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Valley Viewpoints: Increase needed

by Roxanne Stuart, President Resident Council Michaud Residential Health Services

As a resident of Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton, I ask you to contact your elected state officials and urge their support of legislation that seeks to amend the social services law, in relation to the personal expense allowance for residents of residential health care facilities receiving or eligible to receive supplemental security income payments and/or additional state payments (Senate Bill 2464/Assembly Bill 7832).

This legislation seeks to increase the personal needs allowance of residents of residential health care facilities from $50 to $100 per month.

Currently, residents of residential care facilities are afforded a personal care allowance of fifty dollars per month. Residents are primarily senior citizens who reside in skilled nursing facilities, many of whom depend solely on Social Security and SSI or other forms of assistance.

All are on fixed incomes that depend on this allowance to pay for everything from their clothing, haircuts, and special toiletries to the few additional amenities such as cable television, telephone service and trips away from the nursing home which may cost more than half of the monthly share.

The last increase in the personal needs allowance was in 1981. Since that time, recipients have seen a drastic decrease in the real dollar value of their allowance. This personal needs allowance is an important quality of life issue for residents.

The personal needs allowance for nursing home residents comes from state funds. No cost of living adjustments of the past 19 years have been applied to this allowance.

I urge you to contact state lawmakers and support this legislation and ensure that it moves from committee, is passed by Legislature and ultimately signed into law by the governor.

The 15th annual St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. Pictured are Bishop’s Commons residents Ralph Borek (left) and Glen Clark (right) with Executive Director Karen Murray.

Tournament benefits St. Luke, Michaud

The 15th annual St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. Pictured are Bishop’s Commons residents Ralph Borek (left) and Glen Clark (right) with Executive Director Karen Murray.

For over a decade, the St. Luke-Boyce Memorial Charity Golf event has been raising money to benefit resident programs at St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence in Oswego, and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.

This year, the 15th edition will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Battle Island Golf Course with an 8 a.m. “shot gun” start. The golf course is located between Fulton and Oswego on Route 48.

The four-person “Captain & Crew” tournament attracts both the serious and novice golf teams alike as prizes are awarded in both categories.

An optional “skins” game is also a part of the competition.

The tournament entry fee includes greens fees, cart, and on-course games, with lunch and awards immediately following at the Battle Island Club House Café.

The tournament benefits the St. Luke-Foster Burden Fund; providing financial resources in support of the St. Luke “Make a Wish” program; Bishop’s Commons “Wishing Well Fund”; and Michaud Residential Health Services “Wish List” program.

The charity golf tournament honors the late Francis Boyce, the first administrator of St. Luke Health Services and past president of the board of directors.

Those seeking more information or to register may contact St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166 or visit the St. Luke web site at www.stlukehs.com.