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OC village movement

National and local surveys confirm that older adults want to remain in their own homes rather than move to institutional facilities.  To remain at home, seniors recognize they will need to arrange for affordable support and assistance.  From a community perspective, older adults consume a disproportionate share of health care costs.  There is a prevailing view that these costs that can only be mitigated on a large scale through systems of lower cost, community-based long-term care support and services.

The Village Movement started in Beacon Hill, MA in 2001 as a grassroots response to these challenges.  The older adults who banded together to start Beacon Hill Village, so found that they had started a movement that has  spread across the United States, with more than 150 Villages already launched or under development, and to many countries around the word.

Villages are cost-effective, member-led nonprofit organizations that offer the benefits of assisted-living without leaving one’s home.  Members receive access to screened and discounted services from trustworthy, high-quality providers, supportive services provided by trained and managed volunteers, and opportunities to participate in social, educational and travel opportunities.  Villages provide support for health and activities of daily living as well as enhancing quality of life and community.  

Typical Village Scope of Services.  Village services are provided primarily by volunteers and are supplemented by vetted, fee-for-service, discounted service providers.  Services include, but are not limited to, transportation, home repair/maintenance, meal prep, health advocacy, social and educational activities, errands and resources linking.  Members and volunteers organize social outings, community gatherings, educational events, classes and exercise opportunities.  Hospitals and health care agencies often provide wellness classes and other services.

Village Outcomes.  Village members report they are more socially connected/engaged; are better linked to and have access to health and social services; have improved overall health, well-being and quality of life; and feel more confident that they can stay in their own homes.  Villages are demonstrating their capacity to reduce health and long-term care costs for seniors by preventing or delaying institutionalization and reducing ER visits and hospital days.  Incircle Village Network utilizes the UC Berkeley Village outcomes model established through the support of the Archstone Foundation.

 

To start or get involved in a Village in Orange County, contact Adrienne Stokols , Program Director, Incircle Village Network by SeniorServ at astokols@seniorserv.org or 714 220 0224  or Sasan Papiri, Senior Director, Community Relations, SeniorServ at spapiri@seniorserv.org or 714 220 0224