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Support ANV's Members Who Are Most In Need

Arlington, Virginia

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Description of project

Arlington Neighborhood Village helps seniors age in their own homes safely, while remaining connected to the community. Our amazing corps of volunteers provide direct services like transportation to appointments, daily check-in calls, help around the house, and walking buddies. To combat social isolation, ANV hosts get-togethers, a weekly speaker series, health and wellness activities, and interest groups like Spanish conversation, Tai Chi, and bocce.

ANV wants to ensure that Village membership is available to all seniors in our county, and that we can offer support to those members with lower incomes and those who become increasingly frail because of a health crisis. We target outreach to those with lower incomes through our Financial Aid Fund which pays 80% of the membership fee, and support our more frail members through our Care Manager Program that provides short term professional guidance for navigating a health crisis.

ANV's Financial Aid Fund
A founding principle of ANV is to serve all eligible Arlington residents who want to join, regardless of ability to pay. The Financial Aid Fund makes it possible for low income seniors in Arlington to have access to all services and programming. Eighteen percent of ANV's full members receive financial aid. ANV has yet to turn away a potential member because they cannot afford the $500 membership fee. We've been able to offer financial aid by raising money specifically for the Financial Aid Fund. In 2018, the Financial Aid Fund made it possible for 27 Arlington residents to become ANV members and access all services and social events.

Care Manager Program
This year, ANV launched a Care Manager Program to address health and safety challenges facing our older, more frail members, who are rapidly becoming a greater proportion of our membership. A number of ANV members have become increasingly frail and need services beyond what ANV typically provides. Other members are having a health crisis and need intense short-term support to regain their independence. These members don't know how to get the extra help they need.

ANV's Care Manager Program gives our most in-need members access to the services of a Care Manager. Identified members will spend 7-10 hours with a Care Manager which will include an initial assessment, a written plan of care with recommendations, and assistance in securing additional resources.

Two recent examples demonstrate the need for a plan of action when ANV's services are no longer enough to keep a member safe at home. First, volunteers reported concern for a member's health and safety - noting significant personal hygiene issues and challenging physical arrangements that ultimately resulted in a fall. The member was unsure of how to get additional support, but was adamant about staying in-place.

Another member, released from the hospital after a stroke, has no local family. ANV volunteers assisted with hospital discharge and were on-site in the initial days helping with medications, groceries, and other immediate needs. However, ANV volunteers do not provide personal care services. This member needed to better understand his current circumstances, medium-term needs, and the resources available to help him fully recover.

ANV's Care Manager has the experience and expertise to help these ANV members navigate the challenges associated with unexpected and often debilitating health crises, helping them to understand and tap into resources that can help them live safely and independently.

Your GIVE65 donations will support ANV's Financial Aid Fund, the Care Manager Program, and marketing and outreach activities that will help promote these initiatives.

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