Events, News & Information for Members

Membership does have its privileges with Lehigh Valley Aging in Place. LVAIP is recognized throughout the Lehigh Valley as THE place where trusted and respected companies and organizations provide advice and resources to help seniors live as safe and independent as possible.

Members can join committees that educate, inform, and give back to our communities by volunteering. At LVAIP Events and Mixers, you can create and strengthen the high value relationships with other members helping to serve our seniors. To see if you qualify for membership in LVAIP, please go to our membership page and complete the online application.

For information on Community Education please click here.

With the rising cost of health care, and more speci fically long-term care, there is a national push to keep people healthy and keep people at home . This is great news as everyone desires to be healthy and remain at home for as long as possible.

Non-medical home care is an integral part of this healthy at home strategy. Non-medical home care services include assisting seniors with light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, running errands and going to doctor's appointments. It keeps a watchful eye on seniors providing proactive support and also helps them with tasks that may put them at risk for injury or falls.

Here in the Lehigh Valley approximately 15% of the residents are 65 years or older (U.S. Census Bureau). It is no wonder that there are over 80 home care agencies caring for seniors in their homes in the Lehigh Valley alone. The majority of non-medical home care is paid for through one's personal finances. Major insurance and Medicare does not pay for a caregiver to do wash, make lunch and run errands for mom or dad. Medicaid funding is available through the county office of aging waiver program if one meets the needs, financial and other requirements. Access to affordable home care is vital for seniors, their families and our community.

In March 2015, Thrive Media completed its survey and market analysis for the non-medical home care industry in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The findings were an update to the fall 2014 study that benchmarks key performance indicators for the home care industry. Questions include home care rates, employee compensation, average clients, average billable hours, referral sources and more.

The study revealed that home care rates remained relatively unchanged with only a 1.2% increase in the past 6 months. Most home care companies have been reluctant to increase rates, but many are considering a rate increase for 2015.

Caregiver pay remained the same from the fall of 2015, although business appears to be more brisk showing a 3.8% average increase in weekly client billable hours.
Caregiver issues and acquiring new clients were reported to be the top two challenges. Overall, homecare owners and managers viewed the economy favorably and were optimistic about business this year.

For more information about survey findings or to obtain a copy of the benchmark study call Thrive Media at 855-233-7034.

Senior Moves by Design specializes in helping people aged 55+ transition to their next property and phase of life

As people reach their middle ages and beyond their lifestyles change. Empty nesters look for smaller housing, retirees seek less maintenance and seniors desire services and amenities to meet their care needs. Moving from one chapter of life into another is exciting and represents an opportunity to redesign living spaces to meet changing lifestyles. Such is the service of Senior Moves By Design; helping people plan, organize, move, design and decorate when moving from one location to the. “A big part of being a senior move manager is the consultative aspect of the transition. The process is much more than a move and entails emotions and decisions that need to be identified and addressed,” says Senior Moves By Design President Jill Kearney. Kearney and her firm Senior Moves By Design have moved over 200 seniors often referred by senior communities. They also work directly with seniors and their families who are looking to relocate loved ones in town or out of state.

Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation.

Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

    Developing an overall move or "age in place" plan
    Customized floor plans
    Organizing, sorting and downsizing
    Arranging shipments and storage
    Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
    Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
    Supervise or provide oversight of professional packing
    Unpacking and setting up the new home
    Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.

Senior Move Managers have significant expertise in identifying resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASSM) is a professional organization for Senior Move Managers. 

What makes a Senior Move Manager different from just a moving company?

Senior Move Managers can provide a comprehensive approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support.
Senior Move Managers minimize the chaos and stress associated with moving by addressing all aspects of the move process. They are responsible for creating and executing an action plan, customized to the client's wishes.
Some but not all Senior Move Managers are also movers (e.g. “the guys with the trucks”). Those providers that are not movers will work closely with a reputable local moving company to complete that aspect of the job.
With the gentle and expert guidance of an experienced Senior Move Manager, older adults and families make the key decisions without the emotional and physical distress that can follow. As a result, they avoid the costly mistakes and remorse that often accompany such major lifestyle transitions.
Senior Move Managers do so much more than simply sort, settle and move boxes; with loads of energy, enthusiasm and experience, Senior Move Managers take the worry (and work!) out of the move process. The client's job is to simply enjoy his or her new living arrangement.

What questions should I ask when deciding to contract with a Senior Move Manager?

How long have you been providing Senior Move Management services?
Have you participated in any formal training programs?
Are you fully insured for liability and workers' compensation?
How do you charge? (Fees should be provided in writing to the consumer or responsible party prior to providing services).
Will you provide a written contract?
Can you provide references?
Are you a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM)?

Senior Moves By Design is located in the Lehigh Valley, PA, and works directly with seniors and their families looking to relocate around the region and across the United States. Let them make your move a joyful transition!  Senior Moves By Design is a member of National Association of Senior Move Managers, Real Estate Staging Association, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Lehigh Valley Aging in Place Coalition. Contact Senior Moves By Design at (610) 295-0036 or

Upcoming LVAIP Events

14 Dec 2022
04:00PM - 06:00PM
December Mixer
17 Dec 2022
12:00PM - 05:00PM
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