The BayPath Bulletin
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MAY 2019
We empower individuals across the lifespan to live with dignity and independence in the community setting of their choice by providing quality resources and services.
CARF Accreditation Achieved!
Congratulations to our Adult Family Care (AFC) Program

A survey team from  CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) spent time at BayPath April 10 through April 12 and conducted a survey of our Adult Family Care (AFC) Program.
All AFC Programs in Massachusetts are required to be accredited by July 1, 2019. As such, BayPath invited CARF to evaluate how well we meet the international standards for quality.  BayPath staff have been working on quality improvements for the past year and a half, and we are thrilled to announce our hard work has come to fruition with our AFC Program earning a three-year accreditation.

As part of the process, the surveyor interviewed several of our consumers who receive AFC services as well as their families. It is rewarding that those we support provided reviews of our AFC program that strongly contributed to this positive result.

For further information about BayPath’s CARF survey, please contact our Adult Family Care Department at 508-573-7200.
Mindfulness at Marlborough Supportive Housing
Earlier in May, BayPath held an educational workshop on relaxation techniques for residents in the Marlborough Supportive Housing community, which is made up of three buildings located at 240 Main Street, 397 Bolton Street, and 29 Pleasant Street. 

The session was coordinated and hosted by Rhonda Cotton, Supportive Housing Coordinator, and was presented by Michelle Birdwell, Elder Community Care (ECC) Triage Coordinator.
Michelle Birdwell conducting a Mindfulness 101 seminar to the residents of 240 Main Street, Marlborough, MA
There was a strong turnout with 15 residents attending, and brunch followed the presentation, providing residents with a chance to mingle and chat about what they learned.

The workshop was entitled “ Mindfulness 101: Tips and Tricks to Reduce Anxiety and Live a Present Life.” Simply put, mindfulness is the ability to be entirely focused on what you are doing at the moment and not be preoccupied about other things. Why is this important? Many of us have a lot on our minds, so it is easy to get weighed down with worry over future tasks or past problems. By focusing on the present, we can reduce our stress levels and alleviate feeling overwhelmed. 

Michelle elaborated on how to “stay in the moment” by sharing techniques that can help you focus on how you are feeling at a given moment. There are numerous benefits to this type of thinking, including stress relief, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, and reduced anxiety. Mindfulness has, in some instances, helped to reduce chronic pain and improve brain functionality during the aging process.
Looking for Volunteer to support our Money Management Program
Volunteers Make a Big Difference

Volunteering with BayPath's Money Management Program is a great opportunity to help an elder in a very important way. Help sort mail, prioritize bills, establish a budget, write checks and balance the checkbook.

The Money Management Program assists elders who, for a variety of reasons, need help with monthly bill paying activities in order to maintain their household finances. Elders in the program are matched with trained volunteers who provide one-on-one support that targets the consumer’s specific needs.

Volunteers typically help with organizing and paying bills, maintaining the check register, reconciling bank statements, and advocating with service providers. The elder maintains full control over his/her money and retains check-signing and decision-making capacity at all times.

We will provide training and on-going professional support. This opportunity requires just a few hours per month and is a wonderful way to help an elder in need. 
We currently have a need for volunteers willing to assist in the Marlborough area but we are happy to have volunteers in other communities as well!

Contact: Sue Burns, Money Management Program Supervisor
Call Sue:
508-573-7241
A spotlight on the vital services and programs at BayPath
In each edition of the BayPath Bulletin, we showcase a different BayPath program and how it helps serve our consumers and local communities.

This month we are shining a light on our Healthy Living Program.
BayPath offers a variety of programs that follow the guidelines of  The Healthy Living Center of Excellence. They are the result of years of research and development at Stanford University and top medical organizations that have proven positive results for participants. 

Workshops are held at senior centers, medical offices, libraries, fitness centers, places of worship, or anywhere a group interested in health and wellness might gather together. Programs are continually offered throughout MetroWest and beyond. The programs make use of volunteer leader talent as well as BayPath staff to provide a peer-group model for participants. 

We also welcome Renee D'Argento , Healthy Living Program Coordinator, who joined BayPath in early 2019. She comes to us with in-depth relevant experience, having served as a health policy advocate and as a Resident Services Coordinator at RCAP Solutions, Inc. In this role, Renee conducted outreach, case management, and implemented a comprehensive program of person-centered care coordination services in support of 100+ low-income seniors, families, and individuals living with disabilities in HUD subsidized housing. 

Renee has a B.S. in Physical Education/Exercise Science from UMass Boston and a Health Management Certificate from the Graduate School of Public Health at UMass Lowell.

Welcome, Renee!
First Annual Massachusetts Malnutrition Awareness Week
Nutrition Outreach at
Hudson Senior Center

As part of Massachusetts' continuing efforts to improve senior nutrition throughout the state, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) instituted its first annual Malnutrition Awareness Week, which took place May 13 - 17.

With May also being Older Americans Month, BayPath's Elder Nutrition Program made a presentation to the members of the Hudson Senior Center on "Malnutrition: What it is, and how can it be prevented?"
Members of the Hudson Senior Center enjoying the seminar on preventing malnutrition.
The information was presented by our Dietitian and Nutritionist, Traci Robidoux, RD, LDN, with individual screenings and questions and answers supported by Shirley Chao, the Director of Nutrition at the EOEA.
The presentation provided the attendees with an understanding of what being malnourished means, what the warning signs are, and how to improve and proactively maintain balanced nutrition in their diet.

Traci gave practical advice during the presentation on how to apply these ideas into our daily routines and also factored in that many seniors no longer have the ability to perform extensive meal prep. One such tidbit suggested that if you are not inclined to cook, you can have whole wheat toast with peanut butter, fruit and a glass of milk, which will provide you with the recommended nutrients for one meal.
Providing Information at St. Mary's Credit Union
In support of Older Americans Month and their 2019 theme #ConnectCreateContribute, BayPath's Information and Referral team collaborated with St. Mary's Credit Union to set up an information table at their Northboro Road, Marlborough branch.

The table was staffed by Information & Referral Specialists Maureen Dennehy and Alexis Smither and Options Counselor Courtney Cassels, who provided relevant information regarding our vital services to bank customers.

The team reported it was rewarding to discover that many people who approached the table with questions had already heard good things about BayPath Elder Services, from friends, family members, or co-workers who have benefited from our services.
“At BayPath it is ALWAYS Older American’s Month!"
Fran Bakstran, Area Agency on Aging Assistant Director, BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
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