Thursday, February 22, 2018

Joni Schaff

What to look for and what to ask when seeking long-term care

Senior Center News
An Easter basket was donated by Rachel Parker and tickets were sold as a fundraiser for the Seniors Association. The winner was Kathy Koch. Thank you, Rachel, for your thoughtfulness.
The E & R Church Women’s Guild donated to the Needy Persons Nutrition Program of the Council on Aging this month. Thank you, ladies.
A longtime friend, Emery “Bum” Haynie, has passed away. His late wife was Gretchen Van Cleve Rogers. The couple was enjoyable to watch together. They both had married others when young and those spouses had passed away. Gretchen and Bum were childhood sweethearts. Their love had waited a lifetime to be found. I was told that “Bum” had gotten the nickname from my grandfather, Henry “Bum” Schubert. I guess it was a likeable name.
Condolences to Bum and Gretchen’s families from the Hardin and Big Horn County people fortunate enough to have known them.
An ombudsman is an advocate for nursing home residents and serves residents in assisted living facilities, too. The ombudsman program in the State of Montana is part of the Senior and Long Term Care/Department of Public Health and Human Services. The local ombudsman for the Big Horn County facilities is Tammy Schissler. Her phone number is (406) 256-6568 in Billings.
The following are tips for evaluating long-term care facilities
In a brochure regarding “Tips for Choosing a Quality Long Term Care Facility,” these are some suggestions when choosing a facility for yourself or your family member.
First: Speak to an ombudsman. You may call 1-800-551-3191 and ask for a listing of facilities available in the area and they will answer any questions you might have.
Second: Visit any potential facilities. Ask to meet the administrator, social services director and director of nursing.
Third: Ask to sample the food.
Fourth: Ask to look at the activity calendar for the facility.
Fifth: Ask to see a listing of services the facility provides. Does the facility have a vehicle to assist in transporting you or your loved one to and from appointments? Also, request that the facility provide you with a cost of care estimate, which includes the base rate and extras.
Sixth: Ask for a copy of the facility’s most recent survey. This document will tell you how the facility did on its last state inspection (facilities are inspected every 12-18 months).
Seventh: After an initial visit to the facility, return at a different day and time to obtain a more thorough assessment of the facility.
The Hardin Senior Center’s activities for next week include a Game Day on Friday, April 21 in the afternoon; bingo on Tuesday, April 25; a Fun For You Day on Wednesday, April 26; blackout bingo on Thursday, April 27; and music played on the CD player for your enjoyment each day.
The senior center phone number is (406) 665-2581.
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, April 20 – breakfast casserole, sausage, fruit
Friday, April 21 – Cook’s choice, dessert
Monday, April 24 – chicken burger, scalloped potatoes, salad, dessert
Tuesday, April 25 – chili, cornbread, cinnamon roll
Wednesday, April 26 – pork roast, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, April 27 – meat loaf, potatoes, vegetables, salad, dessert
Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:
Friday, April 21 – Indian taco, pear Jell-O, carrot cake
Monday, April 24 – pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, strawberry pie
Wednesday, April 26 – Spanish rice, green beans, banana cake, cheese cake