Prior to 2009, several groups (including the First Congregational Church of Darien’s Women’s Association, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Darien Human Services, and the Human Services Planning Council) endeavored to bring the AGING IN PLACE concept to Darien. Aging in place is a term used to describe people living in the residence of their choice as they age for as long as they are able.
With collaboration, research, assessment, and planning, a pilot program funded by The Community Fund of Darien was formed in 2009. The organization, named Aging in Place in Darien, began offering services and helping residents to remain at home in Darien.
Gallivant also served the older adults of Darien providing transportation to Darien seniors. Discussion of merging the two organizations began and in 2011, the two organizations came together to create Aging in Place+Gallivant, an independent, charitable, nonprofit with its own Board of Directors and an Executive Director.
In 2013, the Aging in Place+Gallivant Board of Directors renamed the organization At Home In Darien to more clearly communicate its mission of helping Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes.
Over the past 10 years, services have been expanded, and new ones have been added, in order to meet the needs of Darien’s growing senior population.