Membership Benefits and Services
In the event of an emergency, call 911. Georgetown Village is NOT equipped to provide emergency assistance.
Georgetown Village was established with the goal of helping our members safely and securely age in place. To help accomplish this goal we have created a Georgetown Village Member Bill of Rights that we abide by in working with our members. Be sure to read this over so that you know your rights and the values that we have established to protect you.
Volunteer drivers are available to provide round-trip transportation for members. Advance notice is required. When appropriate, drivers can assist members to and from the front door and help carry groceries or packages.Typical destinations can include:
- Grocery stores
- Doctors’ offices
- Houses of worship
- Social and educational events offered by Georgetown Village or other sources
Georgetown Village volunteers are happy to visit you in your home or phone you on a regular basis. Volunteers may help you with such tasks as those listed below, or can provide information and advice. Typical tasks might include:
Daily Contact Program
- Organizing paperwork
- Cleaning out closets or cabinets
- Changing light bulbs
- Hanging pictures
- Flipping mattresses
- Moving furniture
- Hanging curtains
- Making simple repairs
- Raking, sweeping, or shoveling walks
Designed primarily for Georgetown Village members who live alone, this program facilitates a daily phone call to members to inquire if they are all right. Volunteers call at pre-arranged times to check on members, and can make recommendations as necessary.
Gardening Advice and Help
Georgetown Village can refer you to professionals for major gardening and landscaping work. We also have volunteers who can help with small gardening chores.
Emergency Flash Drive Program
Every member of Georgetown Village is offered an Emergency Room Flash Drive. Our office volunteers will help the member upload information onto the pre-loaded Medical Information Sheet that was devised with the help of the Georgetown Village Medical Advisory Board. The member can keep this flash drive on a key chain and in the event of an emergency first responders have immediate access to important health information such as; allergies, medications used, prevalent medical conditions, etc.
Medical and Family Support
Georgetown Village volunteers who have received specialized training can assist members during doctor visits. These volunteers may also help you prepare for working with healthcare professionals. Typical medical and family support might include:
Technology and Technical Support
- Preparing members for a hospital visit
- Accompanying you during doctor visits
- Organizing medical records and tax-related medical bills
- Taking notes during doctor visits to help you remember what is said
- Writing down when medicine needs to be taken and/ or labeling medicine bottles
- Calling family members after surgery or medical treatment
Volunteers can help members explain technology and set up computers, cell phones, internet routers, or similar devices. Other tech needs might include:
- Programming and using cordless phones
- Setting up your new computer and/or printer
- Troubleshooting your computer
- Setting up a wireless network in your home
- Scheduling taping of television shows
Volunteers can help members with daily life chores on an occasional basis. Typical chores include:
Professional Service Providers
- Mailing packages
- Running errands
- Preparing occasional meals
- Organizing files and paperwork
- Checking on houses when members are away
- Waiting for delivery or service personnel
- Picking up mail or newspapers
- Temporary dog walking or pet care
Georgetown Village will help members identify professional service providers who are qualified to perform a range of tasks essential to the upkeep and maintenance of a house-- sometimes at a discounted fee-- including plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. These providers have been suggested by members and cross-checked with selected consumer protection agencies, the Washington Consumers’ Checkbook online listing, and other referral sources. Please let the office know if there is someone who has done excellent work for you so we can approach them about becoming a Georgetown Village service provider.
Washington Consumers’ Checkbook
Georgetown Village members receive a free online membership to Washington Consumers’ Checkbook a non-profit consumer information and service resource (www.checkbook.org). Consumers’ Checkbook publishes ratings by users for quality and prices of local service companies, professional services, and stores. If you prefer a print edition of the magazine, let the Georgetown Village office know.