In a recent meeting with Ron Hayward and Dave Knauber of our Fire Department, they told us a great many houses do not have sufficient, and sometimes no, identification numbers on their houses. The numbers should be 4″ tall and reflective so emergency vehicles can quickly identify your home if they are on a call. Contact the Fire Department for more information and complete instructions on how to install these properly. It could make the difference between life and death.
Do you need a pair of crutches? A walker? A wheelchair? Dave Knauber of the Fire Department maintains a supply of these and much more. Contact Dave at 371-2020 if you have a need.
One of the functions of this website will be to serve as a resource center for Georgetown residents. In addition to the elder-oriented material in the Senior Resources section, the “About Georgetown” section will contain a listing of area contractors, service providers, and businesses. This will allow Georgetown residents an easily accessible place to find carpenters, home cleaners, dog sitters/walkers, roof shovelers, and much more.
We are currently working to identify businesses and services that would like to be included in these listings. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need your business name, service(s) that you provide and contact info including phone, email address, website, and Facebook page.
See this poster for more information.
The Drug Take Back Program was held on April 28, from 10 am to 2:00 pm at the Georgetown Central Fire Station. 50.4 pounds of unused prescription drugs and other medicinal supplies were brought for disposal. A Sagadahoc County Sheriff Deputy, along with several Age-Friendly Georgetown volunteers staffed the event. This was a wonderful way to remove unwanted drugs and other items in a safe, controlled manner. Thanks to all who supported this event and those that brought in the materials.
When a person is no longer able to drive, they must rely on family, friends, or neighbors to get them to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, hair appointments, visiting friends, and more. For example, if someone doesn’t have a driver available to, a taxi ride from Georgetown Center to Midcoast Hospital is $50.00 round trip.
Many Georgetown residents currently provide an amazing amount of support in driving other folks, but they are often very busy and may be aging themselves. Our goal is to provide another option for those who may not reliably have this support and take some of the pressure off current ride providers.
Under Cindi Compton’s leadership, we are investigating a variety services that may be able help. One of the options is People Plus’s Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN). In this system we would recruit local volunteer drivers to transport Georgetowners to various local and regional destinations. Riders would be asked to make a donation for the ride, but that wouldn’t be required if they were unable to pay.
There are many issues to investigate with VTN and the other programs we are reviewing. A key element will be surveying those who might participate in such a program to see what they need and what would be important for them in a ride program.
If you have any suggestions, please let us know. The best solution will be one that comes from participation by as many town folks as possible.
Organized by Deb Thibodeau, school Guidance Counselor and Sheila McCandless, Age-Friendly Georgetown team member, the kids brainstormed ideas in seven groups of kids from each of the grades, with a teacher and a representative of the Age-Friendly Community team. Many great ideas came from each group, including inviting older neighbors for dinner, helping to shovel snow or mow grass, and to check in on them just to say hi and get to know them better.
The ideas will be compiled and presented to the Age-Friendly Georgetown team. We look forward to continued work with the students and staff of Georgetown Central school to help make our town a wonderful place to age in place.