The BayPath Bulletin
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JULY 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.
Community Partners: MetroWest Subaru & BayPath Meal on Wheels
MetroWest Subaru has been a supporting partner of BayPath's Meals on Wheels (MOW) program for the last few years. In this video produced by MetroWest Subaru, Allison Park , Nutrition Supervisor for BayPath, and VJ Donnelly, General Manager of MetroWest Subaru , demonstrate that Meals on Wheels not only helps older people in our community to live more comfortably in their own home, but that the program also reduces senior isolation with a friendly visit from their MOW volunteer on a daily basis.
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Additionally, BayPath Elder Services recently received $6,390.75 by participating in the 2018-2019 Subaru Share the Love ® Event. Thank you MetroWest Subaru for your continued support and dedication to making a difference in the community!
Certified Dementia Practitioner Certification
Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care™ educator, Tammy Pozerycki
Training for health care professionals
Tammy Pozerycki , Educator and Owner of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care™ , provided Certified Dementia Practitioner Certification training at the BayPath Marlborough office on June 10 and again on July 10. The next training is scheduled for September 10.

The course is delivered through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), an organization that ensures the highest standards in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education.

Attendees included members of the BayPath Home Care Team, staff from other Massachusetts Aging Services Access Points and employees, social workers, administrators, and nurses within dementia care facilities. After completing the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar, individuals then submit an application to NCCDP to become certified as a Dementia Practitioner. 
 
As per the Alternatives in Alzheimers Care website: "A CDP ® certification reflects a deep personal commitment on the part of the health care professional and the organization's sense of accountability by abiding by NCCDP the Ethic's statement, inspiring confidence and dedication in an individual's professional knowledge through quality of life and quality of care provided by the CDP ® to the dementia patient."
 
Tammy Pozerycki was also the founder of Pleasantries Adult Day Services, LLC in Marlborough, MA. Tammy is a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer; Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer; and Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Through the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter, Tammy facilitates a community-based Alzheimer's Caregivers' support group established in 2009 and established the "Create A Better Day Cafe™" in 2011, which was the first established Memory Café in Massachusetts.  
Gay Pride: Welcoming and Working with LGBTQ+ Elders
Connecting for Success: MAVA 2019 Conference.
The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) represents the interests of vocational technical educators and administrators from public high schools throughout the commonwealth. 
The conference was held this year at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School . Assabet Health Tech instructors Kathy Regan and Kathy Faddoul suggested that Julie Nowak , LGBTQ+ Initiative Coordinator for BayPath Elder Services, become a speaker at the conference. Honored, Julie created a one-hour presentation that centered on the following concepts:

Reviewing essential terms and concepts of the Rainbow Community, to better understand how it is comprised of a vast and vibrant spectrum of individuals striving to live and express themselves authentically.

Journeying through the obscured history of older LGBTQ+ adults, as a way to understand how the challenges, fears, and triumphs they faced through their lifespan, impacts their current mental, physical, and financial health. This history is why these often isolated, and deeply wary LGBTQ+ elders are increasingly reliant upon (yet reluctant to seek) social services and medical help.

Building inter-generational awareness within the medical field by encouraging health instructors to factor LGBTQ+ history, terms, and concepts into their lesson plans. The goal is enable their students to enter into their chosen medical field, as proactive facilitators of compassion and encouragement when working with LGBTQ+ elders. 
Creating a welcoming space for individuals of any orientation. In this context, "welcoming" is the inclusion of affirming LGBTQ+ language and imagery, and "space" can be defined as an in-person conversation or school printed and digital collateral.
Examples of this include:
  • Using of LGBTQ+ imagery or photographs online and in brochures
  • Updating documentation, such as intake forms, expanding things like gender identification options
  • Asking questions in a way that allows for more inclusive answers
Inclusive Imagery
Updated paperwork
Gender Fluid Conversations
The class was extremely well received, with over 35 students giving Julie “excellent” evaluation scores. Additionally, several administrative attendees inquired about BayPath bringing similar presentations to their schools.
A Matter of Balance classes to begin in September
Fall Prevention Training

A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning, evidence-based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program is administered by the Healthy Living Center of Excellence.
BayPath, through our Healthy Living Program, is offering an 8-week course to help anyone concerned about falls and anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility, and overall strength.

The program is designed to help those who have restricted their activities because of a fear of falling by empowering them to recognize that they can prevent falls from happening. The training sets goals for increasing activity levels and improving balance. Additionally, participants will be shown ways they can make small changes in their life that will reduce the risk of falls occurring. 

Renee D'Argento, our Healthy Living Coordinator, is a certified "A MATTER OF BALANCE" trainer and will be conducting the course on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 2:30 from September 25 through November 13, 2019. Classes will take place at the Hopkinton Senior Center located at 28 Mayhew Street in Hopkinton, MA.
Call Renee:
508-573-7251
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 Adult Family Care Program (AFC).
What is Adult Family Care?
The Adult Family Care Program (AFC) is sometimes referred to as Adult Foster Care. The program provides eligible individuals, who are already MassHealth Standard or M assHealth CommonHealth members, with the opportunity to select a caregiver of their choosing so that they may be cared for in their own home or the home of the caregiver. 

The caregiver becomes responsible for assisting with personal care and home management tasks. In exchange, the designated caregiver receives a monthly stipend.

How does BayPath support the program?
The member and the caregiver are visited monthly by a nurse and a case manager from BayPath. The BayPath AFC team provides individualized education and training to the caregiver and monitors the member's level of care. 

The AFC team works in unison with the consumer and their caregiver to ensure that member's daily needs are met with consistency and that the home environment remains safe for the consumer. 

Additionally, consumers enrolled in the BayPath AFC program are also eligible to attend adult day health programs and receive skilled nursing and rehab services from a home health agency and hospice. The AFC team helps coordinate these services with other care agencies to ensure that our consumer is getting the support that they need.

The AFC team.
The BayPath AFC program is run by Program Manager Denisse Gould, reporting to Director of Clinical Operations and Community Programs Mary Lou Sheehan. The AFC program recently earned a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities ( CARF). 
Summer provides additional opportunities for outreach
BayPath provides information to shoppers at the Farmer's Market in Westborough.

On July 18 th, Options Counselor Courtney Cassels, accompanied by Information & Referral Specialist Maureen Dennehy, set up an information table at the Westborough Farmers Market. 

With the market being a highly attended gathering place for Westborough and surrounding towns, Courtney and Maureen had an opportunity to share information about our services to both potential consumers or their caregivers.  
The Westborough Farmer's market, provides locally grown food, music and crafts. It is in it's  ninth season and is held on Thursdays from 12 – 5 p.m. in historic downtown Westborough.  
Summertime sweets bring office comradery
BayPath Ice Cream Social

The Senior Management team at BayPath organized a mid-week treat for staff to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication the team delivers on a consistent basis.

Shown here, the BayPath Management Team serves up numerous ice cream flavors to staff.

From left to right are Nutrition Director Denise Mendzorf, Executive Director Christine Alessandro , Director of Clinical Operations and Community Programs Mary Lou Sheehan, and Area Agency on Aging Assistant Director Fran Bakstran. Not shown is Director of Client Services Theresa Eckstrom, who coordinated the gathering and also scooped ice cream for the team.
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