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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 10/07/2015

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 10/07/2015 4:52pm

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Minutes

Commission members: Beth Wagner, Chairman, Hilda Rhodes, Ingrid Heller, Lea Mintz, Jean Whitham, Sam Crocker, Rosalind Kopfstein

Others present: Gail Schiron, Marie Sibilio, Ruth Moran, Julia Pemberton, and two representatives from Homewatch Caregivers

Mrs. Wagner called the October 7, 2015 meeting to order at 9:00 am in the Redding Community Center.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: move that the minutes of the meeting of September 2, 2015 be accepted as corrected. Mintz, Heller. Approved. Unanimous.

Correction: page 1, under Senior Center Coordinator Report, the program revenue is budgeted at $12,000 for the year.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Steven Montano and Donna Smith of Homewatch Caregivers provided an overview of the services offered through their home care company. Services include companions, meal prep, errands, light housekeeping, etc. Brochures on their services were provided.

REPORT FROM DIRECTOR OF HUMAN SERVICES

Mrs. Schiron reported the following:

  • One homebound visit
  • Food drive: very successful food drives have restocked the pantry. The freezer is also available for frozen meats and goods. Mrs. Schiron reported that four seniors are making use of the food pantry. Mrs. Mintz suggested that the residents of Meadow Ridge could help stock the pantry and she will follow up with the appropriate person at the facility.
  • Emergency contact list: the list has been updated. The list is provided to Chief Fuchs and Health Officer Hartline for use in emergency weather or other conditions. Those listed are typically contacted by phone first, followed by a home visit if necessary, to check on their well-being.
  • Leaf Raking: the Christ Episcopal Church is again participating in the leaf raking program, providing students to assist those in need with leaf pickup. Last year seven seniors took advantage of the service.
  • Snow shoveling: Mrs. Schiron will contact the Boy Scouts and Boys & Girls Club for participation in snow shoveling this winter.

Van Service: Van service will be available on a trial run on Fridays during the month of November. The van will travel to the hair salon in West Redding and the grocery store in Georgetown. Mrs. Pemberton suggested that the Mark Twain Library be added to the stops.

In July, there were 144 trips for 1,787 miles, in August, there were 117 trips, 1,633 miles, and in September, there were 1113 trips and 1,548 miles. The average is 5-6 persons per day.

SENIOR CENTER COORDINATOR REPORT

Marie Sibilio reported on class participation during September. There were no programs during the Mark Twain Library Book Fair and several holiday closings during the month. Attendance in October has improved.

SENIOR CENTER COORDINATOR REPORT

Ruth Moran reported that she had a brainstorming session with Mr. Polio, Mrs. Rhodes and Mrs. Whitham and several new ideas have surfaced. A Crafty Wednesday and a Lunch & Learn program will be added to the schedule. Mrs. Moran is working toward adding cultural, enrichment and informative programs. Jean Schroeder has offered to do a session on Opera.

FINANCIAL HOUSEKEEPING PROGRAM

Mrs. Wagner is working on the Financial Housekeeping program document. The program will help seniors get information organized, particularly important in the event of illness or accident. The goal is to have everything ready for a program on November 2, 2015, as a Lunch & Learn program.

REPORT FROM FIRST SELECTMAN

Mrs. Pemberton reported the job description for Mrs. Schiron’s replacement is being finalized. The position title will change to a Director of Social Services and will include requirement for a licensed clinical social worker. The job will be a five-day/week position. Mrs. Schiron will retire in January.

Mrs. Pemberton added that she is working toward having the Senior Center open five days a week rather than work the four-day schedule.

Mrs. Pemberton added that another “floater” is being sought to cover the office and phones on Mondays.

The new Directory of Senior Services is available on the Town website. Commission members asked if some copies could be made available for distribution. Mrs. Pemberton will have 100 copies of the booklet made.

NEXT MEETING

November 4, 2015, 9 am in the Senior Center.

ADJOURNMENT

The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:57 am.

Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary

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