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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lake Barcroft Village will help older residents stay in their homes

The Lake Barcroft Village, an aging-in-place organization aimed at helping older residents stay in their homes, is on target to officially launch in January 2013.

So far, 28 members and 70 volunteers have signed up and the group has raised $25,000, Dale Gianturco, treasurer of the Lake Barcroft Village, said at the organization’s September meeting. The goal is to have 60 members by the end of the year.

To join, you have to be a resident of the Lake Barcroft community. There is no age limit, but the group is designed for older people who need a little help with things like getting to the store or doctor’s appointments, minor home repairs, snow shoveling, cleaning up debris after storms, helping set up computers, and the like. If a member needs a service that can’t be provided by a volunteer, the village will help find a qualified provider, hopefully at a discount.

The group also organizes social events for members, and has hosted happy hours at lakeside houses this summer.

Annual membership dues for the Lake Barcroft Village are $500 for individuals and $750 for couples. The dues will support a part-time coordinator, who will match volunteers with requests for services, maintain a list of approved vendors, and arrange for social visits, such as reading companionship, check-in calls, and respite breaks for full-time caregivers. The village hopes to hire a coordinator in October.

Aging residents in good health are encouraged to join now to ensure that the Lake Barcroft Village will still be in operation when they need it.

Volunteers can sign up online and indicate how they can help, such as running errands, taking care of small household chores, or just touching base and chatting with members.

You can expect to see more communities in the Annandale area consider setting up aging-in-place networks, as the median age of residents rises. The Braddock District Council of Community Associations has formed an aging-in-place committee to explore various options for providing assistance to older residents.

Between 2005 and 2020, Fairfax County’s 50+ Action Plan projects the number of people ages 50-69 to increase by 25 percent and the number of people 70 and older to increase 58 percent.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great story and very nice to hear that our older residents are being taken care of.