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November 2015
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Belknap County Sheriff's Department Helps Golden View Complete Drill
Pictured from left to right are: Director of Property Management Tom Watts, Sergeant Robert Nedeau, and Assistant Administrator Rosemary Simino

At Golden View Health Care Center, safety is always a priority. To ensure the safety of our staff, residents, and Retreat guests, Golden View staff members perform disaster drills every year.

As an independent community based non-profit, Golden View tries to work with the community as much as possible during many of these drills, and in our day-to-day operations. In keeping with our tradition of community involvement, Sergeant Robert Nedeau of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department arrived at Golden View recently to assist us in a disaster drill. This drill was not only a great way for the Sheriff's department to learn more about the senior population and their needs during an emergency, but it was also a great way for our staff to learn from the Belknap County Sheriff's Department’s expertise.

Prior to the drill, Golden View’s Safety Committee met with Sergeant Nedeau for a disaster planning meeting to go over proper procedures when dealing with disasters. After the drill, Safety Committee members and Sergeant Nedeau discussed the drill with Golden View staff members and went over opportunities to further improve the communication and response time between our two organizations.
Don't Forget to RSVP to Our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Residents and Families on Nov. 22
Please join us on Sunday, November 22 at 12:15 pm as we celebrate Thanksgiving with a dinner for Pines, Terrace, Cottage, and Inn residents and their families. The Inn's Fireside Lounge and the Villages Patio Dining Room will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and all the fixin's. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Norm Jalbert.

While the dinner is free for residents, the price is $13 for one guest, $25 for two guests, and $40 for three guests. The maximum number of guests are two at The Inn's Fireside lounge and three for The Villages Patio Dining Room, as seating is limited. You must make a reservation by November 20. Please call 677-4163 to make your reservation.

Please note that we will not be serving the family dinner at The Retreat, as we are not set up for large groups there. However, we do have two rooms available for family gatherings on a first come first serve basis during this holiday season. At this time, we are able to provide space only. To book a room, please contact Maureen at 279-8111.

We ask that residents and Retreat guests planning to leave the facility to celebrate the holiday with family and friends please contact the following leadership personnel to coordinate their leave of absence:

                  The Retreat – Alberta at ext. 4195
The Pines – Melissa at ext. 4140
The Terrace and The Cottage – Sharon at ext. 4110
The Inn – Heidi at ext. 4113
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
In honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we'd like to invite the public to our monthly Alzheimer's Support Group meetings. Alzheimer’s is a challenging disease that affects family, friends, and caregivers. To help support those who've been diagnosed or whose loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, Golden View hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group every month.

At each meeting, Frank Vignand, Director of Resident and Community Relations and Certified Dementia Practitioner, leads discussions on health care issues and current health care practices with an emphasis on memory loss in the elderly.
 
Please note that we will not be holding a support group meeting in November, but the public is welcome to join us for our December meeting. The date for December's meeting is to be determined. Please check GoldenView.org or call 279-8111 for updates on the meeting date and time.

There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP by calling our receptionist at 279-8111. Please feel free to stop by or call us for additional information and directions.
The Last Medicaid Care Management Workshop is Nov. 19
The State of New Hampshire is making significant changes in the way your loved one's health care in provided and paid for. A new program called "Medicaid Care Management" will take the place of the state's traditional Medicaid program. If your loved one's medical care is paid for by New Hampshire's Medicaid program, these changes are important to your loved one's future care.

These changes begin taking effect on February 1, 2016. You have from now through January 4, 2016 to choose a new health plan for your loved one. If you have not chosen a plan by January 4, your loved one will be automatically enrolled in a program by the State of New Hampshire.

There are important choices and decisions regarding personal physicians, physician specialists, and drug coverage that you will have to make before January 4.

If you have not been to one of our workshops on these changes already, we encourage you to attend our last workshop on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm in the Villages Main Lounge. During the workshop, we will do our best to help you make the choices that are in your loved one's best interests. If you've already received information about the upcoming changes, please bring that paperwork to the workshop.

While reservations are not mandatory, we would appreciate you letting us know if you plan to attend. Please email Maureen at mvassil@goldenview.org or call 279-8111 if you plan on attending. Light refreshments will be served.
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