Community Life - Resources!

Resources for our caring community and loved ones

Here are a few links to community services and online information. We know that seniors and their families have many questions about entering long-term care. These resources and services may help you make decisions and offer the comfort of knowing that you are doing your best to help your loved ones.

Disclaimer: The links and information are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Lincoln Glen does not endorse or approve the products, services or opinions of these referral resources. We do not guarantee the accuracy, legality or content of the external websites listed below or links from their websites. Please contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. Please let us know if you have problems or questions regarding their content.


Choice Magazine Listening - A Talking Magazine Choice Magazine Listening logo

Provided at no cost to visually impaired and physically disabled adults, "Choice Magazine Listening is a nonprofit organization that provides audio recordings of memorable articles, stories, interviews, essays and poems from outstanding current magazines, completely free of charge, to blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or dyslexic adults. Based in Port Washington, NY, CML has proudly served the blind and print-disabled community since 1962."

"Each year, Choice Magazine Listening produces 48 hours of recorded magazine selections; each quarterly issue contains 12 hours of listening. From a list of approximately 100 mainstream magazines and literary journals, a team of experienced editors chooses the most distinguished writing by prominent contemporary authors such as Alice Munro, T.C. Boyle, Billy Collins, Woody Allen, Jonathan Franzen, Susan Orlean, Seamus Heaney, Calvin Trillin, Annie Proulx, Garrison Keillor, and Stephen King, to name just a few. All the material chosen is well written, informative, entertaining, and enlightening—CML has high standards!"

Choice Magazine Listening will send subscribers a free digital talking-book player. It is easy, click this link to the Subscribe page of Choice Magazine Listening website and download the Application for Free Library Service.


New website for Senior Resources in California Logo for Elder Care California

Are you looking for a senior facility for a parent or loved one in California? Do you need to know what types of facilities exist, what additional services the facility should provide? Elder Care California website will get you started.

California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) provides this website as a community service to its members and the families in their care. The California Association of Health Facilities is a non-profit professional association founded in 1950 to serve as a statewide organization for long-term care providers. The Association and its members are dedicated to improving the quality of long-term health care in California through educational programs and proactive advocacy with the Legislature and administrative agencies.

Please check out Elder Care California, if you are looking for consumer resources for the elderly person in your family.


Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services

Our Activities Department constantly finds new resources and events for residents. We have joined Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Service, bringing the healing power of animals to those less fortunate in our community. The Furry Friends mission is to "consistently facilitate delivery of the love and affection of our volunteers and their pets. We enhance the lives and touch the hearts of people with special needs." Furry Friends is a California non-profit organization.

Furry Friends volunteers and their companions "work as teams to bring Furry Friends on visits to people who live in various kinds of institutions, e.g. nursing homes, facilities for disabled or seriously ill children, hospital rehabilitation wards, the Children's Shelter, psychiatric facilities, etc. Currently we visit facilities in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, California."

"Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows of the tremendous love and acceptance pets bring. Pets don't care how we look or even how we act; they love us unconditionally. For people who are in difficult life situations, pets can be of special benefit. Petting a dog, for instance, has been shown to lower blood pressure. Animals can often reach people when human relationships may be difficult. Scientific research has shown that interaction with animals can significantly improve humans' physical and emotional health. Put as simply as possible, pets make people feel good and they help healing happen."

"Animal therapy isn’t a new concept. As early as the 1790s, the Quakers at a retreat for the mentally ill in England had patients commune with farm animals, which they felt would be more helpful than the harsh treatment often used on those with psychiatric problems. "

"Pet visitation has also been found to produce measurable benefits by fostering socialization, increasing responsiveness, facilitating mental alertness and enhancing an outward focus on the environment." Here's a link to the Furry Friends website.


Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents

Gifts for Nursing Home ResidentsWe know that our residents really appreciate
small gifts and the loving intentions of the gift givers. This list will help you give gifts that
your loved ones can enjoy even though they may have diet restrictions or have physical limitations.

Media gifts, such as subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, books, music CDs and DVDs such as old time radio shows, audio books, digital players, cameras are popular.

Clothing and comfortable gifts, shoes and slippers, outdoor wear, afghans and blankets rank high with our residents.

Room decorations can help seniors remember family birthdays, holidays and sporting events. Photographs and frames, special storage boxes, gift baskets, bird feeders help residents feel at home and remind them of the wonderful times with their families. Please review the list. We are sure it will jog your memory and give you some thoughtful gift ideas.


Losing a Spouse or Parent - Helpful Notes Photo of white Dove on blue sky

When you lose a loved one. "When you lose a loved one, you might face the overwhelming responsibility of closing out the person's life. There are many things to attend to, from providing a proper tribute to closing bank accounts to canceling a gym membership. And many of the tasks require attention to detail — adding stress to what is already an emotional time."

You may want to leave the administrative matters for a later day. But there are some notifications and legal steps that should not be postponed. We have gathered some information and reminders to help you resolve the most critical concerns as soon as you can. These arrangements include memorial or funeral services, locating important documents, will, insurance, trusts and trustees, banks and pension plans.

To review the list of administrative matters that you may need to resolve, please click on this link.


Outreach - Together We Ride

Outreach Together we RideTransportation and Support Services for Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities and Low-Income Families. "As a non-profit, public benefit organization, OUTREACH is committed to the mission of supporting older adults, individuals with disabilities and low-income families with their efforts to lead independent and self-sufficient lives."

From the beginning, "as a War on Poverty program over 30+ years ago, OUTREACH has grown to be one of the nation's premier ADA Paratransit and community transportation providers." In addition, Outreach offers Case Management/Benefits Counseling Program which provides older adults and disabled individuals with assistance with "obtaining services and benefits... that support their efforts to maintain their health and independence."

"Senior Outreach Program staff assists lower income seniors with obtaining services and benefits (e.g., Medicare, SSI, HEAP, ULTS, Renters/Homeowners Assistance, IHSS, etc.) from public and private entities. Individualized assistance includes benefits assessments, translations, assistance obtaining and completing application forms and assembling eligibility documents, and providing advice and support during the application process. Senior Outreach Program services are provided in client homes and in location where seniors naturally congregate – nutrition programs, senior centers, senior housing projects, etc."

To find Outreach Senior Services programs, please click this link.


Sirum: Saving Medicine, Saving Lives.

Sirum

SIRUM saves lives by connecting unopened unexpired medications to patients in need.

Our Nursing Administrator, Rebecca is a supporter of the organization and offers the following information:

Hello Family and Friends - Many years ago I embarked on this journey with a small group of Stanford students that were trying to make the redistribution of unused medications from nursing homes possible. These entrepreneurial students started SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine). Their tagline is "Saving Medicine, Saving Lives."

Many of us in the profession had for years been concerned about the wasted medications that were flushed or incinerated. SIRUM provided an opportunity for these medications to be utilized by the underinsured and indigent population in Santa Clara County.

All the medications that Lincoln Glen donates are medications that can not be returned for a refund. Typically the surplus is from a medication change. This may occur if the doctor changes the medication to try something new, changes the dose of a medication, or if the resident passes away. Nursing homes that are larger and have more admissions and discharges will have many more donations.

Lincoln Glen was the first donor! We helped establish the procedures to make it easy for facilities to donate and created the policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance. I invested my personal time in this program and now currently sit on the Board of Directors. Please check out their website www.sirum.org,

Below is the link to the newscast shown recently regarding this new pharmacy being stocked with medications from our nursing homes throughout the state. I am proud of the facilities that have taken the time and effort to participate.

This pharmacy is open to the public. Please spread the word to those who may be in need. This may be a very good option for seniors that are in their donut hole or that do not have Part D coverage. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Californias-First-Drug-Donation-Pharmacy-Opens-in-San-Jose-368954881.html

Please contact Rebecca or Deane if you have questions. Thank you!


Sourcewise - Community Resource Solutions

Sourcewise Community Resource Solutions Logo

Since 1973, Sourcewise has "provided services and support to seniors in Santa Clara County. As Sourcewise, we continue to support seniors and caregivers as we expand our reach to include persons with disabilities and all adults in Santa Clara County. We aim to inform, educate, and prepare all adults within Santa Clara County to better navigate their health and life options."

Sourcewise provides a comprehensive database of community resources designed to help seniors and their families find the help and services they need: caregiver support, case management, disability services and products, employment, financial assistance, health or medical, housing options, in-home services, insurance, legal assistance, meal and food services, recreation,  bereavement and burial assistance, even international services.  Here is a link to the database found on the Sourcewise website.

The Sourcewise services include Information and Awareness, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, Senior Employment, Meals on Wheels, Care Management. This link will take you to the services section of the Sourcewise website.

Sourcewise is a hub for adults and their caregivers, networking with state and local services to help and support seniors and their loved ones.