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Services

These are the services that Taos Elders and Neighbors Together (TENT) offers.
Availability of a service depends on having a volunteer available at the time you need it.

We take requests Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, a week in advance, more for distant travel.

Note: Those services (except phone calls) are limited to 3 per week.

Phoning an elder to check in regularly

This is simply calling one (or more) members on a regular (daily, weekly, etc) basis. The idea is to give the member more human contact and to make sure that member does not need anything that we can provide or arrange.

It will help TENT to report back to us on how well these contacts are going, even if they are going well. Or you might need to find a replacement volunteer.

Transportation (driving, shopping, appointments, etc.)

Pick up the member at residence. (This may require finding the residence. Report any physical, map, or GPS problems, so we can improve the description, if needed.) Deliver the member to the desired destination. Arrange for pickup time to return home.

This may involve, for example, helping the member with shopping.

For distant trips (generally medical appointments) the member is asked to reimburse the driver for expenses at 15¢/mile: Santa Fe - $20, Albuquerque - $40, Española - $15.

Social – Home Visit

Visit the member in member home. Provide social contact.

Read books or Mail

Some of our members have poor eyesight and cannot read any longer. TV service is limited in Taos Valley. Thus we offer to go to a member residence and read to them. This may involve selecting or suggesting reading material.

Relieve care givers

Stay with a member to allow regular care-giver a brief respite.

Light Housekeeping

Light housekeeping includes things like watering the plants, dusting of surfaces and knickknacks, as well as picking up newspapers, magazines and other clutter. It also includes emptying the trash, vacuuming and sweeping of main walk areas. It can also include organizing drawers, shelves and closets.

May include occasional deep cleaning of kitchen or bathroom.

Occasional pet care

This is generally short-term, and often involves either feeding and watering a pet or walking a dog.

The volunteer may walk the dog and the member together.

Simple home repairs or Handyman

Generally change light bulbs, fix minor plumbing leaks, etc.

Meet with resident and determine the extent of work. Assess liability issues and refer to Habitat for Humanity for larger or more risky tasks.

Simple yard and garden tasks

Occasional cleanup, such as raking, mowing (if member is temporarily unable), etc. Watering plants indoors and outdoors.  Shovel snow.

Avoid regular yard maintenance, such as mowing.

 

Computer and Phone help

Train members to better use their computer, tablet, or telephone. Make minor configuration adjustments. Check for malware.

Commercial Services

 

We do not recommend commercial services.
Our volunteers may have ideas from their personal experience, but that is not endorsed by TENT.