On Wednesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m., Lexington Prescription Center will be hosting a FREE Diabetes Education Class. For more information, please call 540-463-9166.
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May “Senior Sense” – Ask the Expert
By Elizabeth Guttenberg, LMSW, Senior Care Advisor
Q: I recently had a horrible experience when my father was hospitalized for a broken hip. It was very challenging to gather any information about his care, and he was discharged too early in my opinion. Is there anything I should have done differently?
A: This question comes up often in my line of work so I’m glad you asked. Having worked in acute care settings, I can attest that our healthcare system is so fragmented that it is often difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. In fact, many of my clients initiate contact with me because they can’t figure out who is really in charge of their loved one’s care. Should you find yourself in this situation again, the following pointers may prove helpful.
Establish a primary contact for practical information. This is probably not the attending physician, who will see your father only briefly each day on morning rounds. Although it is important to consult him or her about medical issues, the most reliable source of information about your father’s daily progress and needs is likely the nurse (or social worker) assigned to his room. In a large facility, these staffers can seem harried and hard to find, so be persistent. Ask whoever is sitting at the nursing station in the hallway to pass on your request for a brief visit from your father’s nurse. Since the nurse will vary by shift it is a good idea to establish a relationship with the head nurse on your father’s floor as well. A little tip: be nice to everyone on staff, even if you’re frustrated. They want the same thing you do: to keep your loved one safe and comfortable. So be assertive about obtaining the information you need, but also be respectful and courteous.
Ask for detailed information about your father’s diagnosis and prognosis. Once you have established one or more reliable contacts within the care team, don’t hesitate to ask probing questions about your father’s condition. Facilities are required to maintain thorough documentation for each patient that passes through their doors. If your father has complex medical issues, then it is not out of line to request a written list of each problem (e.g., infection and broken leg) and the medications and therapies being used to treat it (e.g., antibiotics and physical therapy). You can also ask to speak directly with the physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other care professional assigned to your father. As these professionals maintain tight schedules, you may need to return at an appointed time.
Make sure you are prepared for the transition home. When your father is almost ready to leave the hospital or rehabilitation facility, ask your primary contact to schedule a discharge planning meeting to discuss medications, recommended aftercare, and activities he should be able to perform now and in the future. Invite others who will be involved in his care, and prepare a list of questions about safety concerns in his home. Is it OK for him to climb stairs on his own? Should you install a raised toilet seat? The facility’s care team should assist with setting up home visits from a nurse, therapists (e.g., physical or occupational) and home health aides if needed.
And remember, involve your dad in the decision-making process. His safety is important, but so are the things that will make his life comfortable and enjoyable.
Need more guidance around communicating with your loved one’s medical team? Contact a Care Advisor at Care.com. We are master’s-level social workers specializing in adult and senior care. Call us today at (855) 781-1303 or email questions to email@example.com
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Looking for a great way to eat healthier this year? Join the Rockbridge Farmer’s Alliance 2016 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. To aid you in joining this CSA, Washington and Lee University offers the ability to spread the cost over payroll deductions for the CSA season.
The Rockbridge Farmer’s Alliance CSA is a weekly produce share running from June through October featuring nutritious favorites such as spring greens, summer staples like tomatoes, zucchini, sweet corn and peppers, followed by fall treats of winter squash, sweet potatoes and apples. Each weekly bag features food you love and items you’d never have the courage to try on your own grown right here in Rockbridge County by either Paradox Farm or one of our partner farms such as Sunflower Flats or Foxridge Farm. It’s a great way to nourish your family and your body and it’s always fresh, usually harvested within 1-2 days. A full season share featuring 20 weeks of produce is $410 including taxes. One dozen free range, fertilized eggs fresh from Paradox Farm are available to add on for $90 (20 weeks).
This year they are also adding the option for market shares. The same great commitment to small farmers right here in Rockbridge County but you get to choose what produce to purchase and when. Market shares work similar to a debit account, with the smallest share available at $200 but they will deposit $215 total into your account as a thank you bonus for paying up front when farmer’s costs are highest. Simply stop by the Wednesday Lexington Farmer’s Market Paradox Farm Booth (Just look for Mitch!) or the Saturday Rockbridge Farmer’s market at the Horse Center. Pick out your farm fresh goodies and don’t worry about bringing the cash! They’ve got it handled.
Email CSA manager Chad Hagues at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Weekly shares begin June 2nd and continue through October 27th. Pick-up is every Thursday at the Hillel House on Washington Street from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
If you have an address change during the year, you can update the address with HR/Payroll and certain benefits carriers by clicking on “Directory” in the upper right corner of most W&L web pages. Log-in if you aren’t already and click on “Preferences.” You can make edits on this page and HR and Payroll are automatically notified. We then notify benefits providers who can accept the information from us (Anthem, UCCI, PayFlex and Fidelity.) If you have benefits through TIAA, Genworth or MetLife, you’ll need to contact those carriers directly. Their contact information is on our website.
If you’d like to meet with the TIAA or Fidelity Investment Counselors when they visit W&L, their schedules and instructions for making appointments are on our website here.
For those nearing retirement, the counselors can explain the options available for drawing money when you retire and can help with related paperwork. For new employees, the counselors can explain the investment choices and help you set up your retirement account.
We recommend all employees meet annually with a counselor to review your portfolio, beneficiaries, and demographic information. As always, let me know if you have any questions about your retirement benefit or any other employee benefits.
The W&L community welcomes our new employees. We ask each new hire to answer a few questions about themselves so we can all get to know them. Here is what we learned:
Public Safety Dispatcher
Tell us a little about yourself…
I am currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies at James Madison University.
How do you unwind and have fun?
I spend time with my two boxers, Dixie and Haddie.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Have the courage to live life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
Is there anything that you are looking forward to while working at W&L?
Growing and learning within the community.
Patti Colliton is offering guided walks for anyone who would like to get out and exercise with company during Spring Term. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the loops and trails that are in W&L’s “backyard”. Routes will include a mix of Campus, W&L Back Campus trails and Woods Creek Trail.
Meet on Cannan Green outside the Fitness Center. Walks will take 45-60 minutes. Each walk will require athletic footwear and active, weather appropriate clothing. This program will continue through Spring Term.
Tuesdays @ 12:10 pm
Mondays @ 5:00 pm
If your group is interested in organizing other times please contact Patti to arrange a convenient schedule.
You may contact Patti (x8287) the day of the walk if the weather is questionable.
The 2016 W&L Employee Recognition Banquet was held on Tuesday, April 19 in the Evans Dining Hall. Below are a list of those honored. President Ruscio and Amy Barnes addressed employees, and the the 350 plus employees and guests enjoyed catering by Southern Inn. A sample of the images captured by Kevin Remington are below.
President Ruscio addresses the crowd
The attendees enjoy catering from Southern Inn
Shown (left to right): Susie Latchett (Parkhurst), Kelly Brown, Mark Craney
2016 Retirees: (left to right, front to back) Sarah Tschiggfrie, Isca King, Gail Nicely, Chris Wise, Wendy Richards, Berkeley Harner, Barbara Woolston, Janet Mayo, Eddie Irvine, Thomas “Baner” Bane, Scott Beebe, Hank Humphreys, Ed Kibler, Andrew Davis. Not pictured: Henry Alderman, Tom Contos, John Hufnagel, Pat Larew, Mike Walsh, Lloyd Goad
Tom Lovell (L), Sue Woodruff, Beau Dudley
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