Senior Center to host flu shot, pneumonia shot and Tdap shot clinic


    A flu shot, pneumonia shot Tdap shot clinic, presented by the Walmart Pharmacy, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., or call 264-2167.
    The Tdap shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) has been added this year as whooping cough is a threat to the elderly population.
    Please wear short sleeves or an undershirt, if possible.
    Please bring your Medicare Card, insurance card or drug card.
    Falls prevention program
    The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is pleased to announce our third Matter of Balance program.
    A Matter of Balance is an award-winning falls prevention program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
    The classes help participants to:
    • View falls and fear of falling as controllable.
    • Set realistic goals for increasing activity.
    • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.
    • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance.
    You can benefit from the classes if:
    • You are concerned about falls.
    • Have sustained a fall in the past.
    • You restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
    • You are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
    • You are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.
    The Matter of Balance program lasts eight weeks. The program began on Sept. 27. Classes are on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Class size is limited.
    Please call 264-2167 for more information or to register. The classes are free.
    Health and wellness
    The Senior Center has a pilot program expanding health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring, or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
    There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
    Clinical assessment will be provided by Tabitha Zappone, FNP-C.
    The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
    The next wellness event will be Oct. 25.
    San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging long-term care ombudsman: Resident rights
    By Kay Kaylor
    Last time I introduced myself as the long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County. I advocate for nursing home and assisted living residents, who have the rights of all citizens under the U.S. Constitution, and these residents are guaranteed additional rights under federal and state laws specific to their status.
    The Nursing Home Reform law of 1987 emphasizes two provisions that establish the foundation for all other provisions, including those to be implemented this year and next. Effective June 2016, additional regulations were added to Chapter 5 regulations on nursing care facilities. New state regulations for assisted living homes are also in the works. Among the changes are additional rules on transfers and discharges.
    The two key provisions of the Nursing Home Reform law are qualify of care and quality of life. To ensure quality of care, nursing homes must provide services and activities to achieve or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of residents as written in a plan of care. To ensure quality of life, nursing homes must care for residents in both manner and environment to promote maintenance or enhancement of their quality of life.
    To achieve these provisions, nursing homes must be responsive to the preferences and needs of individual residents. For example, residents choose their food, activities and personal schedules, such as when they have visitors.
    In future “Senior Center” columns, I will elaborate on such resident rights. For further information, you may call me at 403-2164.
    Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch. If you are a senior (60 years and older), for only a $4 suggested donation, you are eligible for a hot meal, drink and a salad prepared by our kitchen staff.
    The guest fee for those 59 and under is $10 and children 10 years and under can eat for $5 each. Access to the salad bar is only $6 for those under 60.
    Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Thursday, Oct. 5 — Crunchy baked catfish, roasted beets, green peas and salad bar.
    Friday, Oct. 6 — Pork sausage and peppers skillet, homestyle potatoes, spinach, salad bar and pumpkin muffin.
    Monday, Oct. 9 — Closed for Columbus Day.
    Tuesday, Oct. 10 — Beef Salisbury steak, herb green beans, mashed potatoes, salad bar and chocolate cake.
    Wednesday, Oct. 11 — Pulled pork sandwich, orange beet salad, baked beans and salad bar.
    Thursday, Oct. 12 — Chicken with pistachio pesto linguine, spinach with tomatoes, zucchini, salad bar and lemon dessert.
    Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine in the Community Cafe at the Senior Center.
    For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always attend. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days.