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Volume 6, Issue 5                                                              October 2014
 
Did you know that October is National Resident's Rights Month? A person living in a long term care facility maintains the same rights as an individual in the larger community. As required by law, nursing homes must "promote and protect the rights of each resident," placing a strong emphasis on individual dignity, choice and self-determination.

This October, in honor of this special month, I invite you to become a volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Be an advocate for residents of nursing home and rest home facilities. Learn more about this opportunity below, and read more about Resident's Rights Month here.

Take the Driver's Seat:

Volunteers are Needed for New Medical Transportation Program

What:
When:
October 29, 1 to 5 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Where:
Franklin County Home Care Corporation
Turners Falls, MA (directions)
Contact:
Trevor Boeding
Program Director
413-773-5555 x2241
978-544-2259 x2241
Say, it's Monday, and 87-year-old Jane's daughter-in-law has driven her from her house in Erving to see her primary care physician in Greenfield. The doctor wants Jane to visit a specialist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield as soon as possible, so the receptionist schedules the appointment for her - next Friday at 9 a.m. That gives Jane just under two weeks to make travel arrangements.

Jane's daughter-in-law and son are both busy that day. Due to her mobility issues, Jane will not be able to make it to the bus stop on her own.

What is Jane to do?

That's where volunteers for the new "Rides for Health" program at Franklin County Home Care Corporation (FCHCC) will come in.... [read more]
Ombudsman = Advocate!LTCO
Volunteer as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
What:
Volunteer Training
When:
October 29, 30, & 31, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact:
Trevor Boeding
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director
413-773-5555 x2241
978-544-2259 x2241
A Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a volunteer who helps nursing home or rest home residents ensure quality of life and quality of care by hearing and resolving their complaints and advocating for their rights.

Individuals who are interested in becoming an Ombudsman volunteer should have a friendly disposition, active listening skills, collaborative problem solving skills, and a strong appreciation for elders and people with disabilities.... [read more]

LGBT Elders Invited to Session on 

Legal and Financial Issues

What:
Legal and Financial Issues for LGBT Elders
When:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Where:
All Souls Church
399 Main Street
Greenfield, MA
Contact:
Lynne Feldman
Director of Community Services
413-773-5555 x2215
978-544-2259 x2215

A panel of experts will discuss considerations for LGBT individuals during their later years, whether they are since, partnered, married, or considering marriage, covering issues such as income, taxes, assets, property, health insurance, federal benefits, retirement savings, and more. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.... [read more]

 

Click here to RSVP.

Legal and Financial Issues & Answers for Alzheimer's Disease

What:
Alzheimer's Association presents:
When:
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
1 to 3 p.m.
Where:
Franklin County Home Care Corporation
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Preregistration is required:
By phone: 800-272-3900

Many families wait until it's too late to learn about legal and financial concerns. This presentation by Elder Law Attorney Kate Downes and Melissa Grenier, LCSW, of the Alzheimer's Association provides information about wills, durable power of attorney, protection of assets, and what Medicare and Medicaid do and do not cover.

While this program is not intended to substitute for a personal appointment with an elder law attorney, you will have the opportunity to hear about typical issues and problems that can be avoided or reduced by adequate planning. 

 

Click here to preregister.

Fun & Fitness in Bernardston
The Bernardston Senior Center sits back from the road at 20 Church Street. The large, white, Italianate, former school building is quite welcoming beside a little pond in the autumn sunshine. 

That sense of welcome extends as you walk inside the building and are greeted by the volunteer at the front desk. On Thursdays, Bill Johnson, a senior resident of Bernardston, welcomes guests. 

Bill and his wife, Candice, are regular attendees of the exercises classes at the center. Bill, who describes his own experience as "wonderful," notes that many people from surrounding towns have been attending the programs as well because "it's a very friendly, welcoming, kind and loving atmosphere."
For the past 13 years, making the senior center become just that has been the mission of Dianne Cornwell, Senior Center Director. Back when she took on the role, the center was only open two days a week. Now, visitors are welcome to attend the daily lunch at 11:45 a.m.; social trips and outreach programs on Mondays; speakers, music, fitness classes, arts and crafts projects, and other programming on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; plus some scheduled events in the evenings..

And the fun doesn't stop there.... [read more]
A reminder from SHINE:
Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15
If you have Medicare, sometime during the month of September you will be receiving important information known as an Annual Notice of Change. It will be sent to you from your Prescription Drug Plan or your Medicare Advantage Plan. The mailing will explain any changes to your plan in the coming year regarding premiums, drug coverage (formulary), providers and restrictions. 

It is important to review the letter to make sure the plan still works for you. This is the time when you can join, drop or change your insurance, and the new coverage will begin on January 1, 2015.... [read more]
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Give us a call at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 
or email info@fchcc.org.

 

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We are here to help you remain in your own home and the community you wish to be a part of. Sometimes that place may be a long-term care nursing or rest facility. This Resident's Rights Awareness Month, we'd like to remind you that we're here for you, no matter where you call home.
 
Contact us for assistance with choosing a nursing facility or any other questions related to elder, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. The Information & Caregiver Resource Center offers timely, relevant answers to your questions. Call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 during normal business hours or email info@fchcc.org anytime.

You can read more about our programs at www.fchcc.org

  

Sincerely,

  


Roseann Martoccia
Franklin County Home Care Corporation


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