Service Provider event to be held at Westfield Community Kitchen

Submitted Photo Chautauqua County service providers will be available to answer questions On Monday, March 18, at the Westfield United Methodist Church, 101 E. Main St., Westfield, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. about the WIC program among others.

WESTFIELD — On Monday, March 18, six Chautauqua County service providers will be available to answer questions and assist consumers at the Westfield Community Kitchen luncheon, held at the Westfield United Methodist Church, 101 E. Main St., Westfield, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grace McKenzie from Catholic Charities, will be present to visit about the WIC program. Catholic Charities WIC Program is a nutrition program for pregnant women, infants and children up to five years old. WIC provides nutrition counseling and education as well as breastfeeding support and resources. WIC also provides referrals to other Catholic Charities programs such as counseling, parenting classes, rapid rehousing and food pantry referral. Grace will have information on the new eWIC program that has been recently implemented.

Sandy Harle from Chautauqua Palliative and Hospice Care will be there to visit with people about their services. Palliative Care provides an extra layer of support for an individual at any stage of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis, whatever the age. The home based program is focused on relief of the illness and works together with any curative treatments. Whereas, Hospice Care provides comprehensive care to the affected person, assists with the person’s goals, and assists in achieving comfort and quality of life. Hospice care should be a priority if doctors expect their loved one to have six months or less to live. This specialized care includes treatments and therapies to relieve physical and emotional pain, assistance with personal care, helping one fulfill their wishes. Hospice benefit also provides medical equipment and medication that is related to the persons Hospice diagnosis.

Candy Hess from Willcare will be present to explain all of the home health services Willcare has to offer. Willcare is able to provide short or long term care in the home. They work with your physician to develops a plan of treatment that is right for your needs. They provide skilled nursing (RN), physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, home health aides and also give a person access to dietician and nutritional consultations. Willcare are senior advocates who are committed to providing home health care that looks beyond the obvious needs of seniors, enabling them to live in their homes as long as they can.

Karen Lucks with the Chautauqua Adult Day Services program will also be present to visit about the programs Chautauqua Adult Day offers to residents of Chautauqua County. Chautauqua Adult Day Services, offers senior day programs for adults sixty years of age and older who live in community. The day programs enable seniors to have quality of life through socialization and activity programming. The sites provide breakfast, snack and a hot noon time meal for participants. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps persons participate in outings in the community and the sites offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and much more on an ongoing basis. In addition, the agency also has a “Saturday Program” in Jamestown which helps participants stay involved in community events and out-door recreation. The Chautauqua Adult Day Services, is a not for profit United Way community partner, that provides an affordable option for older adults in the community to remain independent and at home.

Lauren Gill from the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be present to talk about dementia and related issues. She will have informative pieces to share and will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding services they offer. The Western New York Chapter serves all eight counties including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. This chapter provides care consultations, a 24-hour helpline (1.800.272.3900), safety services, early stage programs, and education programs for caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Judy Wroda representing the No Wrong Door / NY Connects program will also be present to assist anyone who comes in to visit. The No Wrong Door / NY Connects program offers information, assistance and referrals to programs that a person may be eligible for in Chautauqua County. This program is open to all persons regardless of age (from birth and up), income or disability. Judy is a certified Person Centered Counselor, Options Counselor and NY certified Case Manager. If you are not sure of what programs may be available to you, your family, or someone you may know, please talk with Judy and she will help you navigate through your options and assist you in the process of obtaining the assistance you are needing.

If you would like more information about this event, or others that are planned, please contact LeAnne Childs at UMC 326-3243, or Judy Wroda at 450-3960. If you are a service provider and would like to attend one of these service provider events, please contact Judy Wroda at Southwestern Independent Living Center, 843 N Main St., Jamestown, 661-3010 or 450-3960.