Passport Program For Seniors Topic Of Discussion At Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon

Passport Program For Seniors Topic WEBJayne Inselmann, RN, representing the Area Office On Aging of Northwestern Ohio, serving a ten-county area based in Toledo, was guest speaker at the CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary noon luncheon meeting held Monday, March 14th. She spoke on the PASSPORT Program which can provide various in-home care service options for seniors over the age of 60.

Funding for the program is provided through the Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. Those who meet eligibility requirements based on income and assets and who need hands-on assistance with daily activities can apply for help through the PASSPORT Program.

Services may include personal care assistance such as bathing, grooming and dressing, home-delivered meals, housekeeping, medical transportation, emergency response systems, adult day services, medical equipment and supplies, counseling and planning for future care needs. Information and help is available free of charge to eligible older adults and those calling on their behalf.

Options for some home care services include the ability for seniors to hire their own service providers (including some relatives, neighbors and friends) for personal care, meal preparation and housekeeping. Respite care can also be provided for caretakers who need some time off. Hospice care can be arranged when necessary.

The PASSPORT Program was started as an alternative to the higher cost of residing in a 24-hour skilled nursing facility versus the lower cost of providing health care and other necessary services for the senior in his/her home. The consumer’s attending physician must approve the home care plan. More information regarding the program is available by contacting the Toledo office phone 800-472-7277 or 419-382-0264.

Following the soup, salad and dessert luncheon decorated with an Easter theme, and remarks from the guest speaker, Auxiliary President Joyce Schelling conducted the regular business meeting with reports from Secretary Connie Dunseth, Treasurer Barb Dietsch, Gift Shop Manager Vivian Brown and various committee chairmen.

Thank-yous were extended by Joyce to the decorating committee—Alice Miller, Deb Clum, and Dorothy Briner. Flyers are posted at the hospital and medical center to celebrate Doctor’s Day March 30th. Nominations committee members Cheryle Gallagher, Gloria Poorman and Alice Miller will present their report on nominees for officers at the April meeting.

The hospital auxiliary has been asked to provide volunteers to help with registration and canteen for the Red Cross Blood Drive at CHWC-Montpelier Hospital on Good Friday, March 25th from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to make appointments in advance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or CHWC-Bryan Hospital 419-636-1131 Ext. 14308 (Kathy Davis).

The next regular auxiliary meeting is scheduled Monday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m. in the hospital conference room. Guest speaker will be Terri Bistline on “Herbs”. A silent auction sponsored by the auxiliary will be held in the small conference room at the hospital that same day from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. breaking for the meeting and then resuming for final bids from 2:30-3:00 p.m. when bids will be closed. Volunteers in charge of the silent auction are Barb Dietsch and Vivian Brown. Members may bring items marked for the auction to the hospital gift shop prior to April 11th or that day before 10:00 a.m. Proceeds are earmarked for donations to the hospital.

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