Free legal services to be provided in January


The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging will provide legal services for seniors through the program attorney, Daniel Fiedler. Fiedler will be spending the day at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Jan. 25, 2019.
Following are the legal services Fiedler can assist with:
• Public benefits and utilities shut off.
• Landlord-tenant problems, such as persons being evicted.
• Simple wills, power of attorneys, medical durable power of attorney and living wills.
• Consumer issues such as advocating for persons harassed by debt collectors.
• Emergency limited long-term care guardianship and domestic problems, such as abuse.
Please come by or call the Senior Center office (inside the Ross Aragon Community Center) located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. or call 264-2167 to schedule an appointment.
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 Health and Wellness event date will be Wednesday Dec. 19.
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging:
Comments needed on emergency preparedness
By Kay Kaylor
As the part-time long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County, I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge, a 24-hour extended care home, and BeeHive, an assisted living residence. Federal and state laws protect residents to promote quality of care and quality of life.
Once more, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed to roll back its requirements in favor of health care facilities over residents. The rollback of emergency preparedness rules, implemented less than a year ago, is meant to “relieve burden on healthcare providers by removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities.”
Both National Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging are “extremely concerned” that the proposed revisions would make nursing homes less ready for disasters, such as wildfires and building emergencies, and would subject residents to greater danger.
Two key changes in the proposal lengthen annual requirements to a longer period. Facilities would only have to review and update their emergency plan, policies and procedures, communication plan, and training and testing program every two years. Staff training on emergency preparedness would be required only every other year.
The public has until 9:59 a.m. mountain time on Nov. 19 to comment on the proposed rule. The following website explains the issues and offers a way to comment:
For further information, you may call me at 403-2164 or send an email
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.
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 $8.50 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. 15 — Beef goulash, spinach pie, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, milk, salad bar and lemon dessert.
Friday, Nov. 16 — Pork and beef bratwurst hoagie, roasted red potatoes, baked beans, milk and salad bar.
Monday, Nov. 19 — Chicken piccata with orzo, stir-fried zucchini, milk, salad bar and strawberry shortcake.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 — Beef and broccoli stir-fry with rice, glazed carrots, milk, salad bar and brownie.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 — Roast turkey with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner roll with butter, milk, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
Thursday, Nov. 22 — Closed for Thanksgiving.
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.