What’s happening at SCA this Month?

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President Scott Seabury of the Suffield Rotary Club delivers 300 face masks to SCA. We love our Rotarians!

Covid-19 Help & Resources Available: Staff has been working inside our locked door since the pandemic began. We have used the time to familiarize ourselves with programs and resources to help our residents who have been impacted by Covid-19. Due to the generosity of the greater community, we have created a special Covid-19/Crisis Relief Fund. This fund will target one-time assistance to those residents who do not qualify for other needs-based programs and whose lives have been significantly and negatively changed by Covid-19. Call to find out more or to apply confidentially.

Are You in Need of a Little Holiday Cheer? Apply for the SCA’s Holiday Basket Program: The SCA is coordinating the Holiday Basket Programs for Suffield residents. There will be lots of changes this year due to safety concerns around Covid-19. Residents wishing to receive help for the holidays are encouraged to call SCA to see if they qualify at 860-668-1986.

Please Donate to the SCA’s Annual Appeal: Soon you will receive Suffield Community Aid’s appeal letter. SCA provides supportive health and social services that positively affect the wellbeing of residents during times of need. Your donation does make a difference right here in your own community. Our annual report can be found at – www.suffieldcommunityaid.org

Medicare Open Enrollment is now until December 7: – Thinking about changing plans? Are you confused about your Medicare options? Perhaps you are turning 65 soon… Meet with a trained CHOICES Medicare counselor to explore what’s best for you. Volunteers provide unbiased telephone assistance. Call 860-668-1986 to schedule a consultation.

Dementia Caregiver Virtual Support Group: –The group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. The next meeting is November 30. The group is led by a trained Alzheimer’s Association facilitator, Nicole Matson of Home Helpers of Central Connecticut. Call Nicole for instructions on how to join. Nicole’s email is nmatson@homehelpershomecare.com or call 860-810-6123. Residents can call 860-668-1986 for more info.

Some Ongoing Program and Updates:

SCA Seeks Residents for Priority Emergency Response List:

We are currently updating our list of residents in the community who would benefit from a check-up call during a town or state-wide emergency. Residents who use oxygen or need electricity for medical equipment are strongly encouraged to call. Names, addresses, medical information, and family contact information will be included for confidential use in the event of an emergency as declared by the First Selectman. If you or someone you know would like to be included on this list, please contact SCA at 860-668-1986.

What is a Municipal Agent for the Elderly? The Municipal Agent for the Elderly Program was established by the Connecticut State Legislature. Its purpose is to ensure that each town has an officially appointed representative who is responsible for providing elderly people information and assistance on services and benefits. The Town of Suffield’s Municipal Agent for the Elderly is Patricia Beeman, MSW. For help or information, call Pat at 860-668-1986.

Stay Warm This Winter! – We Are Taking Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.

These government programs help offset the winter heating costs for financially eligible households so that their health is not jeopardized by the inability to afford critical heat. Please contact SCA to apply at 860-668-1986. More information on eligibility is available at www.ct.gov/staywarm

SCA Food Pantry is well stocked to help with your food and personal care needs. If you are struggling to afford food or personal care items, SCA can help. Thanks to the generosity of the Suffield community, our shelves are well stocked. Call for confidential and discreet help. Curbside pick-up appointments are scheduled. 860-668-1986.

Are Meals-on-Wheels an Option for You?  Qualified homebound Suffield seniors, and those fearful of leaving their home due to Covid-19 and are at least age 60, can receive healthy lunches and dinners delivered to their door. Meals are diet specific. A $2.50 donation per meal is suggested by CRT to help cover costs. New safety precautions have been implemented to eliminate any need for direct person-to-person contact.

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