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PEER ombudsmen advocate for fellow long-term care residents

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Darlene Sauer frequently walks the halls on her floor at the Immaculate Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Northeast Philadelphia to check on fellow residents. Recently, she heard a female resident calling for help. The woman wanted to take a shower and needed aides to help her into the Hoyer lift, a specialized mechanical sling for people with limited mobility that allows them to be lifted and transferred. Sauer went to a nursing supervisor to report that the resident needed assistance. “Then I went back to her room and waited with her until the aides arrived,” she said. “I try to solve problems and, if I can’t, I report them to people who can,” said Sauer, who is a Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) ombudsman at the skilled nursing facility.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Emergency Fund Luncheon on May 17 benefits seniors in crisis

The Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians will hold its 29th Annual Luncheon and Rose Epstein Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, May 17. The event, which benefits the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Ave. It comes at an especially critical time because the fund’s balance is low due to significantly higher demands and costs over the past months to provide help with heat, food, and general needs such as rent, prescriptions and medical supplies, coalition leaders say.

During the luncheon, the coalition will present Joe Snyder with its Bright Star of Aging Award to honor his decades of distinguished service on behalf of older adults. Snyder was director of PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services (OAPS) for 25 years prior to his retirement last January.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Heart transplant recipient expands her life

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

Waiting for a donor organ can leave patients caught between hope and desperation, says heart transplant recipient Janet Dennis. “I lived in the University of Pennsylvania hospital for six and a half weeks, waiting for a donor heart,” says Dennis, 63, a social worker retired from the city of Philadelphia. “I was blessed. Twenty-two people die every single day in the U.S. while waiting for a donor organ.”

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

New Medicare cards coming

Starting this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of sending all Medicare beneficiaries a new Medicare card. Beneficiaries in Pennsylvania will be among the first groups of seniors to receive new cards, and will get theirs between April and June.

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