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Our Mission
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s mission is to be a trusted partner in providing an array of services and programs to older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities to support their independence and dignity.

BayPath offers home care and related services enabling people to live independently and comfortably in their homes while promoting their well-being and dignity. 
 
Founded in 1977 as a nonprofit corporation, BayPath has nearly 40 years' experience serving and advocating for the needs of older adults as a designated Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point and a designated Area Agency on Aging.  
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Our Services
Our Service Area
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. serves the following communities:

Ashland
Dover
Framingham
Holliston
Hopkinton
Hudson
Marlborough
Natick
Northborough
Sherborn
Southborough
Sudbury
Wayland
Westborough  
Welcome Aboard
BayPath added another new member to our team this month as the agency continues to strive to address the needs of the clients and communities we serve.

Janice Boreiko
, RN, joins the nursing department, filling the new role of Coordination of Care Nurse, and will work with both the homecare and nursing facility teams. Boreiko brings with her many years of experience as a homecare and hospice nurse.

Congratulations and welcome aboard! 
Mission Springs Report
Resident Services Coordinator Julia Schneiderman, MS, LSW reports that Mission Springs residents had much to be thankful for with many visitors in November.

Carl Damigella gave an encore presentation about the MWRTA. BayPath's Cindy Getchell held a timely discussion on coping with depression. A travel slideshow was presented by a photographer, and the Holliston Newcomers delivered Thanksgiving meals.
 
LGBT Event
Council on Aging staff from the 14 communities in our coverage area are invited to come to an informative presentation and lunch at our BayPath offices (33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA) on December 7 at 11 a.m.

Bob Linscott, the Assistant Director of the LGBT Aging Project, will present,
 
"Rainbow Room: Best Practices
Working with LGBT Elders." 
 
To RSVP, please email
cgetchell@baypath.org.
Spirit of the Season
The holiday season upon us, and t this time of year many think about supporting a worthy cause.

One way to support BayPath and the work we do to serve elders, persons with disabilities and their caregivers is to do your holiday shopping through goodshop.com, which provides discount coupons and offers at thousands of top retailers like Amazon, Macy's, Target and Best Buy and donates a portion of your purchase to the cause of your choice.

You can also support BayPath while shopping at Amazon.com. Go to Amazon through this link  and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BayPath Elder Services, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

And there is always the option of donating directly to the agency.

We thank all who have generously supported us and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.   
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Caregiver Corner

Caregiving MetroWest marks National Caregiver Month with coffee hour, educational course  
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celebrated National Family Caregivers Month with an informational coffee hour for area caregivers on November 18.

The caregivers who stopped by the BayPath office that morning were treated to coffee and pastries, packets of useful resources, consultations with BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego and a demonstration of the award-winning Caregiving MetroWest website by Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn.

Our thanks to everyone who came by and to all of the selfless family caregivers out there giving of themselves to help their loved ones.

Rego and Flynn also completed their first Powerful Tools for Caregivers course this month.

The six-week training gives family caregivers the tools and strategies needed to better handle the unique caregiver challenges and stress they face in their caregiving role.

We add our thanks to the caregivers who participated in the classes and our congratulations to the 10 caregivers who completed the six-week course with us and to the Hudson Senior Center for hosting the class.

Stay tuned for information on the times and locations of future Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.  
November, 2016

COME 2 B Dementia Friendly Expands
Longmoore steps into coordinator role to help Westborough, Sudbury address dementia needs
COME 2 B Dementia Friendly is coming along quite nicely.

The community-based program organized by BayPath Elder Services, Inc. and funded in part by grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation began to establish dementia-friendly communities in MetroWest last year in Marlborough, Hudson and Northborough.

Now the process is beginning in Westborough and Sudbury, with a new face leading the outreach efforts. After Cindy Cormier guided the process in the first three communities, Sue Longmoore has joined BayPath and COME 2 B Dementia Friendly as the new community coordinator.

Longmoore brings a wealth of experience in marketing and outreach in the health care world, having worked for 13 years with Steward Health Care. "I enjoyed that," said Longmoore. "I like going out and talking to people."

Longmoore is also passionate about the COME 2 B Dementia Friendly program, in part because she has witnessed firsthand the effects of dementia and the isolation that can ensue when a community isn't prepared.

"My mom had dementia, so I was tied to that cause," said Longmoore. "Having a personal connection, this (position) just spoke to me. And I like the idea of working with communities. With my mother, she was such a part of that town (Holliston), but as (the dementia) progressed, she retreated, they retreated. There's a lack of socialization (for people with dementia). That local community, that town is not what it once was to that person."

Longmoore is working to make sure that people with dementia and their loved ones won't feel that way in Westborough and Sudbury. She noted that Westborough had its COME 2 B Dementia Friendly kickoff meeting on October 20, with about 25 people attending, including representatives from the fire and police departments, town officials and a home care company.

"There was a lot of good energy," said Longmoore, who noted the next meeting will be held in January after the holiday season. "It was a really good environment with a lot of questions and answers."

In Sudbury, Longmoore is meeting with Senior Center director Debra Galloway the week after Thanksgiving to begin the process there.

To read more about Longmoore and COME 2 B Dementia Friendly's work in Westborough and Sudbury, check out the full story on the Caregiving Chronicles blog at CaregivingMetroWest.org.

Combined Effort Yields Results
BayPath's team approach helps client fulfill wish to return to living independently in community
This client first came to the attention of BayPath as a nursing home resident. The BayPath nursing home RN who screens patients for MassHealth eligibility (Vicki Klain), shared with me an admission screening request regarding a 61-year-old female client in one of the nursing facilities covered by BayPath. After falling and hitting her head during a seizure, the client was approved for a short term stay of 90 days for the purpose of safe discharge assistance, but had vacated her apartment under that assumption she could live at the nursing facility indefinitely, as told to the client by nursing home staff.
 
The client has a long and involved history of severe emotional and physical abuse, stemming from being raised in a sub-optimal foster care home. Despite that, this woman continued to thrive in her attempt to live independently as an adult and was living alone in a studio apartment with Group Adult Foster Care service support.

The client later expressed a strong desire to return to the community, and we reached out to her former GAFC service provider, but the RN from that agency screened the client for returning service delivery and determined that she would not be a good candidate for their service. She was also screened and found ineligible for the Money Follows the Person/Community Living, Acquired Brain Injury/Residential, and non-residential waivers.
 
At that time she was also approaching her 62nd birthday, which enabled her to apply for elderly housing units. The client and her Power of Attorney were by this time determined to have the client return to the community, so I helped them apply for housing in three MetroWest communities. The second housing authority contacted accepted the client and began to prepare her for moving into a soon-to-be-vacated unit at a subsidized elderly apartment residence. BayPath RN Carolyn Hochard, the Nursing Facility Team Manager, came to the nursing home and screened the client for eligibility for the Frail Elder Waiver. She was determined eligible, and placed in queue for the "Choices" program, enabling her to have an expanded community care plan in order to return safely to the community.
 
Meanwhile, I had applied for and had been granted an MFP/Demonstration Case Manager, through Mass Rehab Commission. It was decided at her team discharge planning meeting in the facility (involving a social worker, MRC CM, BayPath RN and myself), that she would benefit from several days per week involvement at a local Adult Day Health Center. Her services from BayPath upon discharge, in addition to my purchasing and installing the furniture, household goods and groceries, include case management with her assigned CM Heather Berry, coordination of VNA (which has since discharged), installation of an automatic medication dispenser and fulfillment of such through weekly nursing (to address the patient's inability to recall med schedule), and a daily personal care worker to assist with bathing and dressing and some meal preparation.
 
I have visited the client in her new apartment on several occasions. She describes herself as "so happy" and is enjoying her new sense of independence, as well as new furniture and goods. She is also very hopeful that she can stay where she is for a long time with the support of her BayPath team.

-- Submitted by Rebecca Sommer-Petersen, Transitional Coordinator
Alessandro Honored
 
BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro (left) and State Representative Carmine Gentile pose with state citation.

BayPath Elder Services Executive Director Christine Alessandro was honored at the October Board of Directors meeting for her years of dedicated service. State Representative Carmine Gentile, a former member of the BayPath Board who now represents the 13th Middlesex District, presented Alessandro with a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The citation reads, "Be it hereby known to all that: The Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest congratulations to:

"Christine Alessandro in recognition of her dedicated service to elders and persons with disabilities and efforts to establish dementia friendly communities. The entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors."   
AAA Survey Time
BayPath looking for input from the people and communities we serve
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
 
It is very important to BayPath to hear directly from individuals living or working in the communities that we serve so that we learn what is important to the older individual seeking services. 

BayPath Elder Services is the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the MetroWest Area. As the AAA, every four years we are required to complete a community needs assessment for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). The results of this project will be used in our organization's planning and advocacy efforts for the future. 

Please help us identify and meet the needs of the communities we serve by taking our online survey.

Thank you for your participation. We appreciate your time and attention.
 
Successful Transitions
Last month, the coaches had the lowest readmission rate they've had all year! Only 4% of the high-risk patients enrolled in Community Care Transitions Program were readmitted to the hospital during their 30-day intervention. This is compared to a 30% readmission rate for high risk patients who aren't lucky enough to get a coach!

Thanks so much to the coaches for their inspirational dedication to their patients, and for everyone here at BayPath whose collaboration has been critical in helping so many more individuals stay safe at home in our community!

- Submitted by Gwen Blumberg, CCTP Supervisor 

Have news from your department or a staff member worthy of some recognition? Let us know about it for next month's BayPath Bulletin. Send us your updates. 
 
Season's Greetings

Thank you for taking the time to look through our newsletter, and please check out our website, www.baypath.org. Have news, information or feedback from a client that you want to see in our next newsletter? Let us know


BayPath Elder Services, Inc. is a member of the MetroWest ADRC,  
a partnership with HESSCO and the MetroWest Center for Independent Living.
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