By Cheryl Wilkinson
Whether you are a caregiver for a family member, for a job, to answer to your passion for helping others, or for all these reasons, there is no denying that you need a strong dedication to meet the challenges you face each day. Good information can support you and help you be successful in your work and, in turn, in maintaining a positive approach over the long haul.
Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) outreach includes caregiver and family member engagement and resources for wellness, aging, activities and education. We provide ongoing material aid support for monitor units and fees for medical alert monitoring systems. While we are unable to keep the center open for in-house dining and social activities, our ability to provide meals does decrease the isolation that those we serve are experiencing. You can contact us through our website, or by calling 264-9167, to get information about meals for adults 60 and better and their caregivers.
A key ally in our community service and caregiver support network for Pagosa Springs is the Mather Institute. They provide up-to-date, free industry information, ranging from facts sheets to papers and reports. You can learn more about trends, innovations, resilience, workforce wellness and other helpful information at Mather’s website.
You can go also link to Mather through our website to learn more about caregiver and other resources. And you can learn about ASI programs here in Pagosa Springs, find resources for wellness and aging, and make reservations with The Community Café for take-out and Meals on Wheels at: http://www.psseniors.org/.
VITA tax preparation
Due to COVID-19, the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will not be coming to Pagosa Springs to prepare federal and state income tax returns this year.
VITA will be preparing 2020 tax returns at no charge as part of the VITA program in Durango. Please register at: DurangoVITA.org. The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000.
Take-out meals continue at Senior Center
In order to continue providing meals, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area.
The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread.
Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program.
There will be no games, classes or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.
Thursday, April 8 — Beef stir-fry with noodles, sauteed cabbage, milk, salad and almond croissant.
Friday, April 9 — Crispy baked catfish with tartar sauce, roasted potatoes, cornbread with butter, milk and salad.
Monday, April 12 — Rosemary chicken, asparagus, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad.
Tuesday, April 13 — Pork chops, applesauce, oven potatoes, milk, salad and carrot cake.
Wednesday, April 14 — French onion soup, asparagus, milk, salad and cherry cream cheese pie.
Thursday, April 15 — Chef salad, fruit salad, baguette with butter, milk and German chocolate 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 drive through and pick up a meal.
For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up.
Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.