1:46pm

Thu August 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Online Option to Find Seniors In-Home Help

Senior citizens across central Kentucky who are looking to hire someone for help around the house now have an online resource to connect with other seniors. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is teaming up with the city of Lexington and the AARP to launch the new website, called the Bluegrass Help at Home Registry. 

"This is one-stop shopping on the Internet, finding the people who can perform the services and the services that need to be performed," says registry coordinator Kristy Stambaugh, Lexington's Aging Services and Disability Support Administrator. 

For example, if an elderly person occasionally needs someone to sit with them for a few hours, take them to the grocery store, or do yard work, they can check with the registry. Stambaugh says the free service is also available for older people who are seeking employment. 

"So the idea of having a person who might have been in the workforce for a while, who might be 50, 60, 70, have a proven track record, have a lot of references -- that might be more comfortable because our seniors sometimes are vulnerable. And so trust is a big issue." 

The Bluegrass Help at Home Registry will conduct background checks on people who want to offer services, but Stambaugh says it's up to the clients to negotiate scheduling and fees. 

BluegrassHelpAtHome.com serves the 17 counties in the Bluegrass Area Development District, which includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford counties.