What is the Village at Kentlands?
The Village is a concept that was started in 2001 in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. It was designed to help meet the needs of older people so they could stay in their communities and “age in place”.
A group of Kentlands residents did a survey of the Kentlands and learned that there was both a need and interest in developing a Village in our community. After two years of planning, a six-month pilot for the Village at Kentlands was launched on November 1, 2016. Fifteen residents have signed up to be members and 24 residents have been trained and vetted as volunteers. The Village office is located at the Kentlands Manor at 217 Booth Street.
Why do we need the Village at Kentlands?
We are an increasingly aging population. Over 46 million people in the U.S. are 65 and over which represents about 14% of the population. By 2040, over 21% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Census tract data show that approximately 25% of the residents living in Kentlands and Lakelands are 55 or over and almost 6% have a physical disability.
As people age, they have health issues that challenge their ability to live independently. We also know that many older adults prefer to receive services and supports within their homes or communities rather than move to institutional settings. A national response to this demographic change has been the development of villages in which neighbors help neighbors age in place.
What services are provided?
Our Village services include transportation, social visits, help with minor chores and referral to service providers. Other services will be added as needs grow.
Who are the Members?
The Village is targeted at residents living in the Kentlands but the plan is to include Lakelands residents in 2017. Our Members are people 55 and over and anyone with disabilities regardless of age.
How much does it cost to become a Member?
Currently Members are not charged for services while the Village is being piloted. Because there are administrative costs associated with running a Village, Members will be expected to pay an annual fee. It has not yet been determined what that fee will be, but we anticipate that the cost will be reasonable for most. Special arrangements will be made for people who have limited resources.
Who provides the services?
Village services are provided by volunteers who have gone through both a vetting and a training process. These are people who live in the Kentlands, many of whom are retired. Some are still working or they are stay-at-home parents.
How can I become a member and/or volunteer?
It easy! Just contact either Jean Mocarski (240-449-9002) or Fran Randolph (301-330-7776) and we will get you started.