People who move to Ford’s Colony fall in love with living here. As a result, many residents wish to age in place in beloved homes. The Aging in Place Service Group provides information and education to Ford’s Colony homeowners about community resources and services so the resident can make educated decisions to enhance their wellbeing. This information will help enable aging and disabled individuals and caregivers to make informed decisions to live safely and comfortably in their home. AIP also presents educational information about “life planning” alternatives to those who can no longer remain in their homes. Upon request this information is also made available to the families of residents.
Aging in Place services include: frequent articles in Talk of the Colony, seminars on topics of interest, and materials including checklists of important documents. A community resource list is also available.
Upcoming Seminars at Ford's Colony:
- April 15, 2019 - 'Alexa is NOT a Real Person' - An overview of moving to Voice Activated Technology. This will include specific examples of the pieces and parts needed to move into spoken relationship with your technology gadget. Rolf Kramer, speaker - 1:30 - 3:30 pm at S&T. Click here for more information.
- June 17, 2019 - 'Risks and Rewards' - Not the stock market, but simple actions to ensure your personal and financial security. - John Burton, speaker - 1:30 - 3:30 pm at S&T.
- September 16, 2019 - It's Not Taking Advantage if You Avail Yourself of What's Available for Free - Speaker TBD
- November 18, 2019 - TBD
For transportation to a seminar, please call Kit Ober of Caring Neighbor's Transportation Services 757-345-0169. For information about any of these topics, please contact: Betsy Ward Kalb at Elizabethwardkalb1942@gmail.com
Information From Past Seminars and Talk of the Colony Articles
- Resources for Caregivers - List of resources that provide direction of where to turn for help.
- Assistive Technology Devices Booklet - This booklet compiled by PAA was presented at the May 21, 2018 panel-seminar.
- Handling Affairs After the Death of a Spouse - Checklist and full journal from the seminar presented by Marian Dawson June 19, 2017.
- Your Home is Showing its Age - Slides from the seminar presented by Randy Retan May 15, 2017.
- Senior Living Options Seminar - Slides from the seminar presented February 1, 2016.
- Community Resource List - A list of resources in Ford's Colony and the community at large.
- Resident Information/Checklist - A checklist to help you develop personal information for your children or other responsible adult.
- Talk of the Colony Articles - List of past articles on aging related topics.
Fords Colony offers its residents some special services to those in need as follow:
- Caring Neighbors - Caring Neighbors is an organization of “neighbors helping neighbors” in time of need. They serve those with temporary health-related needs, immediate family members who have lost a loved one, and families welcoming a new baby. Volunteers provide meals, transportation to medical and other appointments, and limited “handyman” services. They also have baby and children’s equipment as well as home health care equipment for short-term loan. See contact information in your current Talk of the Colony.
- Security Daily Check-ins - If requested, Fords Colony Security will collect essential medical information (such as name of physician, allergies, medications, emergency contacts etc.), and then ask the resident to check in with Security on a daily basis to determine if there are any issues of concern. If the resident has not called to check in by noon, an officer will come to check on him/her. To request this service, call the John Pott Gatehouse at 757-258-4080.
In the Community
The Peninsula Agency on Aging, Williamsburg office (PAA Williamsburg) is a one-stop shop for information, assistance and referrals for adults age 60 and over, adults with a disability, and caregivers. This is a free service, regardless of income. You can visit their website at paainc.org
For those wanting to talk to someone on the telephone to get directed to resources:
You may speak to Laurie Padgett, PAA Williamsburg resource coordinator at 757-345-6277 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or visit their offices at 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23185. Laurie may also be emailed at: email@example.com
For those wanting to find information online:
PAA also maintains an online directory of vetted service providers, the Peninsula Aging and Disability Resource Network (PADRN), which can be accessed at: http://www.padrn.org/
Click on "Find Providers" then click on the “Greater Williamsburg” link, and the resources and contact information are listed by category. PADRN carefully screens all resources on their website.
- Community Cafe - For information call 757-229-1111. There is no fee for the program and reservations are not required.
- Senior Advocate - Hosts FREE educational events for those ages 55+. www.SenAdv.com
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