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Grab and Go Thanksgiving Meals being prepared for distribution

NBC4i: LifeCare Alliance feeding more seniors due to COVID-19

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Nov. 24, 2020, by NBC4i:

This Thanksgiving will look a lot different for most, especially for the elderly in central Ohio.

Many of them will be spending the day alone, but thanks to LifeCare Alliance, they will at least be getting a hot meal to enjoy.

LifeCare Alliance is adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic and still providing much needed meals to the seniors in the community.

Click here to read the full story.

Military veteran shown on his front porch with blanket in lap

ABC6: LifeCare Alliance, Fallen 15 Volunteers Support Veterans, Families in Need for Veterans Day

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Nov. 11, 2020, by ABC 6:

LifeCare Alliance volunteers got to work early Wednesday morning. They were determined to show appreciation to veterans on Veterans Day.

Fallen 15 pitched in as well. Fallen 15 is an organization that honors fallen service members. They also work with veterans in the community.

“So, we wanted to do what we could, in a safe, social distancing manner, where we can go out and support them and make sure the families are getting the food they need,” said Sarah Boreland, a Board Member of Fallen 15.

Click here to read the full story.

Image of Al Cathey, who is quoted in the Columbus Dispatch story

Columbus Dispatch: People with compromised immune systems feel isolated amid COVID pandemic

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Nov. 9, 2020, by The Columbus Dispatch:

People with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of having a severe illness from COVID-19.

“Compromised immune systems means you get COVID-19 very easily and you could end up in the hospital very easily,” said Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, which provides essential services to thousands of seniors and people with medical challenges or disabilities in central Ohio.

“You’ve got a compromised immune system and that’s a problem to fight off COVID-19,” Gehring said. “You’re just not as strong.”

Click here to read the full story.

McAlister’s Deli Helps Warm Up Our Community

By | Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels

For the second year in a row, McAlister’s Deli has selected Meals on Wheels America as the beneficiary of its Warming Up the Community campaign.

During the month of November, McAlister’s will donate 10¢ for every bowl or cup of soup purchased, with a minimum donation of $100,000!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Customers can support the Warming Up the Community campaign in several ways throughout the month of November at participating locations. Third-party delivery is not included in this promotion.

  • Dine-in: Guests who choose to dine in can order and enjoy their hot cup or bowl of soup at participating locations.
  • Carry Out: McAlister’s guests have multiple options for ordering ahead of time and can easily pick up.
    • Order Via: Online at https://mcalistersdeli.olo.com/, or on our McAlister’s Deli App (available on the Apple and Google Play stores), or by phone.
    • Pick-up Via: In-store Pick-Up Stations, Pick-Up Windows and Curbside Pick-Up (varies by location).

LOCATIONS

Visit one of the two central Ohio McAlister’s Deli locations and partner with LifeCare Alliance to reduce senior hunger and isolation!

  • 1593 Hilliard-Rome Rd., Hilliard
  • 7664 Sawmil Rd., Dublin

Columbus CEO: LifeCare Alliance expands westward with Diabetes Dayton merger

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 31, 2020, by Columbus CEO Magazine:

LifeCare Alliance is perhaps best known for being the Midwest’s leading provider of Meals-on-Wheels. Diabetes management, however, has become an increasing part of its caseload and care for seniors.

In August, the organization merged with Diabetes Dayton, a nonprofit that provides programs and services to help people suffering from the chronic condition.

“Diabetes Dayton, because of their size, they couldn’t take everybody that needed help,” said LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Charles W. Gehring. “At LifeCare Alliance, we take everybody. Together we’ll be bigger and stronger.”

Click here to read the full story.

Columbus Dispatch: Diabetes Dayton moving under LifeCare Alliance wing

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 27, 2020, by The Columbus Dispatch:

A nonprofit organization that has been helping diabetes patients in southwestern Ohio since the 1960s aims to strengthen and expand services by merging with a larger Columbus charity.

LifeCare Alliance, one of central Ohio’s largest and oldest charities, has merged with Diabetes Dayton in an effort to boost services in a part of the state with high rates of the disease.

The move brings Ohio’s last two diabetes-focused nonprofit organizations under the LifeCare umbrella, officials said. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association joined LifeCare in 2017.

Click here to read the full story.

Dayton Business Journal: Dayton nonprofit inks merger with Central Ohio healthcare agency

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published Aug. 27, 2020, in the Dayton Business Journal:

Diabetes Dayton, one of just a few independent diabetes associations in Ohio, has completed a merger with LifeCare Alliance — one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in the state.

The partnership aims to expand services for both new and existing clients, enhance access to resources and strengthen care offerings for both nonprofits.

Click here to read the full story.

An elderly woman applies a cream to her hands

Knowledge is Best Tool for Managing Chronic Conditions

By | Fan Campaign

Chronic conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes, can have multiple causes and symptoms that vary over time. One of the most important steps to manage your condition is to understand as much about it as you can and make choices that help you manage your health.

The Ohio Department of Aging detailed several ways that people living with chronic illnesses can manage their health.

Take your medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read the label on your prescription to make sure you take your medicine correctly. It is important to know how much medicine to take and take the medicine as long as ordered by your doctor. If you are confused about your medicine, call your pharmacy or talk with your doctor.

Questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist:

    • Why do I need to take this medicine?
    • When should I take it?
    • What is my dose?
    • What if I forget to take my medicine?
    • Does this medicine have any side effects?
    • Are there any foods I should not eat while I take this medicine? It may help to use a chart to keep track of your medicines.

A pill box or daily alarm can help you remember to take your medicine each day.

Make healthy choices each day. Your diet can make a big difference in managing your chronic condition. Try to add one fruit and one vegetable at each meal. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that help you maintain a healthy weight, gain energy, and help prevent additional chronic conditions.

Stay hydrated. Water helps to keep your body working well. It is important to drink plenty of water each day. Drink at least 8 cups of water each day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Try to switch out one of your other beverages, such as pop or juice, for a cup of water this week.

LifeCare Alliance helps people living with chronic illnesses by providing them with medical care and social support. Here are some of the services LifeCare Alliance offers to make life with a chronic condition feel more manageable:

  • Wellness — Patients can schedule one-on-one sessions with registered dietitians to learn important diabetes management skills. These sessions offer individualized coaching and customized education on lowering and managing blood sugar.
  • Help-At-Home — Personal care professionals help seniors battling chronic illnesses maintain a comfortable and independent life in their home by taking care of things like laundry, cooking, and running errands.
  • Project Openhand-Columbus — People living with HIV/AIDS can have nutritionally enriched meals delivered to their homes, as well as one-on-one nutritional counseling.

You can support these services and all of LifeCare Alliance’s work online here.

Photo credit: Pixabay.com

 

A Loving Touch - Elderly couple embraces

Photo Contest Showcases Moments of Joy, Dignity for Seniors

By | Featured News

Beauty is often found in the quietest moments.

The National Council on Aging held a photo contest for its Age + Action Virtual Conference. The contest encouraged photographers from all over the country to submit photos depicting people enjoying their advanced years and awarded prizes to some of the most impactful submissions.

The photos showcased seniors in moments of joy, companionship and quiet dignity.

The winning photo was titled A Loving Touch, and featured a black and white image of an elderly interracial couple sharing a tender moment.

“The judges chose this photo because of its artistry, poignancy, sensitivity, and dignity,” said Ken Bracht, NCOA chief marketing and business development officer.

The second-place photo, titled Grandma Quality Time, showed a toddler and her grandmother sharing a chocolate milkshake. Other honorees included On the Bench, a photo of several older men sharing a laugh in the park, and One Day Like the Next, which depicted a man watching television in a cozy, cluttered living room.

You can see the NCOA’s entire gallery here.

Photo Credit: Allan Mestel

See More

Click this box to see the National Council on Aging’s full gallery.

A worker loads fans into a client's car

With Cooling Centers Closed, Fan Campaign Offers Refuge from Heat

By | Fan Campaign, Featured News, Uncategorized

The city of Columbus has decided to keep its community centers and public libraries closed amid coronavirus concerns. In a normal summer, these spaces are designated as “cooling centers,” where people without air-conditioned homes can wait out the hottest hours of the day.

People who in the past relied on cooling centers will need to find new ways to stay safe during summer heat waves.

For the past two decades, LifeCare Alliance has been committed to keeping central Ohioans cool with its “Beat the Heat” Fan Campaign, a service which provides unused box fans to people in need of assistance cooling their homes. Drive-through fan distributions are held at 670 Harmon Ave. Call the LifeCare Alliance Fan Hotline (614-437-2870) to learn when the next fan distribution is scheduled.

Fan donations can be made at any Franklin County fire station or at 670 Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH 43223.

Here are 10 tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from extreme heat:

  1. Check on neighbors and loved ones you know don’t have air conditioning, especially those who spend most of their time at home.
  2. Drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  3. Close blinds on windows facing the sun.
  4. Never leave people or animals in enclosed vehicles.
  5. Spend time on the lowest level of your home. Basements can be a great place to wait out extreme heat.
  6. Avoid large, protein rich meals which can increase metabolic heat, eat smaller meals more often.
  7. Avoid strenuous outdoor exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  8. Keep buckets or basins filled with cool water to soak your feet in, take cold showers and baths and use towels soaked in cold water to keep cool.
  9. Avoid sunburn, as it makes it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.
  10. Make sure pets have adequate access to water and shade. Before giving your pet exercise on a paved surface, check with your palm to see if the pavement is too hot for their sensitive paws.
Woman walking dogs

Healthy Habits Can Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

By | Featured News

A recent study funded by the National Institute on Aging identified five healthy habits which together can drastically reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. The study done on 3,000 aging Americans found that people who practice at least four of these five habits are 60 percent less likely to contract Alzheimer’s than people who practice one habit or less.

Researchers looked for these healthy lifestyle factors among subjects of the study:

  • Exercising 150 minutes a week: Among the benefits of staying active are improved disease management, mood, and strength. Exercising is even known to help with balance, helping to prevent falls and fractures.
  • Light-to-moderate alcohol use: Alcoholism can be particularly dangerous for elderly people. In addition to increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s, heavy alcohol use makes older people vulnerable to liver problems, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
  • Being a non-smoker: Alzheimer’s has been linked to vascular issues which can be caused by tobacco use. Smoking can also cause oxidative stress linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
  • Eating a high-quality diet: The NIA recommends the MIND diet, a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets. The MIND diet is built on foods which decrease the loss of brain function caused by aging. Staples of the MIND Diet include berries, leafy greens and fish.
  • Doing intellectually engaging activities: Reading books, playing games and making crafts are a few examples of activities that can decrease older people’s risk of Alzheimer’s.

“This population-based study helps paint the picture of how multiple factors are likely playing parts in Alzheimer’s disease risk,” said Dallas Anderson, Ph.D., program director in the Division of Neuroscience at NIA. “It’s not a clear cause-and-effect result, but a strong finding because of the dual data sets and combination of modifiable lifestyle factors that appear to lead to risk reduction.”

The NIA is funding over 230 clinical trials on Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, including 111 non-pharmaceutical trials focused on finding dementia interventions related to sleep, exercise, diet and more. Those interested in participating in an NIA funded study can find more information here.

Photo credit: Pixabay.com

A caregiver comforts her patient.

Pandemic Deals Additional Challenges to Caregivers

By | Featured News, Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels

Taking care of aging loved ones can be challenging enough on its own, but taking care of them during a global pandemic? The past few months have left many volunteer caregivers looking for answers.

Here are a few tips to help you safely take care of your loved ones in the age of COVID-19:

Stay Informed

Follow the most recently updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health organizations like Columbus Public Health.

Minimize Risk of Exposure

People over the age of 65 make up eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths, so when caring for elderly loved ones it’s imperative that you take every precaution to keep yourself free from exposure. This can include limiting trips into the community, frequent handwashing, wearing masks, face coverings and gloves when necessary, and cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Manage Supplies

Acquire extra necessary medications and be sure to stock up on over-the-counter medications as well as common supplies like tissues and cough syrup. Keep your household well stocked with food to limit unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Monitor needed medical supplies related to your loved one’s condition or treatments.

Make Telehealth Appointments

If a wellness appointment for you or a loved one can be completed over the phone, telehealth appointments are your safest option. You can make telehealth appointments with LifeCare Alliance Wellness Center staff by calling 614-437-2878.

Report All COVID Symptoms

If you or your loved one are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, call your primary healthcare provider. If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider, call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-427-5634. In addition to other physical symptoms, people with dementia who contract COVID-19 can see increased confusion, increased agitation and sudden bouts of sadness.

Fight Boredom and Care for Yourself

Self-isolation can be a very difficult time for both you and the person you’re caring for. To fight boredom, try and schedule regular phone and video calls with other family members. Take breaks from reading, watching and listening to the news and make sure you each find time to do things you enjoy. You can also seek out a local caregiver support group like the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging to help you work through any feelings of stress or frustration.

Get Help if You Need It

If taking care of an aging or disabled loved one is too much at this time, LifeCare Alliance’s Help-at-Home program provides affordable, quality in-home care for people in Franklin and Madison counties. For more information call (614) 278-3130.

10TV: Community Donates Fans to Help People Without AC Keep Cool

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Thanks to community donationsLifeCare Alliance has given away nearly 1500 fans this summerThese fans go to central Ohioans who don’t have access to adequate air conditioning. Fan recipients are often at extreme risk during heat waves because of advanced age, chronic medical conditions, or poverty 

LifeCare Alliance delivers fans directly through Meals-on-Wheels as well as weekly public drive-through fan distributions.  

Click here to read the full story. 

Box fans

NBC 4: LifeCare Alliance Fan Campaign Cools off Columbus

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

LifeCare Alliance’s summer fan campaign supplies fans to central Ohioans in desperate need of in-home coolingMeals-on-Wheels drivers deliver fans to home bound people in addition to public drive-through fan distributions.  

During an early July heat wave, fans can be a valuable tool for keeping senior citizens and other venerable people safe and comfortable.  

Read more here.

Teenagers Provide Comfort To Seniors In Isolation With Joy4All Project

By | Featured News

When COVID-19 sent the world into isolation, a group of high school students from Calgary, Canada, developed a service to help brighten the lives of lonely seniors.

The Joy4All Project is a youth-led project that allows people to call a hotline (1-877-JOY-4ALL) to hear pre-recorded messages of positivity. Callers have the choice of listening to stories, jokes, poetry, and other kind messages from the voices of children and young people. Project coordinator Katie Mahon told CNN in April that the hotline received more than 1,800 calls before it had finished its first week.

“Our goal is to keep everyone engaged and happy during these tough times, especially the people who are helping the cause by self-isolating,” reads the organization’s website. “We thank them for making this sacrifice for us, and want to help them get through this time by giving them happiness and a sense of belonging.”

The Joy4All Project crowd-sources its messages and encourages creativity and supportive language in its submissions.  The project also manages Twitter and Instagram accounts that post positive messages, jokes and content from other Calgary social programs.

LifeCare Alliance understands how isolated some members of our community can be. Even before the pandemic, senior isolation has been a public health issue. For many LifeCare Alliance clients, the Meals-on-Wheels driver may be the only face-to-face interaction they have with a person on a typical day. Volunteers are essential for combatting senior isolation because the smile and kind words they provide are valued and appreciated.

July 11, 2020, is National Cheer Up the Lonely Day. For anyone in need, the Joy4All Project may offer a spark of happiness.

AARP Advises Seniors on COVID-19 Safety

By | Featured News

A recent panel discussion by the AARP covered a topic on the minds of many in response to the coronavirus pandemic: How Americans can stay safe while also being socially engaged and connected to loved ones.

The virtual discussion, titled “Coronavirus: Personal Resilience in the New Normal,” was AARP’s 12th Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall since March 10. The panel covered topics such as the safety of hugging loved ones, actions older Americans can take to support protesters, and ways to practice self-care during this stressful time. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • At-risk people should complete health appointments over the phone if possible. Doctors should only be making in person appointments with those individuals if it’s essential for them to perform a physical exam.
  • Doctors do not recommend physical touch with loved ones from other households at this time.
  • If you do plan to meet with loved ones from other households, do so in an open outdoor space.
  • Advocate for your loved ones in nursing homes. If you suspect that a loved one is being mistreated by nursing home staff you can contact with a long-term care ombudsman. If you live in Ohio, you can reach out to them here.
  • At-risk people should refrain from protesting and instead should seek to support protesters who represent their interests by donating, calling elected officials, and registering to vote. 
  • Caregiers need to make space in their life for humor, rest and relaxation. Taking care of an at-risk loved one is more taxing than ever, and it is essential to consider your own mental health during the process.

Learn More

If you’d like to watch a recording or read the full transcript of the Tele-Town Hall click here.
Elmer, LifeCare Alliance client, shown at home in his chair.

Grab bars, new step make WWII veteran’s home a safer place

By | Featured News, Home Repairs, Meals-on-Wheels

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, made improvements in the home of a Navy veteran to help him move safely around his home.

Elmer served in World War II between 1945-1947, and is classified as an atomic veteran. During his service, his ship and shipmates would be near the atomic bomb testing areas for either testing or cleanup for the atomic bomb. At age 92, some simple home improvements were needed to ensure Elmer could remain independent in his home.

He came to LifeCare Alliance through a partnership with Focus Hillard, inside the Norwich Township Fire Department. Focus Hillard teams up with Doctors West hospital to link area residents with community resources and improve their quality of life. After speaking to Elmer’s daughter, Focus Hillard realized that in order for Elmer to able to get around his home safely, he would need grab bars and other improvements. That’s’ when Focus Hillard contacted LifeCare Alliance to seek assistance for the family.

LifeCare Alliance installed a number of grab bars around the home and inside the garage entranceway. A new step was built at the entrance of his garage, as well. According to his daughter, this has given Elmer a sense of safety and comfort moving around the home.

“Showering is not as difficult now, and we have a small ramp located in the kitchen area that leads down to the dining area,” she said. “LifeCare Alliance was able to come in and install a grab bar along the counter area where the ramp is located, and now he using that to steady himself going up and down the ramp.”

Elmer’s daughter expressed her gratitude for the help her father received.

“We would like to thank Focus Hilliard, LifeCare Alliance and the Home Depot Foundation for not only providing the repairs needed but also having such a great program and partnership to serve the veterans of this community.”

Before:

View of entrance before improvements

After:

View of entrance after step and grab bar installed

L.A. Catering Resumes Events, With COVID-19 Precautions

By | Featured News, LA Catering

L.A. Catering — whose proceeds directly benefit LifeCare Alliance’s programs and services — has made its return to catered events with a detailed health and safety plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

L.A. Catering’s protocols have been guided by advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture inspects L.A Catering’s kitchens daily.

Here are the precautions L.A. Catering is taking:

Staff

  • Daily symptom assessments for all associates.
  • Requiring all staff to adhere to sick leave policies, staying home when they do not feel well.
  • Requiring staff to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to work.
  • Face masks or coverings must be worn by staff in 100% compliance with all Ohio Department of Health guidelines.
  • Maintaining strict handwashing guidelines.

Drop-Off Orders

  • Delivery staff must complete ServeSafe Delivery: COVID-19 Precaution training.
  • All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after every use.
  • Contact-free delivery is available.
  • Hand sanitizing products will be available in all delivery vehicles.

L.A. Catering Events Center

  • All tables will have a minimum of six feet between them.
  • A list of COVID-19 symptoms will be displayed at the building’s entrance; guests who are symptomatic will be asked not to enter.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in high-contact areas.
  • All high-touch areas will be cleaned a minimum of every two hours.
  • Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 300 guests.

Off-Site Events

  • All tables will have a minimum of six feet between them.
  • L.A Catering will comply with the venue’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after every use.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in high-contact areas.
  • Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 300 guests.

For more information about COVID-19 in Columbus visit the Columbus Public Health Coronavirus Portal.

Learn More

To learn more about L.A. Catering and begin planning your event, visit www.la-catering.com.

Alternate Entrance to the Columbus Cancer Clinic

New Safety Procedures at LifeCare Alliance Wellness Centers, Columbus Cancer Clinic

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic, Featured News, Wellness

ABOVE: An alternate entrance for the Columbus Cancer Clinic helps patients avoid unnecessary potential exposure at LifeCare Alliance’s West Mound Street building.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LifeCare Alliance’s Columbus Cancer Clinic and Wellness Department are taking every precaution to ensure that clients receive care in the safest way possible for patients and staff.

Here’s what patients should expect:

Columbus Cancer Clinic

When Columbus Cancer Clinic patients arrive, they’re greeted with a temperature check, verbal health screenings, and Plexiglas between them and the clinic’s front desk. Other precautions the CCC is taking include:

  • Spacing out clinic appointments from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations, encouraging social distancing and frequent hand washing.
  • Requiring all patients and staff to wear face masks or face coverings.
  • Limiting visitors to one guest per patient

CCC Home Care Support has also put wig, bra, and prosthetic fittings on hold.

Patients who are experiencing signs of COVID-19 exposure such as coughing, fever, sore throat, and breathing difficulties have been asked to reschedule their appointments and report their symptoms to their primary healthcare provider. Patients experiencing these symptoms who don’t have a primary healthcare provider are asked to call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-427-5634.

Wellness Department

LifeCare Alliance’s Community Wellness Centers, travel clinics, and registered dietitians are conducting health screenings over the phone the day before appointments. LifeCare Alliance staff will ask patients about their health, the health of others in their household, and their recent domestic and international travel.

Patients who have been recently sick or share a household with someone who’s been recently sick will be asked to either make a telehealth appointment or reschedule their in-person appointment for a later date.

All patients and staff will wear face masks and eye coverings such as shields, goggles, and glasses during Wellness Center appointments. Registered dietitian and travel clinic appointments will require face coverings to be worn at all times.

Face-to-face dietitian meetings will be limited to LifeCare Alliance’s West Mound Street location anytime Franklin County sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

On June 11, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that COVID-19 tests are available to anyone who wants one, even if they are asymptomatic. To learn more about COVID-19 testing in Columbus, visit the Columbus Public Health Coronavirus Portal.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, call our Customer Service Department at 614-278-3130 or click on this box to access our contact form.

All Sides with Ann Fisher

LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring discusses COVID-19 response with “All Sides with Ann Fisher”

By | Featured News, LifeCare Alliance in the News

LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring was a guest on WOSU Public Media’s All Sides with Ann Fisher this week to discuss the Agency’s activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are highlights from his interview (begins at 14:00 time stamp):

  • LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels program has seen a 53% increase in clients – or about 2,300 new clients – as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We are still accepting all who qualify, and we continue to offer our services without a waiting list. (If you or someone you know is in need of our services, click here to complete a referral application.)
  • LifeCare Alliance’s new home-delivery clients may be people affected by temporarily closed Senior Dining Centers, or those who may have temporarily lost access to family support because of quarantine and stay-at-home orders. Some new clients receive a weekly drop of frozen meals.
  • Daily check-ins are a critical part of the Meals-on-Wheels program. Five people were found in distress during the first week of the stay-at-home order. They were able to get help because of the volunteer or staff member who visited to deliver a meal.
  • The Agency has seen more than 1,200 new volunteer sign-ups in response to the increased need. Some new volunteers are people working from home or college students who are home from campus – people who temporarily have more flexibility in their schedules to volunteer.
  • LifeCare Alliance asks new volunteers to stay involved if they can, as many prepare to return to their workplaces. (Volunteers who have attended an orientation class can sign up for routes using our Meal Scheduler tool. First-time volunteers can get started by filling out an application online.) Volunteers may want to check with their employers if they would support their volunteer efforts or Adopt-a-Route.
  • A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, such as pantry drop-offs for our Groceries-to-Go clients and pet food deliveries with our Senior PetCare program.
  • LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels menu includes new items such as omelets, waffle sticks with blueberry compote, and popcorn chicken. Menus can be customized and options such as kosher, vegetarian, and pureed are offered. Our dietitians can work with your doctor to choose a meal plan if you wish.
  • The central Ohio community has always been generous, and that has been apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency funds and other corporate donations have been appreciated as LifeCare Alliance serves a growing number of people in our community.
  • We encourage all volunteers to be safe, with prevention practices such as wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Click here to listen to the interview!

This segment is part of a Wellness Wednesday episode on All Sides with Ann Fisher. To go directly to Chuck’s interview, skip to 14:00.

Volunteer Bill Abbott loads Meals-on-Wheels delivery bags into his vehicle.

Columbus Dispatch: No Quarantine on Good Deeds Amid Coronavirus

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story published March 19, 2020, in the Columbus Dispatch:

LifeCare Alliance has made changes to the program that serves 5,000 meals a day on 165 routes to shut-ins in multiple counties. The changes include not requiring people to sign for their meals (to limit contact) and drivers picking up food and paperwork outside the nonprofit’s headquarters in Franklinton.

But even in these uncertain times, not one of the agency’s thousands of volunteers have said they would stop delivering.

Click here to read the full story.

Two volunteers carry styrofoam containers to their car.

Fox 28: Central Ohio Meals on Wheels volunteers on the frontlines during coronavirus pandemic

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story broadcast on March 13, 2020, on Fox 28:

Senior citizens are most at risk for Coronavirus, so people are doing everything they can to keep them safe. Among those on the frontline, thousands of “Meals on Wheels” volunteers in Central Ohio.

Josephine Jeffries said the deliveries mean the world to her.

“It’s so hard for me to walk. I am 93 years old and it’s been a real blessing. Everybody who delivers food is so friendly,” said Jeffries.

Click here to read the full story.

NBC4i Reporter Adrienne Robbins

NBC4i: Meals on Wheels Delivers Food to Seniors Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

By | LifeCare Alliance in the News

Photo and story broadcast March 11, 2020, on NBC4i:

The threat of the Coronavirus has organizers with Meals on Wheels already making plans just in case the virus comes to Columbus.

Organizers with Lifecare Alliance say they’ve had meetings for the last few weeks making sure they’ve got a plan in place to make staff and seniors stay safe.

Chuck Gehring is the CEO of the Lifecare Alliance. He said he’s been calming staff fears all week. “Everyone is on edge. Concerned. I tell our volunteers the people they’re delivering to. They’re going to be the last ones who are going to be attacked by this,” said Gehring.

Click here to read the full story.

Community Wellness Center client Fleeter

Wellness Centers link clients with accessible, affordable care

By | Featured News, Wellness

This year, LifeCare Alliance will celebrate 50 years of providing wellness services, a milestone that is significant for the Agency as well as tens of thousands of clients who have been served over the decades.

Community Wellness Centers, located throughout Franklin County, have a wide reach for clients such as Ms. Fleeter, who regularly visits the Community Wellness Center at Marion-Franklin Community Center.

Ms. Fleeter has been a client for more than six years and attends exercise classes taught by Registered Nurse Barb Parker, has her blood pressure checked, and receives foot care services that prevent her from more-frequent visits to her podiatrist.

Ms. Fleeter has formed a bond with Nurse Barb. “I think she’s so nice,” she said. “She’s really sweet. I like her.”

The exercise classes taught by Nurse Barb are especially beneficial, Ms. Fleeter says.

“It helps me because my fingers sometimes get stiff. Barbara tells us plenty of things to do to loosen up your hands. ‘You’ve got to use them,’ she says. Best thing she says for your hands is washing dishes. Well, I say I sure do enough of those!”

Ms. Fleeter, who says she worked as a chef at a local hospital for more than 35 years, visits the Community Wellness Center as much as twice a week. Without the Community Wellness Center, she would need to make more frequent visits to her doctor, which would cost more money. Ms. Fleeter is also concerned about driving a longer distance because with freeway construction, driving to the doctor’s office can be confusing.

But it’s the trust Ms. Fleeter puts in Nurse Barb that keeps her coming back. Sometimes, she says, she finds herself sharing more with Nurse Barb than she does with her doctor.

“I think Barbara is  greater than my doctor!” she says.

To learn more about LifeCare Alliance’s Community Wellness Centers, visit https://www.lifecarealliance.org/programs/wellness/wellness-centers/.

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Army widow’s roof repair a ‘blessing’ thanks to LifeCare Alliance, MOWA, Team Depot

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

Ms. Marcum is a 95-year-old widow of a U.S. 2nd Battalion Army Ranger veteran who served from 1944-1946. When she needed help with a leaky roof that posed a safety challenge in her mobile home, she turned to LifeCare Alliance.

With the help of Team Depot and Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance made the roof repair so Ms. Marcum could navigate her home safely.

“I have been a widow for over 40 years now and it’s been a challenge when it comes to repairs to my mobile home,” Ms. Marcum said. “My roof has been leaking for about 4 years but has been getting worse over the years.  I had been asking everyone about getting my roof fixed but no one would do any work on mobile homes… I surely didn’t have the money to pay someone to fix it.”

After receiving a flier about LifeCare Alliance’s partnership with Team Depot and Meals on Wheels America on the Helping Homebound Heroes program, she called for help.

“I couldn’t believe it when you guys said you could fix it for me,” she said. “Not only fix it for me but I didn’t have to pay any money for it. That was a blessing for me.”

Ms. Marcum was grateful for the assistance.

“I just want to thank you, Home Depot and the great contractors from America’s Choice Construction. They were wonderful for all you done for me.”

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“I don’t know what I would have done without you guys because the roof was getting worse by the day. By you doing this work it has truly calmed my nerves and you know that I’m 95 years old and it was getting hard on me.”

-Ms. Marcum, on her experience with the Helping Homebound Heroes campaign

Thanksgiving Pie Sale is back at Carrie’s Cafe!

By | Carrie's Cafe, Events, Featured News, LA Catering

Carrie’s Cafe is offering delicious 10-inch pies for sale this holiday season. The following three pie flavors are available to purchase:

  • Apple $9
  • Pumpkin $9
  • Sweet Potato $9

All proceeds from holiday pie sales are invested back into LifeCare Alliance to support older adults, medically challenged and disabled individuals in central Ohio.

HOW TO ORDER

Pie orders are due by Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

Use the online form to order or call 614-437-2982 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may also stop by Carrie’s Cafe during normal business hours.

All orders must be prepaid in full. Cash, checks and credit card are accepted forms of payment. Please make checks payable to LifeCare Alliance.

Order Online Now!

To order multiple pie flavors, click “Continue Shopping” on the next screen.

10-inch Pie Options

PICKING UP YOUR ORDER

Shipping is not available for this promotion. Pie orders can be picked up at Carrie’s Cafe, 670 Harmon Ave., on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LifeCare Alliance helps veteran fix costly code violations with help of Team Depot, Meals on Wheels America

By | Featured News, Home Repairs, Meals-on-Wheels

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, helped a local veteran with home repairs that improved safety hazards and helped avoid costly city code enforcement violations.

Richard is an Army veteran who spent two years in Korea in 1970-71. His home was in need of repairs to the front concrete steps, as well as missing gutters and fascia boards.

“The repair that was completed by LifeCare Alliance and Home Depot changed my life tremendously because I did not have the finances to fix the home nor did I have the finances to pay the code violation fine,” Richard said.  “I just wanted to add that the contractors did fantastic job and I really appreciate all that you were able to do for me to get me out of the hole.”

LifeCare Alliance has worked with the City of Columbus Code Enforcement Department to help veterans with repairs to avoid going to court over code violations. Code enforcement often will grant some leniency when LifeCare Alliance is involved in veterans’ repairs, knowing that the Agency will be providing assistance.

“I am very proud to see that we live in a city that takes great pride and helping our residents instead of penalizing the underserved,” said Maurice Elder, who administers the Chores program for LifeCare Alliance. “This partnership has been great, to ensure the safety of our residents in the community who proudly served our country.”

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Meals on Wheels America grant supports Senior PetCare

By | Featured News, Press Releases

LifeCare Alliance is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support Senior PetCare. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the pets of central Ohio clients, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do on their own.

“More than 70 percent of our Meals-on-Wheels clients have a dog or cat,” said Chuck Gehring, LifeCare Alliance President & CEO. “This funding helps keep seniors and their pets together and safe.”

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted over $100,000 to more than 40 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from the former Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.5 million in funding and pet food donations.

“We know a pet’s companionship can significantly impact the physical health and mental well-being of homebound seniors for the better, but we also know that all too often, income restrictions or mobility limitations make it challenging for seniors to care for their pets without a helping hand,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “We’re thrilled that support from the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program will enable [program name] to provide pet food and other necessary services to local seniors to reduce some of that stress and make it easier for them to remain healthy and comforted at home with their beloved companions.”

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFECARE ALLIANCE’S SENIOR PETCARE PROGRAM

LifeCare Alliance, Team Depot help veteran repair broken garage door

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, helped a veteran repair a broken door that limited access to his garage.

Earl is a 70-year-old Marine veteran who served two years in Vietnam. He said that for many years it was difficult to access services to assist veterans. But he was relieved that after learning about LifeCare Alliance’s partnership with Team Depot, he was able to get his repair completed quickly.

“I came here Jan. 15, and the wheels started rolling in February,” he said. “That was quick to me. The whole thing was completed in 2-3 months.”

The garage door at Earl’s home needed repair after a spring broke, making it difficult for him to open and close the garage. Earl said back problems had limited his mobility. He said the pain even affected his ability to play with his grandchildren. So this repair would make it much easier to complete everyday tasks. The garage door had been broken for a year.

With assistance from LifeCare Alliance, Meals on Wheels and Team Depot, Earl was able to have a repair done that would cost an estimated $300-$600, significant for a veteran on a fixed income. Earl wants other veterans to know about the services available at LifeCare Alliance, and was grateful for the help he received.

“I’d like to thank Team Depot for me and all of the other veterans that they’ve helped. I’m glad to see somebody stepping up and helping old guys like me because every little bit helps.”

LifeCare Alliance improves shower access for Navy widow with help of MOWA, Team Depot

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, made improvements in the home of a Navy widow to help her safely access her shower.

Carol is the widow of a Navy veteran who served four years in active duty as well as 16 years in the Reserves. With limited mobility, simply getting into and out of the shower became a challenge for Carol. After hearing of LifeCare Alliance’s CHORES program, which helps seniors make home improvements to address safety issues, she decided to apply for assistance. Funding from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot helps provide these improvements for military veterans and their spouses.

I had two grab bars put in, one on the inside of the shower and one on the outside of the shower. I now can use both of them getting in and out of the shower. That is something that really helps.

They put in a flex handheld shower extension that you could pull off the wall. I can use this to rinse my hair without getting everything else wet. I love that, and I can now put a bench inside the shower to sit down and use the flex extension to wash.

This program from Lifecare Alliance, Meals on Wheels America and Home Depot was so simple to apply for it gave me the incentive to get it done.

I just want to thank everyone involved with assisting me with making it easier to shower and get in and out of the shower area.

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