Flu shot, pneumonia shot and Tdap shot clinic today at Senior Center


A flu shot, pneumonia shot Tdap shot clinic, presented by the Walmart Pharmacy, will be held today, 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.
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.
Medical alert system
Medical Alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We can help you get set up with a system and assist with the monthly service charges or, if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging long-term care ombudsman: Resident rights
By Kay Kaylor
As the part-time, long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County, I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes. As mentioned previously, federal and state laws provide protections for the rights of residents in long-term care communities. Each year, October is Residents’ Rights Month.
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, a major resource for long-term care information and ombudsman programs, named this year’s celebration “It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices.” Inspiring videos, artwork, poems and essays on this topic from residents and others can be found at this website: http://theconsumervoice.org/misc/2017-rv-entries.
The Consumer Voice divides resident rights into broad categories: The right to a dignified existence, the right to self-determination, the right to be fully informed, the right to raise grievances, the right to access, rights regarding financial affairs, right to privacy, and rights during discharge and transfer.
Here is a partial list of resident rights that fall under these categories: The right to be treated with dignity and respect; the right to make independent choices; the right to privacy during care and treatment; the right to raise concerns or complaints; the right to be free from chemical and physical restraints; the right to receive mail unopened; the right to refuse medication and treatment; and the right to be free from physical, verbal, sexual and mental abuse. This discussion will continue in future columns.
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. 12 — Grilled chicken, linguine with pistachio pesto, spinach with tomatoes, steamed zucchini, salad bar and lemon dessert.
Friday, Oct. 13 — Teriyaki salmon, roasted broccoli, whipped sweet potatoes and salad bar.
Monday, Oct. 16 — Chicken ala king, brown rice pilaf, glazed carrots, salad bar, and chocolate chip banana bread.
Tuesday, Oct. 17 — Beef lasagna, spinach, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, focaccia bread and salad bar.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 — Chicken with fettucine Alfredo, green peas, bacon green beans, salad bar and banana split dessert.
Thursday, Oct. 19 — Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green bean medley, cranberry sauce, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
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.