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What is Bay Aging?

Bay Aging is the premier provider of programs and services for people of all ages. Formed in 1978, Bay Aging serves a predominately rural 2,600 square mile region that encompasses ten counties and two planning districts. As you will see, Bay Aging is extremely diverse in the programs it offers through three major divisions-Community Living, Bay Transit, and Bay Family Housing. We hope you enjoy visiting our web site and that you are able to gather valuable information about our services. Please Check out the Virginia Easy Access web site! A great resource for finding services in your area.

PRIMARY MISSION:

Bay Aging will deliver
the programs and services people of all ages need

to live independently in their communities
for as long as possible.

SECONDARY MISSION:

Bay Aging is committed
to the community development of our region
to promote the Northern Neck
and Middle Peninsula as a great place
to live, work and visit.

VISION:

Every neighbor in our region will have
a CHOICE and range of services
that will assist them
to remain independent
in their chosen home.

United Way Combined Federal Campaign

See our charitable giving page for other ways to help!

What’s New

9 Steps to Respite Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, ARCH is pleased to release the second fact sheet in the series “9 Steps to Respite Care”.  This fact sheet includes resources for family caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

On May 22, the James City County Department of Social Services provided a Senior Resource Expo for Parker View residents.  Entitled Got Plans?, the program provided an opportunity for residents to learn about community resources from local experts.  Goals were to educate participants, connect them with programs and services, and to assist them in utilizing those resources to plan for the future.

Included in the guest panel were representatives from JCC Social Services (Adult Protective Services and Benefit Services), Faith in Action, Peninsula Agency on Aging, JCC Police Department, JCC Parks and Rec, and JCC Fire and EMS.  Each guest gave a brief overview of their program, and a question and answer session followed.

At the end of the session, residents were treated to a box lunch from Subway.  During lunch, residents were able to socialize with each other and the guest presenters.   Participants left with a better understanding of local resources, as well as the names of contact people to help them access those services.  Results happen when communities pull together to make life easier for our seniors!

Announcing VeteransNavigator

Content and features of VeteransNavigator focus on meeting key needs of both pre- and post-9/11 veterans, including job training and employment, veterans and military family benefits, housing and homelessness, behavioral health, long-term care, peer support, family caregiver support, social and recreational opportunities.

In addition, VeteransNavigator offers:

  • * A community calendar where visitors can find events – everything from support groups, to employment fairs, to sports and social clubs;
  • * “Ask an Expert” that provides free, confidential, expert assistance – powered by professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to provide comfort and guidance;
  • * A live chat feature for extra help finding answers; and more.

Because it is online, VeteransNavigator will serve as a comprehensive informational hub 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For those who do not use a computer, the organization is in the process of establishing additional ‘Navigator Center’ network partnerships at military installments and related organizations across the state, where trained staff can assist veterans in utilizing the website.

Click here to go to VeteransNavigator

As of August 29, 2017, Bay Aging has 649 seniors on a waiting list for safe, affordable housing! 

That is the not so good news.  However, Bay Aging does have some very exciting news to share!  After undergoing a rigorous and highly competitive funding application process, the Virginia Housing Development Authority formally approved the $5.6 million dollar project on June 9, 2017.  This project – Daffodil Gardens Phase II – will include 40 planned age – and income-restricted rental housing units that will be located next to Daffodil Gardens.  The new building will have 28, 2-bedroom apartments and 12, 1-bedroom apartments open to people 55 years and older.  Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 with rentals available by the Fall of 2019.  Bay Aging cares about providing quality, affordable housing and supportive services that allow people to live independently for as long as possible.  If you or someone you know is interested in Bay Aging’s superb senior apartment communities, call 1.800.493.0238 for more information.

The illustration shows how the energy efficient, LEEDS rated apartment building will look.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Caregiver Guides

A.J. Hostetler, DARS Communications Director

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has updated the information on how to obtain copies of its Virginia-specific guide for financial caregivers. The set of several Managing Someone Else’s Money guides is specific to the Commonwealth and will make it easier for caregivers to follow Virginia’s unique rules and to find help close to home. The guides are available for download at www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/managing-someone-elses-money-virginia/. To order free hard copies, go to http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html. Consumers without access to the Internet may call (202) 435-7500 and leave a message as instructed. Please note that you need to provide ALL the information requested in the voicemail recording so that the order can be processed.

Senior Advocate was established in Virginia in 2002 by Stephanie Smith. Smith’s experience in caring for her grandmother after she developed Alzheimer’s disease sparked her interest in issues involving the needs of older adults. Her hands-on experience providing care management for seniors and their families made her aware that these families were often ill-informed about resources available to help them.

For Senior Advocate’s website click here.

Statewide Senior Legal Helpline

(844) 802-5910

VPLC is proud to announce that the Statewide Senior Legal Helpline is live and running! It is a toll-free line offering legal assistance and advice for Virginians aged 60 or over.

Topics covered by the Senior Legal  Helpline:

  • Long term care issues
  • Public benefits, such as Medicaid and SSI
  • Guardianship and guardianship alternatives
  • Age discrimination
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Some limited consumer issues

 

The Senior Legal Helpline is made  possible through a contract between VPLC and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  Funding for this contract comes from the Administration on Community Living Grant’s Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems.

Use the form below to locate services throughout the state of Virginia

You’re getting a new Medicare card!
Cards will be mailed between April 2018 – April 2019
You asked, and we listened. You’re getting a new Medicare card! Between April 2018 and April 2019, we’ll be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.

Here’s how you can get ready:
■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.

CMS Product No. 12002
September 2017

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