To the Editor:
National Nursing Home Week, which begins on Mother’s Day May 11 and runs through May 17, honors the residents and patients currently in skilled nursing and rehabilitation care centers across the nation with special activities and events.
Sponsored each year since 1967 by the American Health Care Association, this year’s Nationa Nursing Home Week’s theme is “Living the Aloha Spirit.
In Hawaii, by “Living the Aloha Spirit,” a person shows love and respect to others and joyfully shares life to create a better world. Care centers strive daily to attain this ideal for all individuals in their care by focusing on person-centered care and continuous improvement.
This special week is also about people giving care. Caregivers often form meaningful, enduring relationships with residents and families that are beneficial to everyone – to the resident and to the caregivers who often consider each other “family.”
These workers help residents overcome the daily struggles associated with age, rehabilitation and disability.
Nursing Home Week can be a time to reflect on the many challenges that society faces to ensure elderly parents and others are able to access the quality services they need in a skilled nursing care center.
Some of the national issues that one day may impede such access include: federal reductions in Medicare payments; limitations on therapy services, such as physical therapy; and government Medicaid payments that are on average $24.26 below the cost of providing care.
Most importantly for the week of May 11–17, National Nursing Home Wee is a great time to visit a loved one, friend, acquaintance or veteran. Take some time with the family to reach out and let a care center resident or patient know that you are thinking about them by visiting.
If you can’t do that, then make a phone call, send a card, flowers, or even an email. This special attention will surely help someone catch that “Aloha Spirit.”
Richard J. Herrick
President and CEO
New York State Health Facilities Association
To the Editor:
Fulton Youth Soccer has started its 36 consecutive year of play.
We had some sour weather early on, but we pushed through and are off to a great start. This year we had a situation arise that we have never encountered before and I want to explain the reason for that.
Starting last year we put a cap on the number of players each team can have. We set that number at twice the number of players on the field, plus a goalie.
To the Editor:
The May 20 school budget vote will include a proposition regarding the Fulton Public Library.
With this proposition, the library trustees are asking to change the library to a “School District Public Library.” They are also asking voters to approve an annual budget of $350,000 a year for five years, which totals $1.75 million.
This proposition can be very misleading if not read completely before voting on it. Continue reading
A Little Hodgepodge
As a testimony to how swiftly time escapes us, the following was part of this column on October 18, 1992:
There’s a new little Hodgepodge in our lives these days. Courtney is a proud big sister. The new little brother arrived almost on schedule last month in Roanoke, Va.
His name is Camden Stephen Hodge, our first grandson. Camden weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces.
A hefty, healthy kid, he was able to play two quarters with the local football team the next day. (Just kidding, it was really only a couple of plays.) Continue reading
Here are the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center menus for lunch for the next two weeks:
- Monday, May 19 – Open faced turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies
- Tuesday, May 20 – Soup and sandwich
- Wednesday, May 21 –Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans
- Thursday, May 22 –Lemon chicken breast with mushrooms, rice pilaf and veggies
- Friday, May 23 – Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, vegetable blend
- Monday, May 26 – Program closed for Memorial Day holiday
- Tuesday, May 27 – Beef stew with vegetables
- Wednesday, May 28 –Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes and vegetable blend
- Thursday, May 29 – Barbecue chicken picnic style lunch (Reservation needed)
- Friday, May 30 – Spanish rice with vegetables
All meals include milk and dessert. Lunch is served at noon.
Activities daily at 11 a.m.
For reservations, call Eileen 24 hours in advance at 592-3408.
The dining and activity center is a program of Oswego County Opportunities.
OCO, Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.
For more information, visit oco.org.