Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for September 2016

OPEN ENROLLMENT 2016

SHOP AT BIG Y

DAILY LUNCH AT THE COUNCIL ON AGING

HOUSE NUMBER SIGNS

FILE OF LIFE

BE PREPARED FOR ANY EMERGENCY

FROM THE BRISTOL ELDER SERVICES NUTRITION DEPARTMENT

WHAT TO DO WHEN ABUSE HAPPENS IN A NURSING HOME


OPEN ENROLLMENT 2016
Open enrollment for 2017 Medicare beneficiaries begins on October 15th, 2016, and runs through December 7th, 2016. During this period, you can make changes to your health insurance coverages which will begin on January 1st, 2017. Allowable changes during that period include:

• Switching from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa;
• Switching from one Medicare Advantage plan to another,
• Changing Part D plans;
• Changing your Medigap supplemental coverage;

Enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan for the first time because you did not enroll when first eligible, but penalties may apply.
All Medicare recipients will be notified of any changes to Medicare or their current health plans through the mail in October. It is important to keep and review any material that has been sent to you about Medicare or your supplemental medical and drug plans. SHINE counselors are available at the COA by appointment starting October 15th to assist in making health insurance and prescription drug plan decisions. For an appointment, please call the COA at 508-261-7368. return to menu

SHOP AT BIG Y
Hannafords in Easton is now the Big Y, a New England family owned grocery chain. The COA will be making weekly shopping trips to the Big Y and Target on Tuesdays for 9:00 AM. To schedule your shopping trip, please call Kim at Bill’s Taxi at 1-800-529-8294 x 7. Van fares are $5 for a round trip. return to menu

DAILY LUNCH AT THE COUNCIL ON AGING
The Mansfield Council On Aging, in conjunction with Bristol Elder Services Nutrition Department, offers lunch daily at 11:30 AM. All Mansfield adults 60 and older are eligible to attend these lunches. Meals include a protein, starch, vegetables, milk, bread and butter and a dessert. The suggested and voluntary donation is $2 per meal. Reservations must be made in advance To reserve a lunch, please call Debi or Louise at 508-261-7368 by 10:00 AM of the business day prior to the reservations. The monthly menu is published in each issue of this newsletter. return to menu

HOUSE NUMBER SIGNS
Through one of its programs, Mansfield Triad offers Mansfield residents age 60 and over one free luminescent house number sign. These signs enable town public safety personnel to easily locate a residence in the case of an emergency. The signs are mounted in the front of homes at the street and are illuminated in darkness by vehicle lights. Additional signs may be purchased by seniors for their residences, and are $5 each. Non-seniors may purchase them for $15 each. Please note that these signs are for single family residences only. To order a sign, please call the COA at 508-261-7368. return to menu

FILE OF LIFE
Is your File of Life up to date? It is important to remember to keep your medication, health information and conditions and doctors’ contact information up to date. This vital information assists rescue staff during an emergency to determine life-saving treatment options. Seconds do count when life-saving procedures are needed. If you need a new File of Life, or need help filling it out, please contact Mansfield COA Outreach staff Lynette, Linda or Bev at 508-261-7368. return to menu

BE PREPARED FOR ANY EMERGENCY
Mansfield Triad would like to remind all citizens that preparing for a weather emergency is easier before the weather event than during it. By the first sign of a possible serious weather emergency, it is time to take action! It is important to have on hand a 3 days’ supply of non-perishable food and water, medications, at least one flashlight with extra batteries, a battery powered radio, a first aid kit, cash, a corded telephone or, for cell phones, a car charger and, for your car, a full tank of gas. It is also advisable to have other items in a easily accessible location in the case of an evacuation—identification and medical cards, medical information, toiletries, clothing and pet supplies. For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/mema/ready return to menu

FROM THE BRISTOL ELDER SERVICES NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
Sometimes figuring out what is a whole grain product can be very confusing. The Whole Grain Council has made it easier to find whole grains in your grocery store. Consumers searching the grocery aisles for authentic whole grain foods now have an effective "search tool" – the Whole Grain Stamp. The Whole Grain Stamps feature a stylized sheaf of grain on a golden-yellow background with a bold black border. Their eye-catching design makes the Whole Grain Stamp easy to spot on food packages. Busy shoppers welcome this easy shortcut for finding products offering at least a half serving of whole grains.
There are two different varieties of Stamp, the Basic Stamp and the 100% Stamp.
• If a product bears the 100% Stamp, then all grain ingredients are whole.
• If a product bears the Basic Stamp, it contains at least a half serving of whole grain, but may
also contain some refined grain.

Source: wholegrainscouncil.org

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WHAT TO DO WHEN ABUSE HAPPENS IN A NURSING HOME
It is estimated that over 1.5 million people age 60 and older in the United States are residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities. It is also estimated that 1 out of every 2 individuals over age 60 has been a victim of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, some of which occurs while a person is in residence in a nursing home or long term care facility. If you have a family member or friend residing in a nursing home or long term care facility, it is important to become educated about the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation and what to do in the case of suspected victimization by nursing home staff, another resident of the facility or a guest of someone who lives in the facility. The signs of abuse are:

• Physical abuse—unexplained broken bones, dislocations, sprains, bruises, welts, scars, signs of restraints (rope marks on wrists), broken eyeglasses and being over or under medicated
• Emotional Abuse—Unusual behavior resembling dementia, depression or anxiety
• Healthcare Fraud—Evidence of getting too much or too little medication, having duplicate bills, having untrained or not enough staff and other evidence of poor care.
• Neglect—Soiled bedding or clothing, unexplained bedsores, unexplained loss of weight and poor hygiene.

Whether perpetrated by nursing home staff or residents, it is against the law to mistreat, abuse, exploit or neglect a person who lives in a nursing home or long term care facility. Complaints against nursing homes and other concerns may be discussed confidentially with the ombudsman at Bristol Elder Services, Inc., at 1-508-675-2101. Resources, information and help filing complaints are available by visiting http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/healthcare-quality or nursinghomeabusecenter.com. If you need further assistance, please contact the Outreach Department at the Mansfield COA at 508-261-7368. return to menu