Bristol-HESSCO Nutrition Program Consortium, comprised of 2 Title III-C Elderly Nutrition Programs, is inviting bid proposals on a food service contract for the preparation and delivery of approximately 2200 meals each day, 5 days each week, to approximately 25 sites in South Norfolk and Bristol Counties, in accordance with the provisions of the Older American Act of 1965 as amended in 2000.
HESSCO and Bristol Elder Services are AA/EEO. Women, disabled, minority, elder, and small businesses are encouraged to apply.
Massachusetts Association of
Older Americans, Inc.
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
In partnership with:
Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.
Bristol Elder Services, Inc.
Announce an Aging and Mental Health Conference:
- Meeting Challenges to Emotional Wellness During Later Life
(Registration deadline – May 12th)
- Aging & Mental Wellness: Peer Services and the Mental Health Recovery Movement
(Registration deadline – June 9th)
Friday, May 16, 2014 / 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m.)
White’s of Westport
66 State Road, Westport, MA 02790
Additional information and Spring 2014 Conference Registration:
Training Links\Westport 2014 flier.doc
Winner of the Salute to Senior Service Award
Yvette Mancini, at age 96, has been named the Massachusetts winner of the Salute to Senior Service Award.
Home Instead Senior Care, a global home care provider, presented the annual award that recognizes older Americans at the state and national level who positively affect their communities by volunteering their time and talents 15 hours or more each month.
The contest recognizes seniors who set an inspiring example for people of all ages. Nancy Munson, of Bristol Elder Services, said that “it took all of 10 seconds to realize that we had the perfect candidate who deserved to be recognized for the impact she makes in Fall River.”
Yvette is a member of Bristol Elder Services Board of Directors, a member of the Fall River Council on Aging’s Board of Directors, a vital planner of the Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant, a volunteer with the Shepherd’s Center, St. Mary’s Church, and serves as treasurer of the Borden East Tenant Council and is in charge of planning monthly entertainment.
She says “I don’t like to be idle. I am out every day. And volunteering is the best thing to do because I am helping others.”
Sailynn Doyle, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, stated that “seniors, like Yvette, have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily. Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities, both important elements of healthy aging.”
Through several different organizations, Yvette volunteers about 35 to 40 hours each month. Her determined dedication and generosity to volunteerism is truly inspirational.
Senior Service Award Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHH5E3KBV8E
SPRING MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) COURSES BEGIN
The LGBT Aging Project is offering two new MBSR courses. One will be co-hosted by Bristol Elder Services and held in Fall River on Monday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting May 5th and ending June 9th. Times may change based on the availability of local participants. This is a FREE course and open to any LGBT older adults. To learn more about the MBSR Program you will need to attend one of the free orientation sessions:
Monday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. Fall River
Tuesday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. Boston
Wednesday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. Danvers
The MBSR Course is FREE!
Space is limited – Register today by calling Bob Linscott at 857.313.6578 or
Information sessions are 90 minutes and require a reservation. The address and directions will be given at the time of registration.
April is National Volunteer Month!
A time when you have the opportunity to help your fellow Americans by volunteering
One of the ways some of our local volunteers help Bristol Elder Services is through the Ombudsman Program. An Ombudsman volunteer acts as an advocate for residents living in long term care facilities such as nursing homes or rest homes. They offer a way for residents and their loved ones to voice their complaints and have their concerns addressed so that residents can live their lives with dignity and respect. It is with the help of our volunteers that we are able to make these accomplishments possible.
Currently, we have twelve volunteers. Bill LaPlante, a Rehoboth resident, has been a program volunteer for 2 1/2 years. He stated that “Ombudsman work is rewarding and important. You don’t need a background in nursing or healthcare. I had no exposure to nursing homes before becoming an Ombudsman.” He enjoys the relationships he has fostered with the residents on his weekly visits.
“I encourage residents to speak up for themselves, but sometimes people want my help to get something resolved. It’s very rewarding work.” LaPlante acknowledges that it took time to make a connection, but a smile and a friendly approach were great ways to start. “It takes time to gain the resident’s trust. Now, they know who I am; someone who is there for them.” He finds he makes a difference one resident at a time.
Margaret Pilkington, Manager of Bristol’s Ombudsman Program, explained that volunteers advocate for residents’ rights, working at the direction of the resident. She stated that “It all begins by completing an application and conducting a meeting to talk about the role the Ombudsman plays. After that, there is classroom training, and then hands on experience.” Volunteers meet once a month to talk over their experiences, learn new information, and spend some time just catching up.
Pilkington added, “The Ombudsman volunteers are our eyes and ears in the nursing homes. We could not do this without them and their weekly visits. Each volunteer brings something different to the program, but it starts with an ability to listen.”
If you would like information about volunteering for the Ombudsman program, contact Margaret Pilkington, Program Manager, at 774-627-1326.