If you’re worried about the safety of older adults who are living at home, it could be for good reason. Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death at home. There are many factors that can increase the…
Fearrington Cares has initiated a two-part program to assist Fearrington Village residents who need support when dealing with unexpected health problems. One aspect of the program is helping residents with medical appointments by:
- Consulting with you to plan for the upcoming appointment,
- accompanying you to the visit, and,
- taking notes for you, at your request. No notes will be kept at Fearrington Cares; they are written and left with you for review and planning. Ideally, a resident will call Fearrington Cares and speak with the nurse before making the medical appointment. If that is not possible, please call with as much notice as possible.
The second aspect of the program is working with discharge planners, at your request, to plan the smoothest possible return home after hospitalization or rehabilitation. Contact us as early as possible to maximize the assistance we will be able to provide. Whether your hospitalization was a planned event or an unpleasant surprise, Fearrington Cares has multiple ways to support your transition.
Consistent with any of our services, these two programs are provided at your request. In times of stress, many of us forget the numerous ways that Fearrington Cares can help. Please tell your neighbors about this program; word of mouth is the most effective way to spread the news! If neighbors remind neighbors to “Ask Fearrington Cares First” we will assist when we can and share helpful information about services we do not provide.
A Resident’s Perspective on MED-PAL
‘I wish to thank Fearrington Cares for the MED-PAL program. At one time I was the caregiver and took notes during medical visits. These days I face medical visits on my own and worry that I will forget to ask something important or write down instructions correctly. I contacted Fearrington Cares and Karen arranged for a nurse to go with me to a critical doctor visit, notes were taken, questions were asked (and answered) and a form documenting the conversation was completed and left with me. Fearrington Cares does not keep a copy of the form and I have referred to it several times. I highly recommend this confidential program.”
Last year, Gerstenzang co-founded Umbrella, a service that helps older adults stay in their homes by connecting them to a vetted group of mostly retired handy-people who help them with chores that can become more difficult with age. Umbrella’s part-time workforce ranges from age 25 to 72, while customers range from age 65 to 98.
Fearrington Cares Parkinson’s Support Group held its third annual “Walk Around the Park” for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease on Saturday morning, October 27, 2018. See the photo gallery.
The goal of the Walk is to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and funds for a cure. This year’s Walk included 80 family, friends, village neighbors, a yoga class, and Fearrington Dutch folk who all joined members of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Donations of $1,500 were accepted for the Parkinson’s Foundation but were not required. To also donate, go to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, use this link.
The group is now raising funds to participate in the Parkinson’s Moving Day NC Triangle Walk on November 03, 2018. For more details, to join their team (Beltie MOOvers), go to movingdaywalk.org/MOOvers, or email Doug Zabor at the address below.
Beltie MOOvers team members will be able to purchase a Beltie t-shirt for half-price!
For information contact Doug Zabor
Follow-Up RESOURCES for the well-attended “Computer FAQs: Sharpening Your Internet & Computer Skills” presented by Frank Abrams and Greg Flood, members of the Fearrington Cares Computer Help Group on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at The Gathering Place. This program was produced by the Fearrington Cares Education Committee and the Fearrington Cares Computer Help Group.
- Open, read (and print if you wish) the presentation slides, including the Glossary section.
- To watch the slide presentation, use this link, which includes a little navigation bar at the bottom left.
The Chatham County Council on Aging joins with the Family Caregiver Program in offering a special workshop, A Positive Approach to Care (Hand Under Hand TM), which provides help for those caring for people with dementia and other challenging issues. The workshop is slated for Monday, August 20, 2018 at 6 PM a t the Eastern Senior Center in Pittsboro.