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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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BayPath Elder Services, Inc. serves the following communities:

Welcome Aboard
BayPath continues to expand to meet the needs of clients and programs, and this past month witnessed three more additions to our staff.

Lynne Hanko joins the agency as an AFC Case Manager, while Laurie Towle comes aboard as a Nursing Admin and Vanessa Matos will serve as a Home Care RN. 

Congratulations and welcome aboard.   
Welcome to the Board
BayPath also welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors this month.

William LaPrade will serve as the Representative Director from Westborough, while Katherine Metzger will serve as the Alternate Director from Westborough. BayPath appreciates their commitment and welcomes them to the Board.

BayPath also is pleased to welcome another key contributor, as Wendy LaFlamme of the Hudson Police Department has joined our Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. 
In the Community
BayPath partnering to bring services to elder housing in Framingham
BayPath is partnering with Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), a nonprofit organization that owns and operates low- and moderate-income housing, to connect tenants with services at the Tribune Apartments on Irving Street in Framingham.

The Tribune Apartments house low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and are undergoing renovations to maintain 53 units of affordable housing.

The renovations, along with services such as meal delivery, transportation and access to health aides, will be funded with a $3.6-million grant from the state's Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund.

The renovations are expected to be completed and a BayPath staff member placed on location as a social services coordinator by the end of the year.

BayPath already staffs an elder housing location in Holliston with a social services coordinator at Mission Springs and provides services to three supportive housing sites in Marlborough.

The details of the Tribune Apartments project were reported by the MetroWest Daily News earlier this month. 
Ringing in the Spring
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Caregiver Corner

Check out what's new on our Caregiving MetroWest  website 
Caregiving MetroWest 
continues to provide more information and resources to an ever-growing audience of family caregivers.

The past month saw numerous updates to our Caregiving Chronicles blog, including a Q&A on practical care tips for first aid in the home.

Meanwhile, Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego continues to update her Wellness Wall with tips and advice for caregivers.

New content is always being added, so check back regularly to see the latest. And, as always, the site also provides comprehensive information on all aspects of caregiving and extensive resources listings organized both by town through our clickable map and by type in over 20 helpful categories.  
March, 2016

A Caregiving Model for the Nation
BayPath earns invitation to make presentation on Caregiving MetroWest at national conference
BayPath Elder Services will get a chance to showcase its groundbreaking Caregiving MetroWest web portal with a national audience this summer.

BayPath and the Caregiving MetroWest program have been selected to make a presentation at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 41st Annual Conference & Tradeshow being held in San Diego on July 24-28.

Our presentation, "Three Dimensions of Caregiver Support: Home-based, Web-based, and Community-based Care," will cover how BayPath has created a novel and innovative approach to assisting family caregivers by integrating our state of the art Caregiving MetroWest website with BayPath's Family Caregiver Support Program and the recently launched COME 2B Dementia Friendly initiative to create dementia-friendly communities in MetroWest.

Making the presentation will be BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro, Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn and BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego.

"We are truly excited to be traveling to San Diego to present at the annual conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging," said Alessandro. "Our Caregiving MetroWest website is one of a kind, and we are proud to present this to our colleagues across the Nation."

Caregiving MetroWest is an innovative and interactive website that provides family caregivers access to comprehensive information on all aspects of caregiving, extensive resource listings sortable by town through a clickable map or by type in over 20 categories, and regularly updated features such as Flynn's Caregiving Chronicles blog and Rego's "Wellness Wall" of tips and advice for caregivers.

Moving On Up
Well-deserved promotions bolster BayPath staff
There was plenty of good news for the agency closer to home as well, with several deserving staff members earning promotions in BayPath's reorganization.

Liz Tretiak has moved up to senior management with her elevation to the newly created post of Associate Director of Client Services, where she will supervise home care supervisors, housing (Supportive and Mission Springs) and the SCO program. Meanwhile, Milka Mombrini has been promoted to Home Care Supervisor.

"Liz Tretiak brings a wealth of experience to the newly created position of Associate Home Care Director," said BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro. "We are pleased she accepted our offer to move into this position."

Tretiak, in turn, was equally pleased to see Mombrini move into the Home Care Supervisor's role.

"I am extremely excited to announce that Milka Mombrini has accepted the position of Home Care Supervisor," said Tretiak. "Milka has been a great asset to the agency since she started as a Case Manager in 2011 and has been consistently complimented by her clients, peers, and other professionals on her dedication to improving the lives of others. Please join me in congratulating her!"

Congratulations are also in order for Carolyn Hochard and Sharon Savastano, who have been promoted to the ranks of Senior Management, moving from from Nurse Managers to Senior Nurse Managers. They join Tretiak, Nutrition Director Denise Menzdorf and Senior Care Options and One Care Senior Manager Kate Cosseboom in the Senior Management Team.
More National Recognition for BayPath
Care Transitions team to receive visit from Lewin Group to study program's success for CMS
The honors keep rolling in for BayPath, with the Care Transitions team being recognized as one of the top programs of its type in the Nation.

"The Community-based Care Transitions Program is pleased to announce that our Central MA/MetroWest Transitions in Care project has been chosen to receive a site visit from the Lewin Group," said Care Transition Supervisor Gwen Blumberg. "This group is contracted by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) to help with CCTP, and they have identified our project as being top performers nation-wide.

"The site visit will focus on how we have been able to be successful in reducing readmissions and hitting target enrollment, as well as how we are making progress toward sustainability of the program. This is a big honor, and really speaks to the hard work and dedication of everyone on the team."

That team consists of Blumberg, CCTP coaches Barbara Fawcett, Maria Zuniga, Nancy Dumart, Nicole Desimone and Sandra De Souza, and administrative assistant Alisa Troncoso.

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
Healthy Living Off to Successful Start to 2016
Matter of Balance class in Holliston begins a big year
BayPath's healthy living programs for this year have begun, with 20 programs in 12 towns being offered. The first workshop completed so far was "A Matter of Balance" with a wonderful group (pictured right) in Holliston at Mission Springs, where eight of the nine people who registered completed the program.

"We try to work with senior housing facilities to promote activities during winter months when some people find it difficult to go out and be active," said MetroWest Regional CDSME Coordinator Silvia Bodie. "A Matter of Balance is a great program that promotes flexibility, endurance and balance exercises as an excellent way to prevent falls. We had a great response to this program and we are happy to see participants in their 90s enjoying the group interaction and learning simple ways to add physical activity to their daily routines. 
"Our department is committed to address the needs of our communities and diabetes self-management will be a workshop that will receive a big push not only from our healthy living department but also from our partnership with The New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO)," added Bodie. Administered by Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm, NE QIN-QIO is working to improve health outcomes and reduce issues of health disparities among people with diabetes in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

"Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management, because diabetes requires day-to-day knowledge of nutrition, exercise, monitoring, and medication," according to Patricia Bonsignore, MS, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator at the Joslin Diabetes Center. 
These programs are available for anyone 18 years old and older with diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes who would like to know more on what it takes to treat it and learn how to take control of their health.
COME 2B Dementia Friendly Taking Action

Program's Action Teams hold inaugural meetings
The first meetings of the COME 2B Dementia Friendly Action Teams were held earlier this month.

Northborough was first up on March 2, with the Marlborough Action Team (above) having its first meeting the following day and the Hudson Action Team meeting on March 8 .
The Action Teams are part of the COME 2B Dementia Friendly project, a program to help create communities in MetroWest that are informed, safe, and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and caregivers, and provide supportive options that foster quality of life. BayPath Elder Services, Inc., with funding in part from the MetroWest Health Foundation, has begun this process in Hudson, Marlborough and Northborough.

For more information about the COME 2B Dementia Friendly project, check out the new section on the program on 
Sharing Information - and Appetizers

BayPath on hand to share information at Taste of MetroWest 

BayPath once again participated in the 6th Annual Taste of MetroWest event on March 22 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.


Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego (right) and Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn shared information about the Caregiving MetroWest website, our Family Caregiver Support Program and other BayPath programs with some of the over 1,000 people on hand to partake of some of the finest food and beverage offerings of the region. Much information was dispensed and many calories were consumed in this arduous outreach event.

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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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