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  This year has been especially challenging for those we serve. We have had 72 clients test positive for COVID-19 to date, with 17 having passed from the virus. Isolation brought on by adherence to public health restrictions has also proven difficult sometimes even resulting
in mental and behavioral issues. Through it all, our employees have continued to advocate for our clients by ensuring their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care are met.
charged unusually high prescription costs, so a member of our support staff looked into the situation. After a lengthy investigation and advocating for our client, the pharmacy credited back more than $1,000.
One client, who lives in her own home, was expected to relocate to a group home due to changes in her medical condition. The guardian knew the client did not want to move, and instead, arranged to enroll her in PACE to take over her medical and mental health treatment as well as provide in-home chore services. As a result, the client was able to remain in her home with her husband and two cats.
We have brought stability, dignity and optimum independence to more than 1,300 individuals during 2020. Our clients’ ages range from two to 113. Forty-five percent of them are female and 72 percent earn annual incomes that fall below the 100 per- cent poverty line. The support of the residents of Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties has allowed us to continue this valuable service to the most vul- nerable of our population. We extend the profound gratitude of everyone at Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services.
FINANCE & ADVOCACY
Robert Copeland, CEO, Special to Senior Times
THE YEAR 2020 IN REVIEW
Our money management staff assisted an 84-year-old client who was facing eviction by contacting Legal Aid on his behalf. We then helped him complete an Eviction Diversion Program, which would allow him to remain in his residence.
  BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
 One of our clients was being
United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation is thrilled to announce it has received
a capital grant of $250,000 from
the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. This generous award supports the expansion of Thome PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), serving low-in- come, nursing home eligible older adults living in Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee counties.
says Thome PACE executive director Susan Decker. “During the COVID- 19 pandemic and the need for every- one to respect social distancing, the Day Center has served only about 10-15 people per day compared to approximately 75-80 per day prior
                                                Meeting the needs
of those impacted by dementia.
DID YOU KNOW:
• 1 in 10 will wander
• Many will be unable to return on their own
• Law enforcement is engaged locally
• Movement matters
• Socialization matters
• Music matters
• Caregiver support is essential
• Documentation supports caregiver
• Research is finding solutions
• Training helps all caregivers
MILES FOR MEMORIES
SOLUTION:
• Personal I.D. Bracelet*
• G.P.S. Personal I.D. Watch*
• Help Home Program
• M4M Marathon
• Melodious Memories
• Vineyard of Memories Art
• Respite Care
• Senior I.D.*
• Annual community updates
• Training 30 minutes to 16 hours
* INCLUDES APP FOR CAREGIVER PHONE
During this time of cancelled events and fundraisers your support can help us to continue to meet the needs of Calhoun County. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TODAY. Checks should be made payable to BCCF/Miles for Memories.
Miles for Memories is a grassroots organization of volunteers committed to creating solutions for those impacted by dementia in Calhoun County.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation,” says
Wendy Brightman, president of
the UMRC Foundation and Porter Hills Foundation. “The Weinberg Foundation is known nationally and internationally as a champion for vulnerable older adults. The support of the Weinberg Foundation high- lights the important work UMRC and Thome PACE are doing to serve a growing number of older adults in this tri-county area.”
to COVID. With the expansion, we will be able to serve even more par- ticipants each day. This is good news for our participants who have been living alone and experiencing social isolation for the past many months. Thome PACE team members have done an excellent job in bringing services into participants’ homes, but it will greatly improve participant morale to be able to socialize with their peers again. We are grateful to the Weinberg Foundation for its support.”
“The population of older adults continues to grow in our state, and the three counties served by Thome PACE are no exception,” says Thome PACE board chair Michael Shore. “Thome PACE currently serves 189 older adults and receives nearly 40 referrals each month. The expansion of our Day Health Center is vital to keep up with the demand for PACE services. We are grateful to the Weinberg Foundation for its commitment to the needs of vulnera- ble older adults.”
A partnership between UMRC and the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, Thome PACE serves the social, medical, and supportive needs of low-income, older adults, ages 55 and up, who live within the PACE service area. PACE participants must be certified as meeting the State
of Michigan criteria for nursing facility level of care, but be able to live safely in their homes and com- munities, thanks to PACE support. PACE offers a proven, cost-effective alternative to nursing home care, providing overall savings of 40% to the State. Its interdisciplinary team of professionals provide participants with a “one-stop” shop model for
all their healthcare needs, including comprehensive medical, occupation- al, and physical therapy, pharmacy needs, nutrition and meals, health education, social and recreational activities, and door-to-door transpor- tation.
This grant from the Weinberg Foundation will help complete a 2,000+ sq. ft. addition to the Thome PACE Day Health Center, located at 2282 Springport Road in Jackson, in order to provide more space for activity programming, meals, exer- cise and fitness, an additional care and shower room, and more for Thome PACE participants.
Says Brightman, “With everything that PACE offers to participants, who pay nothing out-of-pocket, it is truly a win-win for older adults and our communities.”
 “Thome PACE provides such a vital and valuable service to low-in- come, older adults in this region,”
For more details call (517) 768- 9791 or visit umrc.com/thomepace.
Milesformemories.org • (269) 979-1412, ext. 305
4642 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI, 49015 • Tax ID #: 38-2045459
Thome PACE
  Expansion in Jackson
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