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The Good Neighbor Program is designed to assist individuals residing in nursing homes to return to the community. It can fill crucial gaps in an individuals’ support network. Neighbors are paid to provide support and backup care to assist individuals returning to living in their communities. In addition, Neighbors serve a role in breaking down social isolation and building engagement within the community. Social activity, building neighborly relationships and independent community living play important roles in health and happiness.

The Good Neighbor Program is part of the Open Doors Program funded through the NYS Department of Health Money Follows the Person Program.

Who qualifies for a Neighbor?

  • A person living in a nursing home;
  • A person who wants to return to living in the community;
  • A person who cannot leave the nursing home because they do not have family or friends to provide back-up care.

How do you get a Neighbor?

You can contact the Good Neighbor Program Director, Josephine Todaro via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 518-465-4650.

Additional Information

Watch a short video explaining the Good Neighbor Program

Read NYAIL's Press Release on The Good Neighbor Program