ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth
ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth was founded in 1976 by representatives of community, religious and governmental groups. While the organization serves adults of all ages, their focus is assisting at-risk elderly and disabled adults with low to moderate incomes who reside in Lower Merion or Narberth. ElderNet helps older neighbors remain independent and provides a variety of free, practical services so they have access to healthcare, food security, and an improved quality of life. They also provide information to individuals who need assistance with housing, nursing care, or other necessities.
Among ElderNet’s variety of services is their core Care Management Program where licensed social workers provide in-home and in-office services to frail, often chronically ill elderly residents, disabled adults and families. During these visits, social workers address safety issues within the home, connect individuals to benefits, apply for Waiver and OPTIONS programs, connect individuals to financial support, provide caregiver support, work on housing issues, work on budgets, address hoarding issues, assist with long-term planning, and much more. These services improve access to healthcare, promote financial stability, and fight food insecurity.
Additional services include ElderNet's Community Resource Center and food pantry, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Center has a full-choice food pantry where residents living with low incomes come to shop for fresh produce, milk, bread, frozen meat, and pre-packaged and canned food. Last year, the food pantry provided 8,054 grocery bags of perishable and non-perishable groceries to those in need. The majority of food provided for program participants comes from generous community donors, as well as school, business, and faith-based food drives.
When funds are available, ElderNet can assist those who need money for fuel, rent, food, and other one-time financial emergencies through grants and locally raised funds. They also have a Lock For Life program administered by the Lower Merion Township Police Department that is intended to provide Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel access to residences in the event of an emergency where one is unable to open the door.
Last but certainly not least, ElderNet has a one of a kind Volunteer Program which is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Generous volunteers provide rides to doctors' appointments and grocery stores, or help with odd jobs, errands and yard work. Others visit participants in their homes to provide companionship and ease isolation, or to help go through mail or organize closets. Volunteers are also essential in keeping the food pantry stocked and running smoothly. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please complete and submit the Volunteer Application, or contact Liz Hill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ElderNet is an invaluable community resource that answers questions, helps individuals assess immediate needs, and finds resources to meet those needs. Whether you stop by, phone in, or send an email regarding your current situation, ElderNet will work to provide information and referral sources that best suit your individual needs. For more information, visit https://eldernetonline.org/ or call 610-525-0706. You can also find a great amount of information on various programs in their Resources section.