Health and wellness event set for Wednesday


    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.
    The next wellness event will be Wednesday, Oct. 25.
    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.
    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: The right to make independent choices
    By Kay Kaylor
    In prior columns, I noted that these residents are entitled to protection under federal and state laws. October is Resident’ Rights Month, so I will focus on rights for the next few weeks.
    One of the resident rights relevant to quality of life is the right to make independent choices. Those who live in their own homes may say to themselves, “Of course!” Yet anyone who has spent time in a hospital may have an idea what it is like to have fewer choices — for example, the food served. Residents in extended-care communities typically choose their meals from a menu if they do not like that day’s offering; in assisted living homes, the meals are planned with residents’ likes and dislikes or special diets in mind from care plans or house meetings. Staff may have to dig deeper to find out why a resident doesn’t like a food item; sometimes the cause is poor dentures, depression or the meal is cold.
    Preferences may change, so expressing and honoring choices should be a continual process. Long-term care homes are expected to make “reasonable accommodation” to the choices of residents, with staff sometimes needing to think creatively to satisfy residents. “Let’s see what we can do” is an ideal response to a resident’s request. Of the many daily independent choices, some are when to get up, eat and go to bed; what to wear; who visits and at what time; and what private information is shared.
    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. 19 — Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green bean medley, cranberry sauce, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
    Friday, Oct. 20 — Sweet and sour pork, brown fried rice with egg, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, stir-fried Chinese mustard greens, salad bar and almond shortbread cookie.
    Monday, Oct. 23 — Beef tacos, chipotle black beans, Mexicali corn and salad bar.
    Tuesday, Oct. 24 — Tuna and noodles, Brussels sprouts, baked tomato provencal and salad bar.
    Wednesday, Oct. 25 — Chicken tortilla soup, three-cheese quesadilla, black bean and mango salsa, steamed asparagus with lemon, salad bar and snickerdoodle cookie.
    Thursday, Oct. 26 — Shrimp scampi with orzo, eggplant medley, roasted broccoli and salad bar.
    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.