Home Chore Program
Do you live in the East Madison/Monona area?
Do you need help around the home with tasks like vacuuming, shoveling, and/or lawn care?
EMMCA’s staff members understand that chores like these often get harder as you age, and can make home maintenance difficult and lead to a loss of independence. Help with these chores could make the difference between living in your own home or being forced to give up your independence.
The Home Chore Program matches senior clients with volunteers who can help them with routine chores both inside and outside the house. A volunteer will spend about an hour or two per month helping a client with dusting, vacuuming, laundry, lawn mowing, leaf raking, or snow shoveling.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Seniors must work with an EMMCA Case Manager to determine if they are eligible for the Home Chore Program. Please call EMMCA at (608) 223-3100 and ask for our lead case manager to begin this process. Shortly after talking with the lead case manager, you will meet with a case manager in your home. Please make certain the case manager who comes to your home knows that you are interested in being assessed for eligibility in the Home Chore Program. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Live in the east Madison and Monona area
- Meet the income requirement
- Have physical, medical, and/or mental health factors that prevent you from performing the requested tasks
- Have a home environment that is physically and emotionally safe for a volunteer to visit
TYPES OF CHORES VOLUNTEERS CAN DO:
- Drive clients
- Handle client’s money
- Provide supplies (Clients must supply all needed cleaning material and equipment)
- Move heavy furniture
- Move clients from one residence to another
- Provide personal hygiene
- Lift or transfer clients
- Clean bodily fluids
These restrictions are for the safety of clients, volunteers, EMMCA staff, and the sustainability of the Home Chore Program.
HOW TO HAVE A GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR VOLUNTEER:
- Communicate openly and respectfully about your needs and wants
- Communicate honestly about your scheduling needs
- Show an attitude of gratitude (while volunteers cannot be paid, gifts/cards/a thank you/baked goods are a great way to show your appreciation)
- Share your stories and ask about your volunteer’s life experience