2011-01-19, Jan Wimsatt, Home Instead Senior Care

President Richelle Ponder sounded the bell calling us to order. The invocation was given by Jim Maxon. The Prez lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Janet Green decided that since we pledge allegiance to the flag, we should also sing to it. Our song “You’re a Grand old flag”.

After a period of meeting and greeting, our mystery greeter, Charles Townley was identified and those who bypassed him put their dollar in the can. Every little bit helps.

Guests were introduced and the student guests were reminded that they will make their two minute talk on their future plans next week.

Announcements

We recieved a thank you letter from the Cowboys for Cancer Research for our donation. Wear PINK, I did.

The proceeds from the Taste of Las Cruces will go to support the Don’t Meth Program. We have a three club that is organizing the program and assigning volunteer Rotarians to administer it.

Barbara Rose asked for volunteers to recruit restaurants to participate. The committee will do all the followup.

The Program

President Richelle turned the podium over to Program Chair, Barbara Nelson. Barbara introduced Jan Wimsatt of Home Instead Senior Service to tell us about the battle of the ages.

Home care is not fixing the house but providing home health services to seniors who need assistance. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s largest provider of nonmedical home care service, with over 875 independently owned and operated franchises around the world. There are two very different types of care. One: home health care provided by licensed medical professionals in which you need a prescription. The other: non-medical home care, such as personal care, homemaker or companionship services provided by trained professional caregivers.

There are several types of facilities/services for the elderly who need help. Nursing homes, assisted living, in home care, visiting nurses/ therapists and others.

Home Instead Senior Care is non-medical home care for the client, home care that seniors require often revolving around the activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, and bathing.

Our generation was savers and prefer to stay at home, even if they need help. Many baby boomers were not savers assuming that good times would last forever. That is not the case. They may require help from the government, medicare, insurance, or others when they need assistance for home health care. Most of our generation have long term care insurance, some times dollars/time limited others with unlimited coverage.

Our biggest fear as we get older is losing our independence. Non-medical care might be ideal for an older adult who is recovering from an illness or a surgery such as knee replacement and does not need medical assistance. The need can be just as much for emotional and mental support as well as physical assistance. Convaleseing at home can actually help some seniors not only survive but to thrive. For example, seniors with dementia may be less confused at home everything is located.

There is a Family Caregiver Support Group which meets Thursdays 11:30 to 1:00 at Cafe Espana, Hotel Encanto. If you are interested in learning more, come and visit with the group.

After the Program

The 50/50 was won by Lya Jordan. The can yielded $17 for the club project. 

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest    Host
Brandy Darden Ana Mangino
Bill Mattiace Wanda Mattiace

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian Home Club
none  

Student Guests

Student School
Tra Tran Las Cruces High
Isaac Hartman Oñate
Kori Gonzalez San Andres High
Lindsay Mitchell Mesilla Valley
Jessica Rhodes Mesilla Valley

 Make-ups

Rotarian Date Club
Jim Maxon 1/12 La Jolla, CA

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