Older adults in Dublin could have a new space online and in person which would allow them to be connected with resources to improve their lives.

A central "hub" for residents and caregivers to gather resources with the help of a "navigator" is one of the initiatives Dublin is planning as a result of conversations with residents, said Christine Nardecchia, director of volunteer resources.

"What we can say for certain is that our solutions will be partner-based with a multitude of agencies that serve the three counties where our residents and caregivers reside," she said.

Dublin is in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties.

The city has an increasing population approaching or at retirement age with a wide variety of needs and desires, said Christina Alutto, a Dublin city councilwoman.

Many of those residents want to stay in their homes or in the city throughout their retirement years, she said.

Whereas Dublin has done a wonderful job at planning and building, the city might not have been quite as thoughtful about creating mobility and leveraging services and initiatives to help people stay in their homes as long as possible, Alutto said.

A central hub, either online or brick-and-mortar, could be a home for information for residents and potentially for services, she said.

"We will work with Syntero and possibly others to provide meaningful information to help those who need help navigating available resources," Alutto said.

Syntero is a business that helps provide professional health and social services.

Those resources could vary depending upon which county one resides in, Alutto said.

Recommendations, according to a Sept. 5 presentation of the aging-in-place initiative to the City Council's public-services committee, include website development for the online portion of the hub.

Two part-time "navigators" would be provided to Syntero through a grant, and educational programs would be provided by service-provider partners.

In addition to Syntero, the city would also solidify partnerships with Ohio University, the Central Ohio Area on Aging and three county aging agencies.

The cost for the initial development of a website is projected to be between $8,000 and $10,000. Annual maintenance is estimated to be $6,500.

The co-location of agencies and services is projected to be $56,500 per year, which would include two part-time navigators, one part-time supervisor, operating expenses and two laptop computers.

City council members are to receive a memo Monday, Oct. 8, that explains the Aging-in-Place initiative progress, Alutto said. The funding request for the hub would be included in the city's annual budget request, which council is expected to pass in December for the new fiscal year.

The funding request likely will be the amount listed in the Sept. 5 presentation, Alutto said, but the city also could apply for grant funding.

Syntero has been a fantastic community partner, and the city is proposing to use a space there to create a hub to offer information such as builders who specialize in retrofitting homes for improved accessibility for aging adults, Alutto said. County services also could be there as well, and a navigator could help residents learn where to go and who to call to access services.

"A lot of the services are already there," she said. "It's just a matter of pulling the information together" and making it consumable for the average citizen.

Julie Rinaldi, Syntero CEO, said the business will supply the city with space in the Syntero office at Rings and Frantz roads on Fridays and Saturdays.

The location has ample parking and is on one floor, so those with physical difficulties can get in and out easily, she said.

"We thought it was a good way to get things going," she said.

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