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Smithfield Dining Center Holds Coloring Contest
Reaching Deeper Helps Seniors Stay In Touch
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The largest section of Johnston County's homebound seniors that receive Home Delivered Meals come from the Smithfield Senior Dining Center, serving 60-70 seniors 5 days of meals, each week. Before the pandemic, hot meals were delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday on 6 different routes surrounding the Center's area. Community & Senior Services of Johnston County manages this feat throughout the county from 7 different locations. To minimize health risks through physical contact, CSS has transitioned to packaged frozen meals. Five meals come in one box that is delivered to each senior once a week (or a recipient can drive to pick these up from their closest center and it is brought to their car).
We have learned of the risks of isolation that can lead to depression and illness, so we do our best to invite these meal receivers to participate in fun games, puzzles, and contests to 'interact' with their peers for recognition and even prizes. Some meal clients have no other interaction with outsiders other than when they receive their meals. Some have no one close by to look in on them or give them a call to check up on them. The Centers For Active Aging and the Senior Dining Center coordinators, such as Nancylee Dunham of the Smithfield Center, endeavor to engage seniors in other 'activities' to stay in touch with them on a human and safe, social level. This is in addition to calls to the recipients weekly for a health check.
CSS has continued many services throughout this trying time. We limit opening our doors but these following services continue:
Home Delivered Meals - Delivery, Coordination, and Mediation (involves weekly phoned checks for well being, etc.)
Caregiver Support - Via phone calls and coordinated Zoom meetings each month
SHIIP Counseling - This is our Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program.
Transportation - via JCATS for essential trips
In-Home Aide - for healthcare assistance in the home
Three 3 Active Aging Centers - Although closed to the public, provide Zoom and Facebook classes including exercise, crafting and BINGO, and even chat party lines for trivia, BINGO, and just chatting with others for social bonding.
Seniors we serve are told to stay in or be more careful than the rest of the population, but CSS is busy finding ways to stay involved in their needs and provide ideas and resolutions to the challenges they may face. We are continuously learning and improving on ways to combat loneliness or lack of resources for the folks we serve. Currently we are gathering interest to provide evidence-based Health Promotion classes via Zoom, Facebook live, etc. to better educate us on continuing to live healthy, productive lives well into our senior years. Such developing classes are Bingocize, Walk With Ease, and Chronic Disease Self-Management. Tai Chi For Arthritis, after completing Level one, is beginning their second level of participants. All these are provided virtually through Facebook, Zoom, on your phone, computer, or tablet!
The coloring contest is not about the winners, but how deep we all can reach out to touch those that need a human interaction, or maybe a laugh or two, to make these isolated times more livable for us all.
Call Community & Senior Services of Johnston County at (919) 934-6066
Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 or visit us online at www.cssjohnston.org.
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NATVAR Donates to CSS
In May 2020, Community & Senior Services of Johnston County was recently a recipient of a generous contribution by the NATVAR corporation in western Clayton. Natvar is an innovative global supplier of precision medical tubing solutions for a broad spectrum of medical device products which target hospital, physician, dental healthcare, and in-home use.
Natvar was reaching out to neighboring non-profits to aid in their continued mission to help seniors and the disabled.
STATEWIDE TRANSIT ASSOCIATION HONORS REP. DONNA WHITE
May 26, 2020
At a recent meeting of the Johnston County Area Transportation System’s advisory board, Mr. David Rhew (pictured left below), Executive Director of the North Carolina Public Transit Association (NCPTA)
and fellow NCPTA board member Neal Davis recognized NC House Representative Donna White with the association’s Transit Advocate Award. The award “honors individuals who have championed the goals, services and cause of public transportation in North Carolina”.
Neal Davis, CSS Executive Director summarized Representative White’s career in public health, nursing, education, and advocacy for elderly citizens. He noted that Rep. White was elected to the NC House of Representatives in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018. She is the first woman elected to the NC House from Johnston County. Rep. White serves as Chair of House Health Policy, Health and Human Services Appropriations and Vice-Chair of House Appropriations. She serves on the Standing Committees for Environment, Aging, and Education K12. She serves on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Health and Human Services, the House Select Committees for Disaster Relief and Access to Rural Health-Advisory. Rep. White is currently a member of the Johnston County Opioid Task Force, the Johnston County Network on Aging and is a founding member of the Johnston County Transportation Advisory Board serving 2004-present.
“Representative White has played a crucial role in the development of North Carolina’s renowned ‘Coordinated Transportation Model’ which has become nationally recognized for its high-efficiency. She has witnessed first-hand its cost-effectiveness in providing timely transportation for our workforce, students, and our elderly citizens.” said Mr. Davis.
Mr. Rhew added, “The Association is honored to recognize Representative White for her long-standing commitment to public transit and our seniors. She has a heart that keeps beating strong for both.”
Upon receipt of this recognition, Rep. White stated, “I am humbled and honored to receive the NC Public Transportation Advocate Award. As a registered nurse and state representative, it has been very meaningful to work with the team to assure access to care for patients, assistance to emergency support during natural and other disasters, and access to work for vulnerable populations.
I appreciate this honor and look forward to my continued work with the Johnston County Transportation Advisory Board as we continue to meet the needs of coordinated transportation in a growing Johnston County.“
About: Community and Senior Services (CSS) operates the Johnston County Area Transportation System (JCATS).
Johnston County Senior Centers Certified as "Centers of Excellence"
August 1, 2018
Community & Senior Services of Johnston County is pleased to announce that the Benson Center for Active Aging is now a state certified, Senior Center of Excellence! Johnston County has three Centers for Active Aging; Selma, Clayton, Benson, all of which are now certified as Centers of Excellence. Initial Certification is a 2-year process to demonstrate proficiency in 6 program areas culminating in a site visit comprised of a team of NC Division of Aging and Adult Services staff, UNC CARES staff, Senior Tarheel legislator, Area Agency on Aging staff, and senior center professionals. The certification period lasts five years after which the center must apply for recertification. Community Services Director Sarah Hammond commented, “We encourage everyone 50 and over to join us at one of the centers located in Benson, Clayton and Selma. The centers offer a diverse range of programming and services to fit everyone’s needs and interests.” Executive Director Neal Davis commented, “Having all three of our centers certified at the level of ‘Excellence’ is a milestone event that would not be possible without the fantastic effort our staff puts forth every day.”
About: Community and Senior Services of Johnston County, Inc. (CSS) provides services for older adults that includes centers for active aging, home delivered meals, caregiver support, information & assistance, options counseling, and SHIIP counseling. CSS also manages 6 apartment complexes with a total of 127 units and operates the Johnston County Area Transit System (JCATS) fleet of 31 vehicles.
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What were the questions asked in the survey?
1) Would you recommend JCATS to family & friends?
2) Are JCATS buses clean?
3) Are JCATS drivers courteous & helpful?
4) Does JCATS get you where you need to go in a timely manner?