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Program to help Bellingham seniors stay in homes launches in June

Richard Abbott, a planning committee member, left, and Mary Carlson, executive director of the Whatcom Council on Aging, shown January 2015 at Bellingham Senior Activity Center, have worked on the new Bellingham At Home project to help seniors stay in their homes. The program plans to begin offering services to members in June 2016.
Richard Abbott, a planning committee member, left, and Mary Carlson, executive director of the Whatcom Council on Aging, shown January 2015 at Bellingham Senior Activity Center, have worked on the new Bellingham At Home project to help seniors stay in their homes. The program plans to begin offering services to members in June 2016. pdywer@bhamherald.com

Early volunteers and members are being sought for a new nonprofit effort to help older adults in Bellingham stay in their homes as they age. The Bellingham At Home program will start delivering services to members in June.

Before then, organizers are seeking initial members, as well as volunteers who would be vetted and trained to provide services to members.

A program of the Whatcom Council on Aging, Bellingham At Home is part of a national movement to make it easier for seniors to stay at home rather than move into a retirement home or other facility.

Volunteers will be trained to do minor chores for members, such as simple house and garden work; to drive members to, say, doctor appointments or stores; and to drop by for a friendly check-in. Social and educational programs will be offered to members through Bellingham At Home and Bellingham Senior Activity Center, and members will have access to a list of vetted service providers and merchants, some of whom might offer members a discount.

The program will provide services to seniors within Bellingham and in several adjacent neighborhoods. Membership will cost $350 a year, which includes membership in Bellingham Senior Activity Center. Early joiners can lock in the initial fee for three years.

Initial membership in Bellingham At Home is $350 a year, which includes membership in Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

For details about membership and becoming a volunteer, go to bellinghamathome.org or call 360-746-3462.

The last informational meeting before the program is launched will be 1 p.m. May 25 at Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St.

Dean Kahn: 360-715-2291

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