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The Good Neighbor Program is a component of Open Doors which is designed to assist people who do not have the informal supports such as family and friends they need to leave a nursing home. Good Neighbors can fill crucial gaps in an individuals’ support network. They 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.

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;
  • A person who is working with an Open Doors Transition Specialist*

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 

*If you are not currently working with an Open Doors Transition Specialist but are in need of a Good Neighbor, please complete the Open Doors referral on this page.