SeniorCare’s Autumn 2017 newsletter is now available, and features the 45th Anniversary Gala, the annual Volunteer Luncheon, Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann and a shout out to SeniorCare’s Protective Services team.
SeniorCare Inc. will host its 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the gorgeous Ipswich Country Club, located at 148 Country Club Way in Ipswich, MA. The Gala will feature a delicious dinner, dancing to the sounds of Madhouse and a Silent Auction. The Gala is presented by ABC Home Healthcare Professionals.
SeniorCare will honor three community leaders at the Gala. Dr. Howard Grant of Lahey Health Systems, Inc. will be presented with the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award. Dorothy Calandra of The Dinner Bell in Ipswich will be presented with the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award. Massachusetts State Representative Jerald “Jerry” Parisella will be presented with the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition award.
Tickets to the Gala are $75 each or a table of 10 for $650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information about the Gala, contact SeniorCare’s Development Officer Kelly Knox at 978-865-3540 or email@example.com.
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The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) states that more than 90 percent of older adults would rather live in their own homes and communities rather than move to senior housing. Other research shows that 75 percent of people age 40 and over plan on living in their own homes when they are 80.
With the baby boomer generation adding 10,000 additional people to the 65 and over category every day until 2024, that is a lot or people that will need support to ensure they maintain their independence.
SeniorCare has had the mission of helping people age in place long before it became a national conversation. As a matter of fact, SeniorCare is celebrating 45 years of serving the aging community this year. Until just recently, the only way to receive homecare services from SeniorCare was to meet functional impairment and income requirements. Only those who met the income guidelines and had a caregiver were eligible to receive services. These guidelines have changed.
People still need to meet the functional impairment guidelines, but SeniorCare can now provide and coordinate services for all income levels on a sliding scale.
At the lowest income guidelines SeniorCare charges monthly co-payments rather than per service charges. Once you reach a certain income level it used to be that you had to go directly to private care organizations. As of the beginning of this year however, any person who is “over income” can now pay a percentage of the cost, up to 100%, that SeniorCare incurs.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS) and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are key life tasks that people need to manage, in order to live at home and be fully independent.
IADLs include tasks that manage our environment such as:
- Telephone use – ability to make and receive calls independently
- Meal Preparation – putting together and preparing healthy meals
- Grocery Shopping – ability to go to the store to purchase food
- Medication Management – assistance with taking medication appropriately
- Home Making – house cleaning
- Laundry – being able to load and unload the washer and dryer
- Transportation – the ability to arrange for transportation for shopping, social events, doctor appointments and medical treatments
- Money management – ability to write checks, pay bills, and balance a checkbook
Essentially ADLs are self-care tasks we learn as very young children:
- Walking – or otherwise getting around the house or outside. Technically speaking this is called “ambulating.”
- Feeding – being able to get food from a plate into one’s mouth.
- Dressing and grooming – selecting clothes, putting them on and adequately managing one’s personal appearance.
- Toileting – setting to and from the toilet, using it appropriately and cleaning oneself.
- Bathing – being able to wash one’s own face and body in the bath or shower.
- Transferring – being able to move from one body position to another. This includes being able to move from a bed to a chair, or into a wheelchair.
If a person needs assistance with certain IADLs, or any one of the ADLs, they are eligible for SeniorCare Services. The unique aspect of using SeniorCare for in-home care services is that each person we serve gets access to a Care Manager. Given SeniorCare’s wide range of contracted providers for services, a person will pay less than if they chose private pay.
If a person is prescreened to qualify, a Care Manager will visit and do an intake to determine eligibility for services based on the number of IADLs or ADLs the person needs help with. The Care Manager will also determine if a co-pay is required.
If you or a loved one are in need of support to remain independent and connected to community, SeniorCare may be able to help at a lower cost. Give SeniorCare a call and maybe they can work with you to do what they do best, provide and coordinate services that allow for the freedom of independent living.
SeniorCare Inc. “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon time meals to homebound seniors in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week will be greatly appreciated. Meals on Wheels drivers pick up fully prepared and packaged hot meals on the morning of each delivery.
SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door for frail and homebound elders. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer. In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day. SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day. Annually, this means 136,216 home-delivered meals and 39,250 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.
For information, contact SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978 281-1750, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To: UMass Medical School community
From: John Luippold, Director, Public Safety, UMass Medical School
Date: August 9, 2017
Subject: IRS telephone scams
Recently, we have conducted investigations of several instances of telephone scammers pretending to be from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We would like to provide our community with some information to help prevent employees or their families from being victimized by scams or frauds. The links below contain useful information on ways to avoid falling victim to this common scam.
The link below is to a YouTube video, courtesy of the IRS. It provides a quick overview of what the IRS does not do when seeking tax payments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM
The following links direct you to the IRS website and provide you with information on how to avoid tax scams. You can also report ‘phishing’ or other online scams.
The following link details how you can determine if the IRS is trying to contact you.
We hope this information is helpful.
SeniorCare Inc. presents Alive Inside, the Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett Street in Topsfield, MA. The 78-minute film will be followed by a discussion and cocktail hour with light appetizers. This presentation is sponsored by The Residence at Riverbend.
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph.
This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, as he fights against a broken healthcare system trying to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those with dementia. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts.
An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
There is no charge to attend this presentation. However, advance reservations are requested, and donations to support SeniorCare’s programs will be accepted. To reserve a ticket or for more information, contact SeniorCare’s Development Officer Kelly Knox at 978-865-3540 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on SeniorCare’s programs, visit www.seniorcareinc.org or like us on Facebook.
SeniorCare Inc. will hold a fundraiser at Bertucci’s of Beverly, located at 27 Enon Street in North Beverly, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bertucci’s will donate 15% of all orders placed—both dine-in and take-out. Reservations are recommended– call 978-927-6866. Please let them know that you are participating in SeniorCare’s Dine Out Fundraiser. The coupon below is required to qualify for the fundraiser.
To report suspected elder abuse, call 1-800-922-2275.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs has centralized the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (Elder Abuse Hotline) to a single phone number, which will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting. All calls (24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) will go directly to the Massachusetts-based call center at 1-800-922-2275 regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder.
While the initial report intake will be centralized, all reports will continue to be referred to and handled by local Protective Services Agencies for screening, investigation, and service planning.
The centralized system of reporting is new, replacing the system of contacting local Protective Service agencies to make reports. Local agencies that have previously accepted Elder Abuse reports will be able to immediately transfer callers to the central call center.
To report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-2275.
SeniorCare Inc. has had a Protective Services Department since the early 1980s. SeniorCare’s Protective Services Workers complete assessments of reported allegations by gathering information from a variety of sources. Once a determination is made, the Protective Services Worker will work closely with the elder to identify and refer to community resources in an effort to reduce and/or eliminate risks to the elder.
June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2017, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special events throughout the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.
10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. That trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive situations. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.
Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. In Massachusetts, an elder is anyone 60 or older.
If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you should call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.
This year, SeniorCare is participating in four rallies to increase awareness of Elder Abuse. The first rally will take place in front of Beverly City Hall on Saturday, June 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Beverly’s event is supported by the Beverly Police Department, HAWC, SeniorCare and the Beverly Council on Aging.
Gloucester will hold a rally on Wednesday, June 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to meet at the flagpole in front of the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The rally will march down Main Street, continuing along Rogers Street to the Fitz Henry Lane parking lot (across from Walgreens on the corner of Rogers Street and Harbor Loop). Following the march, there will be a cookout in the Fitz Henry Lane lot until 2:00 p.m. Gloucester’s event is supported by the Gloucester Police Department, HAWC, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and SeniorCare.
Ipswich will hold a rally on Thursday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Central and Market Streets). This event is supported by the City of Ipswich, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Ipswich Council on Aging and SeniorCare.
Rockport’s “Show You Care” rally will be held on Thursday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Broadway, Railroad Avenue, and Main Street). This event is supported by the Rockport Police Department, the Rockport Council on Aging and SeniorCare.
Concerned citizens are invited to participate in any or all of these events. Join SeniorCare and our local safety agencies in bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Please stop by to show your support!
SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!
SeniorCare’s Spring/Summer 2017 newsletter includes articles about Age & Dementia Friendly Communities, the Caring Connections Through Technology grant from Addison Gilbert & Beverly Hospitals, and more.