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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  
Welcome Aboard
BayPath continues to expand to meet the needs of its consumers and programs, and this month a number of new faces joined our staff.

Maureen Dennehy and Alexis Smither join BayPath as new Information & Referral Specialists, while Karen Trilligan joins the SCO Department as a GSSC and Carrie Correa will serve as the Tenant Resource Counselor at our new housing site at the Tribune Building in Framingham.

The agency is also eager to welcome new Intake Specialist Denise Stephenson, who is scheduled to start work here later this month. 

Congratulations and welcome aboard.
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.

At the last staff meeting, the previous recipient, Nutrition  Supervisor Allison Park, passed the sailboat on to a pair of worthy recipients, honoring Options Counselors Susan Cote and Courtney Cassels. Both go above and beyond for BayPath, with Cote filling in admirably for Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego during Rego's maternity leave, and Cassels also serving as a Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, contributing her weekly "TBI Tuesday Tidbits," providing BayPath staff and all of our followers on Facebook with information and advice for those dealing with a TBI or caring for someone with one  her dedicated work for the agency.

Congratulations to Susan and Courtney and to all of the former, and future, winners of this unique honor.

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LGBT Initiative
Progress continues with staff trainings, community outreach 
Our LGBT Initiative's work in-house with BayPath staff continues to go very well, with about two-thirds of our personnel having completed the training. We will continue to offer this service regularly so that new staff members will have the opportunity to participate.

Our training has generated some dynamic and necessary conversations about LGBT elders, particularly concerning the invisibility of this population and the likelihood that these people may return to the "closet" when pressed to seek help from social services.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make these presentations so intriguing and energizing!

Our team continues to maintain a ready, welcoming presence for LGBT elders, their families, and allies as we work to create more social opportunities for them to enjoy here at BayPath. We also continue outreach to both the local LGBT community and other LGBT programs at various community centers, councils on aging, places of worship, and more. Gradually we are putting together a broad, rainbow puzzle that will let interested parties easily see what events are happening in and around our MetroWest area.

Recently, Cindy Getchell and Julie Nowak were invited to a meeting of the outreach workers from area councils on aging. Following Dr. Caitlyn Coyle's guided consideration of how best to engage and serve local minority groups, which segued into a particular emphasis on LGBT elders, our team gave a presentation. We discussed how our LGBT Initiative is working to inform staff and vendor partners, while striving to connect with elders, families and allies in the communities within our territory.
 
-- Submitted by Julie Nowak, BayPath LGBT Initiative Coordinator

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

April, 2018

Bringing Elder Housing Options to Framingham 
BayPath partners with POAH to add housing options for older adults and persons with disabilities in Framingham
In partnership with the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), BayPath Elder Services, Inc. has expanded its elder housing options to Framingham at the Tribune Apartments.
 
BayPath provides an onsite Tenant Resource Counselor who can provide information about programs and services, provide activities and wellness programs, and help residents obtain government benefits and community resources. Carrie Correa has been hired as the Tenant Resource Counselor and began work in that position this month, reporting to new Community Programs Manager Heather Berry.

In addition, BayPath provides an onsite Registered Nurse 10 hours per month to provide blood pressure screenings, medication reviews, and other wellness presentations and activities.

Tribune Apartments was beautifully renovated in 2017, and is a 53-unit affordable housing development for seniors and persons with disabilities. Tribune Apartments is located at 46 Irving Street, Framingham, MA 01702. The complex consists of two historic, attached buildings originally constructed in 1910 for the Framingham Tribune newspaper.

Since January 2017, POAH has been upgrading the buildings with new kitchens and bathrooms, new energy-efficient appliances, roof replacement, masonry work, accessibility improvements, water-saving initiatives and a new management office.

For more information about housing options at Tribune, please call 508-875-8861.

POAH is a nonprofit developer, owner and operator of nearly 9,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia. Its primary mission is to preserve, create and sustain affordable, healthy homes that support economic security and access to opportunity for all.
Dedicated Help Is Key to Program's Success
BayPath's Ombudsman Program honors its volunteers
Earlier this month, BayPath's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program hosted a luncheon to show its appreciation for the many volunteers who contribute so much to the program and toward the quality of life for the people in long-term care facilities in our service area.

Among the volunteers recognized for their service were Judy Veinbergs, who celebrated her 10th year devoting her time to the program, while Ellen Dukes, Eva MacNeill, Paula Moore and Ava Zinn were saluted for reaching their fifth-year anniversaries.

There were also some relative newcomers who have already contributed significantly to the program, with Nancy Perlmutter, Dorothy Vassell and Diane Haley each marking one year with the program. 
 
Mary Brooks, the Director of BayPath's Ombudsman Program, organized the volunteer appreciation event on April at our office in Marlborough. In addition to those mentioned above, the volunteers who have contributed so much to the program include Paula Moore, Sue Zarcaro, Richard Brosseau, Jean Hamler, Judy Sullivan, Marie Gibbons, Adele Coyne, Gary Ehrenberg, Cathy Netburn, Deborah Nickerson, Linda Sakin, and Kris Veinbergs

BayPath Director of Ombudsman Program Mary Brooks (far left), stands with volunteers (l-r) Paula Moore, Sue Zarcaro, Diane Haley, Nancy Perlmutter, Richard Brosseau, Jean Hamler, Judy Sullivan and Marie Gibbons at the program's volunteer appreciation event in April.
Subaru Shares the Love with Meals on Wheels

Subaru of America's Share the Love Event raises nearly $5,000 for BayPath's Meals on Wheels program
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s Meals on Wheels Program has received a gift of $4,871.36 from its participation in the Subaru Share the Love Event this past holiday season. BayPath was one of just eight qualifying programs in Massachusetts this year.

Thank you, Subaru of America, for generously supporting homebound seniors and local Meals On Wheels  programs across the country over the past decade! And a special thanks to the fine folks at   MetroWest Subaru for helping our Nutrition Program here at BayPath.
Helping Hand from Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
BayPath awarded Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant from Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare in April  
BayPath Elder Services is excited to announce that our agency has been selected to receive a Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant from   Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare. The $500 grant will help fund our many services and programs for older adults, including Meals on Wheels, depression screenings, Personal Care Attendants to see elders, and nursing screenings for elders in the communities we serve.

"The Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation greatly appreciates the work that you do in our communities and is proud to award you this grant," read the announcement from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, signed by Chair Eric H. Schultz and President Karen Voci. "We are invested in the success of your program.

"Through your efforts, and in partnership with our employees, we continue the strong spirit of community caring that respects the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. Thank you for your continued work in our community. We wish you every success in all your programming endeavors!"

BayPath offers its sincerest appreciation to the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation for this generous grant.

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and its Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program enables employees from Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans Inc. (our affiliate) and NTT Data (our IT partner) to award an annual grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice. Since the program began in 2002, these employees have directed almost $5 million to hundreds of organizations throughout our health plan service area - comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve by providing the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $125 million in funds.
United Way Honors BayPath Volunteer
Hudson's Dick Lacerte (right) sits with his son, Stephen (left), and wife, Jeannine, at the United Way of Tri-County's annual community recognition breakfast, "Everyday Heroes," on April 5 at the Framingham Sheraton. Lacerte was honored as the MetroWest/495 Volunteer of the Year after devoting the past 22 years volunteering for BayPath's Meals on Wheels program and bringing nutrition, and companionship, to area elders.
Game, and Party, On

BayPath Elder Services, Inc. celebrated the "official" start of spring on April 5 as staffers marked the Red Sox home opener with a potluck lunch and party.

The many delicious offerings were all a hit, with everything from ballpark staples like hot dogs, sausages, crackerjacks and ice cream all available, along with less traditional fare like buffalo chicken dip, chili, and mac and cheese. There were even cookies made up to look like baseballs.

Between bites, staffers could  get their pictures taken at our baseball card station and enjoy the game-like atmosphere created by the baseball and Red Sox decorations.

Many thanks go out to the FUN Committee for organizing the event, everyone who brought in such delicious food and all the staffers who attended to help make the party a smash success.
Caregiver Corner

Caring for a loved one? We're here to help support you 
BayPath's national-award winning, innovative website for family caregivers, CaregivingMetroWest.org, remains an unparalleled source to help guide you through all aspects of your caregiving journey.

Caregiving MetroWest is a free, web-based program providing in-depth information and extensive resource listings for anyone caring for an elder loved one. Information on how to care for your loved one and still find time to take care of yourself, government programs, illnesses and diseases and much more is available in the InfoCenter, while listings for a wide range of resources are available both by type and by town on our clickable map. There's even a regularly updated blog, a "Wellness Wall" with tips and advice and an assessment tool to help you find what you need quickly.


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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