Outreach and Advocate Center

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Homebound?
Please call for a visit from our social worker Linda Colby at 774-212-6925.

Elder Services Lunch Program


Healthy, delicious hot meals are served at our Center four days per week. A voluntary donation of
$2.00 per person is recommended, and lunches are served on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Friday. Please call to review the menu for each week and make reservations by calling 508-398-5060, 24 hours in advance, before 11:00 AM.

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brown bagBrown-Bag Food Program . . . Do You Qualify?
We will distribute one bag of food, once a month, to seniors and families who live in Yarmouth. If you are receiving one or more of the following assistance programs: Mass Health, Veterans Aid, SSI, AFDC, Food Stamps, WIC, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, or TA, you may be eligible. If you would like to qualify to receive a bag of food each month, you will need to file a “one-time” application by the fourth week of the month in order to qualify for the following month. If you
have already qualified, pick up is scheduled for May 5th. Please call our Outreach Department for
additional information.


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Meals are delivered between 10 AM and Noon, Monday through Friday, except holidays. If you’re isolated and homebound, you can arrange for extra meals that you can use over the weekend. It’s easy to start delivery of Meals on Wheels. Simply call Information & Referral at 508-394-4630 or  1-800-244-4630.

“Drivers Needed” - just 2 hours any day, Monday thru Friday, mileage reimbursement, rewarding for both drivers and recipients. Call Gail or Tracy 508-398-5060.


May Meals on Wheels Menu
June Meals on Wheels Menu

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SNAP - Food Program

There are special eligibility rules for seniors age 60+ to receive SNAP benefits.
Your net income may be over the limit, but there are many expenses you can deduct that may bring you down the eligibility guideline. The application is short and easy to fill out.
If you think you may be eligible, please make an appointment by calling Outreach

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Elder Abuse Coalition Goes Cape Wide 2017
May 22, 2017, June 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Our mission is to be a coalition that advocates and supports seniors of all genders, to live independently, with dignity and to live safely without worry of abuse of any kind. We will accomplish this through a cross disciplinary collaboration, engaging our community in
education and outreach and making those who abuse accountable. We will assist and support each other in a shared belief that all people are entitled to a life free of violence. All towns welcome.
Lead representatives: Chris Morin, Independence House and Joe Gordon, County Sheriff.

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Please call the Senior Center to schedule an appointment with a
SHINE counselor if you would like more information on any
Medicare issue. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs
of Everyone…on Medicare) volunteers offer free, confidential
counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.

SHINE NEWS…

**Hospital Observation Stays and Original Medicare**
Many times when a person goes to the emergency room
and is then placed in a hospital bed, they are not admitted
as “inpatient” but are there under “observation.” When a
Medicare Beneficiary is in the hospital under observation,
Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will be billed not
Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). This can result in
increased costs for the beneficiary. For instance, Medicare
requires a three-day inpatient stay at a hospital before it will
pay for any stay in a skilled nursing facility and time spent
under observation in a hospital will not count towards that
three-day minimum. If a Medicare Beneficiary goes to a
skilled nursing facility after a stay at the hospital under
observation, they will be responsible for the entire bill,
which could be thousands of dollars. The Medicare Beneficiary
may also be responsible for the Part B deductible and
co-insurance if they do not have a supplement.
As of March 8, 2017, hospitals are required to provide a
Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) to
observation services as an outpatient for more than 24
hours. This notice will inform the individual as to the
reason(s) they are an outpatient receiving observation
services and the implications of such status with regards to
Medicare cost sharing and post-hospital skilled nursing
facility services. An oral explanation of this notice must also
be provided. A signature must be obtained from the
individual or a person acting on the individual’s behalf to
acknowledge receipt. If the individual refuses to sign the
MOON, the staff member of the hospital providing the
notice must sign certifying that notification was presented.
This notice was a result of the Notice of Observation
Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE
Act) which was enacted August 6, 2015. This Act will
hopefully make the Medicare Beneficiary more aware of the
implications of not being admitted as inpatient.
Please call the Senior Center to schedule an appointment
with a SHINE counselor if you would like more information
on this or any other Medicare issue. Trained SHINE
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on
Medicare) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on
all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.


scam protectionSCAM PROTECTION

Never give your credit card, banking, Social Security, Medicare numbers, or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call. Be skeptical of all unsolicited offers and thoroughly do your research. If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it; waiting could make it worse. Call Outreach.

The scam is simple. It’s not pretty.
A licensed car dealer conspires with a private (unlicensed) individual to pose as the car’s owner on Craigslist. If or when the purchaser has a problem with the used car, the unsuspecting buyer contacts the private seller; the seller claims it was never their car: “it belongs to a dealership.” When the buyer contacts the dealership, the dealership says it’s not their problem because the car was sold offsite (Dunkin Donuts parking lot, someone’s house, etc.) Sometimes the “owner” hasn’t provided legitimate contact information and removes the ad, and the buyer is stuck with no way to contact them (…the original owner).
Please know there is a very readable link re: used car selling…
http://blog.mass.gov/consumer/massconsumer/buying-a-car-oncraigslist-know-who-you-are-buying-from/
Other public sites you may wish to contact: 
www.mass.gov/ocabr
www.facebook.com/MassConsumer
www.twitter.com/Mass_Consumer
http://blog.mass.gov/consumer


Barnstable Veterans Services
Did you know that 955 case files exist for Yarmouth veterans or widows at the Barnstable office? Are you a Veteran or Widow in need of help? Please contact our Veterans Services Agent, Edward F. Merigan at the main office located on 66 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA.
Telephone: 508-778-8740 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Call for an office appointment or a home visit if you are a homebound Veteran or Widow.


  
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A new service linking elders, caregivers & individuals w/disabilities to services they need. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-844-422-6277 OR MassOptions.org -

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June 9th at 10:30 AM
Our Outreach Coordinator facilitates the program that meets on the second Friday of the month. This program is structured to benefit anyone who is caring for a loved one with numerous health conditions. Professional guest speakers will provide additional resources and supportive information. To participate, pre-registration is required for your attendance by calling our center at 508-394-7606 X 1335.


Lifeline Program
: What Consumers Should Know Starting on December 2, 2016, Lifeline Program consumers will have the choice (where available) of
applying their benefits to one type of service offering: fixed or mobile broadband internet; or landline or mobile voice service. Some carriers may offer
bundled package of landline or mobile telephone service and broadband.
For additional information regarding the Lifeline program, contact the Consumer Division of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications
and Cable. Visit or Write: Consumer Division, Department of Telecomm   unications and Cable, 1000 Washington Street, Suite # 820, Boston, MA 02118.
    
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Consumers Hotline-operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Call: 1-800-392-6066 Email: consumer.complaints@state.ma.us /
Web: www.mass.gov/dtc

ESCCI Resource Page for Elders/Families
Senior Care Options (SCO). The Mass Health Senior Care Options (SCO) program is a comprehensive health plan that covers all of the services reimbursable under Medicare and Mass Health through a senior-care organization and its network of providers. The SCO program offers Mass Health Standard members aged 65 or older quality health care that combines
health services with social support services. By coordinating care and specialized geriatric support services, along with respite care for families and caregivers, SCO offers advantages for eligible Mass Health members over traditional fee-for-service care. You must have both Medicare and Mass Health Standard coverage. Elders on this program qualify for in-home service, similar to those provided by Elder Services (home making, companion service, personal care, homedelivered meals, etc.) Alternate services are included at no cost such as medication coverage, hearing aids, dental services, etc. Cape Cod has two agencies which both provide SCO services; at this time SCO is not available for Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Elders participating in this program are not eligible for Elder Services.
Tufts Health plan - 855-880-0056 Navicare - 877-255-7108
Site for more information:
http://www.tuftsmedicarepreferred.org/plans
http://www.navicare.org
http://www.mass-gov/eohhs/provier/insurance/masshealth/senior-care-options/senior-care-options-sco-and-providers.html

Prescription Drug Disposal Notice
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Yarmouth Police Department has a secured Drug Turn In Drop Box at One Brad Erickson Way, West Yarmouth.  Open to the public anytime 24/7. We encourage all seniors to dispose of all outdated and unused prescription drugs as part of their Fall cleaning and New Year organization processes!