Volunteers are Lifesavers!

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore and SeniorCare held their annual volunteer recognition luncheon at Danversport Yacht Club on November 1st.  A Business Showcase was once again part of the festivities along with a Photo Booth for all attendees to enjoy.

SeniorCare Chief Executive Officer Scott Trenti welcomed the 150+ volunteers, local officials, community partners, and event sponsors, saying “Many local agencies, including SeniorCare, would simply not be able to offer the level of services available to so many people without your help. Through this service, you improve the quality of life for all of us in each of our communities.” Ruth Lindsay, RSVP Director, also welcomed the group, saying “You are making an enormous difference in the lives of the people we all serve.”

Awards were presented to volunteers who achieved years-of-service milestones. Several were recognized for 20+ years of service.  They were Doris Weimer, Ed Chabot, Barbara Denis, Ann Richardson, Ida Christopher, Esther Galpern, Marie Messner, Catherine Morrocco, Bethline Georgeopoulos, Thelma Hartnett, Frank Clocher, Priscilla McKay, Beatrice Smith, Ruth Moore and Wallace Rowe.

Presidential Awards, given for 4000+ lifetime hours of service, were presented to Patricia Colbert and John McManus.

Congressional Certificates of Service were also presented to the 20+ years of service honorees as well as the Presidential recipients by representatives from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.

 

Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsors:

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SeniorCare 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration

SeniorCare Inc. held its 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration in September at the gorgeous Ipswich Country Club. The Gala featured community honors and dancing to the sounds of Madhouse. The Gala was presented by ABC Home Healthcare Professionals.

SeniorCare honored three community leaders at the Gala. Dr. Howard Grant of Lahey Health Systems, Inc. was presented with the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award. Dorothy Calandra of The Dinner Bell in Ipswich was presented with the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award. Massachusetts State Representative Jerald “Jerry” Parisella was presented with the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition award.

 

 

Presenting Sponsor

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Executive Sponsor

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Premier Sponsors

EasternBank

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Thank you also to our program advertisers:

SeniorCare Publishes 45th Annual Report

At its 45th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 28, SeniorCare presented this year’s Annual Report, celebrating our accomplishments during 2016-2017 and our history of serving the North Shore community for 45 years!

Featured in the Report–

  • Message from the President & Executive Director
  • Stories about three of our consumers
  • The 20th Anniversary of “Project Warm Friends”
  • A Tribute to The Gloucester House and Lobsta Land, honoring their ongoing support of SeniorCare
  • and much more!

Download Annual Report

A Message from Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Thank you for contacting me about nutrition and anti-hunger programs.

No matter who you are or where you live, I strongly believe that as a matter of basic human rights, you should be able to eat. The U.S. is a global leader in working to provide food assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. But even here in the United States, far too many families have trouble putting food on the table. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 percent of U.S. households – more than 15 million Americans – struggle with hunger. More than twenty million low-income children rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, yet only about 3 million of these children receive meals during the summer. Building a better tomorrow for our children requires making sure that they, and their families, have access to basic necessities like nutritious food.

It is clear that hunger affects people of all ages and that current federal and state programs – including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the National School Lunch Program, and public-private partnerships like Meals on Wheels – play a vital role in ensuring that families have help putting food on the table. I have supported increased funding for anti-hunger and nutrition programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) and will continue to oppose any efforts to gut these programs.

While I am not a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, I am closely following debates over the 2018 Farm Bill, SNAP, and other nutrition programs to ensure that these programs have the support they need to continue providing critical nutrition services.

I will keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to fight for funding of federal nutrition programs that allow families to eat and help children grow and thrive. I appreciate your reaching out to me, and please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about issues of importance to you.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Warren
United States Senator

45th Anniversary Gala (2017)

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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 kelly.knox@seniorcareinc.org.

 

Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Executive Sponsor

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Premier Sponsors

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Thank you also to our program advertisers:

Homecare for All Now Available

homecareThe 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 – getting 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.

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed in Ipswich, MA

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.

IRS Telephone Scams

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.