides food and medicine to a participant for one year. Donors receive two invitations to the annual meeting; two tickets for the annual lunch; and a logo on the site.

A donation of $ 1,000 provides food and medicine to a participant for one year. Donors receive two invitations to the annual meeting and their names are listed on the website.

For more information on Wellington Cares or its Adopt a Senior program, visit www.wellingtoncaresorg.com.

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