Elder-services network seen as key for seniors to stay in own homes
A group of elder-care advocates wants to form a broad network of volunteers and paid service providers who would help Fairfield seniors remain in their own homes as they grow older.
The group, called At Home in Fairfield, said it plans to meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terr.
The next meeting is at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and is open to the public.
Led by a retired college professor, the group said in a news release it hopes to provide seniors with free or paid services such as grocery shopping, transportation, yard work, home-maintenance jobs, help with electronic devices and other tasks. It also would link seniors who shared common interests or hobbies.
The network's goal would be to allow seniors to "age in place" in their own homes and avoid or postpone moving to assisted living communities or nursing homes, organizers said. At Home in Fairfield has been conducting group discussions for about a year.
The network would be patterned after the so-called "village" concept used by established elder-service networks in New Canaan, Wilton, New Haven and several other communities in southwestern Connecticut, according to the release.
The model for those networks is Beacon Hill Village, a service organization established in 2002 in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. That model has gradually spread across the nation, according to the release.
For more information, email At Home in Fairfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org.