On Oct. 18, Arbors at Oregon celebrated the grand opening of The Willows, a 21-bed private rehabilitation unit that address the needs of those individuals who require short term rehabilitation while wanting privacy and the comforts of home.
The Willows features a comfortable foyer, a living room with fireplace and dining room with a bistro setting and choices of meal service. Features in patient rooms include private 27-inch televisions, phones, private bathrooms including showers and ample room for family and friends to visit. In-house therapy and 24-hour nursing care are available seven days a week.
For more information about services available at Arbors of Oregon or to arrange for a personal tour of The Willows, call 419-691-2483.
Medicare Check-up Day planned
COLUMBUS - Medicare prescription drug plans take center stage Oct. 24 at Fremont Memorial Hospital as the Ohio Department of Insurance hosts a Medicare Check-Up Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The hospital is located at 715 S. Taft Ave.
Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) representatives will provide information on recent Medicare changes, discuss various Part D plans and also advise seniors on how to use pension, Veterans Administration or other drug coverage in lieu of Part D coverage. Now in its 15th year, OSHIIP is the state’s lead program for Medicare information and Part D enrollment assistance.
Conducted in each county in Ohio, Check-Up Days coincide with the Medicare annual open enrollment or “coordinated election” period, which runs Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. People on Medicare can enroll in a Part D Medicare prescription drug plan, or if they have already enrolled, switch to another Part D or Medicare Advantage plan for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2008.
"This event is a great opportunity for people with Medicare to learn about recent changes to Medicare and how to secure prescription drug coverage," said Mary Jo Hudson, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “I strongly encourage people to attend or call our OSHIIP hotline at 1-800-686-1578 with any questions about Medicare.”
Other topics include financial assistance, Medicare’s preventive benefits and managing drug expenses during the Part D coverage "doughnut hole," or gap in coverage. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of their prescription drugs, dosages, preferred pharmacy and information on pension, VA or other medical care benefits they are currently receiving.
During the open enrollment period, people eligible for Medicare can evaluate their options for prescription drug coverage, and if necessary, enroll in the plan that best suits their needs. Those who qualify for financial assistance can get help paying premiums, deductibles and drug co-payments, potentially saving even more.
For a complete listing of available Part D plans, answers to Medicare questions and assistance in enrolling in prescription drug coverage, call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and visit www.medicare.gov. A listing of OSHIIP’s Check-Up Days is available at www.ohioinsurance.gov.
A hot, nutritious meal is available through the Wood County Committee on Aging for homebound seniors in the county who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.
Meals are available Monday through Friday. Frozen meals are available upon request for the weekend.
If eligible, the cost is a suggested donation of $2. Call Social Services at 419-353-5661 for more information.
Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs, are the main providers of long-term care for older persons in northwestern Ohio, according to the Area Office on Aging Northwestern Ohio.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program, implemented as a part of the Older Americans Act of 2000 recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. Under this program five basic services are available - information to caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services; counseling, support groups, and caregiver training; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services, to complement the care provided by family caregivers.
For more information about the AOoA’s Caregiver Support Program, visit www.areaofficeonaging.com/caregiver.html or call 419-382-0624, ext. 185.
Individual caregiver support services are now available through the Social Services Department of the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding caregiver issues may speak with Deb Downy, RN, or Jan Schneider, RN, at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935.
2-1-1 service offers health info, referrals
Residents of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Erie counties may obtain free, 24 hour a day access to confidential referrals to health and social services and information about volunteer opportunities by calling United Way 2-1-1.
Within Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Erie counties, there are literally thousands of phone numbers for health and social service programs, donation clearinghouses, government offices, educational systems, and neighborhood groups.
United Way 2-1-1 enables people to dial an easy-to-remember, three-digit number to get connected to the help they need when they need it. By simply dialing 2-1-1 people are connected to trained and knowledgeable specialists with access to accurate and up-to-date information. United Way Volunteer Center is also part of United Way 2-1-1. People interested in community service can match their volunteer interests with over 200 community partners.
People using cell or pay phones can access United Way 2-1-1 by calling 1-800-650-HELP. Information and referral and volunteer matching resources may also be accessed online at www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the telephone number 2-1-1 be designated nationwide as the number to call for access to non-emergency information on health and human services. As of November 2006 more than 192 million Americans - approximately 62 percent of the American population - have access to United Way 2-1-1.
Facing the holidays after loss
Hospice of Northwest Ohio will present a two-hour “Coping with the Holidays” workshop for families or individuals dealing with the death of a loved one on Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hospice’s Toledo Center located at 800 South Detroit Ave., just north of Arlington in Toledo.
The session will enable participants to break into groups with others their age to share, learn and support each other through the grieving experience.
Kids and teens will be encouraged to share their personal stories of loss and learn new ways to cope. In the company of others their age, they will explore their thoughts and feelings regarding the holidays and learn helpful, creative ways to explore their grief.
For adults, counselors will suggest practical ways for participants to cope with the stress of the holidays, remember their loved ones and rekindle the holiday spirit.
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend, whether or not they have had a previous experience with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Though the workshop is free, registration is required by Dec. 4. To register, call the Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001. Visit www.hospicenwo.org for more information about Hospice of Northwest Ohio.