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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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Our Services
Our Service Area
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. serves the following communities:

Welcome Aboard
After a busy summer of staff additions, BayPath welcomed just one new face this month. Julie Sullivan joins the staff as a Nutrition Specialist.

Congratulations and welcome aboard Julie. 
Mission Springs Report
Mission Springs Resident Services Coordinator Julia Schneiderman reports that Jean Sniffin from the Natick VNA presented a lively talk on Medication Madness to the Mission Springs residents in October. BayPath provides on site social services coordination for the tenants at the elder housing residence in Holliston ...

Children from the Holliston Newcomers club are also coming for their annual Trick or Treat parade at the end of the month, which is always a big treat for the Mission Springs residents.
Voicing Support
Johnson shows off her Caberet singing skills
The talents of the BayPath staff are not limited just to how they help the people we serve during their workday.

Lisa Johnson, RN, BayPath's
Comprehensive Service and Screening Supervisor and Money Follows the Person Program Director, showed off her vocal skills as she performed at the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham on Sunday, Oct. 18.

"We have a star at BayPath!" Money Management Program Supervisor Paula Geller emailed to the Bulletin. "Lisa wowed the audience as the lead-off performer in a showcase of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists."

Johnson has been working professionally in musical theater since the age of 12, and has performed in regional and Broadway touring companies and was a featured vocalist for Spirit Cruises. Most recently she was a featured performer at National Cabaret Showcase. She has also been teaching drama and voice at various performing arts schools and at the college level.  
Lisa Johnson 
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Caregiver Corner
continues to bring its wealth of information and resources to more and more area family caregivers. And we continue to expand the information and resources available to caregivers on the site.

Check out the latest updates on the Wellness Wall and the Caregiving Chronicles blog. And check back often in the upcoming month as Caregiving MetroWest celebrates all those so selflessly caring for their loved ones during National Family Caregivers Month in November.
October, 2015 

Converted to the Cause
After initial skepticism, Hudson COA Director Long excited about dementia-friendly community project
Janice Long had her doubts initially, but she is definitely a convert now.

The Hudson Council on Aging Director admitted she was skeptical when first approached about participating in a project to create dementia-friendly communities in MetroWest by BayPath Elder Services, Inc. Executive Director Christine Alessandro.

"I wasn't 100 percent on board at that first meeting," said Long in her office at the Hudson Senior Center. "And it could be because I wasn't understanding it 100 percent. I felt like we do a lot of grants educating folks for this reason or that reason, and then when the grant money runs out it's not self-sustaining and it kind of ends. Because I take care of my own mother who has dementia, I see the need for help not in education but in actually getting somebody to maybe give me respite or something along those lines.

"But I went to the meeting and I listened and I expressed my feelings, and it was more personal than professional I think because I am living with my mom to help her," continued Long. "I love doing it. I love taking care of her, but I can see that families living with this, how much support they do need. After hearing Arthur [Bergeron] and Christine give their explanation of the program, I told them, 'I'm in.'"

Long joined Alessandro, Bergeron, an elder law attorney and active advocate for elders, as well as fellow COA directors Trish Pope of Marlborough and Kelly Burke of Northborough in taking the lead in BayPath's program to create dementia-friendly communities in their three towns in a project funded by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation.

For more on Hudson's participation in BayPath's dementia-friendly community project, check out the full story on the Caregiving Chronicles blog
Hudson COA Director Janice Long (third from right) poses with the rest of BayPath's contingent and their dementia-friendly community advisors during their September trip to Minnesota.

Providing Access to Marlborough Meals
Marlborough Supportive Housing adds new transportation program for congregate meals
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the local non-profit organization Catering Options, which will be providing transportation for tenants at Marlborough Supportive Housing to attend congregate meals.

As part of the Supportive Housing Program, the BayPath Nutrition Department holds a daily congregate meal for tenants. Our Supportive program includes three separate senior buildings: 240 Main Street, 29 Pleasant Street, and 397 Bolton Street. As the meal is only held at one of the buildings daily, lack of transportation has been a barrier for some tenants to attend the meals. Catering Options was approved from an Area Agency on Aging grant though BayPath Elder Services to provide the transportation services.

Supportive Housing Aide Honored at Breakfast
Cheryl Leeber, who is employed by Partners HealthCare at Home as an Aide providing services for our Marlborough Supportive Housing program, received an Outstanding Service Award at BayPath's Annual Breakfast earlier this month. Cheryl is highly regarded among the clients at Supportive Housing and is well deserving of this recognition.  

-- Submitted by BayPath's Jane Rourk, Marlborough Supportive Housing Coordinator
Simplifying the Search for Resources
MassOptions launching new website and call center
The Massachusetts Balancing Incentive Program is being re-branded as "MassOptions." The goal of the program is to provide simplified connections to services for elders and individuals with disabilities.

The new MassOptions website and call center are set to launch on November 2. The website will feature the call center number, an online chat function, a self-referral form and lists of community resources. The call center and chat function will be available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MassOptions will link to a broad range of services, including day services, personal care services, health and therapeutic services,equipment and supplies, mental health services and in-home supports.

MassOptions will be launching a public awareness campaign that includes the use of social media, radio, television, public transit and online advertisements to let the public know about MassOptions and provide information about ASAPs, AAAs, ILCs and state agency partners.
Interdepartmental Praise
BayPath client appreciative of Dexter's assistance
Marlborough Supportive Housing Coordinator Jane Rourk passed along this acknowledgment of one of her fellow staffer's strong work in support of a BayPath client:

"Understanding and dealing with a billing issue or question can be a stressful event for our clients. Recently a client at Marlborough Supportive Housing provided some great feedback about one of our finance department staff members to me. The client reported that she was very impressed by BayPath Billing Coordinator, Mark Dexter, who she had called with a question about her bill. The client reports that Mark was highly personable, professional, and helped her to understand the bill. This is not the first compliment that has been passed along to me about Mark and it is great to hear such positive reviews of a fellow staff member."  
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
BayPath Breakfast Caps Another Banner Year

BayPath Elder Services held its 38th Annual Meeting Breakfast Oct. 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended, guest speaker Dr. Alice Bonner, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, fellow speakers BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro and President of BayPath's Board of Directors Brenda Costa, and all the staff and volunteers who helped us enjoy another successful year providing services and programs to older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to support their independence and dignity.

We'd also like to congratulate the winners of our annual awards, including Outstanding Employee of the Year Liz Tretiak (top left, receiving flowers from Alessandro), BayPath receptionist Ellen Peters (above right), who was honored for 25 years of service with the agency, Frances Borger Community Service Award winner Ed Gottman (bottom with Costa and Alessandro) and BayPath's Person of the Year Arthur Bergeron (below). 
Thank you for taking the time to look through our newsletter, and please check out our website, 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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