Riverside program helps older adults age safely at home if they choose.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Riverside Health System and its aging-in-place program ChooseHome is delighted to announce Hannah Barton has joined its team as a Personal Services Coordinator.
"Our vision is to help people age in a place of their choosing," said G. Richard Jackson, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, which oversees the ChooseHome program.
"With ChooseHome, we're able to offer residents in our community the ability to stay in their home and still have access to the high quality services and health care they need. That's made possible by Personal Services Coordinators, like Hannah, and we're delighted that she's joined our team and brought with her a wealth of knowledge on working with older adults."
Barton, a native of Poquoson, has always been drawn to older adults, their stories and their knowledge, she said.
"I was the kid growing up that didn't play with my age group," she said. "I wanted to chat with the parents. Even now, I go to dinner parties and am the one chatting with older adults."
Barton is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and earned her Master's degree in Science and Gerontology from Concordia University, where she studied the stereotypes surrounding older adults.
"My biggest take away from my schooling is just how important it is for older adults to play a role in their own care and to make their own decisions," Barton said. "It's empowering."
Before joining the ChooseHome team as a Personal Services Coordinator, Barton worked at Warwick Forrest, a Riverside continuing care retirement community in Newport News.
"With ChooseHome, a retirement community without walls, my role is to help our members age in place as long as it's safely possible," Barton said. "This program is unlike any other in our region and I'm proud to be a part of it."
In 2014, Riverside Health System became the first provider of Community-Based Continuing Care (CBCC) in Virginia when it launched ChooseHome, which is available to residents throughout the Williamsburg, Peninsula and Middle Peninsula regions, which include the counties of Gloucester, Mathews, York and James City, as well as Newport News and Hampton.
Also known as life care at home or an aging-in-place program, CBCC programs provide services and benefits to independent older adults who wish to remain in their homes, but want to have access to a safety net of continuing care services and control over the cost of long-term care. Essentially, it's like bringing most of the benefits of living in a retirement community to a personal residence.
ChooseHome is offered to residents 60 and older and brings clients the individualized support they need to remain living in their own home safely and comfortably for as long as possible, possibly for life.
For more information about Riverside's ChooseHome program, call 757-585-2654, email email@example.com or visit choosehome.com.
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