COUNTY TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD, SHELTER PROGRAMS

Knox County has been notified that it will be awarded federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as appropriated by Congress.

Knox County has been recommended to receive an estimated $11,786 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Also, as a result of the recently passed CARES Act, Knox County has been recommended to receive additional funding of $16,804; these additional funds are also to be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs that might be experiencing an increase in requests due to COVID-19.

The selection is made by a National Board that is chaired and awarded through the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Nonprofit organizations or public agencies interested in applying for Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds and/or Phase CARES must contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or bhancock@vinu.edu for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is May 15.

* Please note that if you are applying for both Phase 37 funds and Phase CARES funds that two separate applications will need to be submitted.

TIPS FOR CAREGIVING FROM A DISTANCE

Long-distance caregiving can bring unique challenges, especially during this difficult time. Here are some tips to consider while caring for someone from far away.

Research their health condition. Learn as much as you can about your family member’s or friend’s illness, medicines and resources that might be available.

Schedule conference calls with doctors, the assisted living facility team, or nursing home staff so several relatives can participate in one conversation and get up-to-date information about a relative's health and progress. Learn how you can better communicate with your loved one’s doctors.

Learn about advance care planning to prepare for conversations with your loved one.

Gather a list of resources in the care recipient’s neighborhood. Look online or check with your local library or senior center, the Area Agency on Aging, or the Eldercare Locator to find out about local sources of help. (National Institute on Aging)

GENERATIONS IS HERE FOR YOU!

In this ever changing situation, we are determined to continue to carry out our mission to offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life. We are here to take your calls, listen to your needs and to connect you to the information and resources that will help. Even though life looks very different for most of us right now, Generations will continue to be here for you. Call us at 1-800-742-9002 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org. We WILL get through this — together!

MEALS ON WHEELS

Are you over 60 years old and homebound? Do you need assistance preparing meals? Would you like to have meals delivered to your door? Contact Generations at 1-800-742-9002 and speak to one of our Options Counselors about home delivered meals today!

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN AVAILABLE

Did you know that the local Ombudsman is available to advocate for residents of long-term care and residential facilities? The primary purpose of the Ombudsman is to promote and protect the resident rights guaranteed to residents under federal and state law. During this time of nursing home and other facility visitation restrictions, please know that Long Term Care Ombudsman services are still available to residents. While ombudsmen are restricted from visiting facilities, you can still talk with the ombudsman in your area via telephone or email.

• Toll-free 800-742-9002

• Direct Line: 812-888-5158

• E-mail: acardinal@vinu.edu

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE

Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or bhancock@vinu.edu.

Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org

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