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Thursday, April 7, 2011 e Tri-Coun News ; mball, MN PAHCS makes change in care options • • • • • e-e Paynesville Area Health Care Board members approve 24/7 health-care service options for 700 Stearns Place residents Finding a home for seniors with multi-levels of care concerns just got easier, thanks to a proposal for an "h la carte-style" congre- gate housing option prepared by the PAHCS administration. After months of debate and re-writing of proposals, the board voted 11 to 2 to approve transitioning 700 Stea- rns Place, currently a congregate independent senior living facil- ity, to a congregate senior housing facility with 24-hour care services. During a recent study con- ducted by PAHCS, they found that more than 37 million people liv- ing in the U.S. are 65 or older and the number of those who need more intense health-care support is at an all-time high. These needs are amplified by the rising num- ber of people living with multiple chronic conditions as a result of medical advances and treatments. The responsibility of identifying affordable long-term services and facilities that address the dimin- ishing capacity for independent living of many aging adults often falls to family and friends, who may find their options limited. "All communities struggle to create affordable and community- based options for the health-care needs of aging residents, espe- cially in rural communities," said Bobbe Teigen, CEO Paynesville Area Health Care System. "With the increase to 24-hour housing with services, congregate hous- ing tenants with different levels of health needs all can receive, if they prefer, individual care under one roof providing tenants to "age-in-place". We hope that with these additional services, commu- nity members and families will be able to easily evaluate the need for and determine the benefit of this style of senior care, resulting in increased access to senior hous- ing options that are affordable and close-to-home." Under the housing with ser- vices approach, tenants will pay a base rent. The base rent is deter- mined based on the square foot- age of the individual apartment and would include an emer- gency call system, air condition- ing, heat, lights, water, sewer, gar- bage and cable television. The ten- ant would be responsible for his or her own telephone service. As explained in meetings with ten- ants and/or family members this past week, residents would be able to purchase additional services as needed, separate from the rental agreement. The "h la carte menu" would include meals, housekeep- ing, transportation, baths, medi- cation assistance, and many other services. Currently, every apartment is equipped with a 24-hour emer- gency pull-cord system. Since the current call system has range lim- itations, it would be replaced with a pendent that allows each tenant to be anywhere*in the building or garden area outside 700 Stearns Place and still be able to call for help if needed. Over the course of the next month, each tenant will receive a new rental agreement, an updated tenant handbook, and new service agreements developed by our legal counsel. "Our primary goal is to pro- vide the support residents need to live full and satisfying lives, while helping them maintain their inde- pendence and dignity," stated Bev Mueller, Director of Acute/Long- term Care for PAHCS. "We strongly believe this is the best option for our current and future residents of 700 Stearns Place." For more information or to learn how you can become a res- ident of 700 Stearns Place, please call Marl Louis at (320) 243-7100. ASSE Student Exchange Program ASSE International Student Exchange Program is looking for good families to host high school foreign exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. ASSE stu- dents are from countries all over the world, including Germany, France, Russia, Japan, China, Scandinavian Countries, and many more. The sending coun- try screens the students, most of whom are fluent in English. The host family is able to select the stu- dent from a list of available stu- dents. The students have guide- lines which they must follow, and :they come with medical insurance Catholic Charities Senior Dining ,Easter Dinner Catholic Charities Senior Din- 'ing of Kimball is holding a special Easter Dinner Tuesday, April 19, at St. Anne's Church beginning at 11:15 a.m. The events of the day include early coffee with treats and indoors egg hunt. The following special menu will be served." Sliced ham, creamy potato bake, glazed carrots, dinner roll, and lemon dessert, Senior Dining offers a nutritious meal in a warm and caring atmo- sphere with friendship and fun for persons 60 years of age and over. Join us! Call 398-2211 extension 13 for more information. Partially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Coun- cil on Aging as part of the Older American Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. and their own spending money. The host family needs to provide a bed, food, some transportation, and an understanding of teenag- ers. The host family receives on- going support from ASSE. The exchange student is expected to become an active participant in the host family, learning about life in the United States. Hosting is easier and more rewarding than most people realize. Become a host family today! Please contact the local ASSE coordinator, Rich Barkalow, at (320) 250-4867 or (800) 736-2773 ASSE is a non-profit, tax- exempt public benefit organiza- tion. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State. K mball schools Menu Apr. 11-15 Breakfast Monday: Toasted cheese bread, sausage pat , fruit choice, milk Tuesday: Sausage gravy over biscuit, fruit choice, milk. Wednesday: Cereal choice, slice of toast, juice choice, milk. Thursday: Scrambled eggs & sau- sage, slice of toast,juice choice, milk. Friday-Income Taxes due: Hot oatmeal, choice of topping, slice of toast, juice, milk. Lunch Monday: Tater tot hot dish or ham on wheat, cucumber ranch salad, sliced wheat bread, cinna- mon applesauce, milk. Tuesday: Italian spaghetti or chili dog on wheat, whole ker- nel corn, garlic gread, fresh orange wedges, milk. Wednesday: Turkey gravy over mashed potatoes or ham wrap, assorted vegetables, sliced wheat bread, fresh apple, milk. Thursday: Soft-shell taco or Ital- ian turkey sandwich, dinner salad, Mexican rice bake, sliced wheat bread, Mandarin oranges, milk. Friday-Income Taxes due: Cheese pizza or hamburger hot dish, peas & carrots, sliced wheat bread, cantaloupe wedge, milk. Kimball senior Dinincq Menu Apr. 11-15 Monday-Euchre: Beef tips in gravy, egg noodles, French-cut green beans, pears, pudding. Tuesday-Euchre: Chicken h la king, baking-powder bis- cuit, peas and carrots, orange wedges, applesauce gelatin. Wednesday-Birthday Cake: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes w/gravy, country trio vegetables, wheat bread, molasses cookie. Thursday-Specials of the Day Friday: Salmon loaf or Swiss steak, oven fried potatoes, peas in cream sauce, wheat bread, rice pudding. 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for per- sons 60+ and volunteers is $3.50, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $7. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. ever~’ Wednesday. For more information, call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gift dining booklets are avail- able at the Senior Dining Site and the State Bank of Kimball. Par- tially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council of Aging as part of the Older Amer- icans Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. i i l Page 5 0000000 • Kimball Express Bean Bag • Tourney April 16 • Kimball Express is planning their Bear~ Bag Tournament for • Saturday, April 16. • Registration is at 10:30 a.m. The start is at 11 a.m. and it will • take place at the Kimball baseball field. • If you have questions, please call Aaron at 493-9369. • 00000000000 000 serving 5 lim Ellis, Owner Baked beans, a Homemade dessert 0pel~ |0-Noon North of .55 on 15 in • 398-2200 Dr. Garyverbovanec Chiropractic Clinic www.tricou ntynews. M N • it v;