Low Vision Resource Guide for Elder Service Providers
FriendshipWorks enduring mission is to end elder isolation and replace it with the warmth and comfort of caring and dedicated friends. In this vein, we are committed to addressing the myriad of conditions that can precipitate an elder becoming socially isolated. While most of us have some visual changes as we age, for some elders this loss is life-altering and can lead to social isolation and loneliness.This is why FriendshipWorks has a special focus on elder vision loss. We have partnered with Boston’s low vision experts to create a Low Vision Resource Guide. The guide is a tool for elder service providers to help you quickly access low vision resources and provide appropriate referrals for older adults.
FriendshipWorks is offering a free half-day forum for elder service providers. Everyone attending the forum will receive a copy of the guide and additional copies are available. To request hard copies of the guide please contact Christy Waybright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the forum click here.
Transportation and Escort Services Guide
In response to Boston’s growing senior population and the need for transportation options, FriendshipWorks published this Transportation & Escort Services Guide to be a resource for practitioners, older adults, and their families. This guide is specifically for understanding the transportation resources available for the elderly and persons with disabilities living in Greater Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Newton. You can download the latest updated version here:
Allston Brighton Elder Resource Guide
FriendshipWorks, in partnership with the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, has produced a valuable resource for elders – the Allston Brighton Elder Resource Guide. This guide includes important information on vital services for elders, with a focus on organizations that serve the Allston Brighton neighborhoods. The guide was created with an elder user/reader in mind. If you are interested in a physical copy of the guide, please contact Samantha Cowan, Allston/Brighton Program Director at email@example.com or 617-823-7050. Download it here:
FriendshipWorks is committed to providing quality programs. To achieve this level of quality and to ensure it remains as we grow, the organization takes a regular look what we are doing right and where we can improve. FriendshipWorks has ongoing evaluation efforts in order to collect information that will guide our decision-making and advance our programs. We’re in the process of rolling out program reports and fact sheets summarizing these findings. Check out what we have so far using the links below.
Medical Escorting: Improving Access to Health Care
Friendly Visiting: Who Needs Companionship in Later-Life?
Friendly Visiting: Deep Connections that Blossom from Weekly Visitation
PetPals: Enhancing the Nursing Home Environment