Mission Involvement

Caring and Sharing: Both churches continue to support the work of Caring and Sharing, with food donations, Board involvement and volunteer hours. This local food collection and distribution point is located in the City Hall building, just down the hall from the Police Department. Guests complete a registration form and show proof of local residence, then return to pick up food for their family. They are open on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:45 pm for registration.

On-going needs are: canned protein, veggies other than peas and corn, canned fruit, and spices. Replacing the cake mixes and prepared frosting will allow them to make birthday parties possible for the clients, (the intent of the birthday bags from last year without the volume of storage those required). Lingle puts a special emphasis on food being donated on Communion Sundays (second Sunday of the month).

Goshen County Paper Pantry at the United Methodist Church is open on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3. We occasionally collect items for this mission which distributes items not available through other sources locally (diapers, toilet paper, shampoo, laundry soap, etc. as may be available at any given time). They ask for ID and address confirmation but do not require proof of need. It is operated by donations and volunteers. For more information contact the church office at 532-2977.

Community Handbells: The WyoRing and Platte Valley Ringer groups (both under the direction of Joyce Willeke, 532-2595) store bells, music and tables in the Torrington building. Their scheduled practice times are on Wednesday evenings during the school year. The groups offer special music in worship monthly in Torrington.

WEE PALS PRESCHOOL has been located in here since 1986, with Molly Moorehouse as Director since 2001. Wee Pals was started at St. Joe's in 1981 by parents, then moved to the United Methodist Church Building.

The tuition based program has the typical M-W-F class for older preschoolers and T-Th class for younger preschoolers (age 3 by September 15). Each class meets from 8:30 - noon). Extended care is available for an additional fee both before and after the scheduled times.

Contact Molly at532-4377 or 534-3682 for details.

This article provided by Claire Wentz.

This is How to Know When It's Time to Make Lifestyle Changes for Your Senior Loved Ones

Adult children struggle with making decisions about their aging parents. You want to ensure their health and safety, but you also want to respect and honor their wishes and dignity and help them enjoy their independence for as long as possible. It’s difficult to know when to make lifestyle changes to support their health and well-being. These challenges become even tougher for long-distance caregivers who cannot assess their senior loved one’s needs in person.

Assess Your Loved One’s Needs with the Help of Others

When providing care for senior loved ones from afar, you can assess their needs in a few ways. First, do a little research on what they can afford in retirement based on what they’ve set aside; it can be helpful to work with a financial planner. Then, establish a network of neighbors, friends, church members, and nearby relatives who can check in and provide you with updates or share concerns with you.

Your loved one’s care network also should include their medical providers; long-distance caregivers need to receive regular updates about their loved one’s health and should be alerted as soon as their health changes and causes concern.

These trustworthy people will know if and when incidents occur and will alert you quickly. If, for example, your loved one drives a friend to go shopping or attend an activity, that friend can alert you if she is becoming a danger on the road. Some common, yet dangerous, mistakes by senior drivers include failing to yield, failing to stay in their lane, having difficulty judging the time or distance required to turn in front of traffic, failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, and speeding or driving too slowly on a regular basis.

Also, check in with your loved ones on a daily basis. Phone calls are one way to stay in touch, but you also need to see your loved ones to better assess their health and ability to remain independent. Use video chat services and apps such as FaceTime or Skype. Another solution is to get a system likeIndependa, a smart TV that connects your loved ones to you easily using a television remote. The chat feature lets you visit them any time to gauge their well-being.

Recognize Signs That It’s Time for a Lifestyle Change

When your loved ones’ network starts sharing concerns, you need to know whichsigns point to a need for a lifestyle change, such as when your loved one is:

  1. Losing weight and not eating
  2. Falling or hiding bruises from you
  3. Wearing the same clothes day after day
  4. Not grooming herself as well as she used to
  5. Not keeping her home as neat and clean as usual
  6. Not taking medication regularly
  7. Forgetting to turn off appliances
  8. Becoming a danger on the road

When you see these signs, or when others notice them, it is time to make arrangements for a lifestyle change for your senior loved ones. Involve them in the search and to ask them about their preferences and desires.

Determine what they can afford and which type of care is best for their needs; for example, they may be able to move to a senior living community that provides transportation, or they may need a continuing care community or assisted living community that provides housekeeping, meals, monitoring, and grooming and toileting assistance. A senior living advisor and your parents’ healthcare providers will assist you in making the best decision for their needs.

When the time comes to downsize your loved ones to a senior living or assisted living community, help them go through their house and choose which items to keep, donate, give to family members, and sell. Keep in mind this is an emotional process and your senior parents will want to share memories and tell stories to make the move easier.

Once you’ve decided what lifestyle changes need to be made, review your loved ones’ health plans. It’s important to stay up to date on any annual changes made to their health insurance, as these can determine whether it’s time to make adjustments. If you and your loved ones feel they would be better off with a different health plan, check with providers, such as Aetna, to determine which plans will best suit their needs.

As a long-distance caregiver, you can assess your senior loved one’s health and needs from afar with the help of others and technology that allows you to peek into their lives. Knowing which signs point to the time for a lifestyle change is necessary, as is working with senior living advisors and healthcare providers who will determine the level of care your senior loved ones need.

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