Aging and Youth Quarterly Review
It has been an extremely busy few months and a lot of great things have been accomplished. Please see below what’s new.
Sodus Senior Nutrition Site
“Lunch Club 60”
It took a lot of hard effort but we finally got the Sodus Lunch Club 60 up and running. After searching high and low for a site in the Sodus area we finally found a lovely, sunny, handicapped accessible location at 47 Maple Ave. Commons (by the railroad tracks). On the surface, this does not sound like a big deal, however, we needed to start at ground zero with leasing, painting, purchasing chairs, tables, appliances, phone, putting in smoke detectors, a sink, backdrop, faucet and all the other items necessary to run a Senior Center.
The site passed both the Health Department and Building Code inspection on Tuesday June 13th. We had our Grand Opening on June 16 with 45 people attending!!! I want to thank Lisa Zonneville, Nutrition Coordinator, Amy Haskins Coordinator for Aging Services, Stephanie Wilson, Principal Account Clerk, Annie Fuller, Americorps volunteer and Caryl Carne Coe, Sodus Senior Center Manager, for going above and beyond to pull it all together.
The Center has two additional offices available for our staff to provide health insurance counseling and case management services for our northern older adults and caregivers.
Personal Emergency Response Units (PERS)
The Department provides personal emergency response units to individuals 60 and over who are generally alone for at least eight hours a day and who have health conditions that may require immediate help. The eligibility is based on an assessed need not income. Once deemed eligible, a unit is provided at no charge, although donations are gratefully accepted to offset the costs of the program.
The Department has selected a new provider that is locally based. The company’s name is “Response 4 Help”. Starting in May, the people currently on the waiting list and the 150 units that are already out in the community will be fitted with new two way units for both land line and non-landline consumers. The transition should be completed within 60 days. Notifications have gone out to existing customers for the “Response 4 Help” technicians to replace the units. Someone from the Department will also be calling everyone with updates.
We received approval to fill two Services Assistant positions. The goal is to have the positions in place by July so one can be trained as a health insurance counselor before the October open enrollment period starts and the second position will fall under the nutrition unit to conduct the required home delivered meal assessment/reassessments and assist with referral services at the congregate sites and
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Our new Account Clerk, Heaven Warnica, is doing an outstanding job with vouchers and payroll, while our other account clerk, Lisa Paddock is focused on the PERS and Personal Care Aide scheduling/billing and assisting the Health Insurance counselors with enrollment and benefit services.
Speaking of clerical; we have also completed the clerical office renovations project up front. We have new carpet/painting, relocated the mail and copier functions to another office and reconfigured the clerical office space so there are fewer distractions for Pam Marsteiner, Sr. Clerk Typist and Candi Hutchings, receptionist. They are very happy with the updated accommodations.
Kathy McGonigal, Deputy Director of Youth and Evonne Pomerantz, Service Assistant have hired 13 lifeguards and revised the Sodus Point Beach Plan, conducted the skills test and orientation for the lifeguards.
Kathy, Evonne and I met with Sheriff Virts to discuss postponing the opening of Bayside Sodus Point Beach due to the high water level, debris and significant erosion. There is virtually no beach on the bayside at this point. The Buildings and Grounds Dept. has cleaned up the beach for the Bath House (facilities) and the concession stand to open on June 23rd. The County Lakeside Beach, complete with lifeguards, officially opens June 27th.
“Plan Ahead” Event
On May 1st the Department held a “Plan Ahead” Event as part of the annual Michell Rabbino Law day. Approximately 45 participants attended at the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark. The topics included Making Health Care Decisions (health care directives), Wills and Powers of Attorney, Pre planning your funeral and Communicating with your Health Care Provider.
The participants felt it was very beneficial/informative and gave the event glowing reviews. Amy Haskins, Coordinator of Aging Services did a superb job organizing the event. The event went off without a hitch
This was the first of two public hearings for this year.
You can get information about our second event scheduled October 9th at the Health Services Building (our office) on page 3 of our quarterly newsletter. The October event will focus on Health Insurance options.
Thanks to all our presenters, Katie Orem, Excellus, Gavin Reynolds, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Adam Schrom, NYS Funeral Directors Association, and Jose Cruz with the Finger Lakes Caregiver Institute.
Hope all of you have a fun and safe summer. Be sure to let us know if you need any help!