Sunday, May 16 marked the launch of At Home on the Sound, a new organization whose mission is to help Larchmont and Mamaroneck residents stay in their homes as they grow older. Approximately 150 people attended the launch celebration at the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church.
After a performance by the Westchester Harp Ensemble, Lynn Reichgott, president of At Home on the Sound, noted that many older residents want to stay in their homes, be connected to the community, and not be dependent on their families. At Home on the Sound meets these needs by providing both services and support.
Executive Director Elaine Weingarten gave an overview of services available through At Home on the Sound. These include:
- Transportation to doctors visits, for shopping and errands – door-to-door
- Health and wellness services such as trained patient advocates to accompany members on doctor visits, home safety checks, daily phone check-ins, Medicare counseling, etc.
- Resource center: referrals to vetted professionals such as plumbers, electricians, and handymen as well as home care givers and agencies
- Personal services including grocery shopping, home chores and in-home technology assistance (computers, HDTV set-up, etc.)
- Social and educational programs and special discounts at local merchants, restaurants and contracted services.
Ms. Weingarten stressed that these services will be personalized and she encouraged prospective members to call or make an appointment to discuss their particular needs.
Assemblyman George Latimer spoke of his connection to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community over the past 21 years. “Can I continue to have an active life? Can I stay connected after my kids leave the school system?” These were questions Assemblyman Latimer asked people to think about as he praised the role of At Home on the Sound in our community. Also present at the launch were County Legislator Judy Myers and Rob Waldman, CEO of the Center For Aging in Place Support, a county-wide agency whose guidance has been vital to the development of At Home on the Sound.
Students from the Mamaroneck High School At Home on the Sound Club were busy greeting guests and handling out raffle tickets. They will be available on an on-going basis to provide services, including in-home computer support and companionship. The club welcomes new members and interested students should contact Molly Forgang at MHS.
Ellen Fentas was at the event as a prospective member of At Home on the Sound. She said, “It is very well organized and offers more services than I had anticipated. Marie Wolf said it was good for the community and Anne Balzo was pleased to learn that someone will wait with you at doctors appointments. Hyla Melnick said, “I am very interested in the events that are planned. I also look forward to computer assistance from the MHS student volunteers.” Ms. Melnick plans to be both a member and a volunteer.
At the end of the presentation, near the hubbub of activity at the sign-up table, Ms. Reichgott said she was pleased that residents from the tri-municipality that is the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and the Town of Mamaroneck and seniors of all ages attended and were enthusiastic.
Annual fees to At Home on the Sound are $360 for an individual and $480 for a household. Financial support is available for those with limited resources. Special inaugural rates are available for those who join by June 1. Services will begin on June 1.
For information about membership, services and volunteering, please call Elaine Weingarten at 914-899-3150 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also online at http://athomeonthesound.org