Date: July 10, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is introducing its recently organized collection of online programs for older adults dubbed “The Learning Connection.”
The Learning Connection includes a variety of programs – some lasting one hour, some several weeks and others that are ongoing – to keep older adults and their caregivers educated and feeling well even during this time when at-risk people are encouraged to spend more time at home to avoid COVID-19 infection.
“Since we temporarily closed our dining rooms and activity centers for in-person services in mid-March, we have continually looked for ways to reach people in the 13 counties we serve,” said Diana Hoemann, Executive Director. “Besides home meal delivery, curbside pickup of meals, and telephone-based Care Management, we have moved many of our programs onto an online format to reach as many older adults and caregivers as possible. We decided this group of opportunities aptly would be named the Learning Connection.”
The online Learning Connection includes classes on Tai Chi and other exercises, support groups and educational events for family caregivers, education on Medicare and benefits, as well as courses designed to help people plan their best retired lives and live well with chronic conditions. The agency leaders hope to add some virtual recreational events to the lineup. Click here to see the schedule for July and August. Look for regular updates.
Most of the courses are available free either on Zoom online by invitation or on Facebook Live. The Zoom platform requires that attendees register to receive a link or phone number and code to participate, and Care Connection has step-by-step directions available for new users. Participants may use their telephone to call into the Zoom meetings instead of joining online.
“While many people may be unfamiliar with joining an online class, we have chosen the Zoom and Facebook Live platforms because they are easy to use and are free for our participants,” Hoemann said. “We do not want people to be hesitant about using the technology.”

Date: July 10, 2020 | Category: News

We are happy to share resources from other trusted partners when we find them. This list is from the Alzheimer’s Association for July. Check it out and join the programs. We also are starting a new group beginning in August. Register under our events tab.
Click here to see the schedule for virtual Alzheimer’s Association Programs.

Date: July 9, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is introducing its recently organized collection of online programs for older adults dubbed “The Learning Connection.”
The Learning Connection includes a variety of programs – some lasting one hour, some several weeks and others that are ongoing – to keep older adults and their caregivers educated and feeling well even during this time when at-risk people are encouraged to spend more time at home to avoid COVID-19 infection.
“Since we temporarily closed our dining rooms and activity centers for in-person services in mid-March, we have continually looked for ways to reach people in the 13 counties we serve,” said Diana Hoemann, Executive Director. “Besides home meal delivery, curbside pickup of meals, and telephone-based Care Management, we have moved many of our programs onto an online format to reach as many older adults and caregivers as possible. We decided this group of opportunities aptly would be named the Learning Connection.”
The online Learning Connection includes classes on Tai Chi and other exercises, support groups and educational events for family caregivers, education on Medicare and benefits, as well as courses designed to help people plan their best retired lives and live well with chronic conditions. The agency leaders hope to add some virtual recreational events to the lineup. Click here to see the schedule for July and August. Look for regular updates.
Most of the courses are available free either on Zoom online by invitation or on Facebook Live. The Zoom platform requires that attendees register to receive a link or phone number and code to participate, and Care Connection has step-by-step directions available for new users. Participants may use their telephone to call into the Zoom meetings instead of joining online.
“While many people may be unfamiliar with joining an online class, we have chosen the Zoom and Facebook Live platforms because they are easy to use and are free for our participants,” Hoemann said. “We do not want people to be hesitant about using the technology.”

Date: July 2, 2020 | Category: News

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind you that we are here for you when you have questions concerning possible Medicare errors, abuse and fraud.
The Missouri SMP is one of 54 non-profit projects with a mission to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse. We are a grant-funded project of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). Our work is in three main areas:
Providing Outreach and education. During this pandemic, most outreach is done by producing fraud facts such as this one and posting online and on Facebook. Check us out at www.missourismp.org or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MissouriSMP/
Engaging civic-minded volunteers to help protect older adults’ health, finances, and medical identity while saving precious Medicare dollars. If you are interested, we have an online volunteer training.
Receiving beneficiary complaints. When Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members bring their complaints to us, we determine whether fraud, errors, or abuse is suspected. When fraud or abuse is suspected, we make referrals to the appropriate state and federal agencies for further investigation.
So, what does that mean for you? It means we are a trusted source of information and assistance.
To learn more or report suspected Medicare fraud, call the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

Date: June 26, 2020 | Category: News

A note from Diana Hoemann, Executive Director
We recently published the Care Connection Annual Report for the 2019 fiscal year.
In the report, you will see that we have provided services to more than 10,000 older adults and their caregivers. We reached them with more than a half million meals delivered to their homes and served in our dining rooms – plus provided a wide range of exercise and wellness classes, Medicare counseling, tax services, benefits application assistance and more. I encourage you to spend a few moments perusing the services outlined in the report.

What this report doesn’t reflect is the huge transformation our agency has made since mid-March 2020. That’s when we suspended in-person services. Our decision was guided by the Centers for Disease Control recommendations that have consistently put people 60 and older in the highest risk group for suffering the worst if they contract COVID-19.

While we suspended face-to-face operations, we never stopped serving adults 60 and older and their caregivers. We added folks to our home-delivered meal routes and began to encourage people to pick up hot lunches curbside at our centers. Our Care Management team members never stopped answering the phones or reaching out to folks who needed attention and services. Our Health and Wellness team quickly began switching to online formats such as Zoom and Facebook Live to provide programming such as Tai Chi, exercise for seniors, information on Medicare, advanced care planning and more. We created a weekly “just for fun” newsletter “Cabin Fever Cures” that includes brain teasers, word finds, crafts and recipes. Our regional ombudsman fielded hundreds of phone calls from nursing home residents and their loved ones while long-term care facilities are closed to visitors. We leveraged federal and state resources and avoided layoffs or furloughs.

All the while, our safety chief has been following COVID-19 trends and gathering the supplies needed to eventually open the center dining rooms. Our center staff members have been deep cleaning as well as completing small and large remodeling projects. We still do not know when our centers will be open for in-person dining or services. However, we assure you we will continue to serve people 60 and older as we provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences.

Download a copy here for the details.

Date: June 25, 2020 | Category: News

Zoom is a secure, easy-to-use online platform that allows us to continue to teach many of the classes that we have offered in-person in the past. While there is nothing quite like face-to-face communication, Zoom has its advantages. One is that we are able to reach people from all 13 counties in the Care Connection region at once from a single location. We can bring together people from throughout the agency for an exercise class, lifestyles/wellness session or other education. To learn more about Zoom, please see this downloadable pdf provided by the non-profit Senior Planet.
To see the most recent list of Care Connection’s online offerings, click here.

Date: June 25, 2020 | Category: News

It’s never been more important to be a family caregiver. That’s why we at Care Connection will continue to provide you with resources such as the Caregiver Teleconnection. Click here to see July’s schedule.
These sessions are available free of charge by telephone.

Date: June 24, 2020 | Category: News

We are pleased to offer this week’s edition of Cabin Fever Cures to folks who might want something just for fun. Click here to see the most recent Cabin Fever Cures.

Date: June 10, 2020 | Category: News

If you want to undergo a free COVID-19 test, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has scheduled several events in the Care Connection region as part of a surveillance program.
The tests are part of a two-week effort to determine the prevalence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
“If prevalence is low, this will help reassure citizens that it is safe to begin re-engaging in the community and returning to somewhat normal operations,” the health department stated in a news release. “If prevalence is higher, quick and proactive steps will be taken to keep the virus from spreading further in the community.”
Anyone who wishes to be tested with a nasal swab for an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the sites at no cost. Only Missouri residents may be tested, but they need not be a resident of the county where the testing is done and do not need have any symptoms of COVID.
These communities in the Care Connection area are hosting testing events:
–Warrensburg, Johnson County, June 14.
–Sedalia, Pettis County, June 15.
–Higginsville, Lafayette County, June 16.
–Carrollton, Carroll County, June 17.
–Keytesville, Chariton County, June 17.
Appointments may be made online: https://dcphdo02redcap.azurewebsites.net/redcap/surveys/?s=DEX3J7THHM
Those without online access may call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for registration assistance at 877-435-8411. 

Date: June 10, 2020 | Category: Careers, News

Need extra spending money? Have we got the job for you? The El Dorado Springs Senior Center is looking for the right person to be an Assistant Cook for 8 hours per day, minimum wage! No nights! No weekends! Plus, you eat lunch FREE! If you are interested, please stop by the El Dorado Springs Senior Center at 604 S. Forest in El Dorado Springs and pick up an application, or call the Center at 417-876-5574. Care Connection for Aging Services is an EEOC-compliant workplace.