Mark your calendar for the next health and wellness event

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    The Pagosa Springs 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 health and wellness date is Jan. 31.
    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. The Senior Center 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.
    San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging:
    Nursing home staff
    By Kay Kaylor
    As the long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County, I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes. Federal and state laws protect residents for their safety and to promote quality of care and quality of life.
    The staff positions, which vary depending on size and level of care provided, in nursing and assisted living homes must comply with regulations and require a great deal of patience and compassion as well as other skills. A brief overview of nursing home staff follows.
    The administrator is ultimately responsible for all activities and the home’s operation; the person is appointed by the governing body and licensed by the state. A physician serves as the medical director and is part time. Each home must have a physician available for emergencies and as supervisor of the residents’ medical care, but residents also may choose their own physicians. The director of nurses must be a registered nurse and oversees the entire nursing staff, including other registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nurse aides.
    In homes with less than 120 beds, a social service designee helps residents attain or maintain the highest practicable psychosocial well-being and is not required to have a specific educational background. The activities director offers an ongoing program of activities intended to meet the interests and the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of residents. The food service supervisor may be a dietician or must consult regularly with one.
    Other important positions include the director of housekeeping, director of maintenance, medical records director and business manager, as well as rehabilitation staff.
    For further information, you may call me at 403-2164 or send an email to ombudsman2@sjbaaa.org.
    Memberships
    Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Menu
    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, Jan. 4 — King Ranch chicken casserole, refried black beans, Mexican pickled beets and salad bar.
    Friday, Jan. 5 — Beef sloppy Joe, spinach with mushrooms, chili lime corn, salad bar and sugar cookie.
    Monday, Jan. 8 — Crunchy baked catfish, roasted beets, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and salad bar.
    Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Beef hamburger with gravy, broccoli and red peppers, Irish carrots, rice pilaf, dinner roll and salad bar.
    Wednesday, Jan. 10 — Chicken enchiladas, charro beans, squash calabacitas and salad bar.
    Thursday, Jan. 11 — Beef goulash, seasoned green beans, cauliflower with red peppers, salad bar and chocolate pumpkin cake.
    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.