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Sharing the News…Suburu Share the Love Event

By |December 10th, 2018|

At HESSCO, we are well aware that Meals on Wheels is so much more than just a meal. Local Meals on Wheels programs not only provide daily nutritious meals, but also nourishing companionship and critical safety checks to America’s homebound seniors.

Meals on Wheels has participated in the Subaru Share the Love Event since its inception in 2008. Through Meals on Wheels America, the Subaru Share the Love Event has helped deliver nearly two million meals to America’s seniors.
Subaru and its retailers support Meals on Wheels because it’s part of their commitment — to leaving the world a better place than they found it through the core values of trust and love.

Help share the news! Suburu Share the Love Event runs from November 15, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Through this year-end sales event, Suburu of America will donate $250 to the buyer’s selected charity – and we hope you’ll choose Meals on Wheels. Each donation to Meals on Wheels programs enable seniors to age with independence and dignity in their own homes, where they want to be.

30 Days of Gratitude/Family Caregivers

By |November 6th, 2018|

Thank you to all of the caregivers who work tirelessly to do the best they can in one of the toughest jobs there is. November is #NationalFamilyCaregivers Month; a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. The Family Caregiver Support Program at HESSCO has been created to assist these informal caregivers who are caring for a loved one and looking for resources, answers, direction, or emotional support.

There is no charge for services from the Family Caregiver Support Program, and there are no income eligibility requirements for this program.

#GivingTuesday is three weeks away.  Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to give back in impactful ways to the nonprofits and causes they support. Among many things, your donation will help us to serve more family caregivers through our Family Caregiver Support Program.

This year’s #NationalFamilyCaregivers Month theme is “Supercharge Your Caregiving.” Below are 10 techniques from the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) you can employ to support yourself in your journey.

 

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own healthso that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  3. Accept offers of helpand suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectivelywith doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks
  6. Watch out for signs of depressionand don’t delay getting professional help when you need it.
  7. Be open to new technologiesthat can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical informationso it’s up to date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

Gratitude

By |October 31st, 2018|

What are you grateful for?

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Welcome November! As we look ahead to the upcoming holiday season, we pause to reflect on the past year. We have so much to be grateful for. The support we receive throughout the year enables us to deliver the level of service we have so proudly provided to the South Norfolk County community for the past 40 years. It is along this vein that we are launching a month-long Gratitude Campaign.
We invite staff, volunteers, partner organizations and all of our HESSCO supporters to join us on Facebook/Twitter and follow our #30Daysof Gratitude. Please post what you are thankful for! We will be sharing our followers’ sentiments throughout the month. If we select your gratitude to feature in one of our posts, you will win a prize!
At the end of the month, HESSCO will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to gratitude and giving. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to give back in impactful ways to the nonprofits and causes they support.
Thank you for joining us in this journey – We are grateful for YOU!

Are You Prepared?

By |October 3rd, 2018|

We’ve become conditioned to changing the batteries in our smoke and CO2 detectors twice a year when we change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Perhaps we could also get in the habit of refreshing our “Emergency Kits” at the same time? Everyone should have such a kit to be prepared in the face of an emergency. New England is in the midst of peak hurricane season, and winter is right around the corner. Below is a helpful Emergency Kit Checklist:

1. Three days of nonperishable/ non-cook food, water (1 gallon per day per person), and medication.

2. Flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries

3. First aid kit, cash, cell phone and charger

4. ID cards, information (Dr., meds, allergies), family/friends contacts, Health Care Proxy, toothbrush/toothpaste, blanket and washcloth

5. Clothes and baby or pet supplies if you need them

HESSCO Awarded $10,000 Prize For Participation in GIVE65 Event

By |August 15th, 2018|

HESSCO Elder Services is thrilled to announce that it received a $10,000 financial reward for its outstanding participation during the third-annual GIVE65 Event, a program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. The GIVE65 Event, which took place July 10 – July 12, is a one-of-a-kind, 65-hour, crowd-fundraising platform exclusively devoted to helping nonprofits raise money online for programs and services that create hope for seniors. Home Instead Senior Care Foundation provided $125,000 in matching grants, and all approved, participating organizations were eligible for one of two $10,000 financial rewards recognizing outstanding small-, medium- and large-sized participating nonprofits based on operating budget.

In addition to the $10,000 reward, HESSCO donors gave over $5,100 which earned the agency $2,500 in matching dollars. HESSCO’s campaign raised funds to help pay for Emergency and Holiday meals for the seniors it serves in South Norfolk County.

HESSCO has approximately 500 seniors over age 60 who receive Meals on Wheels through its nutrition program. For many of these seniors, HESSCO is the primary source of their nutrition on each day they receive the meal. When there is a weather emergency, the program sometimes cannot deliver meals. To prepare for these weather events, HESSCO purchases shelf-stable emergency meals which are distributed to each senior who receives Meals on Wheels. HESSCO also provides local police and fire departments with a supply of emergency meals. The expense of the emergency meals is not funded through any federal or state program and thus, HESSCO incurs the full cost because of our commitment to serve the nutrition needs of seniors.

On Thanksgiving and Christmas, HESSCO staff, Town of Walpole School Department staff, and congregants from Temple Sinai Sharon volunteer their time to deliver a free, hot meal to any senior in our community who is alone for the holiday. In 2017, HESSCO delivered over 150 meals on Thanksgiving and another 150 on Christmas. The seniors who receive these meals express their gratitude through tears, hugs, smiles and holiday well-wishes. HESSCO never has difficulty finding staff and other groups to donate their time because all involved know they have made a senior a little less lonely; however, donations are relied upon to cover the cost of the meals.

Thanks to its success during the GIVE65 Event, HESSCO will have ample “back up,” shelf stable meals available to consumers in the event of an emergency, and our neediest consumers will receive a visit and a nicely prepared meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Help Staying Cool

By |July 3rd, 2018|

We’re Having a Heat Wave!

Hot weather can be dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. To protect seniors, the standard advice is to get them into an air-conditioned building; have them dress lightly; and keep themselves hydrated.

Please take the time to check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors.  If someone is in need of an air conditioned environment, please see this link for a listing of local  cooling centers for the Summer of 2018.

 

Going Purple

By |June 27th, 2018|

HESSCO Goes Purple for Alzheimer’s

Throughout the month of June, HESSCO has joined the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

  • We’re walking – Team HESSCO is up! Join or donate to our team – for the Neponset Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s September 22, 2018. The money we have raised this month will be pledged to our team to help us reach our team goal.
  • We’re recognizing The Longest Day – June 21st is the summer solstice and the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day®, an event that asks people worldwide to select any activity they love to raise funds and awareness to help end Alzheimer’s. The longest day of the year is symbolic recognition of the challenge caregivers face.
  • We’re “Weathering the Storm” – A bulletin board has been designed with an umbrella and raindrops, each entitled with a different weather related song.
  • We’re planting “Seeds of Hope” – As a symbol of our support, “Seeds of Hope” have been planted and cared for.
  • We’re “Quilting” – Each staff member has contributed his/her own personalized “Square of Inspiration” to be incorporated into our company quilt which will showcase each other’s individuality.
  • We’re “Going Purple” – We have answered the call to action by going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.

Together we can #EndAlz!

News From The Social Security Administration

By |May 8th, 2018|

I’m pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have started to mail new Medicare cards to beneficiaries.

Instead of a Social Security Number (SSN), the new cards will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each beneficiary. The new card will help protect identities and secure personal information. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address on file here at Social Security. So please make sure the address of anyone you’re helping is up-to-date. An address can be updated easily by linking to my Social Security.

As Medicare beneficiaries begin to receive their replacement cards, please share these three tips with them:

  1. Once you get your New Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new one right away. Don’t just throw the old card away—shred it or cut it into small pieces.
  2. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing your old card. They’re ready to accept your new card when you need care.
  3. Beware of anyone contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, you don’t need to do anything to get your new card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

In addition, as of April 2018, Social Security removed the SSN from all notices and forms to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. These communications also include benefit-verification notices, Social Security post-entitlement notices, and certain documents sent to appointed representatives. The benefit-verification letter includes the recipient’s name and address. The SSN isn’t intended to serve as identification, nor should it be used as such by third parties.

Please share this information through your networks. For more information about the new Medicare card, click medicare.gov/newcard. You can also look up Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.

As always, thank you for your interest in our programs and the people we serve!

Sincerely,

Bob Patterson
Acting Associate Commissioner, External Affairs
(T) 410-965-1804

 

Older Americans Month 2018

By |May 2nd, 2018|

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The #OA18 theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.

Becoming engaged may not only benefit your community, you may benefit greatly as well:

  • Decrease your risk of depression
  • Enjoy a sense of purpose
  • Stay physically and mentally active
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Experience “The Happiness Effect”
  • Discover new opportunities

No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!

10 Things To Know About New Medicare Cards

By |February 12th, 2018|

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards starting in April 2018. Here are 10 things to know about your new Medicare card:  12018-10-Things-To-Know-About-New-Medicare-Card