Dec. 5 Health Briefs
The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice will hold a total lipid profile along with a comprehensive cholesterol and glucose screening at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the RAVNAH office at 7 Albert Cree Drive.
Call 775-0568 in advance for an appointment.
The total lipid profile is a group of tests to determine risk of coronary heart disease. The complete lipid profile requires an eight- to 12-hour fast prior to the test to ensure accurate results.
The cost for the complete lipid profile and glucose screening is $30.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call RAVNAH at 775-0568.
The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice provides public blood pressure and foot care clinics each month. There is a suggested donation of $2 for blood pressure screenings and $5 for foot care.
For more information, call 775-0568.
n Wednesday, Dec. 5: Wallingford, Wallingford House, 10:30 a.m.
n Thursday, Dec. 6: Rutland, Parker House, 10 a.m.; and Bardwell House, 12:30 p.m.
n Friday, Dec. 7: Poultney, Young at Heart Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.; and Ira, Town Hall, 12:30 p.m.
n Thursday, Dec. 13: Castleton, Meadows, 12:30 p.m.
n Friday, Dec. 14: Rupert, Fire House, 10 a.m.
n Wednesday, Dec. 26: Rutland, Godnick Center, 12:30 p.m.
n Thursday, Dec. 27: Fair Haven, Appletree Apartments, 9:30 a.m.
Coping with grief
RAVNAH Hospice is offering a grief workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Dr., Rutland.
The workshop presents coping strategies and helpful suggestions on how to make it through the holidays and even enjoy them.
To register, call Ann LaRocque at 770-1516.
training to start
Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is offering a free eight-week volunteer training course for individuals who wish to become hospice and palliative care volunteers in Rutland County, Dorset and Rupert.
The course, “Sharing the Journey,” consists of eight three-hour classes beginning in late January.
Topics include Death and Dying, Family Dynamics, Spirituality and Bereavement, Privacy and Confidentiality, Care and Comfort Measures, Communication Skills and Boundary Issues.
The sessions will be held at RAVNAH, 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. Contact John Campbell, Hospice Volunteer coordinator at 770-1683, or email email@example.com.
Health care directive
The Advance Directive for Health Care is available in Vermont. These forms allow people to plan ahead, name who can make health care decisions on their behalf, and express instructions for their health care should they become unable to speak for themselves.
The basic form can be downloaded at no charge from the Vermont Ethics Network at www.vtethicsnetwork.org. Or it can be picked up or mailed from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging offices in Rutland and Bennington counties. Call the Senior HelpLine at 786-5991 or 800-642-5119 to request the form, www.svcoa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3SquaresVT is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This program helps eligible Vermonters access dollars for healthy food. The program is open to anyone who qualifies, including individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities.
Eligibility is based on household income. People who are older than 60 or have a disability can claim many different medical expenses. Moderate and low-income Vermonters who are enrolled in Medicare drug insurance plans may be eligible to receive help to pay for premiums, deductibles, and co-payments.
For more information on 3SquaresVT or additional savings for people with Medicare D, call The Senior Helpline at (800) 642-5119, or visit www.svcoa.org.
SPRINGFIELD — Senior Solutions is looking for volunteers to help seniors with Medicare D enrollment and other office duties. Volunteers should be comfortable on the telephone and computer.
Training is provided.
For more information, call 885-6636 or toll-free (866) 673-8376.
Rutland County seniors and adults with disabilities are invited to take advantage of a free telephone reassurance/check-in service. TeleCare is especially designed for people who are homebound or isolated and would like someone to touch base with them to ensure their well-being or have a friendly conversation.
The TeleCare Program is under the direction of RSVP. Volunteers are interviewed, trained and screened. They will place regularly scheduled calls to TeleCare clients.
For more information, call the RSVP office at 775-8220.
SPRINGFIELD — Senior Solutions is offering a free in-home counseling program called PEARLS, Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors. The program is designed for seniors 60 years or older residing in Windham or Windsor counties, who have been feeling sad or who have simply lost interest in doing things.
The program involves meeting individually with a counselor and finding ways to meet challenges in life. For more information, call a counselor at 885-2694.