By Cheryl Wilkinson
The caregivers in our community are important — and deserve to be celebrated by us all. They don’t stand up after every long day and say “ta-da” — but they certainly could.
Caregivers provide an astonishing array of services across an almost unlimited range of needs. They help many individuals remain more independent by providing smaller degrees of assistance. At the other end of the spectrum, they bring a warm heart and critical skills into very difficult situations where all hope has been otherwise erased for individuals and families facing the crushing array of losses that life can bring to us.
A recent study examined supports that family caregivers deemed important for them to maintain their own well-being. It showed women are more often caregivers (60 percent) and that caregivers have more chronic health conditions than their noncaregiving peers. Caregiver supports that they deemed valuable include:
• Telemedicine, Web portals and house calls.
• Access to ongoing education and other caregiver resources. One in five reported they got no support or hardly any support that they needed to provide ongoing care.
• Better access to health services for their own health care, including in-home services.
ASI’s website provides information on our support programs and a wide variety of resources for wellness and aging, including caregiver resource information. One aspect of ASI’s programs that support community caregivers is our Medical Alert Monitoring. This program provides essential material aid for monitor units and fees to consumers and their families for greater assurance of security in case of emergency. Our Meals on Wheels program supports caregivers as well as their care recipients.
If you or someone you know needs a medical monitoring device or Meals on Wheels services, you can contact us at ASI to find out more. Our site also provides information about other ASI programs in Archuleta County and contact information for making reservations at The Community Café for take-out and for Meals on Wheels at: http://www.psseniors.org/.
The Community Café in the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is requesting volunteers to help with the lunch desk. Please call (970) 264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.
Meals on Wheels
The Senior Center Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 3,000 fresh and frozen meals a year. We deliver fresh Meals on Wheels five days a week (and provide frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents to help them stay healthy and independent in their own homes.
This program is vitally important because many seniors have little to no access to nutritious meals. They are often too frail or have health complications that prevent them from preparing meals for themselves or from using the Senior Center’s Community Café drive-thru meals pick-up site Monday though Friday.
The Senior Center needs volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers for one day a week (or become part of our substitute driver team). Please join us as part of our driver team and build wonderful relationships with the seniors in our community. Call (970) 264-2167.
Dishes and china
Have old dishes or china that you no longer want to use or store? The Community Café is accepting donations of old dishes or china. Please call (970) 264-2167 for more information or to donate.
Take-out meals continue at Senior Center
In order to continue providing meals, the 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 (970) 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 (970) 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 (970) 264-2167.
Thursday, July 1 — Beef cheeseburger, corn on the cob, milk, banana and brownie.
Friday, July 2 — Cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, Spanish rice, milk, salad and snickerdoodle cookies.
Monday July 5 — Closed for Independence Day.
Tuesday, July 6 — Baked salmon with lemon sauce, broccolini, bread with butter, milk and salad.
Wednesday, July 7 — Beef meatloaf with gravy, mashed cauliflower, wilted spinach, salad and cherry cream cheese pie.
Thursday, July 8 — Pasta primavera, mushroom medley, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad.
Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at (970) 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. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.
Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.