Outreach and Advocate Center
Caregiver's Support Group
October 14th at 10:30 AM. Our Outreach Coordinator facilitates the program that meets on the second Friday of the month. This program is structured to benefit anyone who is caring for a loved one with numerous health conditions. Professional guest speakers will provide additional resources and supportive information. To participate, pre-registration is required for your attendance by calling our Center at 508-394-7606 X 1335.
Brown-Bag Food Program. . . Do You Qualify?
If you are receiving one or more of the following assistance programs: Mass Health, Veterans Aid, SSI, AFDC, Food Stamps, WIC, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, or TA, you may be eligible. If you would like to qualify to receive a bag of food each month, you will need to file a “one-time” application by the fourth week of the month in order to qualify for the following month. If you have already qualified, pick up is scheduled for Friday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM. Please call our Outreach Department at 508-394-7606 Ext. 1335 information.
SHINE NEWS… Open Enrollment is just around the corner so don’t delay!
- Medicare’s Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) and Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 – December 7) will be here before you know it and it is very important to review your Medicare options during this peri
od. You will receive a notice from your Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO) Plan in September. Make sure you read this notice- it will explain the changes (premiums, copays, tiers) to your plan for 2017.
- During the Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan. This change takes effect January 1, 2017. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan’s changes, screen you for assistance programs and discuss other options you may have. If you do not change your plan during this period you may have to stay with your existing plan for another whole year. (Note: the open enrollment may not affect those with retiree coverage).
- DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE- Appointments fill up fast! Call the senior center and make an appointment with a SHINE counselor for this year’s open enrollment. Make sure you bring the list or bottles of your current medications to the appointment and if you are a couple, please ask for 2 appointments. Call 508-394-7606, X 1330.
Expanded Service Programs for Non-Mass Health Consumers: ♦ Consumer Directed Care (CDC) - a program whereby the elder hires, trains, supervises, and schedules a worker of their choosing. Potential workers are submitted to a CORI and paid wage (per hour rate) that would otherwise go to a contracted vendor. Hourly wage changes however does purchase more hours of service per week (rather than through a formal agency.) This allows consumers to be authorized more time for assistance. Any consumer who does not have Mass Health through the Frail Elder Waiver program is eligible. CDC can be supported within programs such as Respite over income, Home Care basic and ECOP program and accessed through elder services.
Elder Services Resources
Elder Services Lunch Program
Healthy, delicious hot meals are served at our Center four days per week. The program provides a great chance to get out of the house during the week to make new friends or renew old acquaintances. A voluntary donation of $2.00 per person is recommended, and lunches are served on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please call to review the menu for each week and make reservations by calling 508-398-5060, 24 hours in advance, before 11:00 AM.
Meals are delivered between 10 AM and Noon, Monday through Friday, except holidays. If you’re isolated and homebound, you can arrange for extra meals that you can use over the weekend. We ask for a small donation of $2.00 per meal to help us pay for the program, but we never deny anyone a meal if they are unable to make a donation. It’s easy to start delivery of Meals on Wheels. Simply call Information & Referral at 508-394-4630 or 1-800-244- 4630.
Never give your credit card, banking, Social Security, Medicare, or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call. Be skeptical of all unsolicited offers and thoroughly do your research. If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it; waiting could make it worse. Call Outreach Coordinator, Hilda Davenport, at 508-394-7606 Ext: 1335 for more information.
Barnstable Veterans Services
Did you know that 955 case files exist for Yarmouth veterans or widows at the Barnstable office? Are you a Veteran or Widow in need of help? Please contact our Veterans Services Agent, Edward F. Merigan at the main office located on 66 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. Telephone: 508-778-8740 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Call for an office appointment or a home visit if you are a home bound Veteran or Widow.
Prescription Drug Disposal Notice-
Yarmouth Police Department has a secured Drug Turn In Drop Box at One Brad Erickson Way, West Yarmouth. Open to the public anytime 24/7. We encourage all seniors to dispose of all outdated and unused prescription drugs as part of their Fall cleaning and New Year organization processes!