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HOUSING

Education Programming Focuses on
Wellness, End of Life Planning
Crystal Ramirez, AHEPA 302 Service Coordinator
AHEPA 302 Apartments, San Bernardino, Calif., is fortunate to have community partners that miss the residents dearly. As imagined, the COVID-19 pandemic has created
a distance between them. The residents look
forward to the isolation intervention, education and socializing the partners' visits provide. For example, residents are provided an
ongoing review of common wellness issues. To
continue to meet this education component,
Service Coordinator Crystal Ramirez and community partner, Bridge Home Health, planned
for residents to review the education board on
their own time while it was on display in the
lobby. Flyers were distributed at the residents'
unit doors inviting them to make appointments
to attend the complimentary blood pressure
screening scheduled later in the month. On the
scheduled day, residents respected their appointment times and sat six feet apart as
they waited their turns. This eye-catching education board provided a review of the
wellness topic and encouraged residents to know their blood pressure numbers.
Ramirez also brought awareness and education to the sensitive topic of End of Life
Planning. Health Care Proxy, Advanced Care Directive, Durable Power of Attorney,
Trusts, Wills, and funeral planning common practices were highlighted. Some residents
simply read the education board. Others asked for more clarification and education on
these topics. While others shared their realization that these topics needed to be shared
with their loved ones. Residents often repeated the statement that no one likes to talk
about this topic aloud and having the education available was nice.

Scaring the Scams
Away
Joy Lara, AHEPA 53 III & IV
Service Coordinator
When AHEPA 53 residents were talking
about scam calls they were receiving,
Service Coordinator Joy Lara wanted to
educate them about the popular scams
that exist. She created a Halloweenthemed bulletin board at each building
that remained posted during October. Lara
assembled an educational packet with
information provided from the Federal
Trade Commission and displayed the
packet in one of the pictures on the board.
She also distributed portions of the packet
to the residents each week.

Garden Clubs Blossom at Massachusetts, Indiana Communities
Irene Rhodes, AHEPA 39 Property Manager, and Jennifer Parks, Penelope 60 Service Coordinator
The residents of AHEPA 39, Haverhill, Mass., enjoyed four colorful garden boxes
all summer and into fall thanks to residents, Richard Fuller, Ruth Matthews, Paul
Daillaire, and Patricia Fuller. They planned, planted, and tended to the garden
boxes. Service Coordinator Lucinda Nolet secured a local grant for AHEPA 39 to
help defray the cost of the garden boxes.
Meanwhile in Mishawaka, Ind., Penelope 60's Garden Club is rocking. The
community had a great group of people helping with the garden while maintaining social distancing. The residents developed a watering and weeding schedule
and worked well together to keep the garden healthy.

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