MassRelay is a free, confidential 24/7 service enabling hearing people or people who do not use a text telephone (TTY) to communicate over regular telephone lines with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled. Depending on the type of disability, the relay services are specialized to fit your needs.
A relay operator will complete your call, dialing the person you wish to contact. The operator will stay on the line to relay messages electronically via a TTY, or verbally to people who can hear. Relay operators provide exact transcriptions of what they hear, and speak what is typed to them, unless the caller directs them to do otherwise.
For detailed information on MassRelay, visit https://www.mass.gov/massrelay
Bristol Elder Services, Inc. is actively recruiting volunteers in the Taunton area for the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program and for the Bristol Elder Services’ Advisory Council. All it takes to volunteer with us is a caring spirit and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors.
A volunteer Ombudsman receives, investigates, and works to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long term care homes. An Ombudsman visits nursing homes in the greater Taunton area weekly to meet with residents and to observe conditions in the facility. Training and support is provided.
We are also seeking volunteers for Bristol’s Advisory Council. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to Bristol’s Board of Directors on issues and concerns affecting seniors in greater Attleboro, Fall River, and Taunton. Responsibilities include planning, advocacy, and program development.
Thank you for your consideration of these rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please contact Jennifer Jimenez at 774-627-1472.
Open Enrollment is fast approaching! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO or PPO), you should receive a notice from your plan by the end of September. That notice outlines changes to be made to your plan for 2018: it is important to review, understand and save this information. During Medicare Open Enrollment, from October 15th to December 7th, you will be able to change your plan for next year.
If you would like help understanding your upcoming changes and options, a trained SHINE counselor is available to offer FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling on all Medicare and related health insurance programs. You can reach the SHINE program by calling 508-222-1399. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. If you have questions or need an appointment during Open Enrollment you should call NOW.
Source: Attleboro SHINE Program