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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 40 years of 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  
Spring Celebration

May is just around the corner, and in addition to the promise of warmer weather, blooming flowers and a long Memorial Day weekend, May has also been designated as Older Americans.

Check back in next month's BayPath Bulletin for all of the ways our agency will be celebrating the contributions older adults have made and are continuing to make to our communities and throughout the nation. 
Welcome Aboard
BayPath continues to expand to meet the needs of its clients and programs, and this past month witnessed five additions to our staff.

David Atupem joins the agency as our new Adult Family Care Program Manager. The Personal Care Attendant Program has also welcomed some new faces, with Hayley Hazzard hired as a PCA Skills Trainer, Erika Mundo coming aboard as a PCA Registered Nurse and Angelina Adjapong now serving as a PCA/AFC Administrative Aide. 

Rounding out the month's additions is new Case Manager Amanda McAloon.

Congratulations and welcome aboard.

Another Addition
There was even more good news this month with a special addition of a different kind to the BayPath family.

On April 3, Director of Client Services Liz Tretiak welcomed a new 8-pound, 10-ounce bundle of joy. The newest Tretiak, Charles, and the first-time mother are healthy and happily enjoying her maternity leave.

Unlike Charlie, the rest of us are eagerly awaiting his mother's return to work. In the meantime, we offer our congratulations and best wishes to the newly expanded family.
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Sailing On
BayPath has long followed a special tradition to recognize the dedication, selflessness and passion of its staff.

At each month's staff meeting, a staff member is chosen to receive the coveted sailboat. It
is awarded to a staff member who deserves some special recognition for their efforts. Adding significance is the fact that the current holder of the sailboat gets to select the next winner, so this is an honor bestowed by a fellow staff member who sees their co-worker's special contributions every day.

This month, March recipient Area Agency on Aging Assistance Director Fran Bakstran passed the sailboat on to the IT Department of IT Manager Marie Spencer and IT Support Andrew Ravesi, with Bakstran noting that the IT Department "provides the wind that makes our sailboat move."


Congratulations to both of them and to all of the former, and future, winners.

April, 2017

Positive Reviews
Annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey provides plenty of positive feedback for BayPath's programs and staff 
BayPath is in the midst of its annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey. Some 250 of our homecare consumers were chosen at random to receive the surveys in the mail and given the opportunity to present our agency with feedback on our services, staff and overall experience.

While respondents still have until the end of May to return their completed surveys, we have already received a strong response and the results have been heartening for BayPath's mission to serve the regions older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities.

"I don't know what my mother and I would do without BayPath services," wrote the daughter of a homecare consumer in Framingham.

"I recommend BayPath as often as possible," added a homecare consumer in Hudson.

"Everybody has been great. I am very pleased!!! Whoever has come to my home has been very kind, considerate and happy to do whatever is necessary," noted another homecare consumer in Framingham.

"I am very happy with the way I am treated," offered a homecare consumer in Natick, while another homecare consumer in Hopkinton wrote, "I am receiving good service and fully satisfied."

The surveys were sent to homecare consumers, but the responses also featured praise for our other programs and services as well.

"The RN, Robin (Logan) from the PCA Department has been very helpful, and I appreciate her professionalism and keeping me informed even while being hospitalized multiple times for acute care and now in rehab. Thank you," wrote a homecare and Personal Care Attendant (PCA) consumer in Framingham.

"Mom enjoys the meals and they give her a feeling of independence," added the daughter of a homecare and Meals on Wheels consumer in Framingham.

We appreciate the feedback, both for the positive responses for how our programs and staff have helped and for any suggestions on how we can serve our consumers even better. We thank everyone who has taken the time to complete the survey.
Starting the Season on Bright Note
Nutrition Program celebrates Opening Day with luncheon in Marlborough
On Monday, April 3, the BayPath Nutrition Department hosted a Baseball Opening Day event at 240 Main Street, Marlborough, which is part of our Marlborough Supportive Housing program.

Tenants of the senior building came out in droves to enjoy lunch, the decorations, and of course, cracker jacks. Our Elderly Nutrition Program caterer, Bateman Senior Foods, provided a fabulous spread, complete with hot dogs, salad and baked beans. 

Special thanks to our BayPath staff members Denise Menzdorf, Anne Pike, Karen Basinet and Beth Pipes, who went above and beyond; fabulously decorating the dining hall and turning it into a virtual ballpark!

Over 40 tenants attended and enjoyed the lunch, games, prizes and especially the 5-3 Red Sox win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Much Deserved Appreciation
BayPath expresses its gratitude for service of so many helping others during Volunteer Appreciation Month this April
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and BayPath would most certainly like to express our deep-felt appreciation for the many wonderful volunteers who have helped us provide programs and services to the people we serve.

In the past year (from April 2016 through March 2017), BayPath has benefited from the work of 538 volunteers, who have dedicated 26,722 hours of service to our programs.

We have volunteers donating their time and skills for a wide range of programs, including our Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, Money Management Program, Nutrition Program, Healthy Living Programs, the BayPath Board of Directors, the AAA Advisory Committee and the Nutrition Advisory Committee.

Thank you again to all of our generous volunteers for their time and passion to help make the lives of older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities better.
 
All Are Welcome
BayPath hosting LGBT jazz luncheon at Assabet on May 9
BayPath's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender work group welcomes elders from the LGBT community and allies to join us for a Jazz Luncheon Social on Tuesday, May 9 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.

The luncheon will go from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Epicurean Room at Assabet (215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough, MA 01752). Come hear some great music, meet others, and enjoy a free lunch buffet.

If you are interested in attending the event, volunteering as part of our advisory group, sponsoring an event, helping to develop a comprehensive resource guide, or donating to this important mission please contact us at 508-573-7288.
New Roles and Responsibilities
Promotions fill leadership positions in PCA Program, Intake
BayPath hasn't just welcomed new faces this month, the agency has also seen some familiar faces take on new roles and responsibilities.

Shela Charlot has been named the new PCA Program Manager. In turn, Heather Berry-Wade has moved up to take over Charlot's former role as Homecare/Intake Supervisor.

Congratulations to both of them as well for their well-deserved promotions. 


With Charlot now in place as the PCA Program's new manager, it will be resuming reception of new referrals for PCA on May 1.

The PCA Program asks people to contact either new PCA/AFC Admin Angelina Adjapong or Charlot at 508-573-7247.
New Web Offerings
Both the BayPath website and Caregiving MetroWest unveiled new content sections this month.

For Caregiving MetroWest, the sudden rise in the number of memory cafés being offered in the area has led us to move those listings off of our support groups page and onto a new page especially for Memory Cafés  that we have just launched.

This will hopefully make it a little easier for area caregivers to find a memory café that fits their schedule, as these are an excellent resource for anyone caring for a loved one with dementia. So check out our new Memory Cafés page and find one near you.

 
On BayPath.org, we've added a new donation page. This page provides some information about just how much your gifts can truly help the older adults, caregivers and persons with ability we serve. Check it out and contribute if you can. 
Caregiver Corner
First Savvy Caregiver workshop in Hudson draws full class
BayPath's Family Caregiver Support Program and Caregiving MetroWest are offering a new caregiver training class this spring at the Hudson Senior Center.

The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free six-session training series for family and friends who are active caregivers of a person living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

Our workshop began on April 6, and each of the first two classes featured the maximum enrollment of 13. 

We thank the Hudson Senior Center for its hospitality and, along with Pleasantries Adult Day and Consulting Services, for the complementary lunches provided to the participants each week.

While the current workshop is filled, we will be offering it again soon. Check Caregiving MetroWest for updates or contact Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego at 508-573-7239 or arego@baypath.org or Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn at 508-573-7204 or dflynn@baypath.org for more information. 
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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