Grocery Volunteers Needed for Elderly Homebound

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Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey offers volunteer opportunities for ages 16 and over through House Call Groceries for Seniors.

House Call Groceries for Seniors volunteers will visit the client’s home to collect the grocery shopping list, coupons and payment for the groceries and go to the local grocery store to shop.

One of the most in demand forms of assistance among VNA senior clients living alone is help with grocery shopping. Since its beginning in 1898, volunteers have played an integral role in the success of the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey. As the number of those aging at home continues to grow and their needs expand the VNA’s ability to provide the simple but essential service is directly linked to a team of community volunteers.

Our House Call Groceries for Seniors Program matches clients of Morris County with volunteer grocery shoppers. Once placed with a client, volunteers will visit the client's home weekly to collect the grocery shopping list, coupons and payment for the groceries and go to the local grocery store to shop. Once shopping is completed, volunteers deliver the groceries and assist in putting them away.

Providing this simple basic necessity will make a difference in the life of a neighbor for whom shopping has become a difficult task and, in the process, provide companionship to a homebound senior.

This is a great opportunity to give back to those in need. It is also a great opportunity for a parent/child volunteer activity and provides an opportunity serve those in the community while also teaching a valuable lesson in the joy of volunteering and gain credentials for college resumes and job applications. Volunteers must be 16 and over to participate and must have their own form or transportation.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey currently has needs all over Morris County. Volunteers will be matched to clients according to location but willingness to travel is greatly appreciated. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Brian Pastor by email at bpastor(at)vnannj(dot)org or call (973) 451-4128 for more information.

About the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey:

Statistics show Americans would prefer to age in place at home. However, few are factoring the cost of home care into their retirement planning. Each day, the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey http://vnannj.org encounters seniors who need a helping hand to realize their best quality of life. Many with chronic but treatable medical conditions and routine symptoms of aging aren’t eligible for Medicare home care benefits. That’s why it’s imperative for those who haven’t yet reached retirement age to plan ahead for individual needs. The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey has devoted more than a century to delivering home health services to the residents of Morris County, NJ and neighboring communities who want to return home following hospitalization or need a helping hand to remain in the comfort of home despite illness, disability or advanced age. The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey provides comprehensive home care services, including skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, hospice, certified home health aides, caregiver training and support and Friendship House, an adult day care center. The Private Care Services program offers certified home health aide assistance tailored to meet specific client needs, lifestyles and resource levels. Private care is available a few hours each week or on a full-time or live-in basis. For further information about VNA services and planning ahead for private care needs, call 1-800-WE-VISIT or go to http://www.vnannj.org.

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