Written by Donna Powell
If you’re looking for ways to help older adults age in place and persons with physical disabilities live more independently, you can now refer people to UR Community Cares. This nonprofit organization, based in Manchester and covering all of Conn., is making great strides in matching up homebound residents and others who need safe-distanced assistance from volunteers living nearby. Needs can range from temporary (recovery from surgery) to permanent (no longer able to use stairs for laundry). Service includes household tasks, yard work and companionship visits such as pick-up/delivery of groceries and other essential errands. Participants are background-checked and follow COVID-19 safety protocols. There is no charge for services or for the secure online enrollment at URCommunityCares.org. Visits can be scheduled weekly, monthly or as needed, and pre-scheduling allows for caregiver respite opportunities.
Co-founder and president Michelle Puzzo is available to schedule an online informational meeting and website demonstration with your organization. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-430-4557. UR Community Cares is also seeking new board members, advisors, volunteers and sponsors.