Next Senior Center health event Nov. 29


    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 Nov. 29.
    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 Ombudsmen: The ‘I’ Care Plan
    By Kay Kaylor
    I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes as the long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County. These residents are protected under federal and state laws. Consider care plans, written plans of residents’ treatment and activities with the advice of health care professionals. They are reviewed periodically, with input from residents and their representatives.
    Family members can help residents express individual preferences and participate in decisions about their care by insisting on an “I” Care Plan. This type of plan is written from the resident’s viewpoint with attention paid to the person’s social history, interests, activities of daily living, mobility and communication ability. It could enhance quality of care and help staff become more familiar with a loved one, improving the satisfaction of all involved.
    Rather than labeling a resident as a “patient” or a “diagnosis,” an “I” Care Plan is a narrative with subtitles such as “The problem,” “Goals,” and “Interventions.”
    Here are some example statements: “This medication makes me dizzy and might be why I fall so often” (problem). “I will get to know my environment and trust my caregiver” (goal). “Please talk to me before you touch me so that I won’t get upset” (intervention). Person-centered care plans help residents feel they have more control in their lives when they are faced with the loss of independence.
    For further information, you may call me at 403-2164 or send an email to
    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, Nov. 2 — Chicken paprikash with egg noodles, roasted sweet potatoes, salad bar and ambrosia.
    Friday, Nov. 3 — Barbecue beef brisket with whole-wheat bun, baked beans, shredded Brussels sprouts and salad bar.
    Monday, Nov. 6 — Chicken taco salad with white corn tortilla chips, Mexicali corn, zucchini medley and salad bar.
    Tuesday, Nov. 7 — Beef hamburger goulash, green beans, cauliflower and salad bar.
    Wednesday, Nov. 8 — Baked catfish with Dijon mustard sauce, scalloped sweet potatoes and apples, sautéed spinach and salad bar.
    Thursday, Nov. 9 — Pork green chili, roasted beets, glazed carrots 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.