2013-05-02 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

What do we do with donations? Well, the larger donations are usually used for upcoming in-house raffles. Bertha Higley recently donated a large beautiful crocheted doily, which took her hours to complete. Leonard LaFleur was the winner and had a smile on his face when he took it home.

Community Corrections donated a handmade rocking horse. Eileen Martin was pretty excited when they drew her name, she has plans of giving it to a grandchild. A large rug with a deer scene on it was won by Charlamaine. It will be quite a surprise when he rolls back into town from his venture.

Have you ever seen the wooden Jesus wall hangings that Cliff Dyer makes? After faithfully buying tickets for at least a few years, Belinda Clark was overjoyed when she not only won one, but her name was drawn for both of the giveaways. A patchwork quilt was the last to be drawn. Unfortunately the slip was lost on who donated it.

Eloise Poupore was the lucky winner! A great big thank you goes out to those who were so generous with their donations, along with the many who bought tickets in hopes of being the lucky winners.

Today I had the chance to visit Woodland Assisted Living and Continuing Care, which is under new ownership. I had heard a lot of praise and I was tickled when I was invited through Kiwanis to join them for a tour and breakfast.

When I first walked in the door I found a very “close to home” atmosphere. From the welcoming lobby to the beautiful sun room it was definitely “welcoming.” It was absolutely beautiful inside. I even got the chance to visit Eris Webb and Joe McDonough who had just headed to breakfast.

Missy Hinkson, who is the new owner as of November 2012, went on to explain that Woodland Assisted Living and Continuing Care Community joined their family of facilities which includes Maple Ridge Adult Foster Care Home, Newberry Assisted Living Community and Freighter View Assisted Living and Continuing Care Community. Sounds like Missy and her staff stay pretty busy.

As you may have noticed Woodland is no longer just an assisted living. They provide continuous care also. It is another option for residents who are experiencing advanced needs due to a diminished physical or mental capability.

Sometimes, the advanced needs are temporary due to a health crisis, other times the advanced needs are more permanent. Either way, every senior deserves to live a full and satisfying life. They work closely with each resident, their family and physician to deliver solutions to extended care needs. This program provides personalized care, including one-on-one support, significant to full assistance with all activities of daily living, such as hygiene and grooming, showering, dressing, mobility and transferring, complete medication management, regular nursing intervention, memory care and specialized activities (successoriented, therapeutic recreation programming).

Veterans may get assistance with the cost. A veteran need not have been injured in service. The veteran must have served at least 90 days of consecutive active duty, one day of which was during a period of conflict. A veteran with a spouse who needs assistance may also qualify for this benefit.

A veteran can get assistance with the stay if the care received is necessary due to a medical condition. The medical condition may be physical or may be cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

The benefit is based on need. The maximum monthly benefits are:

• Single veteran: $1,704 per month

• Veteran with a dependent (Including a spouse): $2,020 per month

• Veteran with a sick spouse: $1,338 per month

• Surviving spouse of a veteran: $1,094 per month

Figures may change as adjustments occur yearly.

What are the periods of conflict?

• WWII: Dec. 7, 1941 – July 25, 1947

• Korea: June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1955

• Vietnam: Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975

There are asset and/or income eligibility rules. The claimant must have limited income and assets available. Although I didn’t get the exact figures, I was told a veteran can have up to $80,000 plus their home, etc.

To find out the exact amount or to get further information, give Woodland a telephone call at (906) 341-4421. They also have some very informative gift bags available.

If you have never been inside, you are welcome to drop by for a tour. They are located at 609N Intake Park Road, which is over by the Wyman Nursery.

Remember … life is most easily understood looking backward. But it’s best lived looking forward.

Amity Group gave a military package donation and Lisa Hinkson dropped by with a medical equipment donation.

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Theresa Gray from William and Sandy Doyle

• Theresa Gray from Esther Erickson

• J. Brown from Robert and Carol Leny

A Maintenance and Support donation was recieved from Laurel DeGrand, Laura Lee Tegtman, and Aldina Palma.

BRIDGE April 22: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Carol Leny, 3rd-Helen Barton, 4th-Ann Willcock, CFC-Larry Savoie. Host, George Lowman.

BRIDGE April 26: 1st-Janice Redeker, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd- Jackie Villemure, 4th-Audrey Savoie, 5th-Pat Flint, CFC-Judy Provo. Host, George Lowman.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE April 24: 1st-Audrey Savoie and Judy Provo, 2nd-Jackie Villemure and Nancy Brown, 3rd-Hanna Mammen and George Lowman.

PINOCHLE April 17: 1st- Chris Keener, 2nd-Peg Beckman, 3rd-Audrey Newborn, Should’a Stayed Home-Carol Shampine.

PINOCHLE April 24: 1stnancy Casey, 2nd-Peggy Beckman, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed home-Carl Sundling.

500 April 26: 1st-Perry Wise, 2nd-Audrey Newborn, 3rd- Nancy Casey, Should’a Stayed Home-Ruth Jones.

Birthdays this week: May 3-Mrs. Ricky P. Howard, May 4-Richard Lewis, May 5-Ruth Roemer, May 6-Lorna Bowers, May 7-Donna Popour and Barbie Hinkson, May 8-Bruce Rossier and Teresa Neville, and on the May 9-Lauris Barr. Happy birthday wishes to all.

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