Lexington has the following programs to assist residents with aging in place. These programs are designed to keep residents safe in their homes and neighborhoods:
The Vision of Reimagining Home: A Community of Options is to conceptualize, create, enable and sustain a broad spectrum of housing and living arrangements that maximize the potential for older adults in the Bluegrass to age in places that are accessible, affordable, physically and socially supportive, and nurture a sense of community and home.
To realize this vision, Reimaging Home: A Community of Options will strive to:
Promote the creation and adoption of innovative housing and living alternatives for older adults at every stage of their aging;
Educate the general public, policy makers, developers and older adults themselves about the ever-expanding array of living alternatives;
Stimulate innovative thinking and conversation about housing and living alternatives for older adults;
Help translate conceptual options into concrete reality by supporting and sharing the most up-to-date information about the relationship between older adults and their environments.
What is a Village?
Villages are nonprofit, grassroots, membership organizations that are redefining aging within individual communities by providing a key resource to community members wishing to age in place. Villages furnish a social support network for members. They provide needed services or referrals to vetted or screened services (including technology support, assistance with home and garden maintenance, running errands to the pharmacy and grocery store), support neighbor helping neighbor community engagement activities, and deliver other important resources crucial to aging interdependently. Each Village is unique, reflecting the community it serves.
How do Villages benefit the community?
Villages form key partnerships, provide services, and become an important resource in strengthening local communities. They provide a community based model that delivers a coordinated and comprehensive approach to engaging and meeting the needs of members. The members of each Village constitute a valuable resource engaging in projects to improve their community through volunteering, advocating and creating local solutions to community issues.
Generally, the mission of Villages are to promote aging in place, improve member health, and enhance wellbeing and quality of life. A major focus is on empowering and increasing the confidence of members.
Villages across the country provide a wide array of different services and programs. Which of these might be of interest to you and to others in your community?
“Cup of Sugar” borrowing
Neighbor helping neighbor initiatives (including checking in on each other)
Referrals to existing community services
List of vetted local providers, sometimes at reduced rate
Coordination of needed services to work with vendor for a joint purchases/reduced rate (Minor tree trimming may cost too much for one job but if 3-4 other households need the same services)