Bristol Elder Services, Inc. is actively recruiting volunteers in the Taunton area for the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program and for the Bristol Elder Services’ Advisory Council. All it takes to volunteer with us is a caring spirit and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors.
A volunteer Ombudsman receives, investigates, and works to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long term care homes. An Ombudsman visits nursing homes in the greater Taunton area weekly to meet with residents and to observe conditions in the facility. Training and support is provided.
We are also seeking volunteers for Bristol’s Advisory Council. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to Bristol’s Board of Directors on issues and concerns affecting seniors in greater Attleboro, Fall River, and Taunton. Responsibilities include planning, advocacy, and program development.
Thank you for your consideration of these rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please contact Jennifer Jimenez at 774-627-1472.
President Ronald Regan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s. Today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050.
In August 2016, Bristol Elder Services was awarded a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to create a Dementia Friendly Community. The goal of the initiative is to educate local businesses in how to recognize signs of dementia and ways to successfully interact with customers they encounter in person or on the phone. Since its inception, volunteers have conducted 27 training sessions for 770 employees of area businesses.
To find out more about more about Dementia Friendly Fall River call Bristol Elder Services at (508) 675-2101.
Visit www.alz.org for more information on Alzheimer’s Disease.
Open Enrollment is fast approaching! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO or PPO), you should receive a notice from your plan by the end of September. That notice outlines changes to be made to your plan for 2018: it is important to review, understand and save this information. During Medicare Open Enrollment, from October 15th to December 7th, you will be able to change your plan for next year.
If you would like help understanding your upcoming changes and options, a trained SHINE counselor is available to offer FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling on all Medicare and related health insurance programs. You can reach the SHINE program by calling 508-222-1399. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. If you have questions or need an appointment during Open Enrollment you should call NOW.
Source: Attleboro SHINE Program