The elderly are able to live at home for as long as feasible with pride, dignity, and independence.
The comfort of home and the dignity of independence: at Neighbors Who Care, community volunteers help the elderly live at home.
- Caring—We care about the people we serve, the work we do, and we strive to build mutually rewarding relationships.
- Collaboration—We provide opportunities to serve the community through collaboration with volunteers and partners.
- Respect—We treat all clients, volunteers, and partners with dignity and respect.
- Integrity—We owe our clients, volunteers, and partners the highest level of ethical conduct.
- Empathy—We work to understand the situations that others find themselves in, so we may interact with them in a helpful manner
Who We Care For
- Homebound – permanently or short term
- Physically limited, frail, lonely
- Recovering from surgery and/or hospitalization
- Caregivers – providing relief for full time caregivers
Neighbors Who Care (NWC) was founded in 1994 and assists the homebound, disabled, and/or frail elderly in Sun Lakes and south Chandler. The NWC mission is, “The comfort of home and the dignity of independence; the elderly are able to live at home for as long as feasible with pride, dignity and independence.”
NWC’s operational goal is to recruit, train, and manage community volunteers to provide quality non-medical assistive services to enrolled clients via a “neighbor helping neighbor” approach. NWC’s service area is comprised of 32 square miles and serves the communities of south Chandler and Sun Lakes. This geographic area, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, has the third highest population of elderly adults statewide, but lacks sufficient wraparound human services programs to address the population’s needs.
NWC serves a unique and distinct population of homebound and/or elderly, 100% of who (either temporarily or permanently) meet the definition of “disabled” under current federal law. Approximately 80% of NWC’s clients are female with 75% being over the age of 75. A typical NWC client is a widowed female, over 75 years of age, lives alone, is homebound, and lacks extended family members or the financial resources to obtain other forms of assistance, specifically those that require payment.
Clients involved in this type of “healthy aging in place” model are, on average, able to remain in their own homes for an additional four years. Without the support services provided by NWC, many would be forced to move in with family members or go into assisted living facilities or nursing homes, often at state expense.