Many people spend time, lose time, track time, waste time, and calculate time. What most do not do, however, is bank time.

Partners In Care is founded on a unique concept of service exchange, wherein members earn “time in the bank” by donating their time, talents, or financial gifts.

Every person in the organization donates what gifts and talents they can. Volunteers provide door-to-door, arm-in-arm transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, senior center, or wherever our members wish to go. Whether it be to a vital doctor’s appointment, grocery shopping for the week, or just to play bridge or visit a loved one in the county, Partners In Care’s volunteers are happy to help.

In addition, volunteers provide friendly visits, phone calls, light handyman services, advocacy, and a variety of other neighborly tasks.

In return, those members who cannot drive are encouraged to give back in other ways, such as by writing get-well cards or making friendly phone calls to other members, advocating for the program in their communities, or making monetary donations.

Devoted to the ideal of neighbors helping neighbors, Partners In Care has been aiding older adults in Maryland to live independently in their homes since 1993, by addressing very real needs.

Isolation harms seniors

According to the Elder Service Provider Council, the effects of senior isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increase the likelihood of mortality by 26 percent. The same source notes that a plethora of mental and physical ailments, such as depression, cognitive decline, high blood pressure, and more, are linked to loneliness and isolation.

Partners In Care’s network of support helps to empower older adults by not only providing them with the services they need and want, but by also giving them the chance to help out with their own gifts and talents.

Members relate that, “Partners In Care has been such a godsend over the past few years. I sure thank you for your help,” and that, “Partners In Care is wonderful. When you get older and need assistance, you can ask without feeling obliged, and after a lifetime of being independent, that's really important. Everyone is just so wonderful, they really are.”

Partners In Care does not simply provide the services that older adults need, but also helps bring them into a community of mutual empowerment and support.

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