Trained volunteers, some of whom are retired medical professionals, assist members in navigating the complexities of the healthcare system. They can:
Help formulate questions to present during the medical appointment
Assist with filling out forms
Take notes during a visit to the doctor
Stay with a member for a short time after an outpatient surgery
All information is kept strictly confidential to protect the privacy of the member and all notes taken belong to the member. Medical Advocacy volunteers do not give medical advice.
As older adults age they often have unique challenges related to aging and benefit from referrals about services, supports, and community resources. In many cases, family members or friends of older adults are the ones who reach out to the Chicago Hyde Park Village to get recommendations about services or products or to get referrals for a specific service provider. Commonly requested resources include home care, home modifications, rehabilitation centers, hospices, insurance information, wills, and more.
This service helps older adults living independently to feel a sense of security knowing that someone is in touch with them on a weekly or even daily basis. Calls are made by trained and vetted volunteers. So if you are interested in volunteering and enjoy chatting on the phone, this would be a great match for you.
Nationally, access to transportation is the major concern of seniors. Not surprisingly, our most frequently requested services are requests for rides. Volunteer drivers pick up members and drive them to and from various destinations: e.g., grocery stores, doctor’s offices, the post office, Village meetings, and even social and educational events. We strongly recommend 3-5 business days notices, and we cannot accommodate same day requests. Due to Covid-19, we are currently only able to accommodate rides to medically necessary appointments.
*Many times there are informal situations where a member needs a ride and it may seem easiest to simply ask another member or volunteer directly, rather than submitting a service request through the Chicago Hyde Park Village office. Please note that the Chicago Hyde Park Village is not responsible for any damage/injury occurring during a ride that a member has personally arranged without Chicago Hyde Park Village authorization.
This service connects older adults to caring volunteers in the community who share activities that can build friendships. These weekly visits generally begin at the residence of the older adult and then can transition to other locations based on the interests of the participants. Activities range from a conversation over tea or coffee, a walk to the park or lake, or help dealing with bureaucratic processes. For individuals with vision issues, the volunteers can read a book or magazine article aloud or assist the older adult reading their email or snail mail letters. A partnership with the SHARE Network at the University of Chicago enables us to provide this service to any interested older adult in the neighborhood. Due to Covid-19, some volunteers and older adults are connecting remotely (via phone, Zoom, or other technology) while others prefer to meet in-person while observing social distancing guidelines.