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:
- March 16, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - CANCELLED - Rescheduled to June 15. 'Seniors’ University of Life: Next Chapter' seminar, hosted by Senior Advocates. A full afternoon of experts and presentations on the myriad of topics of concern to you in your daily life. There will be six educational presenters with informative exhibitors. You will have a chance to win one of many door prizes and enjoy a social reception afterwards. Free and open to all ages.
For transportation to a seminar, please call Kit Ober of Caring Neighbor's Transportation Services 757-345-0169. To let us know if you will be at a seminar or for information about any of these topics, please contact: Sheila Zornetzer at email@example.com
Information From Past Seminars and Talk of the Colony Articles
- Remember When - Senior Fire and Fall Safety - Handouts from the presentation. Fire and Fall Prevention Flyers, Home Safety Checklists for Fire and Fall Prevention, Slides of the Presentation. Presented January 20, 2020 by Mike Powers, JCC Firefighter.
- Cutting the Cord - Pocketing the Savings. Information presented - Slides of talk, List of most popular streaming services, Vue pricing. Presented December 16, 2019 by Rolf Kramer.
- Grace Hospice - Mission - to provide patient and family centered hospice care that optimizes quality of life (for patient). The Grace Hospice team works with the family to ensure the patient's needs are met in their home, home of a loved one or in a long term care or assisted living facility. Brochures - Hospice FAQ, Common Myths, Info for Patients, Caregiver Strss Checklist, Volunteer Info, We Honor Veterans.
- Cut the Cord - List of internet sites that discuss alternates to cable tv from the seminar presented by Rolf Kramer April 15, 2019.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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