The Front Porch News
April 2017
  
 
April 23 through April 29 in National Volunteer Week
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community.  It is your chance to make a difference and to brighten a person's day.  If you would like to meet new people, make new friends, then please consider helping out with some of the many volunteer positions we have available at Riverview Estates.

Hair Salon - Assist residents to and from their hair appointments.

Accompany Residents outside for walks - Spring is here! How about taking someone out for a walk on the river?  Stroll through our property and enjoy the flowers and beautiful scenery.

Playing Games - Do you like to play Scrabble, Uno, Chinese Checkers, Word Games or BINGO?  We have Residents that would love sharing game time with you.

Special Events - We always have an event or fundraiser planned that we could use extra help with.

One on One Visits - Reminisce, read a book, look at family pictures, listen or pray.

Share Special Talents - Do you sing or play an instrument?  We would love to hear you.

Laundry - Assist with folding and sorting clothes.

Social Services - Assist with room changes, organize resident rooms and seasonal clothing changes.

Business Office - Copying, filing and simple clerical jobs.

If you would like more information regarding our volunteer program at Riverview Estates, please contact Cathy Smyth at (856) 829-2274 ext 156.
 
In This Issue
Ask Jane
Healthy Hint
April Fools' Day Dirt Cake
Alzheimer's Support Group
   
      
"Ask Jane" Director of Social Services

Hello Jane,
My question is, my Aunt died 4 years ago in a nursing home in Pa., they took her Social Security check and Medicaid paid the rest while she was there, after she passed we sold her house. My question is with the Medicaid Recovery Act are we to pay back what Medicaid paid from the proceeds from the sale of her house?

I am the executor of her estate and I have her money in a bank account not being touched, in her will she wanted my brother and me to have the house, 4 years is a long time and we haven't had any contact from Medicaid, would appreciate any info you could give me, my brother passed 2 years ago.

My Mother was a resident at Riverview back in 2002, she passed in 2003, wonderful place!!

Thank you,
Adelaide
 
Dear Adelaide:

Established under federal law, the medical assistance estate recovery program requires the Department of Public Welfare to recover the Medical Assistance costs from the estates of individuals who have died. Repayment is required for the amount the state paid, even if the individuals paid part of the bill themselves or through insurance.  If an individual 55 years of age or older received certain Medical Assistance benefits and dies, the department will reimburse the Medical Assistance program by recovering these costs from the assets of the person's estate. An estate exists when a person dies and his or her assets are distributed by will or state law. All monies collected by the Medical Assistance Estate Recovery Program are returned to the Department of Public Welfare's long-term care programs to assist others in need of long-term care services.

Only individuals age 55 years and older who were receiving Medical Assistance benefits for the following services: * Nursing facility care; * Home and community based services; and * Any related hospital care and prescription drug services provided while receiving nursing facility care or care at home or in a community setting.

When a recipient dies, the personal representative of the deceased recipient's estate shall give notice to the department requesting a statement of claim, which is an accounting of all Medical Assistance payments made for the decedent for nursing home services, home and community based services and related hospital and prescription drug services. The notice shall be sent by certified mail return receipt or fax, with the deceased's name, deceased's last known address, deceased's Social Security number, deceased's date of birth, deceased's date of death, and written documentation of the gross value of the deceased's estate to:

Division of Third Party Liability Department of Public Welfare Estate Recovery Program P.O. Box 8486 Harrisburg, PA 17105-8486 Fax # (717) 772-6553

Please be sure to include the personal representative's name, address, and telephone number in the letter so the Medical Assistance Estate Recovery staff can respond. Within 45 days of receipt of an accurate and complete notice, the Department of Public Welfare must send to the personal representative of the estate, a statement of claim listing the amount of Medical Assistance paid. If the personal representative of the estate has questions about the amount owed or disagrees with it, he or she should contact the Medical Assistance Estate Recovery Program by telephone or letter. The Medical Assistance Estate Recovery Program will address any issues regarding the claim with the personal representative of the estate.

ESTATE RECOVERY PROGRAM
P. O. BOX 8486 Harrisburg, PA 17105-8486
or Estate Recovery Program Hotline 1-800-528-3708 or Welfare Helpline 1-800-692-7462 Or
Long Term Care Helpline 1-866-286-3636
Estate Recovery Program Web site: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ foradults/estaterecoveryprogram/S_001025

Sincerely,
Jane Bohn, LAC, CSW
Director of Social Services

If you or someone you know has a question for Jane please send her an email at jane@riverviewestates.org and remember to put "Ask Jane" in the subject line.
 

Healthy Hint

 

The Easter Bunny is the bearer of sweet treats in April, but it doesn't have to be that way!  You can make little changes and start filling those baskets with healthier options.  Try some of the following suggestions in your basket this year.

  • Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
  • Hard boiled eggs instead of peanut butter eggs
  • Annies bunny shaped grahams instead of malt chocolate
  • Fruit snacks instead of jelly beans

Just one or two changes can make a big difference and help you stay on track with your goals.

 

 April Fools' Day Dirt Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter softened 
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with creme filling 
Directions   
  1. Chop cookies very fine in food processor. The white cream will disappear.
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl.
  3. In a large bowl mix milk, pudding and whipped topping together.
  4. Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture together.
  5. Layer in flower pot, starting with cookies then cream mixture. Repeat layers.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. Add artificial flower and trowel. Enjoy!
Alzheimer's Support Group
 
Riverview Estates offers a support group for caregivers and family of those affected by Alzheimer's disease.  This is an informal group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. This group is free and provides information about the disease process, support, and services that are available. Please join us. For more information please contact Jane Bohn at (856)829-2274 ext.113 or via email at jane@riverviewestates.org
 
New Website!
Have you visited our website or Facebook page recently?  If not check it out and let us know what you think!

Website
Facebook
Grief Support Group
Pastor Patty is holding a grief support group every Tuesday.  Residents, staff and family are all welcome to join the group.  

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel

For more news check out our blog!
 
April  Events
APRIL 1  TRILLIUM 3 PIECE INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE

APRIL 4  AUXILIARY MEETING

APRIL 4  "OAK INTERGRATED CARE" (PAINTING NAILS)

APRIL 5  SING W/JESSICA CARROLL

APRIL 7  SING W/LENNY KING

APRIL 8  AUXILIARY MEETING AND SALE

APRIL 8  CLASSICAL PIANO W/REV. CORRENTI

APRIL 9  THE GLAMOUR GIRLS

APRIL 11 BIRTHDAY PARTY W/BRUCE COPP

APRIL 12  BELL CHOIR

APRIL 13  AUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

APRIL 14  GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

APRIL 15  SING W/KRISTEN CORYELL

APRIL 17  ICE CREAM SOCIAL

APRIL 18  CATHOLIC MASS

APRIL 18  UNFORGETTABLE
 (SINGING DUO)

APRIL 19  SING WITH JESSICA CARROLL

APRIL 21   SING W/ ANDREA GRANIERI

APRIL 22   VOLUNTEER BRUNCH

APRIL 22   THE JUBLIEE RINGERS

APRIL 27   Adopt a Grandparent Talent Show

APRIL 29   PHIL CROSSON -MAGIC SHOW

Eileen's Idioms
"One-track mind"

Meaning: always thinking about only one subject

Origin:
Most railroads have at least 2 tracks so trains can go in different directions without crashing into one another.  However, on a single -track railroad line, train traffic can move in only one direction at a time.
 
Daisy had a one track mind, when it came to Rosie's cookie jar.

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  Opal Vogt  at (856)829-2274