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A Directory for Older Adults 17th Anniversary Edition

Solano County 2019


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Planning

Quality of Life

Final Wishes

Activities.................................................................................7 Advance Directive.............................................................. 8 Affordable Housing........................................................... 8 Attorney............................................................................... 10 Care Planning..................................................................... 10 Conservatorships, Estate Administration, Fiduciary and Trust Services.......................................... 10 Consumer Advocacy........................................................ 12 Counseling Services......................................................... 12 Dental Assistance............................................................... 12 Driving Concerns & Reporting...................................... 12 Driving Courses.................................................................. 12 Education............................................................................. 12 Estate & Financial Planning.............................................. 12 Fall Prevention.................................................................... 12 Financial Assistance......................................................... 12 Food Assistance................................................................. 13 Health Assessments.........................................................14 Health Insurance................................................................14 Health Insurance Counseling........................................14 HICAP.................................................................................... 15 Hearing Tests...................................................................... 15 Home Repair/Remodel.................................................. 15 Hospitals................................................................................ 15 Housing Counseling/ Dispute Resolution................ 15 Independent Living..........................................................16 Information and Assistance..........................................16 Legal Services..................................................................... 17 Long Term Care Insurance Counseling...................... 17 Medi-Cal Planning.............................................................. 17 Mental Health 55+..............................................................19 Notary Services...................................................................19 Physical Therapy at Home.............................................19 Realtors..................................................................................19 Rental Assistance................................................................19

Adult Day Health Care.....................................................20 Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care...........................................20 Alzheimer’s Information, Referral And Education...................................................20 Alzheimer’s/Dementia/ Memory Care Assisted Living.......................................20 Alzheimer ID Program......................................................22 Assisted Living (Residential Care, Board And Care)..............................22 Assisted Living Complaints.............................................22 Cancer Care......................................................................... 23 Caregivers for Hire............................................................ 23 Diabetes & Endocrinology............................................. 28 Elder Abuse Advocacy..................................................... 28 Exercise & Fitness Programs......................................... 28 Friendly Visitors.................................................................. 28 Geriatric Physician............................................................. 28 Home Delivered Meals/Congregate Meal Locations..... 29 Home Health Care Services.......................................... 29 Joint Replacement............................................................ 29 Medical Equipment / Supplies.....................................30 Nursing Home Complaints............................................30 Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers....................30 Placement Services..........................................................30 Respite Care (Out Of Home)........................................30 Support Groups.................................................................. 31 Telephone Reassurance.................................................. 33 Transportation.................................................................... 33 Veteran Benefits................................................................ 36 Vision Services................................................................... 36 Wigs........................................................................................ 36 Wound Care........................................................................ 36

Bereavement//Grief Support Groups.......................38 Cremation and Burial Services....................................38 Estate Adminstration......................................................39 Hospice Services..............................................................39 Organ Donations..............................................................39

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Indexes to Articles on Planning, Quality of Life, and Final Wishes are included at the beginning of each section.

A NOTE TO OUR READERS: Efforts were made to ensure that the entries were current at the time of printing. Please be aware that changes may occur. Response to information contained in this directory, including any corrections or updated information should be directed to: Born to Age 707-652-9966 ginger@borntoage.com

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Born to Age P.O. Box 59 Cotati, CA 94931 Publisher: Ginger Kelly Cover Photos: Tom Sanders Design & Layout: Sean Boylan

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As Born to Age celebrate its 17th anniversary in Solano County, we want to say “Thank You” to the advertisers who have made those 17 years possible! Row 1: Alex Schauffert, New Standard Realty Jason Wu, ApexCare Bonny Kuhfal, Advanced Instruments Brenda Tormis, Murphy Medical Transportation Camie Bianchi, Your Home Nursing Caycee Kelly, Helping Hands Senior Resources Row 2: Christine Huff, Colonial Chapels Cristina Koval, Helping Hands Senior Resources Dale Martin, LivHome Debbie Doyal, Americare Home Care Agency Debbie Santos, D.A. Santos & Associates Denise Gassen, Voralto Living Row 3: James Watson, Gaw Van Male, LLC Jennie Falcon, Love & Joy Home Care Services Joey Palma, ABBA In-Home Care Services Kamilee Gatan, The Greenhills Care Home Laurie Hartmann, Meals on Wheels Laurie Short, Colonial Chapels Row 4: Melanie Richardson, Helping Hands Senior Resources Michelle Kahler, Healthy Living at Home Thomas Kiernan, Pacific Fiduciary Service Jessica Duplantis, Paradise Valley Estates Patti Ruona, AmeriCare Home Care Agency Rebecca Smith, Always Best Home Care Row 5: Robert Nations, Senior Helpers North Bay Barbara Sonin, Sonin Law Stephanie Casper, Stephanie Casper Insurance Services Debbie McQuilkin, Solano Transportation Kim Morrison, Vacavillle Autumn Leaves Liz Romero, Yolo Hospice Row 6: Yvonne Thrasher, The Law Office of Yvonne F. Thrasher Laura McLaren, SRES Realtor “Kathy” Kathryn Amacher, DO Kathleen “Katie” Siemont, Wright & Falls Anita Semple, FNP Loving Place Row 7: Care Patrol Body in Balance Physical Therapy Advanced Home Health and Hospice Inc. Fairmont Cremation Services Fremont Hospital I Feel Good Medical Row 8: NorthBay Healthcare ResCare Solano Life House Vaca Hills Chapel Vitas Healthcare Fair Housing Napa Valley Row 9: Alta Vista Cremation and Funeral Service UC Davis Alzheimer’s Research Center Solano County Health and Social Services Vista Prado - A Memory Care Coummunity Jim Nord, Independant Administrator

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Vaca Hills Chapel

Funeral Home and On-Site Crematory Reyan Barrios

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Cover photos were taken in the hills and parks of Solano County and at Paradise Valley Estates, Fairfield, CA.

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From the Editor adults. I lost my mom 21 years ago to cirrhosis of the liver when she was just 49 years old, so I didn’t have the opportunity to experience her aging. My father, aside from several heart attacks that resulted in stents, had always been healthy and active -- until he wasn’t.

Ginger Kelly, Editor/Publisher

As I sat, pondering what to write for my first official editorial, ideas flooded in - none of which I liked. I decided to call a good friend of mine to talk it through, and she emphatically ordered me to “let my guard down and write from my heart.” I don’t do that very well, and I told her so. I tend to safeguard the good, the bad and the ugly, only sharing my personal life with those very close to me. However, this good friend happens to be very wise, and I trust her judgment. So, here I sit - at 4 a.m. - with my guard down. When I was ready to embark on the next chapter in my life, I hadn’t intended to purchase an informational directory, much less one that focuses on older

In 2016, six months after back surgery to relieve nerve pain, my father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. The tumors were destroying his spine. We were shocked, bewildered. How had this transpired in the six months since his last CT scan? He was admitted to the hospital immediately, and he began chemotherapy treatments. During a second back surgery, he had to have a three-inch titanium rod inserted in his spine because so much of it had been gnawed away by the tumors. It was a frantic and confusing time. After a 30-day stay in the hospital, it was time for my father to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility. My brother and I needed to select which facility, but we were lost. We knew absolutely nothing about this type of care. With help from our

insurance agent (of all people!), we finally figured it out.

Fast forward to late 2017. After a successful bone marrow transplant, my father was doing amazingly well. So, I decided it was time to begin my search for a business. About a month later, I saw the listing for Born to Age. The description was a bit vague, but I was intrigued enough to meet with the business broker. After seeing the directory itself, I was impressed both by the content and the objective. I officially purchased Born to Age on March 15, 2018, and it already has been quite a journey. I am elated to tell you that I have added my dad to the payroll - he is one of my kiosk drivers and is thoroughly enjoying the work. I wholeheartedly believe that older adults have active roles to play in our society; their involvement enriches our lives and theirs. Going through the health and hospital experience with my father has made me fully aware of how valuable this directory is. Now, when I am out and about, I am always thinking about what my readers might need and how

Solano County Information Kiosks Thank you to all these businesses for their community-sided efforts in keeping all of us aware of life and care choices though time! Benicia Community Center 187 West L St, Benecia Dixon Senior Center 201 S. 5th St, Dixon David Gillam, M.D 1620 Pennsylvania Ave, Fairfield Elder Abuse Unit Fairfield County District Attorney 604 Empire St, Fairfield

Solano County OOAS 275 Beck Ave, Fairfield

Advanced Instruments 1534 Tennessee St, Vallejo

Rio Vista Senior Center One Main St, Rio Vista

Florence Douglas Senior Center 333 Amador Way, Vallejo

Meals on Wheels Office 95 Marina Center, Suisin City

Jackson Medical Store 480 Redwood St, Vallejo

Suisun City Senior Center 318 Merganser Dr, Suisin City

Kyles Temple Church 912 Florida St, Vallejo

CVS Pharmacy 625 Elmira Road, Vacaville

Medical Building 1761 Park Plaza, Vallejo

Dr. Amacher’s Medical Offices 313 Kendall Street, Vacaville

Redwood Senior Apartments 400 Redwood St, Vallejo

I Feel Good Medical Supply 1113 Texas St, Fairfield

Leisure Town Office Leisure Town Village, Vacaville

Mercury Pharmacy 480 Chadbourne Rd, Vallejo

Vacaville Autumn Leaves 2470 Nut Tree Rd, Vacaville

Parkway Plaza Apartments 188 E. Alaska, Fairfield

Vacaville Community Center 1000 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville

Senior Manor 1101 Union Ave, Faiefield

Vacaville Senior Center 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville

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Solano County Health and Human Services 365 Tuolumne St, Vallejo Sutter Solano Cancer Center 100 Hospital Dr, Vallejo

Call 707-652-9966 To place a complete information kiosk in your lobby, entrance or business, today!

I can get them that information. I know Born to Age is an excellent resource, and the emails and phone calls I receive each week confirm my opinion. Recently, I made the directory available online and created a searchable database. All you have to do is type in the service you need and the available resources will be listed. You can search by specific county, or you can search the entire database. This is a useful tool to professionals out in the field, as well as to out-of-state family members seeking activities and services for their loved ones. It has been a pleasure getting to know the advertisers who support the directory, meeting the readers, and discovering how to meet and exceed the ever-growing needs of the counties in which we publish. I am proud to be a part of this gracious community, and I will strive to make each edition more complete than the last. Please contact me with questions or suggestions - I look forward to being of service! - Ginger Kelly Editor/Publisher


Planning Index Articles in this section: Identifying Phone Scams....................................................9 New Senior Assemblymember for Napa/Solano...........11 Hearing Loss - Did you know?..........................................13 Things to Consider When Hiring a Caregiver.................16 Robot Caregivers..............................................................18 What is a Senior Real Estate Specialist?.........................18 13 Documents You Need For Effective Planning..........19

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Carquinez Village

P.O. Box 207 Benicia, CA 94510 Carquinezvillage.com 707-297-2472 A membership organization for active seniors Social networking. Education, Aging at Home, Concierge Services, Transportation

Coin Club

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org 707-643-1044 1st Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm Florence Douglas Senior Center

Dixon Senior Center

Activities Ballroom Dancing

337 Nebraska St., Vallejo, CA 94590 707-642-4444 mooselodge468@yahoo.com Every Monday, 6pm-10pm; Dinner at 6:00pm, $12; Dance at 7:00pm $12; Both for $20

Barbershop Choral

425 Hemlock St. Vacaville, CA 94510 707-724-8575 rollie52@aol.com Meets Monday, 7:00pm for rehearsals; Community Presbyterian Church

Benicia Public Library

150 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 707-746-4343 Movie Mornings for Seniors - 1st Thursday of each month 10:30 - Noon. Senior Speaker Series Every 3rd Thursday 10:30am

Benicia Senior Center

187 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 beniciarec.org 707-745-1202 Membership is $10 a year. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm. All Senior Fitness classes are held at the Benicia Community Center, 370 East L St. 707-7464285. Upcoming senior trips and tours info: 707-745-1202.

Brain Fitness Class

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org 707-643-1044 peter.wilson@fdcvallejo.org 2nd Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm Florence Douglas Senior Center

201 South Fifth St. Dixon, CA ci.dixon.ca.us 707-678-7022 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm

Fairfield Senior Center

1200 Civic Center Dr. (street) / 1000 Webster St. (mailing) Fairfield, CA 94533 fairfield.ca.gov 707-428-7421 (front desk) classes@fairfield.ca.gov Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm 707-429-5687 (fax). For active, older adults age 50+

McBride Senior Center

91 Town Square Place Vacaville, CA 95688 cityofvacaville.com 707-469-6660

National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

P.O. Box 4629 Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm at the Florence Douglas Senior Center

North Bay Rose Society

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org Charles: 510-965-8514 malarkeyus@yahoo.com 2nd Monday, 7:30pm-9:30pm Florence Douglas Senior Center

Suisun Senior Center 318 Merganser Dr. Suisun, CA 94585 suisun.com 707-421-7203 kmickens@suisun.com

Senior Coalition of Solano County

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org 707-643-1044

275 Beck Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 seniorcoalitionsolanocounty.com 707-784-8259 Serves as an advisory body for the Solano County Board of Supervisors; First Friday of each month, Noon-2:00pm Government Center

Mare Island Museum

Senior Roundtable Vacaville

Florence Douglas Senior Center

1100 Railroad Ave. Mare Island, CA 94592 mareislandmuseum.org 707-280-5742 jig313@aol.com Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday, 10-4pm Closed Sunday

91 Town Square Place Vacaville, CA cityofvacaville.com 707-469-6660 Meets third Thursday of each month at 12:30pm Assembly Rooms 1 and 2 McBride Senior

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Activities Sons in Retirement (SIRS) Tri-City Branch #106

sir106.org Gary Fox: 685-5394 info@sir106.org A non-profit organization for retired men. Lunch meetings 3rd Wednesday of each month at Suisun Yacht Club. 703 Civic Center Blvd, Suisun City, CA. Fellowship at 11:00am, lunch at Noon

Branch #99, Vacaville

Elks Lodge Vacaville, CA Joe Garcia 707-446-9243 2nd Thursday, Lunch 11:00am-12:30pm

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)

436 Del Sur St. Vallejo, CA 94591 tops.org 800-932-8677 TOPS offers support, friendship, incentive/recognition programs, and a low membership fee. Coordinator: Eileen “Mickey� Drake at 707-253-8363 Chapter meetings: Rio Vista, Delta Clubhouse River Room, 990 Summerset Dr. Wednesday, 8:00 a.m Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Dr., Tuesday, 5:30pm Epiphany Episcopal Church, 300 West St., Vacaville, Tuesday 6:30pm Vacaville, McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square, Thursday, 6:00pm Vallejo, First Christian Church, 1035 Indiana St., Friday, 9:00am Vallejo Regional Education Center; Offers fitness classes. Register by calling: 648-4600. 8

Vacaville Autumn Leaves

Advance Directive Ombudsman Services of Northern California

Autumn Leaves Senior Apartments is currently accepting applications for Studio & One-Bedroom units. Rent is 30% of monthly income and you must meet HUD income guidelines. Applications are available at:

ccombudsman.org 707-644-4194 or (800) 644-4194 Solano County

2470 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA 95687-6452

(707) 446-5548

Affordable Housing Low Cost Housing

Fairfield Senior Manor

Benicia 707-745-2071; Fairfield 707-428-7392; Suisun 707-421-7330; Vacaville 707-449-5675; Vallejo 707-648-4508

1101 Union Ave Fairfield, CA 94533 publichousing.com 707-422-2944 smanor@jsco.net

Ascension Arms Apartments

Hillside

301 Butte St. Vallejo, CA 94590 707-644-2666 judyhuffman@att.net

Bay View Vista Senior Apartments

445 Redwood St. Vallejo, CA 94590 winnresidential.com 707-649-2656 bayviewvista@winnco.com

Casa De Suisun Senior Apartments 322 Merganser Dr. Suisun City, CA 94585 tceproperties.net 707-426-0481 cdsuisun@comcast.net

Dover Woods Senior Apartments 2801 Dover Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 doverwoodsapts.com 707-429-8966 dwdmgr@amcllc.net

131 Gable Ave. Vacaville, CA 95688 707-455-8500

Marina Towers

601 Sacramento St. Vallejo, CA 94590 707-552-4422 marinatowe@jsco.net

Olympic Cottages 1797 Olympic Dr. Davis, CA 916-756-5980

Parkside Plaza

1650 Park Lane Fairfield, 707-429-4470

Parkway Plaza

188 East Alaska Ave. Fairfield, CA 707-429-3511

Rockwell Manor

693 E. Tabor Fairfield, CA 707-426-4034

The Oaks

2001 Eastwood Dr. Vacaville, CA 95687 707-451-4567

Saratoga Senior Apartments 1101 Burton Dr. Vacaville, CA 707-451-7400

Vacaville Autumn Leaves

2470 Nut Tree Rd. Vacaville, CA 95687

rhf.org/location/vacaville-autumn-leaves

707-446-5548 (Will accept section 8) (See ad on page 8)

Vacaville Senior Manor

190 Lawrence Dr. Vacaville, CA 95687 vacavilleseniormanor.com 707-446-1694

Woodcreek Senior Commons

1625 Woodcreek Dr. Fairfield, CA 94534 woodcreekfairfield.com 707-425-1962 woodcreekapts@sbcglobal.net No Section 8 or HUD


Identifying Phone Scams The phone rings. Though the number isn’t recognized., Caller ID shows it’s a local number… maybe Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville. So, the receiver is picked up, and there’s a moment or two of silence. “Hello? Hello?” And that’s when the pitch starts. Talking quickly, without a pause, the voice says: “This is the IRS. You owe $3,000, and unless you send it right now, you will be arrested.” Or, “Your grandson, Billy, is in jail and you need to send $10,000 for bail right away.” Or, “You missed jury duty, and there is a warrant out for your arrest. You need to send $500 to pay the fine, or you will be arrested right away.” If the phone is hooked up to WIFI (At&T, Comcast are two examples), calls are coming in weekly, sometimes daily. This is called, “robocalling,” according to Eldon Parker, Solano County Deputy Sheriff, “And it’s happening to everyone…even me,” he says with a laugh. Even those who have registered their phone numbers on the “Do Not Call” lists are finding that the phone calls are still getting through. “I don’t believe the Do Not

Call registry works anymore. I’m on it and I get tons of calls,” said Parker. What robocalling counts on is that someone is going to bite. And, people do. Older people, or people stay at home are disproportionately targeted because they are home to answer the phone. According to Parker, the Sheriff’s Dept takes 2-3 reports every week of someone who’s convinced that the threat is real and heads over to Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s or Rite Aid and buys a cash card. They are guided by the caller to use a store with locations throughout the United States. “Once the scammer has the cash card or the number on the card…well, that’s it, the money’s gone,” said Parker. “You will never find these guys. This is a very sophisticated operation.” The scammers use computers and IP addresses to find just about everyone. The really good ones will google a name, and then relatives will pop up. That’s the most popular with older people because that’s how they find the names of the grandchildren, pointed out Parker. Other than hanging up, there is no way to protect oneself. Even cell phones are getting the calls now. Parker warns that if a phone number isn’t recognized, “let it go to voicemail.” The scammers never leave messages. And, if someone asks for money or a cash card….verify, verify, verify. The IRS does not make

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phone calls, they send letters, the Solano County Sheriff’s Department sends a certified letter for missed jury duty and about the grandson, a quick call to family members can usually settle things. The percentage of actual calls reported as scams, according to Parker, “ is just minuscule” compared to the numbers of people receiving them. Most just hang up or never answer. But the few who are duped, well…” they’ll never get their money back.” And, the truth is that most robocalling scammers won’t be

caught. “If there’s a loss, we’ll take a report,” he said. Suspected scams can be reported to any police department in Solano County. For rural areas, contact the Sheriff.

Telemarketing Scams These are classic scams, designed to trick you into wiring money or sending a check to the person on the phone, who is pretending to be someone he is not. 1. Fake charities, particularly after a major disaster that has everyone’s attention: A person calls up a senior claiming to be raising money to help victims of a flood, or hurricane, or some other tragedy. The person will be friendly, but also relentless to try to have you donate via their charity (which will never go to the people in need). This charity works with older people because they want to help people in need, but also because they are reluctant to just hang up the phone on someone they’ve been talking to. If you would like to donate to a charity to help victims of a hurricane, for instance, by all means, do so, but do it via a well-known and respected charity, not via some unknown person calling you on the phone. 2. Fake accidents, often involving someone close to the senior: A scammer will call up pretending to be someone close, like a grandchild, saying they have had a bad accident and are in the hospital and need you to wire money right away. You wouldn’t think so, but it can be very convincing. On the Internet, it’s easy to find out your relatives’ names, and if your grandchild lives across the country, maybe you aren’t sure by their voice if it’s them or not. They might tell you not to tell their parents, or start out by asking, “Who’s your favorite grandson,” and whoever you guess, that’s who they’ll pretend to be. Any time you get a call like this be suspicious, since this is a common scam, and do not verify with someone they recommend….if they say, “Here, talk to my lawyer or doctor,” don’t bother. It’s just another scammer.

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Attorney Gaw Van Male, LLP

Fairfield Office: 1300 Oliver Road, Suite 107, Fairfield, CA 94534 707-419-7281 1000 Main St., Suite 300 Napa, CA 94559 Gawvanmale.com 707-252-9000 info@gawvanmale.com James Watson, Elder Law Attorney and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Christine Quinn, Paralegal Elder Law (See ad on page 10)

Law Office of Yvonne F. Thrasher 78 Cernon St., Suite A Vacaville, CA 95688 Thrasherlawoffice.com 707-447-1200 (See ad on page 10)

Sonin Law

1652 W. Texas St. Fairfield, CA 94533 bsoninlaw.com 530-662-2226 bsonin@bsoninlaw.com Second location in Woodland 21 Court St., Woodland, CA 95695 (See ad on page 10)

Wright and Falls - Social Security & Worker’s Compensation Law

400 Santa Clara St., Suite 102 Vallejo, CA 94590 wrightandsiemont.com 707-552-2298 LawOffices@wrightandfalls.com

Care Planning Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) Choice In Aging 707-644-6612 MSSP is a federally and state funded care management program that helps keep frail seniors safely at home and out of skilled nursing facilities. Our social workers and nurses work with you, your family and friends to set up the resources and services needed to allow you to live as independently as possible at no cost to those eligible.

Conservatorships, Estate Administration, Fiduciary And Trust Services

530-662-2226 1652 West Texas St. Fairfield, CA 94533 21 Court St. Woodland, CA 95695 www.bsoninlaw.com

Estate Planning|Probate|Special Needs|Elder Law Caring for our clients, protec�ng their assets®

Gaw Van Male, LLP

Fairfield Office: 1300 Oliver Road, Suite 107, Fairfield, CA 94534 707-419-7281 1000 Main St., Suite 300 Napa, CA 94559 Gawvanmale.com 707-252-9000 info@gawvanmale.com James Watson, Elder Law Attorney and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Christine Quinn, Paralegal Elder Law (See ad on page 10)

78 Cernon Street, Suite A Vacaville CA 95688 Ph. (707) 447-1200 Fax. (707) 447-1326

Estate Planning Probate Trust Administration

Jim Nord, Independent Administrator C.F.B License # 3 P.O. Box 690, Napa, CA 94559 Phone 707/ 255-5429 FAX 707/ 255-0254 nord@napatrust.com 40 Years of Leading Edge Estate Planning

Jim Nord Trust and Probate Administration

P.O. Box 690 Napa, CA 94559 707-255-5429 nord@napatrust.com (See ad on page 10)

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Plan for those you love

Medi-Cal · Long-Term Care Estate Asset Protection

James Watson, Partner

FAIRFIELD

NAPA VALLEY

707.419.7281

707.252.9000

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Conservatorships, Estate Administration, Fiduciary And Trust Services Public Guardian / Conservator

707-784-8920 Solano County; Adult Protective Services does the initial investigation for conservatorship referrals. Initial request, call: 707-7848259; Conservatorships can be done without an attorney. Check website, nolo.com for information on resources. For the most current list of private professional conservators, call the Superior Court Investigator, 707-207-7481.

Pacific Fiduciary Services

Pacific Fiduciary Services

P.O. Box 1799 Suisun City, CA 94585 pacfid.com 707-426-0926 tom@pacfid.com Thomas J. Kiernan, CLPF (See ad on page 11)

Trust Administration, Estate & Person

“W hen you need someone you can trust”

Thomas J. Kiernan, CLPF

(707) 426-0926

Sonin Law

1652 W. Texas St. Fairfield, CA 94533 bsoninlaw.com 530-662-2226 bsonin@bsoninlaw.com Second location in Woodland 21 Court St., Woodland, CA 95695 (See ad on page 10)

The Law Office of Yvonne F. Thrasher

78 Cernon Street, Suite A Vacaville, CA 95688 Thrasherlawoffice.com 707-447-1200 (See ad on page 10)

Need help finding services for seniors?

Yvonne Baginski

www.pacfid.com

NEW SENIOR ASSEMBLYMEMBER FOR NAPA/SOLANO COUNTIES

Yvonne Baginski, an outspoken advocate for older adults, was recently elected to serve a two year term in the California Senior Legislature (CSL) as a Senior Assemblymember representing Napa and Solano Counties. The CSL is a volunteer, nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of and representing older adults throughout the state. The CSL submits legislative proposals each year that are specifically targeted to improve the lives of older adults. Baginski, the president of the Napa Alliance on Aging and Director of Share the Care Napa Valley, has over 30 years of career-based effort working on issues of aging, services and support. She started her career creating The Senior News, a monthly newspaper in Eureka, then moved on to the Bay Area Senior Care Directory, Born to Age, and has consulted with numerous committees, boards and organizations on information and resources for older adults, caregivers and their families. “Working grassroots has taught me a lot about the gaps and issues facing people as they age,” said Baginski. “I hope to take this to a higher level and work to affect change in our system so that as people age, there are some protections and safety nets in place.”

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For one, there are more people living alone, and getting very, very old. In her work at Share the Care, Baginski sees that there are very few care options for low income people with cognitive decline. One problem needing to be tackled is “the thousands of people who have progressive cognitive decline and are not able to afford assisted living,” she said. “People don’t realize that nursing homes are no longer orienting for long term care. And, that means that for many, there is no place to go.” Finding a place to live, money lasting for a longer life, loneliness, isolation, lack of adequate care are all issues facing older adults in our culture, said Baginski. “In an ageist culture, we are neglecting our own humanity when we face the reality of aging.” Baginski is available to speak to organizations, clubs, and meetings on a variety of issues/solutions facing older adults, and welcomes input from the community. She can be reached at 707226-7127 or yvonnebaginski@gmail.com.

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Consumer Advocacy Better Business Bureau 510-238-1000 24-hour hotline

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

800-474-1116 Consumer information and quality of care info on nursing homes.

Counseling Services Faith In Action

faithinactionsolano.org 707-469-6675 louissf@aol.com Peer Counseling; Group counseling; In Home Counseling; Conference Call Groups

Grief Counseling for Seniors

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 florencedouglasseniorcenter.org 707-643-1844 Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 Florence Douglas Senior Center

Dental Assistance Family Health Services Dental Clinics

Provides provide comprehensive and preventative dental services to the low income and indigent residents of Solano County that are of high quality and appropriate. Fairfield 2101 Courage Drive 707-784-2120

Vacaville 1119 East Monte Vista Avenue 707-469-4670 Vallejo 365 Tuolumne St 707-553-5509 Mobile Dental Van 1119 East Monte Vista Avenue 707-469-4670

Driving Concerns And Reporting

707-784-8637 mcgreen2@solanocounty.com Contact is Matt Green, Health Education Specialist

P.O. Box 6109 AARP Smart Driver Course/ Napa, CA 94581 dasantosandassociates.com AARP Driver Safety 877-254-7276 or 707-254-7276 aarp.org/auto/driver-safety info@dasantosandassociates.com The nation’s largest classroom (See ad on page 12) and online driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Find a Fall Prevention location near you by searching under “Find a Classroom Solano County Fall Course”

Prevention

Education AARP (State Office)

1415 L St., Suite 960 Sacramento, CA 95814 aarp.org 866-448-3614 caaarp@aarp.org

Helping Hands Senior Resources

313 Kendal St., Ste. A Vacaville, CA 95688 helpinghandsseniorresources.com 707-451-8724 hhseniorresource@aol.com (See ad on page 30) 12

Estate & Financial Planning D.A. Santos & Associates

7677 Oakport St., Suite 220 Oakland, CA 94621 510-563-8998 Rosemary Robles

We dispel the myths, answer your questions and serve as your beacon to help you successfully navigate your way through the Medi-Cal, financial and long-term maze

Solano, CA solanocares.org solanocares@solanocounty.com (See ad on page 11)

Driving Courses

Senior Driver Ombudsman

YOU can qualify for Medi-Cal while protecting your assets!

Solano County Health & Social Services

Financial Assistance Water Bills

707-428-7346 Fairfield 62+

Water Bills

707-449-5128 Vacaville 65+

PG&E

800-743-5000

Social Security

700 Main St., Suite 220 Suisun, CA 94585 1-800-772-1213 Fairfield/Suisun Office

Social Security

106 Plaza Dr. 1-800-772-1213 Vallejo Office

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Hearing Loss - Did you know...? • Many of people over age 65 suffer from someamount of hearing loss. • Thousands of people ignore the fact that they don’t hear clearly anymore. • Untreated hearing loss causes isolation and increases the chance of developing dementia. • Hearing loss can affect your balance and contribute to unnecessary falls. • Studies have shown untreated hearing loss requires much more effort for your brain to comprehend speech and takes much more effort to hear.

But there is help!

• Wearing a hearing aid means you don’t have to work as hard to understand and have a conversation with loved ones. • Wearing a hearing instrument can give an immediate improvement in your ability to understand speech in social situations and improves brain function. • Hearing aids contribute to your over all good health and wellbeing. • Hearing aids are tiny computerized devices that will be set exactly for your own personal hearing loss and abilities. • Hearing aids can connect wirelessly with your phone allowing you to hear more clearly and understand more effortlessly. • Treating hearing loss is painless!

Quality. Care. Commitment.

SERVICES

• State of the Art Hearing Aids, affordable prices • Hearing Device Evalua�ons • Tympanometry • Custom Spor�ng and Recrea�onal Ear Protec�on • Musician’s Ear Plugs Bonny Kuhfal, H.I.S.

• Occupa�onal Hearing Protec�on

1534 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA 94590

707-554-6660 - www.twogoodears.com

Financial Assistance Patient Advocate Foundation

421 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666 copays.org 1-866-512-3861 PAF Co-Pay Relief (CPR) provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis.

Patient Access Network Foundation - PAN Foundation

panfoundation.org 1-866-316-7261 The PAN Foundation offers over 60 disease-specific assistance programs to help patients pay for their out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles, copays and coinsurance, travel expenses and health insurance premiums.

HealthWell Foundation

P.O. Box 220410 Chantilly, VA 20153-0410 healthwellfoundation.org 1-800-675-8416 The HealthWell Foundation is a leading non-profit dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured. When health insurance is not enough, they fill the gap by assisting with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.

Food Assistance Food Bank of Solano County

2339 Courage Drive, Suite F Fairfield, CA 94533 foodbankccs.org 1-800-870-FOOD, 707-421-9777 Provides free, supplemental food to eligible residents. Visit website or call for current program days/times. Also, accepts donations, MondayFriday 7am to 3:30pm in Fairfield at 2339 Courage Dr. Saturdays by appointment.

Senior Food Program

1101 Horizon Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 foodbanksccs.org 707-421-9777 Twice a month distribution of bags of groceries to people age 55+. Must meet monthly household income guidelines: Ex. $2,024 (max) for a one person household., $2,744 for two person household. Available in Fairfield, Dixon, Rio Vista, Vacaville and Vallejo. To apply for membership in the Senior Food Program, you must be over age 55, be low income and live in Solano County. To register, you must visit the Senior Food Assistance site with an identification with a birthdate, and verification of your home/ street address. Only one member per household can register. For more information, please call Meg at 707-421-9777, ext. 205. Email: mzentner@foodbankcc.org

Dixon Community Prescription Drug Discount Assistance Corp Program for California 185 West Cherry St. Medicare Recipients Cornerstone Church; 2nd and (916) 552-9714

4th Wednesdays, 10-11am

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Food Assistance Fairfield-Suisun

1600 Untion Ave. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church; 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am

Rio Vista

1105 A Airport Road Rio Vista Community Services, 1st Sunday, 12:30-2:00pm

Vacaville

300 West Street Epiphany Church 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am

Vallejo

225 Amador St. Community Center, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Vallejo

545 Magazine Street N. King Center, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Health Assessments Benicia Senior Center

187 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 745-1202 or 745-1100 Pharmacist visit the first Tuesday of each month from 9-11:00am, Blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and discussion regarding medications.

Florence Douglas Senior Center

333 Amador St. Vallejo, 707-643-1044 Diabetic Nurse 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 9:30-11am, Podiatrist, 3rd Tuesdays, 12:30 to 1:00pm

Health Insurance Stephanie Casper Insurance Services

Casperinsure.com 707-334-6768 stephanie@casperinsure.com (See ad on page 14)

Health Insurance Counseling Benicia Senior Center

187 East L St. Benicia, 745-1202 or 745-1100 Free assistance with health insurance Medicare supplements, claims or billing problems. By appt. from 9am to noon. By appt. 1-800-434-0222

Fairfield Senior Center

1200 Civic Center Dr. Fairfield, 1-800-434-0222 Free assistance with health insurance, Medicare supplements, claims, billing problems and long term care insurance. 2nd and 4th Monday, 1:00-3:00pm By Appointment only

Florence Douglas Senior Center

333 Amador St, Vallejo 1-800-434-0222 Free assistance with Medicare supplements, long term care insurance, etc.

McBride Senior Center

91 Town Square Place Vacaville, 1-800-434-0222 Free assistance with Medicare/ Medi-Cal, health insurance, Medicare supplements, claims or billing problems.

As many as 1 in 5 older adults experience a mental illness that is not associated with the normal process of aging. Unlike dementia, mental health disorders can be treated and managed to recovery. If you believe your loved one is experiencing signs of a mental illness, it is important to seek out professional treatment as soon as possible. Redwoods at Fremont Hospital offers a 13-bed licensed, geriatric unit that serves the needs of older individuals with acute psychiatric illnesses. The facility provides multidisciplinary services for voluntary and involuntary patients.

Call our Intake Coordinator at 1-888-796-1101 Dedicated to Hope, Healing and Recovery. www.fremonthospital.com 39001 Sundale Drive, Fremont, California • (510) 796-1100

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HICAP Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

1-800-434-0222 Information and assistance with Medicare billing, supplemental insurance, long term care insurance and HMOs

Hearing Tests Advanced Instruments Hearing Aid Service

1534 Tennessee St. Vallejo, CA 94590 Twogoodears.com 707-554-6660 twogoodears@yahoo.com Serving Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon (See ad on page 13)

Hearing Assistance

800-510-2020 Assistive Hearing Devices

Hospitals

Fremont Hospital Deaf & Disabled Service Center 39001 Sundale Dr. 800-772-3140

Ear of the Lion 800-327-8077

Home Repair/Remodel Vallejo Only

333 Amador St. Basic home maintenance provided at no charge to seniors who are members of the Florence Douglas Senior Center. Sunset Rotary volunteers are dispatched in two-member teams to change lightbulbs, smoke alarm batteries, repair leaky faucets/toilets, blown fuses or reset GFI. Services are limited Must complete a Release of Liabiity form at the Senior Center.

Fremont, CA 94538 fremonthospital.com Intake: 888-796-1101 Main: 510-796-1100 fremontcares@uhsinc.com Redwoods at Fremont Hospital offers a 13-bed licensed, geriatric unit that serves the needs of older individuals with acute psychiatric illnesses. The facility

provides multi- disciplinary services for voluntary and involuntary patients. (See ad on page 14)

Housing Counseling/ Dispute Resolution Fair Housing Napa Valley

1804 Soscol Ave, Suite 203 Napa, CA 94559 napafairhousing.org 707-224-9720 info@napafairhousing.org (See ad on page 15)

FAI R FI E LD, CA Permit to accept deposits granted by CA DSS Sep. 1, 2017 RCFE #486800368 LIC #1338 COA #179

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Independent Living Diamond Grove

201 Bartlett Lane Vacaville, CA 95687 451-9209

Leisure Town

100 Sequoia Dr. Vacaville, CA 95687 448-8042

Paradise Valley Estates

2600 Estates Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 pvestates.com 800-326-0419 (See ad on page 15)

Summerset

Information And Assistance Benicia Family Resource Center

200 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 707-746-4352 klara@ci.benicia.ca.us Senior Services Connection

Born To Age

P.O. Box 59 Cotati, CA 94931 borntoage.com 707-652-9966 info@borntoage.com We help with information and finding community resources.

990 Summerset Rio Vista, CA 94571 800-589-4080

Helping Hands Senior Resources

313 Kendal St., Ste. A Vacaville, CA 95688 helpinghandsseniorresources.com 707-451-8724 hhseniorresource@aol.com (See ad on page 30)

Solano County Health and Social Services

Solano, CA solanocares.org solanocares@solanocounty.com (See ad on page 11)

Solano Family Justice Center

604 Empire Street Fairfield, CA 94533 solanocounty.com/depts/fvp/ fjc/default.asp 707-784-7635 Advocacy & referral and information for elder abuse as well as financial, physical, mental, sexual abuse or neglect.

Solano Transportation Authority/Solano Mobility

One Harbor Center, Suite 130 Suisun City, CA 94585 solanomobility.org 800-535-6883 The Solano Mobility Call Center provides transportation information and options for Solano County and surrounding regions, to help get you where you need to go in Solano County and beyond. Intercity Taxi Card Program is a flexible option for qualified ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) certified individuals. This service provides premium ADA plus, curb-to-curb transportation. The Intercity Taxi Card program is provided in addition to paratransit services available by public transit providers throughout Solano County. Countywide ADA In-Person Eligibility is for persons unable to use fixed route public transit service because of their disability. Schedule an eligibility appointment to see if you qualify: 707-541-7184 (See ad on inside back cover) continued on page 17...

Things to Consider When Hiring a Caregiver

People are often concerned about strangers coming into their homes and taking over daily tasks of living and having access to private information, jewelry boxes, mail, etc. No one can guarantee that a caregiver will not steal or take advantage of anyone while in their home. Even family members have been known to take things without permission. There are, however, safeguards

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that can be in place. The first one is to remove anything of value from the home or place it in a safe place. Especially small things such as jewelry, coins, money, etc. Checkbooks and bank information should go into a lockbox. Mail should be picked up by a trusted friend and put into a safe place. Once a caregiver is in place, it is a good idea for friend/family members to drop by while they’re

on duty for a friendly visit. The visit doesn’t need to be long, but the days and times should vary. Be careful if the caregiver starts suggesting other types of assistance/substitutions from their relatives or other people they know. We do not recommend that anyone hire the relatives or friends of their caregiver for yard work, handyman or other services. If the caregiver is employed by a Home Care Agency, make sure they (both the agency and caregiver) are licensed by the State of California. All caregivers working for an agency are required to be licensed. This means they’ve been fingerprinted, have a clear background and a TB test. It also requires they undergo five hours of training every year. You can check to see if a caregiver is licensed by going

online to the Home Care Services Bureau at www.ccld.ca.gov. Click on Home Care. You will need the caregiver’s name and ten digit license number. The same is true for the Home Care Agency. All licensed agencies are listed on this site. If you hire an independent caregiver, one who is NOT affiliated with any home care agency, there is no licensing requirement, and they are not required to register with the State of California. Caregivers usually provide the following services: Bathing, dressing, feeding, exercising, personal hygiene and grooming, transferring/ambulating, positioning toileting and incontinence care, making phone calls, assisting with medications, meal planning and preparation, transportation, housekeeping, laundry, companionship, and shopping.


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Yolo Hospice

1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 530-758-5566 Serving Solano County families for more than 30 years. (See ad on inside cover)

Legal Services California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Lawyer referral service 800-474-1116

Florence Douglas Senior Center, Vallejo 643-1044 Free Legal Services

Vacaville: Free Legal Services 469-6660 McBride Senior Center

Lawyers@Your Library

Local attorneys offer free legal advice and referral. Lawyer consultations are between 6-8pm, and last up to 20 minutes. There are no “attorney-client� relationships.

Benicia Public Library

solanolibrary.com 1-866-572-7587 1st Thursday of each month. Call for more information.

John F. Kennedy Library

505 Santa Clara St Vallejo, CA 94590 solanolibrary.com 1-866-572-7587 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month. Registration begins at 10:00am on the program day. To sign up, please come to the information desk or call 1-866-5727587. Space is limited to 24 people.

Fairfield Civic Center Library

solanolibrary.com 1-866-572-7587 4th Tuesday of each month. Spanish language attorneys may be available. First come, first serve. Register in person or on the phone after 10am on the day of the program.

Vacaville Public LibraryCultural Center

Legal Services of Northern California, Solano County Office

1810 Capitol Street Vallejo, CA 94590 707-643-0054 or 800-270-7252

Long Term Care Insurance Counseling

HICAP - Counseling Services solanolibrary.com 1-800-434-0222 1-866-572-7587 2nd Thursday of each month, 5pm - 8pm Free legal advice and Medi-Cal Planning referral up to 20 minutes. Call first to confirm lawyer will be present. D.A. Santos & Associates Register in person or by phone after P.O. Box 6109 10am on the day of the program. Napa, CA 94581 Space will be limited to 14 people. dasantosandassociates.com 877-254-7276 or 707-254-7276 info@dasantosandassociates.com (See ad on page 12)

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Robot Caregivers The day when you can ask a robot to help find your glasses isn’t too far behind. With more people needing help at home, and fewer caregivers available to help them (never mind the rising costs), technologists are taking a closer look at developing a caregiver robot to help people caring for others, “keep an eye on things.” Already, several prototypes are being market-tested in California, including Ohmni, created by OhmniLabs and Fern created by Ben Reinhardt. The U.S., in fact, is a little behind as caregiving robot prototypes are already out in Japan, Sweden, and France.

monitors at the same time, thereby allowing one person to be a simultaneous caregiver to several people at a time. Fern is probably most effective at night, according to Reinhardt. This way, a person sleeping can trigger an alert if they wake up and wander around the house, or go outside. Help can be issued immediately. The truth is, that along with Alexa, Siri and numerous cameras and security systems, many people are already using technology to keep an eye on things when they’re no longer home, or in the next room. Sleeping babies are monitored, people ask Alexa and Siri questions all day long, and with outside cameras hooked up to the web we can see who’s at the doorbell from our computer screen.

Fern in action! us in the future much faster than we can track.

Fern can’t actually someone up if they fall, or assist in a bath. Instead, she watches so no harm will come. Someone at the other end can watch three or four

Think, too, of the self-driving cars. It’s a matter of only a few years when told that we are no longer able to drive, we will transfer ownership to a car that operates on its own. We already have voice control for lights, running water and even answering the phone. Technology is catapulting

Reinhardt states that there are still kinks to be worked out. “It’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation: everybody says they want to try it... once it’s tested and polished and does everything. Unfortunately, the only way that happens is through people using an unpolished product and being willing to iterate on it. It’s tricky because we’re building something that’s useful in people’s homes, so it’s a higher stake than just an app or a toy. Robots are always tricky because you need to find all of the corner cases and problems will pop up that you never expected: weird internet connections, aggressive dogs knocking things over, a very bouncy floor knocking the robot off its charger when someone walks by ...”

What is a Senior Real Estate Specialist and why should I use one?

utmost quality of service. In today’s fast-paced world, most communications come in the form of emails and text messages; not phone calls or in-person meetings that our older generations have been accustomed to.

customized approach to each situation: older homeowners planning life after retirement, transitioning from retirement with a companion to live alone or contemplating selling the family home.

Older Americans can recall a time when all transactions were done in person. Business owners’ reputation depended upon the

That’s why Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES) REALTORS® are an invaluable resource. They are educated to create a

An SRES is a realtor that has additional training in senior-related fields. They understand how the older generation processes information, understands their preferred methods of communication and is a believer in person to person customer service. They stand on their word and build a relationship with their clients on trust, integrity, and

Reinhardt, a Ph.D. engineer from Cornell University, is currently working on a prototype of a full-time caregiving robot. He calls the robot, “Fern.” And, she is managed by a person watching a computer monitor some distance away. Think of Fern as a Skype on wheels, allowing remote caregivers to help out.

Laura McLaren, SRES Realtor - DRE# 02059615 "Your Senior Transition Specialist"

(707) 207-1475 (cell 24/7) laura.mclaren@kappelgateway.com www.lauralovesherseniors.com

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Then, there’s also the feature of whether people will accept a machine in the house watching them all the time. “Nobody wants to live in a panopticon - that’s exactly why we’re using a mobile robot instead of a system of cameras. A robot only sees what it’s looking at and you always know exactly where that is. Since its interactive, you can tell it to come and go the same way you could with a human caregiver. “ Will robots ever replace humans altogether? “Maybe,” says Ben, “but I bet I won’t live to see it if we’re talking about fully automated helpers. Human interactions are the hardest thing in the world to automate - that’s why we’re focusing on machines that let people do what people are best at and take care of the rest.”

ultimately a successful transaction. In addition, SRES REALTORS® have experience in navigating the sometimes delicate dynamics of other family members. An SRES REALTOR® usually has a network of connections and collaborations with many reputable senior organizations. Should you decide to move closer to the grandchildren, downsize, upsize to your dream home, or need a bit more assistance, they can guide you through the transition smoothly. When it comes to guiding seniors, SRES REALTORS® are a great place to start!


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Mental Health 55+ Fremont Hospital

39001 Sundale Dr. Fremont, CA 94538 fremonthospital.com Intake: 888-796-1101 Main: 510-796-1100 fremontcares@uhsinc.com Redwoods at Fremont Hospital offers a 13-bed licensed, geriatric unit that serves the needs of older individuals with acute psychiatric illnesses.The facility provides multidisciplinary services for voluntary and involuntary patients. (See ad on page 14)

Notary Services Florence Douglas Senior Center

333 Amador St, Vallejo, Free Notary Service, 1st Tuesday, 9:30-11;30am

Physical Therapy At Home Body In Balance, PT

222 Acacia St. Fairfield, CA 94533 bodyinbalancephysicaltherapy.net 707-421-2095, appts@ bodyinbalancephysicaltherapy.net (See ad on page 17)

Body In Balance, PT

1009 Alamo Dr. Vacaville, CA 95687 Bodyinbalancephysicaltherapy.net 707-689-5025, appts@ bodyinbalancephysicaltherapy.net (See ad on page 17)

Realtors Laura McLaren, SRES Realtor 750 Mason St, Suite 101 Vacaville, CA 95688 lauralovesherseniors.com 707-207-1475 laura.mclaren@kappelgateway.com (See ad on page 18)

New Standard Realty

517 Gordon Ct. Benicia, CA 94510 newstandardrealty.com 707-332-8301 Alex@NewStandardRealty.com (See ad on back cover)

Rental Assistance Catholic Charities - Vallejo Only

ccsolano.org 707-644-8909 Season of Sharing Funds are periodically available. Eligibility is once in a lifetime. Catholic Social Services

NEW STANDARD REALTY 1031 - probate - trusts - multi-unit - DRE Lic. #01216432

alex@newstandardrealty.com 707-332-8301

13 Documents You Need For Effective Planning We all need to be prepared for those inevitable days - and the following documents will help you do just that. Once you’ve compiled and completed the documents, be sure to tell your family or designated others where they’re stored. 1. An Original Will A will allows you to dictate who inherits your assets. Dying without a will means losing control of how your assets are distributed. Instead, state law will determine what happens. Wills are subject to probate – legal proceedings that take inventory, make appraisals of property settle outstanding debt and distribute remaining assets. One way to avoid probate is with a Revocable Living Trust. 2. A Revocable Living Trust This is a transfer of ownership of various assets to a trust. You can serve as a trustee on behalf of the beneficiaries you designate. Or, you can appoint a trust executor in the event of your death. 3. Durable Financial Power of Attorney Form This form designates who will make financial decisions on your behalf in the event that you are incapacitated. 4. Documentation of Assets This includes housing and land ownership, cemetery plots, vehicles, stock certificates, savings bonds, any partnership or corporate operating agreements and a list of brokerage and escrow mortgage accounts. 5. Tax Returns (previous three years)

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6. Banking Information List of all bank accounts and online log-in information. List any safe deposit boxes, and register your spouse or child’s name with the bank and ask them to sign the registration so they can have access without securing a court order. 7. Durable Health Care Power of Attorney Form (Advance Directive) This allows your designee to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated. 8. Authorization to Release Protected Health Information Form This allows you to designate people who can be given information about your health from your doctor or hospital. 9. A Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form This bright pink form is for terminally ill or people who are very old and frail and not expected to live more than a year. The POLST designates a preference for on the spot medical treatment in the emergency room, or by the EMTs. 10. Life Insurance Policies Family members need to know the name of the carrier, the policy number, and the agent associated with the policy. 11. Benefits Accounts This includes pensions, annuities, individual retirement accounts and (401)ks for your spouse or children. If your heirs don’t know about these accounts, they won’t be able to claim them. 12. Your marriage license, or your divorce judgment/ decree. 13. Your Birth Certificate and Social Security card.

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Quality of Living Index Articles in this section: Meals on Wheels...............................................................21 What Home Care Agencies are Charing..................... 24-27 Never Too Old to Ride.......................................................32 Veteran’s Resources to Help Pay for Long-Term Care....34 Volunteer Opportunities...................................................34 The “Dementia Whisperer”...............................................35 Fighting Parkinson’s Disease...........................................37

Alzheimer’s Information, Referral And Education Alzheimer’s Association of

Northern California Helpline 1-800-272-3900 Information, referral and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alzheimer’s Association

251 Lafayette Circle, Suite 250 Lafayette, CA 925-284-7942 East Bay Office: Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Alzheimer’s Disease Education And Referral Center

Adult Day Health Care Fairfield Senior Day Program

1200 Civic Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94533 fairfield.ca.gov/gov/depts/cr/ seniors/day.asp 707-428-7654 or 707-428-7742 keinberger81@gmail.com Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays 9am - 3pm

NorthBay Adult Day Center

3777 Vacavalley Parkway Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/AdultDay 707-624-7970 Monday - Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm (See ad on page 33)

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Solano County Health and Human Services

275 Beck Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 1-800-850-0012 Older Disabled Adult Services. This is where to call when you’re worried about an aging person who is being abused or is suffering from neglect. No charge for assessment. County service.

Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Alzheimer’s Association

3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 250 Lafayette, CA 94549 925-284-7942 or 800-272-3900 East Bay Office

NorthBay Adult Day Center

3777 Vacavalley Parkway Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/AdultDay 707-624-7970 Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm (See ad on page 33)

P.O. Box 8250 Silver Spring, MD 20907 800-438-4380

Alzheimer’s Resource Center

1000 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/Alzheimers 707-624-7971 In the VacaValley Hospital Lobby (See ad on page 33)

LivHOME

1981 N. Broadway, Suite 235 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 livhome.com/east-bay 925-296-0406 walnutcreek@livhome.com (See ad on page 25)

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Research Center

855-420-2612 925-357-6515 Northern California Diagnostic Center and Clinic

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center

100 N. Wiget Lane, Suite 150 Walnut Creek, CA 94598 855-420-2612 Comprehensive assessment and evaluation for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Clinical trials and services are available to the public.

Alzheimer’s/ Dementia/Memory Care Assisted Living Loving Place

2429 Hancock Drive Fairfield, CA 94533 loving-place.com 707-628-4451 lovingplace2429@gmail.com Elder ID Program, Vacaville We care for dementia, 707-469-6673 Hospice,ambulatory and nonThis helps identify adults at risk Ambulatory. due to dementia, Alzheimer’s or Facility # 486803570 other mental conditions who may (See ad on page 36) wander, become confused and Solano Life House get lost. Photos and important information are taken and kept on 575 South Jefferson Street Dixon, CA 95620 file with the police dept. and the solanolifehouse.com McBride Senior Center 707-640-9700

Helping Hands Senior Resources

313 Kendal St., Ste. A Vacaville, CA 95688 helpinghandsseniorresources.com 707-451-8724 hhseniorresource@aol.com (See ad on page 30)

The Greenhills Care Home

115 Thayer Way American Canyon, CA 94503 707-558-8487 kgantan@att.net (See ad on page 22)

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Meals on Wheels of Solano County Sometimes it ain’t easy getting old. Living longer can mean increasing frailty, disability and running out of money. Family and friends slip away over time, and people lose touch with one another. And, then there’s losing the ability to drive. While Solano County is facing increasing numbers of older adults who experience social isolation, illness, and limitations due to age, there are fewer social services available to them when compared to other Bay Area Counties. That means local agencies available to serve older adults are being inundated with calls for help. One is Meals on Wheels, which is currently delivering 650 meals a day to people who are housebound, not driving. And there’s a waiting list for more. “The reason the Meals on Wheels program is so important,” according to Laurie Hartmann, Executive Director, “is not only the food but also the social interaction. That driver might be the only face they see that day.” At the core of the Meals on Wheels, service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors. Since 1977, Meals on Wheels Solano County (MOWSC) has delivered support to all 7 cities in Solano, enabling seniors to age in place longer where they want to be…in their own homes. The 120 volunteers delivering meals usually spend a brief moment or two exchanging pleasantries while handing off the frozen meal, but that moment, according to Hartmann, is “so important,” The volunteers get to know the clients on their routes and when they should be home. When they don’t answer the door, there can be cause for concern.” According to Hartmann, there

have been several times when volunteers had discovered people “laying on the floor, and in some cases, they’ve been there since our last visit.” While she agrees that a minute or two of conversation is not enough to alleviate loneliness, Hartmann finds it even more challenging to get people out of their homes to congregate meals sites at the local senior centers. “We’d like to see more people at the lunch sites, we could have greater impact on their overall health and well-being...but transportation is an issue,” she said. And, there have been congregate lunch sites started up at several senior housing facilities, but very few people attended. Staying home with meal delivery is sometimes the only option. Hartmann estimates that about 40 percent of the people receiving the meals live at federal poverty level, or below. Receiving these meals is not based on income. Anyone can qualify if they are over 60 and housebound. And, very few of the other 60 percent pay the suggested contribution of $3.00 per meal. That $3.00, in fact, just pays for the raw food costs…in reality, the meals cost about $7.00 each to produce and deliver. And, once started, very rarely do people discontinue their home-delivered lunch.

sugar, they are not tailored for special diets. Another is that the food offered, while planned by a Registered Dietician for nutritional value, might not be of preference to certain ethnic groups. “We don’t have the ability right now to customize our food,” she said. “There are some cultures that don’t like what we put in the meals.” Those are also opportunities for growth. For now, she knows that one-on-one contact with socially isolated seniors is just as important. With the scarcity of social service programs for older adults in Solano County, Hartmann is finding her staff doing more case management…a service they are increasingly seeing a need for but receive no money to do. Case management includes finding ways to help people over time, making sure they’re safe and have access to resources to help them age in place. For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit, and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation, and loss of independence.

Each year participants are given a satisfaction survey that also determines how the program impacts their lives: 81% says it improves their health, 92% say it enables them to remain living at home, and 90% say it makes them feel more safe and secure. One woman wrote: “Knowing you are coming is why I get out of bed in the morning.” Another couple replied, “Without your services we don’t always get to eat.” And, for Hartmann, that is enough knowing that Meals on Wheels is making a difference in so many people’s lives. Other Delivered Meal services available to Solano County residents: Mom’s Meals 1-877-508-6667 momsmeals.com Home delivered fully prepared refrigerated meals. Just need to be microwaved Health condition meals available. Meals available: Gluten-free, vegan, diabetic, heart healthy. Most meals cost $6.49 each Pureed meals $7.40 each. Shipping and handling $14.95 per order of 7. These meals are shipped to any address throughout the U.S. Company is based in Iowa.

But the money doesn’t stretch as more people continue to sign up. Right now, there’s a waiting list. Finding more money is an ongoing part of Hartmann’s job. While the meals are mostly available to people age 60 and over… those under 60, under similar circumstances, could receive meals if they paid the actual $7 a meal cost, according to Hartmann. One issue for some is that while the meals are low sodium and low

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Alzheimer’s/ Dementia/Memory Care Assisted Living Vista Prado

105 Power Drive Vallejo, CA 94589 www.vistaprado.com 707-643-7617 (See ad on page 31)

Voralto Village at Fairfield

1095 E. Tabor Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 voralto.com 707-422-1565 Deniseg@voralto.com (See ad on page 29)

Assisted Living (Residential Care, Board And Care)

Alzheimer Id Program Elder ID Program, Vacaville 707-469-6673 This helps identify adults at risk due to dementia, Alzheimer’s or other mental conditions who may wander, become confused and get lost. Photos and important information are taken and kept on file with the police dept. and the McBride Senior Center

Safe Return

800-625-3780 Helps ID and return potential wanderers.

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Loving Place

2429 Hancock Drive Fairfield, CA 94533 loving-place.com 707-628-4451 lovingplace2429@gmail.com (See ad on page 36)

Voralto Village at Fairfield

1095 E. Tabor Ave. Fairfield, CA 94533 voralto.com 707-422-1565 Deniseg@voralto.com (See ad on page 29)

Assisted Living Complaints

Quail Creek at Paradise Valley Estates

Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division

Vista Prado

Ombudsman Services of Northern California

2600 Estates Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 pvestates.com 1-800-326-0419 (See ad on page 15)

105 Power Drive Vallejo, CA 94589 www.vistaprado.com 707-643-7617 (See ad on page 31)

101 Golf Course Drive, Suite A-230 Rohnert Park, CA 95401 ccld.ca.gov 707-588-5026

707-644-4194 or 800-644-4194 Solano County

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Our residents are part of our family at Greenhills. We hope that if you choose Greenhills, you will consider us part of your extended family, and Greenhills - your home away from home.

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Cancer Care Cancer Support Services

707-425-6164 Program is designed to provide support, guidance and referrals to community resources to anyone living wtih cancer in Solano County. The goal of this program is to overcome any barriers that would interfere with or prevent a person from receiving needed cancer treatment.

American Cancer Society cancer.org 800-227-2345

NorthBay Cancer Center 1020 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/Hope 707-624-8000 (See ad on page 33)

Caregivers For Hire ABBA In-Home Care Services

3860 Broadway Street, Ste 102 American Canyon, CA 94503 Abbahomehealth.com 707-704-6489 abbahomecare@yahoo.com North Bay: 707-704-6489 Sacramento Valley: 916-690-0097 East Bay: 510-224-8637 (See ad on page 28)

Always Best Care Senior Services

479 Mason St., Suite 101 Vacaville, CA 95688 abcsolanocounty.com 707-317-1740 707-392-0352 (See ad on page 23)

Americare Home Care Agency Love & Joy Senior Care 918 Merchant St. Services Vacaville, CA 95688 americarenorcal.com 707-447-7734 (See ad on page 26)

ApexCare

1981 Alamo Dr., Unit B Vacaville, CA 95687 apexcare.com 707-421-9111, 530-844-9111, 877-916-9111 vacaville@apexcare.com (See ad on page 27)

Faith in Action

faithinactionsolano.org 707-425-6164, 707-469-6675 louissf@aol.com Volunteers provide inhome care, shopping and transportation.

In-Home Supportive Services - Solano County Health and Social Services

707-784-8259 Recipient must be on SSI, receive Medi-Cal or be Medi-Cal eligible. Must need assistance with personal tasks and be at risk for out-of-home placement.

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1981 N. Broadway, Suite 235 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 livhome.com/east-bay 925-296-0406 walnutcreek@livhome.com (See ad on page 25)

needed post-discharge to keep your senior loved one safely at home throughout their recovery process, including: • Professionally managed care • One-on-one personal care • Transportation home and to follow-up appointments • Pre-inspecting home for safety concerns before arrival • Medication coordination and reminders • Grocery shopping and nutrition planning • Support therapy plans

Senior Helpers’ personalized approach to in-home recovery care keeps seniors safe at home. That’s Senior Care, Only Better.

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340 Northrup Lane American Canyon, CA 94503 ljseniorcare.wix.com/loveandjoy 707-342-5613 lj.seniorcare@yahoo.com (See ad on page 25)

ResCare Home Care

1261 Travis Blvd. Suite 180 Fairfield, CA 94533 Rescare.com 707-425-5577

Senior Helpers North Bay

1100 Trancas St., Suite 214 Napa, CA 94558 seniorhelpers.com/solano-yolo 707-200-6665 bnations@seniorhelpers.com (See ad on page 23)

Your Home Nursing Services

3188 Jefferson St. Napa, CA 94558 yourhomenursing.com 707-642-4711 yhns@earthlink.net Vallejo/Benicia:707-642-4711, Fairfield/Vacaville: 707-428-5733 Napa: 707-224-7780 UpValley Napa: 707-963-4913 Yolo County: 530-753-7478 (See ad on page 26)

Non-Medical In-Home Care & Assisted Living Referral Services • • • • • • • •

Alzheimer’s/dementia care Companionship Bathing & grooming Incontinence/toileting Transportation services Light housekeeping/meal prep Medication reminders VA preferred provider

Call Us Today! (707) 317-1740 www.abcsolanocounty.com License #: 484700010

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WHAT HOME CARE AGENCIES ARE CHARGING FOR SERVICES IN SOLANO Getting help at home is usually the first thing that people think about when chores and/or personal care is becoming difficult or impossible. Housekeepers, gardeners and occasional handymen are the easiest for most of us to consider because they don’t carry the psychological burden of no longer being able to do for ourselves. Caregivers can be resisted because of cost, fear of loss of independence, autonomy and privacy, or just due to stubbornness and personal will. While most prefer a family member or prior knowledge of the caregiver, this may not always be possible. Family members might have good intentions, and while promises are made, commitments may be more difficult to keep. It may not be the best thing to have a family member, friend or neighbor as a caregiver. The most reliable solution is hiring outside assistance with a regular schedule. This way, family members remain as family and others can be counted on to do the handson work. There are many choices in help at home. If hired privately, the hours worked and wages paid are between you and the employee. You are also liable for worker’s compensation and IRS withholding. Here’s a brief rundown on the types of agencies in Solano County:

HOME HEALTH AGENCIES These agencies provide services that are 100% covered by Medicare, Med-Cal or private health insurance. This service must be ordered by a doctor. However, you still have a personal choice of agency. Requirements to qualify for care are: 1: Homebound, 2. Need for skilled care. Skilled care means that you need a nurse, a physical, speech or occupational therapist. This is also a time and visit limited services. Some aide service can be available, if there’s a skilled need. This is a service NOT covered by Long Term Care Insurance. Born To Age doesn’t list these prices because the costs are directly reimbursed by Medicare. You are not billed for services.

Healthy Living at Home

1320 Willow Pass Rd. Ste. 555 Concord, CA 94520 707-815-8236 or 877-513-7363 mkahler@healthyliving-eb.com healthylivingservices.org (See ad on page 3)

NorthBay Health at Home & Hospice 4520 Business Center Dr. Fairfield, CA 94534 Heath at Home: (707) 646-3575 (See ad on page 33)

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PRIVATE DUTY HOME CARE AGENCIES

These agencies provide both skilled and non-skilled care. The services might be covered by long term care insurance, other insurances, and private pay. The agency is the employer. Caregivers are hired, screened and paid for by the agency. If the caregiver is ill or unable to work, a substitute caregiver is available. The agency pays payroll taxes, worker’s compensation, and maintains liability coverage. The agency also determines what the caregiver can and can’t do. There is often a minimum number of hours for services. Care provided by these agencies can include: skilled care, personal care, transportation/ errands, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, laundry, etc. Shifts can be hourly, live-in or sleepover.

Abba In-Home Care Services

3860 Broadway, Suite 102 American Canyon, CA 94503 Business Office: 707-704-6489 North Bay: 707-771-4660 South Bay: 510-224-8637 Sacramento Valley: 916-690-0097 Fax Number: 877-904-7574 abbahomehealth.com HCO# 284700004 (See ad on page 28) Abba In-Home Care is a family registered company serving the seniors with consistent quality care. Our rate starts from $25 - $30 for a few hours to flexible round-the-clock care.

Our Patient Care Attendants are employees, bonded, fingerprinted, reference checked, TB tested, with General, Professional Liability and Workers Compensation Insurances and registered with the California Home Care Bureau. We are serving the Bay Area, Sacramento, and LA Counties. We offer free tours as Facility resource for Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Always Best Care

479 Mason Street, Suite #101 Vacaville, CA 95688 707-392-0352 or 707-317-1740 rsmith@abc-seniors.com abcsolanocounty.com HCO# 484700010 (See ad on page 23) Always Best Care is a locally-owned private duty non-medical home care agency. Caregivers are thoroughly screened, background checked, registered with the State of California, and covered by worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Caregivers receive five hours of initial training, and then ongoing training for safe and high levels of care. Care consultations and home safety inspections are available free of charge. No minimums. Scheduling is flexible, based on customer need. Care is offered 24/7. Pricing varies, dependent on need and hours. Price ranges from $26-$29 per hour. VA Preferred Provider. Accepts long term care insurance. Also offers Always in Touch, a free telephone reassurance program providing a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults. We also provide assisted living referral services.


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ApexCare

1981-B Alamo Dr. Vacaville, CA 95687 www.apexcare.com vacaville@apexcare.com 707-421-9111 or 530-844-9111 or 877-916-9111 HCO# 344700006 (See ad on page 27)

LivHOME

1981 N. Broadway, Suite 235 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925-296-0406 www.livhome.com/east-bay HCO# 074700038 (See ad on page 25)

LivHOME is a licensed private duty home care agency that ApexCare has been providing focuses on the activities of daily non-medical home care services living and positive social interto the senior community for over actions that encourage older 20 years. Services include demen- adults to live a comfortable, tia and Alzheimer’s care, personal independent, and joyous life at care (hygiene, bathing, incontihome. All LivHOME caregivers nence care), medication remindare registered by the State of ers, light housekeeping and meal California and are thoroughly preparation. For those where the screened, trained, and superbest long-term solution is moving vised by a certified Aging Life to a care home. Also provides free Care Professional. Caregiving care home referrals. Caregivers rates range from $29 to $31 undergo a comprehensive screen- with a 4-hour minimum shift. ing. Integrity, skill, and heart are We offer a free in-home convalued in equal measure. Office sultation and our care technolprofessionals provide the 24-hour ogy, LivHOME Connect, comes support. Phones answered 24x7 free with caregiving services. with prompt response. Shifts from 3 to 24 hours. Rates range from $23.50 per hour for 24 hour shifts up to $27.50 for 3-hour shifts.

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Love & Joy Senior Care Services

Senior Helpers North Bay

Love & Joy is a non-medical home care and board & care placement agency. Rates range from $18-$28 per hour, no minimum. Live in care rate starts from $200 per day. Services can be stopped anytime, no contract needed. We accept checks and long term care insurance. Free in-home assessments and safety checks. Caregivers are bonded, insured, background checked, and TB tested. Provide services for dementia/Alzheimer’s care, personal care, companionship, transportation, and hospice care. Licensed nurse conducts caregiver supervisory visits, regular client check-ins, and advocates for care with client’s doctors. We also provide, 24 hour/ Live in care package, please contact us for information.

Senior Helpers North Bay is a care management company providing care management, transitional care, placement, and non-medial home care. FREE assessments and safety checks. We make recommendations based on needs. Employees are insured, bonded, background checked, and trained for various situations. A patented dementia training program called GEMs is used for all caregivers. Rates are $31.00 per hour or $650.00 per 24 hour shift “Live-in”. We also offer case management for $60 per hour.

340 Northrup Lane American Canyon, CA 94503 707-342-5613 & 925-408-7122 ljseniorcare.wix.com/loveandjoy Contact: Jennie Falcon HCO# 284700005 (See ad on page 25)

1100 Trancas Street, Suite 214 Napa, CA 94558 707-200-6665 bnations@seniorhelpers.com seniorhelpers.com/solano-yolo HCO# 284700002 (See ad on page 23)

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WHAT HOME CARE AGENCIES ARE CHARGING FOR SERVICES IN SOLANO Your Home... Nursing Services

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support services, Fractures of all types, Falls, Pneumonia, Hospice Support Services, Frail Special Needs, Care of Pets, and our Caregivers are available for Worldwide Travel...and of course, any special family requests for care. Our agency accepts private pay, all insurances, and we are very proud Vendors of the Veteran’s Administrative Programs. Our Rates: 4 hour minimum at $32 per hour, 5+ hours at $29 per hour, and we offer Live-Ins and Sleep overs. Also, we pro-

vide Skilled Nursing Services. Our agency doesn’t require deposits and our services can start immediately!

Faith in Action

Serving Solano County 707-469-6675 This is a volunteer program. Will provide respite care, grocery shopping, errands and visitation, non-medical, in-home assistance.

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These agencies provide non-medical caregivers/companions to help with personal care, transportation, meals, baths, light housekeeping, etc. They provide many of the same services as private home care agencies, however, the caregiver is not an employee of the agency... the caregiver is an independent contractor. The agency finds and screens the caregiver. The client has the option of interviewing or letting the agency match the appropriate caregiver. The agency assists in negotiating the rate between the client and caregiver, in-

cluding agency fee. Caregiver earnings are reported to the IRS. Substitute caregivers are available.

AmeriCare Home Care Agency

and non-medical personal care from one hour up to 24 hours. Most referred caregivers also have state training and certification. Background and driving

records are checked. Negotiated hourly rates range from $21 to $26 based on services provided. Private pay and most long term care insurance accepted.

918 Merchant Street Vacaville, CA 95688 707-447- 7734 (See ad on page 26)

www.americarenorcal.com AmeriCare Home Care Agency is a referral agency for caregivers. Refers qualified, professional caregivers that match the needs of the client with the skills, personality and experience of the caregiver. Caregivers are experienced in and can provide companionship care, local transportation,

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Diabetes & Endocrinology NorthBay Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology 1020 Nut Tree Road, 2nd Floor Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/Diabetes 707-624-7999 (See ad on page 33)

Elder Abuse Advocacy Adult Protective Services

707-784-8259 or 1-800-850-0012

Ombudsman Services of Northern California

707-644-4194 or (800) 644-4194 To report suspected elder abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CAHNR)

650 Harrison St. 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94107 canhr.org 800-474-1116 canhrmail@canhr.org

Solano Family Justice Center 604 Empire Street. Fairfield, CA 94533

Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Care

707-784-7635 Advocacy & referral and information for elder abuse.

Kathryn Amacher, DO, FACP, CMD Anita Semple, FNP, BSRN Maggie Perri, Chronic Care Coordinator

solanocounty.com/depts/fvp/fjc/default.asp

Exercise & Fitness Programs NorthBay Health Springs Fitness 1020 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA 95687 HealthSpringFitness.org 707-624-8080 (See ad on page 33)

Friendly Visitors Faith in Action

faithinactionsolano.org 707-469-6675 louissf@aol.com

Vacaville Police Department - Volunteer Visits to Seniors

660 Merchant Street Vacaville, CA 95688 cityofvacaille.com 707-469-4747 An in-home, free service to Seniors provided by volunteers from the Vacaville Police Department

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Abba In-Home Care Services Personalized Care At Your Own Home • Flexible Hours To Round the Clock Care Employees, Bonded and Insured • Free Board and Care Placements

Please Call: 707-704-6489 Visit us at www.abbahomehealth.com

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313 Kendal St, Ste B, Vacaville, CA 95688 P: 707-451-4111 F: 707-451-9803 In-office: Tues & Thurs 9-5 Vacaville & Fairfield Nursing homes, assisted living, B&C visits done throughout the week

Geriatric Physician Kathryn Amacher, DO, FACP, CMD

313 Kendal St, Suite B Vacaville, CA 95688 707-451-4111 Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; Hospice and Palliative Care; Home visits (See ad on page 28)

Home Delivered Meals/Congregate Meal Locations Meals on Wheels of Solano County

95 Marina Center Suisun, CA 94585 mealsonwheelssolano.org 707-425-0638 or 707-426-3079 or 800-788-5114 info@mealsonwheelssolano.org Nutritious meals delivered to your home. Deliveries are made between 10:00am – 1:00pm Monday through Friday for home-bound seniors that are 60 or over. Clients MUST be home to receive the meals. (See ad on page 21)

Benicia Senior Center

1201 East 2nd St. Benicia, CA 94510 ci.benicia.ca.us/seniorcenter 707-425-0638 or 707-751-1629 or 707-745-1202 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Benicia Community Action Council

bencac.com 707-745-0900 vrobertson@bencac.com Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am to 12:45pm, Freshly prepared meals, daily. $4/meal. Home delivery available 5 days a week.

Dixon Senior Center

201 S. 5th St. Dixon, CA 95620 707-425-0638 or 707-678-7022 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm. continued on page 29...


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Fairfield Senior Center

McBride Senior Center

1200 Civic Center Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 707-425-0638 or 707-428-7421 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

91 Town Square Place Vacaville, CA 95688 707-425-0638 or 707-469-6660 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Florence E. Douglas Senior Center

Rio Vista Senior Center

333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA 94590 707-425-0638 or 707-643-1044 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 12 Noon - Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

25 Main St. Rio Vista, CA 94571 707-425-0638 or 707-374-3349 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 12 Noon - Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Suisun Senior Center

318 Merganser Dr. Suisun, CA 94585 707-425-0638 or 707-421-7203 Lunch Served, Monday-Friday, 11:30am Suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal or $15.00 per week. Lunch Reservations are required a day in advance by calling Meals on Wheels of Solano County 707-426-3079 between 9:00am – 3:00pm

Home Health Care Services Advanced Home Health

1100 Rose Dr., Suite 160 Benicia, CA 94510 ahhsac.com 707-643-2100

Healthy Living at Home

1320 Willow Pass Rd. Ste. 555 Concord, CA 94520 healthylivingservices.org 707-815-8236 mkahler@healthyliving-eb.com (See ad on page 3)

NorthBay Health at Home

4520 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534 NorthBay.org 707-646-3575 (See ad on page 33)

Joint Replacement NorthBay Center for Orthopedics

Vacaville: 1010 Nut Tree Rd. Vacaville, CA 95687 707-624-7900 Fairfield: 2500 Hilborn Road, Fairfield, CA 94534 707-646-5599 northbay.org/Orthopedics (See ad on page 33)

www.voralto.com

Dementia Care in a Country Club Setting Staff Longevity 24/7 Care Team Large, Secured Courtyard Rhythm of the Day Programming Walking Paths To Enjoy The Outdoors

Call Anytime For A Tour: (707) 422-1565 RCFE# 486803262

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Medical Equipment / Supplies Benicia Senior Center

707-745-1202 Free loans of walkers, canes, crutches, commodes, shower benches.

Dixon Senior Center

201 S. Fifth St. Dixon, CA 95620 707-678-7022 Free rentals of canes, wheelchairs, crutches and other equipment.

I Feel Good Medical

1113 Texas Street Fairfield, CA 94533 ifeelgoodmedical.net 707-426-2211 We carry ALL medical supplies. (See ad on page 30)

Nursing Homes/ Rehabilitation Centers

Nursing Home Complaints

California Advocates for Laurel Creek Health Center Nursing Home Reform at Paradise Valley Estates (CANHR) 2800 Estates Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 pvestates.com 707-432-1200 Paradise Valley Estates (See ad on page 15)

Become an advertiser in the Born to Age directories! We publish directories in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin/ Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties. For more information visit BornToAge.com or call 707-652-9966.

650 Harrison St., 2nd floor San Francisco, CA 94107 cahnr.org 800-474-1116 canhrmail@canhr.org

Ombudsman Services of Northern California

707-644-4194 or 800-644-4194 Solano County

Placement Services ABBA In-Home Care Services

Helping Hands Senior Resources

313 Kendal St., Suite A Vacaville, CA 95688 helpinghandsseniorresources.com 707-451-8724 hhseniorresource@aol.com (See ad on page 30)

Love & Joy Senior Care Services

340 Northrup Lane American Canyon, CA 94503 ljseniorcare.wix.com/loveandjoy 707-342-5613 lj.seniorcare@yahoo.com (See ad on page 25)

Respite Care (Out Of Home)

3860 Broadway St., Suite 102 American Canyon, CA 94503 abbahomehealth.com 707-704-6489 abbahomecare@yahoo.com North Bay: 707-704-6489 Sacramento Valley: 916-690-0097 East Bay: 510-224-8637 (See ad on page 28)

1200 Civic Center Dr Fairfield, CA 428-7742 or 428-7654

ApexCare

Vista Prado

1981 Alamo Dr., Unit B Vacaville, CA 95687 apexcare.com 707-421-9111 530-844-9111 877-916-9111 vacaville@apexcare.com (See ad on page 27)

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Care Patrol

P.O. Box 2593 Napa, CA 94558 carepatrol.com 415-408-6097 ernie@carepatrol.com

Fairfield Senior Day Program

105 Power Drive Vallejo, CA 94589 www.vistaprado.com 707-643-7617 (See ad on page 31)


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Support Groups Al-Anon - General Information

al-anon.org 888-425-2666 wso@al-anon.org Call Toll-free Meeting Line for a complete listing of all available meetings: (888) 425-2666. Or you can search for meetings at this site: al-anon.org/al-anonmeetings/find-an-al-anonmeeting

Al-Anon - Benicia

Congregational Church 1305 W. 2nd, Thursdays 8:00pm and First Baptist Church 1055 Southampton Rd - Mondays 5:45pm

Al-Anon - Dixon

Dixon Methodist Church 209 N. Jefferson St. Mondays 7:00pm

Al-Anon - Fairfield

Al-Anon - Vallejo

Al-Anon - Rio Vista

Alzheimer’s Support Group

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1600 Union Ave. Wednesdays 12:00pm First Congregational Church 230 Sacramento St. Thursdays 7:00pm

Al-Anon - Suisun City

Kroc Center 586 E. Wigeon Way Mondays 7:00pm

Al-Anon - Vacaville

Community Presbyterian Church 425 Hemlock St. Thursdays 12pm Kaiser Hospital 3700 Vaca Valley Pkwy, 3rd Floor, Room C Fridays 7pm Brookdale Senior Living 799 Yellowstone Dr. Tuesdays 7:30pm Vacavalley Hospital 1000 Nut Tree Rd. Wednesdays 7:30pm

Special Care from a Special Community Our goal is to improve the quality of life and increase enjoyment for our residents. Care is focused around the individual’s own needs and comfort levels. Compassion, creativity, flexibility and a warm sense of humor are all essential traits of our staff members Our wonderful community resides in a quiet, residential neighborhood and is only two blocks from Kaiser and Sutter Hospital.

Call for your tour today! 707-643-7617 105 Power Drive • Vallejo, CA 94589 (707) 643-7617 • VistaPrado.com RCFE #486803704

First Presbyterian Church 1350 Amador St. Thursdays 6:00pm

25 Main St. Rio Vista, CA 94571 800-272-3900 or 707-374-3349 rvalzsg@yahoo.com 3rd Friday, 9:30-11am Rio Vista Senior Center

Alzheimer’s Support Group

91 Town Square Place Vacaville, CA 95688 925-286-0133 4th Wed., 6-7:30pm McBride Senior Center, Contact: Annette Vance 925-286-0133

Alzheimer’s Support Group Northbay/VacaValley Wellness Center

1020 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA 95687 707-624-7971 or 707-624-7970 Meets in the Conference Rooms 1-3. Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Co-sponsored by NorthBay Alzheimer’s Services and the Greater Bay Area Alzheimer’s Association.

Caregivers Support Group

1200 Civic Center Dr. Fairfield, CA 94533 707-428-7421 4th Thursday, 9-10am Fairfield Senior Center

Caregivers Support Group

707-643-1797 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10:30noon. Florence Douglas Senior Center, Terry Ann Steffen

Caring and Sharing

333 Amador St. Vallejo, 94590 CA Tuesdays, 9-10:00am Florence Douglas Senior Center, Betty Schaffer 707-673-7904

Coping With Aging

McBride Center Vacaville, 95688 469-6620 Fridays, 9:30-10:30am Facilitators: Paula La Doux, LMFT. Patricia Dawes, MSW

Diabetes Support Group

1010 Nut Tree Rd., Suite 290 Vacaville, CA 95688 707-624-8230 1st Thursday, 3-4pm. VacaValley Health Plaza

LGBTQ Support Group

707-643-1044 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1-2:30pm Charge: $5 a month. Florence Douglas Senior Center

1234 Empire St., Ste 1560 Fairfield, 94533 CA solanopride.org 707-207-3430 SolanoPride@gmail.com Call the Solano Pride Center for more information. Cosponsored with Faith in Action.

Cancer Support Community

People Helping People Cancer Support Group

Brain Fitness Group

3276 McNutt Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94597 cancersupport.net 925-933-0107 A valuable resource for education programs, support groups and special activities for children, teens and adults living with cancer.

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Never Too Old to Ride

jury, seizures or osteoporosis may preclude you from riding. However, you may still be able to gain the physical and mental benefits of equine therapy through grooming and walking a horse.

has Alzheimer’s Disease as an example, Larson says, “Riding can bring back happy childhood memories for some people.” “I want older adults to know that riding is not just for children,” Larson stresses. “Adults can benefit from equine therapy just as much as kids, and it is never too late to learn to ride.”

Bay Area older adults experience benefits of equine therapy There is something magical about horses. These beautiful animals have the uncanny ability to mirror the feelings of their handlers and riders. Despite their large and intimidating size, horses offer their humans a sense of connection, cooperation, and trust. Riding or walking a horse also provides a low-impact exercise that is beneficial for both the mind and the body. As a result, horses are used for therapeutic purposes for all ages. “You are never too old to ride a horse,” says Charlotte Dougherty, executive director of SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dougherty explains that her center currently serves about seven adults who are over the age of 60. Some of these adults rode horses in their youth, and others are learning to ride for the first time, Dougherty explains. One of the current SpiritHorse riders is a woman in her 60’s who was confined to a wheelchair for a year after a hip replacement. “At first, we had to hold her on the horse, but now she rides quite well on her own,” Dougherty says. “Since a horse’s gait

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is similar to our gait, riding or walking a horse is great exercise.” All of the animals at SpiritHorse are “second-chance horses,” horses whose previous owners could no longer keep them. Dougherty feels these horses are particularly intuitive to their riders. “Each of our horses is gentle and has a different personality, so we can easily accommodate our older riders.” According to Julie Larson, program director of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, “Horses really know who is on their back and will take care of who needs to be taken care of... They will slow down for riders who don’t have the best balance and make other adjustments.” Larson says her center currently has about 15 regular riders who are over the age of 60. These riders include people recovering from a stroke or living with memory impairment. The center offers lifts and other accommodations for people who cannot walk. “The movement of the horse helps regulate the (rider’s) brain,” Larson points out. “It also builds core strength and spatial planning.” Mentioning a current rider who

Jen McWherter, an instructor at Giant Steps, agrees, adding that riding lessons can be an enjoyable social activity for older adults. “We put people in classes with others of similar ages and abilities,” she explains. “They really get to know each other and develop a bond.” Both centers provide safety helmets for riders and request that riders dress comfortably in long pants or jeans and wear closed-toe shoes or boots. It’s important to check with your doctor before beginning a riding program, and physical conditions such as spinal in-

“We like that we can offer a safe place for adults to learn something new or to continue doing something they love,” Larson concludes. For more information: Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center 7600 Lakeville Hwy Petaluma, CA 94954 707-769-8900 www.giantstepsriding.org SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of the San Francisco Bay Area At the Corner of Wetlands Edge Rd. & Eucalyptus Dr. American Canyon, CA 94503 (707) 720-6360 www.spirithorsebayarea.org

KAISER HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS IN THE NAPA-SOLANO AREA Hospice Volunteers provide services for the needs of both patients and their loved ones. Volunteers go into the homes and nursing facilities of the terminally ill and offer emotional support to the caregiver and patient. In addition to respite for the caregiver, and companionship for the patient, volunteers will run errands, deliver medicines, read books, newspapers, and other material. Volunteers can play music, card and board games, write letters, prepare light meals, and other helpful services. We have visiting and office volunteers serving in the Vallejo, Napa, Fairfield, and Vacaville area. Our program encourages all diversities, veterans, and retirees to join. You must be 18 or older to apply. If you are interested, and would like additional information, please contact: Shelia Burton, Volunteer Coordinator Kaiser Hospice – Vallejo Park Place 707- 645-2245


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Support Groups Pet Loss Support Group

400 New Bedford Dr. Vallejo, CA CA 707-557-8595 Contact Jennifer Bernstein at 707-775-9808. Leave a message with your name, phone number and best time to reach you. Jennifer will contact you within 24 hours.

Southern Solano Breast Cancer Support Group

Pace Building, 1330 Georgia St. 552-0567 Last Wednesday 5-7pm

United Ostomy Association Meeting and Support Group, Third Wednesday 7-9pm Kaiser Vallejo Medical Office Building Conference Room A & B. Call 707-422-6363 for info.

Telephone Reassurance Faith in Action

faithinactionsolano.org 707-469-6675 louissf@aol.com Senior Counseling and Support To Homebound Elderly

Benicia Senior Center

187 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 707-745-1202 Benicia residents only. Telecare every morning calls a list of shut ins or those who are alone to check up on them. Contact Sandy 707-745-8686.

Transportation Adult Recreation Center (ARC)

707-434-3800 Taxi Scrip Program provides taxi trips from Fairfield/Suisun City to the ARC. Participants must be

60+, be approved for the local Reduced Fare Taxi Program or DART Paratransit. Application and Scrip are available at ARC. Cost is $2 one way. Call for info.

American Cancer Society

707-425-5006 or 800-227-2345 Rides to and from cancer related doctor appointments only. Must call a minimum of 3 days in advance.

DART Paratransit

fasttransit.org/services/dartparatransit-disabled-services 707-541-7184 or 707-429-2400 Paratransit service is provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you have a disability that prevents you from riding the public bus system and would like to apply for paratransit service, please call the Solano County Paratransit Eligibility Center at (707) 541-7184 Paratransit functions as a “safety net” for people with disabilities who

have health conditions that prevent them from using the fixed-route transit bus system. DART is the ADA Paratransit complement to Fairfield and Suisun Transit’s (FAST) local fixed routes. This means that DART operates much the same as the fixed route bus system during the same days and hours.

Murphy Medical Transportation

2349 N. Watney Way, Suite C Fairfield, CA 94533 Murphymedicaltransportation.com 707-425-0100 Murphy Medical Transport provides Non-Emergency transportation for clients who require safe, professional, and friendly assistance with their travel needs. They provide a reliable and compassionate transport service for individuals requiring assistance with ambulatory, wheelchair and gurney travels. (See ad on page 33) continued on page 36...

WE DELIVER PERSONALIZED CARE 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week! Call to schedule your service:

(707) 425-0100

Ambulatory, Wheelchair, Gurney, and Stair Chair Service *10% Discount for Veterans! • ADA compliant wheelchairs, gurneys • Drivers & Care Attendants are trained and stair chairs, which undergo and certified in CPR and First Aid. We thorough and regular safety assist Clients from time of pick-up to inspections to ensure the safety drop-off to ensure that they arrive at of our clients, and state-of-the-art their destinations safely and on time. technology for schedule accuracy, punctuality, and reliability. • Providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation to and from Doctors • Drivers & Care Attendants undergo Offices, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing background screening, defensive Facilities, Dialysis Centers and Rehab driving courses, drug testing, Centers throughout Solano, Stanislaus, classroom and on-the-job training. San Joaquin, Napa County and Adjacent Areas.

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Veteran’s Resources to Help Pay for Long-Term Care Veterans and their surviving spouses who are in need of assisted living or in-home care may qualify for a pension called Aid and Attendance that is offered by the Veteran’s Administration. The Veteran must have served 90 days of active duty while in the service with at least one day of service falling during a period of war. Note that they did not have to see battle themselves. They could have been stateside, but they had to be in the service for at least one day while a conflict or war was occurring.  And they had to have a discharge that was honorable in nature.  The pension can pay up to $2,169 per month to a married Veteran or $1,830 to an unmarried or widowed Veteran and a surviving spouse of a Veteran can received up to $1,176 a month. This pension is tax free.  Under this program, money is awarded based on need and there are certain income and asset requirements. The Veteran or surviving spouse applying must show that while assistance may not be needed with everything, there is help needed with some of their activities of daily living, such as; bathing, dressing or undressing, medication management or administration, transfers from chair to chair or chair to bed, or other help with personal care on a daily basis. This is the same type of care provided in assisted living, or by an in-home care companion. Assets cannot be excessive or over $80,000, excluding their home and cars, as determined by the VA on a case by case basis. What about Net Worth? Net worth means the net value of the assets of the surviving

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spouse and his or her children. It includes such assets as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, some annuities and trust funds and any property other than the surviving spouse’s residence and a reasonable lot area. There is no set limit on how much net worth a surviving spouse and his or her children can have, but net worth cannot be excessive. The decision as to whether a claimant’s net worth is excessive depends on the facts of each individual case. All net worth should be reported and VA will determine if a claimant’s assets are of a sufficient amount that the claimant could live off these assets for a reasonable period of time.  Several VA forms must be accurately completed. These forms include: Form 21-534 EZ (survivor’s pension) or Form 21526 EZ (Veteran’s pension), and 21-2680 (physician’s evaluation). A certified copy of the Veteran’s discharge form is also required. Forms can be obtained at the Veteran’s Service Office. Other documents that could be needed: copy of marriage license and Veteran’s death certificate.  If all necessary information is submitted initially, the claim is usually processed within one to two months, but if any information is missing, it could take longer. For more information, contact the Solano County Veteran’s Service Office at 675 Texas Street, Suite #4700 in Fairfield (707) 784-6590. There are businesses who will work with Solano County residents in helping them through the application maze, one of which is Helping Hands Senior Resources at (707) 451-8724.

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Center of Solano County www.volunteersolano.org 707.422.2232 There are over 375 volunteer positions open with over 125 nonprofit organizations in Solano County.

Faith In Action 707.469.6675 Volunteers needed to assist homebound elderly. Florence Douglas Senior Center 707.643.1044 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA Need volunteers in travel office, bingo, gift shop and snack bars. Meals on Wheels of Solano 707.425.0638 Needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Fairfield, Vacaville: NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement 707.646.3595 As a Hospice Volunteer, you become a vital member on the professional team who care for the terminally ill. Volunteer opportunities range from patient visits to office work and community events. Ombudsman Services of Northern California, Solano County 707.644.4194 (800) 644.4194 Volunteers are trained to receive, investigate and resolve complaints on behalf of residents in skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly. Solano County Library 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield 707.432.1995 Volunteers are needed to read to children and their families at local medical clinics.

Sutter Care at Home 5099 Commercial Circle, Ste. 210 Concord, CA 94520 925.363.4120 Hospice volunteers are needed in Vacavile and Fairfield to provide respite care to weary family members and caregivers, and to provide companionship. Patients live in their own homes or facilities, and greatly benefit from weekly visits and other practical assistance. Volunteers are well trained and self schedule visits with assigned patient. Yolo Hospice www.yolohospice.org (800) 491.7711 530.601.5754 Make a difference in a life by becoming part of the Yolo Hospice team caring for patients and their loved ones. In your role as a hospice volunteer, you will companion patients and their loved ones. Volunteer opportunities are available in Solano County. Vacaville Police Deptartment Needs Volunteers The Vacaville Police Dept. needs volunteers work serve in graffiti abatement, neighborhood patrols, parking enforcement, streetlight night patrols, senior wellness checks and vehicle detail. Volunteers serve four hours a week for at least a year and must attend a Volunteer Training Academy. Contact Susanne Johnson at 707.449.5434


The “Dementia Whisperer”

There is nothing like personal experience to guide a career into a new reality. That’s what happened to eldercare manager Laura Wayman, a Roseville-based international speaker, and trainer on dementia. It was her own parent’s experience that provided the wakeup call to what she saw happening to people throughout the world, yet few understood or knew how to manage the symptoms. Her dad’s dementia is what she believes caused the death of her otherwise healthy, mother. “Mother was valiantly taking care of him for years. It brought her down, and she suffered a massive heart attack. She left dad with fairly advanced dementia, we (their five biological children), had no idea, because she was so adept and covering the extent it had progressed,” remembered Wayman. Along with her brothers and sisters, Wayman jumped in to fill her mother’s shoes. It wasn’t easy. Mistakes were made. Many mistakes. They tried to pass him around to live with each sibling a few months at a time, it made his behaviors worse. He ended up at

her brother’s house for eight months, and “hated it,” she recalled. In fact, though his dementia was far advanced, he did manage to get an airline ticket and flew from Alaska to Denver. Then, he boarded a bus and went to the town where he had once lived with his wife. A social worker eventually found him in a motel room, and she called Wayman in California. “Thank God, We were frantic. He had been missing for a couple of days,” she said. That’s when the family got better organized, developed an extensive care plan and four years later he was moved to a skilled nursing facility where he eventually died.

What Wayman learned, she now teaches others. Her motto about dementia is: “We can’t stop, fix or change it. It’s a permanent loss of brain function. We can only learn how to manage it.” Statistically, about 50% of people over age 80 will get dementia. Dementia, however, isn’t a diagnosis. It’s a symptom with over 100 different causes of dementia, it takes a lot of investigation and medical tests to determine the cause.

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Are YOU a Senior age 60 or over needing help? We match a volunteer with you who can provide respite for caregivers, make home visits and reassurance calls, transportation to medical and social services appointments, grocery shopping, meal preparation, home safety repairs, and senior peer counseling. For information on services or to volunteer, call:

FAITH IN ACTION 707-469-6675

Wayman pointed out that “someone is exhibiting dementia symptoms, but the underlying disease could be Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or something else. Some of the conditions are treatable, but the rest are permanent.” In her work as a consultant, she often travels to consult with families and train staff memory care retirement homes on how to deal with dementia. With her experiences with assisted living homes, an issue that particularly vexes her is the use of medications as chemical restraints, rather than working with people who are agitated or acting out certain behaviors. What she’d like to see is one caregiver assigned to each person who has dementia, similar to what is done for special needs children in schools. In a recent visit to her grandson’s school for autism, she found that each child had their own student aid that was with them throughout the day.

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tive and stigma of dementia. Her book, “The Dementia Whisperer,” is being translated into Russian, and soon, she hopes, will be available in China. “Dementia care in China… well, it’s people stacked in bunk beds, 3-4 high, where they’re chained to the beds.” In the United States, she is flabbergasted that emergency room doctors and nurses aren’t trained in dementia care and that hospitals are ill-prepared to care for people with dementia. “We’re still thinking that it won’t happen to us. Dementia…it’s not about memory loss, it’s about the loss of ability to process information.” Millions of people are affected. Wayman is available for speaking engagements and trainings and can be reached at 916-7927512 and by email at help@ laurawayman.com.

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Transportation Solano Inter City Taxi 707-434-3800 or 707-429-2400

ADA Paratransit, Taxi service between cities in Solano County. Must be certified for paratransit. Scrip books are purchased for $15 and each contains $100 worth of scrip.

Solano Transportation Authority/Solano Mobility One Harbor Center, Suite 130 Suisun City, CA 94585 solanomobility.org 800-535-6883

The Solano Mobility Call Center provides transportation information and options for Solano County and surrounding regions, to help get you where you need to go in Solano County and beyond. Intercity Taxi Card Program is a flexible option for qualified ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) certified individuals. This service provides premium ADA plus, curb-to-curb transportation. The Intercity Taxi Card program is provided in addition to paratransit services available by public transit providers throughout Solano County. Countywide ADA InPerson Eligibility is for persons unable to use fixed route public transit service because of their disability. Schedule an eligibility appointment to see if you qualify: 707-541-7184

(See ad on inside back cover)

Benicia Reduced Taxi Fare 250 East L St. Benicia, CA 94510 707-746-4225

Must go to City Hall to purchase reduced cost Tax Script. Purchase booklet for $5. Must be 65+, Valid only in Vallejo and Benicia.

Dixon Readi-Ride ci.dixon.ca.us 707-678-5020

Provides rides within Dixon city limits. Discounted tickets available for riding to and from the Center, can be purchased at the Dixon Senior Center.

Delta Breeze 707-374-2878

Rio Vista Delta Breeze offers deviated fixed route bus service within the City of Rio Vista and between Isleton, Rio Vista, Fairfield, Suisun City, Pittsburg/ Bay Point BART Station and Antioch with connections to Lodi. The bus actually comes to your door!

FAST - Fairfield and Suisun City Reduced Fare Taxi

707-428-3298

The Reduced Fare Taxi Program is a curb-to-curb demand response service designed to transport residents of Fairfield and Suisun City who are 60 years of age or older. This service operates within the cities of Fairfield and Suisun City, and nearby unincorporated areas. Participating Taxi Companies - Fairfield Cab 707-422-5555, Fairfield Yellow Cab 707-428-4400 and Veteran’s Cab 707-421-9999

Loving Place

We care for dementia, hospice, ambulatory and non-ambulatory. 2429 Hancock Dr, Fairfield, CA 94533 · (707) 628-4451 www.loving-Place.com · lovingplace2429@gmail.com Licensee/Administrator Goldie Minhas is R.N. and she specializes in wound care. Facility #486803570 36

Ride With Pride Faith in Action

707-469-6667

Transportation for seniors 60+ to appointments and events. Must be ambulatory. Medical Appointments priority. $5 donation. Countywide service. Call in advance, first come, first served. Volunteers needed to drive.

Vacaville City Coach citycoach.com 707-449-6000

Veterans Affairs

707-437-1800

Veterans Affairs offers a FREE medical shuttle from Solano County to VA Medical Facilities in neighboring counties. Reservations required.

Veteran Benefits

Vision Services Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

900 N St., Sacramento, 800-952-5666

California Department of Rehabilitation 450 Chadbourne Rd., Ste A Fairfield, CA 94533 707-428-2080

Guide Dogs for the Blind 359 Los Ranchitas Rd. San Rafael, CA 800-295-4050

Wigs American Cancer Society cancer.org

VA Medical Clinic - Martinez 707-425-5006

925-372-2000

AM Vets

givetoveterans.org 1-800-747-8387 To pick up unwanted items for donations.

Mare Island Clinic

707-562-8218 or 707-562-8200

Helping Hands Senior Resources

313 Kendal St., Ste A Vacaville, CA 95688 helpinghandsseniorresources.com 707-451-8724 hhseniorresource@aol.com (See ad on page 30)

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Vallejo 707-644-3097 Dixon 707-685-0493 Suisun City 707-429-3110, Vacaville 707-447-6354

Veteran Solano County Service Office, Fairfield 675 Texas St. Fairfield, CA 94533 707-784-6590

Free wigs, by appointment. 24 helpline 800-227-2345

Wound Care NorthBay Center for Wound Care

1010 Nut Tree Road, Suite 100 Vacaville, CA 95687 NorthBay.org/Wound 707-624-7979 Diabetic Wound Care (See ad on page 33)

Loving Place

2429 Hancock Drive Fairfield, CA 94533 loving-place.com 707-628-4451 lovingplace2429@gmail.com Licensee/Administrator Goldie Minhas is R.N.and she specializes in wound care. (See ad on page 36)

Your Home Nursing Services 3188 Jefferson St. Napa, CA 94558 yourhomenursing.com 707-224-7780 yhns@earthlink.net (See ad on page 26)


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Fighting Parkinson’s Disease: Rock Steady Boxing delivers a knock out punch! When Don Streeper, 71, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease two years ago, he was surprised. After all, he wasn’t shaking (which is a prominent symptom), and he thought there was just something wrong with his knees. It seemed his gait was off… something he believed his knee replacement surgeries would fix. But, he was wrong. His knees and gait were off due to Parkinson’s, and Streeper knew life had to change. He quit his job as the director of the Petaluma Senior Center and began to focus on keeping the illness at bay for as long as possible. “The physical therapist at Kaiser prescribed boxing and physical fitness,” said Streeper, who now attends Rock Steady Boxing three times a week, and a fitness club four days. He’s as active as he can be, and, he believes, “it’s working.” “I think I’ve seen a change. I’ve improved…I’m not at status quo, and I’m not getting worse,” he said. Streeper only uses a walker for balance and gait.

in the exercise group. Consistency: Engaging in multiple exercises that each work to build support in areas where people might be suffering in terms of muscular or coordination loss. Compassion: Every disease is a hard battle if you’re alone, so by having a group of people who care about you, and are present with you, many benefits can be found. It’s a full body workout using non-contact boxing for balance, coordination, agility, strength, mental focus, and flexibility. People also listen to rock and roll music and yell a lot. It’s the shouting and yelling which adds a lot of oomph to the day…and helps strengthen vocal projection and speech. Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit organization. Streeper pays only $90 a month to attend as many sessions as he wants. “There could be anywhere from 15-25 people in a class,” said Streeper who feels a part of the “fighting back” community.

Rock Steady Boxing is a unique exercise program based on training used by professional boxers and adapted to people with Parkinson’s. Yes, it is taking the country by storm…and, right now the nearest programs for Solano County residents are in Napa, Concord, and Sacramento. Streeper attends the Petaluma program in Sonoma County.

I was anxious to see a Rock Steady Class so on a sunny Thursday morning in May, I dropped in on a 10:00am Rock Steady Boxing class at Studio Fit Petaluma. I spoke with the owner, Scott Sinan and he educated me on the Rock Steady program and the classes taught by himself, Ryan Markey and Jeanette Perry, all certified instructors.

The core footprint of all the exercises is built on three concepts:

What I heard was compelling, and I was eager to meet the participants and see them in action!

Connection: Building relationships and rapport between those

What I first witnessed was this:

men and women ranging between the ages of 55-85 entering the gym with big smiles and what seemed like a sense of purpose. As they made their way to the back studio where the class was going to be held, they chatted and caught up with one another. I could immediately tell that this was more than just a typical exercise class; it was a community. On this particular day, their coach was Ryan Markey. When Ryan walked into the studio, there was a distinct uptick in energy. Classic rock n’ roll started to pump out of the speakers (I think it was Stevie Ray Vaughn), and Ryan greeted his class, asking how everyone was feeling, what was new and if they were ready for the task ahead of them. He received a resounding “Yeah!”, and then it was go time! For the next hour, Ryan lead his class through a warm-up, mobility movements, and an impressive boxing workout that was peppered with commands, including ones to shout and yell at the top of their lungs. These students were driven; they pushed themselves and achieved their goal - finish the workout while giving it their all. The participants that I spoke with at Studio Fit Petaluma credit the Rock Steady Boxing Program for helping them improve their symptoms, which in turn has dramatically improved their quality of life and given them a fantastic support system. Now that’s delivering a knockout punch to PD!

Find a Rock Steady Boxing Program near you! Official Rock Steady Boxing classes are lead by certified Rock Steady instructors that have attended a training camp that teaches how to conduct a class and scale for every ability level. The affiliates listed below have met these criteria. The official site for Rock Steady Boxing is https://www.rocksteadyboxing.org. You will find a listing of every location, worldwide, that offers the program. Here are most of our “local-ish” ones! Napa Synergy Medical Fitness 3421 Villa Lane synergymedical@rsbaffiliate.com 707-257-4143 Petaluma Studio Fit 822 Petaluma Blvd N. Petaluma, CA 94952 studiofit.petaluma@gmail.com 707-595-6548 Concord Rock Steady Boxing East Bay 1990 Olivera Road, Ste. D eastbay@rsbaffiliate.com 925-785-1272 Sacramento The Formula Fitness 1219 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811 theformulafitness@rsbaffiliate.com 916-752-8320 For more information about PD, visit The National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org or call 1-800-4PD-INFO.

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GriefShare

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Kaiser Grief Support

1 Quality Dr. Vacaville, CA 95688 707-645-2106 Groups are available in Vallejo and Vacaville. Call to register.

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement

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Cremation And Burial Services Alta Vista Cremation and Funeral Service 901 Main St. Suisun, CA 94585 707-421-0100 (See ad on page 39)

Bryan-Braker Funeral Home

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Colonial Chapels

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Fairmont Cremation Services

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McCune Garden Chapel 212 Main Street Vacaville, CA 95688 mccunechapel.com 707-448-6546 (See ad on page 41)

Yolo Hospice Stepping Stones Children’s Grief Support Program

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Yolo Hospice Pet Loss Drop-In Support Group

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1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 or 530-758-5566 Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:30pm No registration necessary, and service is free of charge. (See ad on inside cover)

Colonial Chapels

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Yolo Hospice Anticipatory Loss Support Group 1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 or 530-758-5566 ddeerfeeder@yolohospice.org An adult “drop-in” group. No registration or fee required. 7:00 – 8:30pm, 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. (See ad on inside cover)

Yolo Hospice Healing Through Yoga

1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 or 530-758-5566 Call for dates - 4-week group - Experience the use of gentle, basic yoga postures and breathing techniques to support the healing of grief. Some grief education and discussion are incorporated into the workshop. No experience necessary. Registration is free (See ad on inside cover)

Yolo Hospice Exploring Your Grief

1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 or 530-758-5566 Call for dates - 8-week group Through discussion, education and expressive arts, receive the benefit of sharing with and learning from others how to navigate the grief process. For those at least 3 months from their loss. (See ad on inside cover)

Yolo Hospice Reinvesting in Life After Loss

1909 Galileo Court, Ste A Davis, CA 95618 yolohospice.org 800-491-7711 or 530-758-5566 Call for dates - 6-week group Support for sorting through who you are now and how to begin anew after the death of a loved one. For those at least 6 months from their loss. (See ad on inside cover)

Estate Administration

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Hospice Services NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement

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Ways to Finance Long-Term Care What are the options open to me, and how will the government pay for it? The government does not usually pay for custodial care at home. Custodial care means that if a person needs help with bathing, housekeeping, food preparation and/or medication monitoring mostly, they will have to pay for it out of pocket. Medicare only pays for skilled medical care, that is usually provided by therapists, nurses, and social workers, intermittently. Medicare does not pay for assisted living, board, and care nor custodial home care. There are also eligibility requirements for paying nursing home care, including a limit of coverage based on utilization of days, and skilled care. So, for the first 30-90 days of nursing home, a person may be covered under Medicare, but this often changes to no coverage once the person is stabilized and in custodial, long-term care. Home Care costs about $24-$32 an hour (see pages 24-27) for costs and minimums, and most agencies require a 4-hour, daily minimum. A board and care can run between $3,500 to $5,000 for semi-private and/or private room, and assisted living can run between $5,500-$7,000 a month. So, if a loved one needs home

care, or placement into a board and care home, or assisted living facility, here are the options available. 1. Private pay: Many people pay for services out of savings and retirement accounts. Assets are spent on services, based on ability to pay. If a home is owned, a reverse mortgage might be an additional source of funds for this type of care. A reverse mortgage is available for seniors only. Another option is a home equity line of credit, or selling the home to a trusted friend/family member and leasing it back. 2. The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit: This can supplement private pay, but one must prove eligibility for services. (see page 37 for details). This benefit is retroactive from the time of application and can take up to one year to determine eligibility and payment. This benefit can help pay for home care or assisted living care. It does not pay for rent or lodging expenses but is restricted to medical and care services. 3. Long-Term Care Insurance: Read the policy very carefully. Some only cover nursing home or assisted living care. Or, provide a daily limit that covers only a

portion of the care. Some policies sold in the 1990s are basically useless today unless a person wants to go straight to live in a nursing home. If you have a policy purchased before 2010, review it carefully to make sure it is actually going to provide funding for the services you might prefer. Policy review is available without charge from advocates from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Call 1-800-434-0222 to make an appointment for a review of your policy. 4. Medi-Cal: On January 1, 2014, California expanded Medi-Cal eligibility for some low-income adults. When you complete a Covered California application, your application will be automatically reviewed by Covered California. But if your income is under 138% FPL, you will be considered for Medi-Cal eligibility. Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Medi-Cal health plans are similar to the majority of the health coverage options available through Covered California. Covered California is the new marketplace that makes it possible for individuals and families to get free or low-cost health insurance through a plan selected as well as get help paying for private health insurance. The goal is to make it simple and affordable for Californians to get health insurance. Covered California is a partnership of the California Health Benefit Exchange and the California Department of Health Care Services. 5. Long-Term Care Medi-Cal: The basic requirements to qualify for Medi-Cal are that you are in a nursing home, at least 65 years old, (or blind or disabled),

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and medical/nursing bills exceed your income, and your countable assets do not exceed $2,000. You must also be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of California. A partial list of exempt (noncountable) assets include: a home, houseboat, mobile home and multi-unit dwelling if you live in one of the units sometime before entering a nursing home; household goods and personal effects– wedding, engagement rings and heirloom jewelry, one car, burial plots, prepaid burial plan, and some annuity or pension plans if payments of principal and interest are being made. It is a good idea to speak with a Medi-Cal planning expert to determine planning and eligibility for Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal does not pay for room and board at any assisted living or board and care home. It also does not pay for private home care. And, finally, the big question: What Happens When We Run Out of Money? Sometimes families pitch in funding on a month-to-month basis to supplement care. For example, the monthly SSI stipend may not provide enough money for a board and care home, so the children or other friends add money, as needed. Or, when the well runs dry, Medi-Cal eligibility and nursing home placement for longterm care becomes one reality that may need to be faced. There are very few options available for low-income seniors. Patching together services, family support and spending down assets seems to be the path followed most often. Questions about any of the above, including referrals to other resources, are available at Born To Age, 707-652-9966.


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Speaking of Death…Cafés Tess Lorraine

How would you feel about sitting with a group of people for several hours and talking about death and dying?

Not a grief group, but a reality check on feelings, expectations, and plans for a future that is guaranteed, though not always foretold in the context of time. It may seem odd at first, but in the last five years or so, these Death Cafés have popped up all over the Bay Area. The Cafés serve tea and snacks, and for a couple of hours, people come together and with a facilitator and talk...just talk. The Cafés meet every month, and over time relationships get formed that offer support to each other through one of the toughest topics of aging. Tess Lorraine of Sebastopol has been running 5 different Cafés in Sonoma County, and in the past 3 ½ years, she figures hundreds of people have experienced a first conversation with strangers that later they were able to have with family and friends. “People come because they’re curious, or they have specific

questions,” points out Lorraine. “These are not groups for grieving, though some people have grieved.” She’s also changed the name to “Speaking of Death…Cafés,” since she doesn’t always follow the guidelines of the social franchise London-based parent organization. Her groups are held regularly in senior centers and retirement homes, and most people attending are between 60-80 years old. They come for the conversation, and leave with a new sense of purpose, she believes. Topics covered included: Choosing how to die, discarding belongings, documents, needed conversations, personal wishes, losing control, leaving people behind, unfulfilled wishes and regrets, logistics and ethics.

woman had a very successful life, both financially and with her relationships. But the second woman had come to a stage in life with an unresolved childhood trauma. As a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany, she had lived, hidden in a basement for a year. As she got closer to death, she was experiencing tremendous fear. The first woman was surprised by the story. She was feeling guilty because her father had been a Nazi in Germany and she had never resolved her feelings about this, either.” What was especially profound to Lorraine is that both these women needed healing and

they had found each other in the group. The success of the Cafés is intrinsic to the people in attendance. Word of mouth is important, but so is participation. “Everybody needs to be talking,” said Lorraine. “As the facilitator, I push the edges…I bring in stories, themes and push them towards places inside themselves where they haven’t looked. If interested in more information on hosting a Café, or starting one, please contact Tess Lorraine at 707-363-7936. More information is also available on the website: deathcafe.com

Gone From My Sight I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts

These are the conversations that should be, but often aren’t, happening with family members and loved ones.

for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.

Lorraine tells a story about two women who were attending one group and having a difficult time facing their fear of death.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

“The first woman was very melancholy, with low self-esteem. She believed she wasn’t worthy of living, or dying. The second

hull and spar as she was when she left my side.

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Consumer Protection Price Survey on Death Arrangements - Solano County Direct Cremation

Crematory Fee

Containers

3-Day Storage

Deposition Permit $12 Death Cert. $23

Total Cost of Direct Cremation

Immediate Burial

Lowest Listed Casket

3-Day Storage

Deposition Permit $12 Death Cert. $23

Total Cost of Direct Burial

Oakmont Funeral & Cremation Services at Vacaville

$995

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,030

$3,545

Included

Included

$35

$3,585

Milton Carpenter Funeral Home Dixon

$985

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,020

$1,825

Included

Included

$35

$1,860

McCune Garden aChapel Vacaville

$985

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,020

$1,825

Included

Included

$35

$1,860

Fairfield Funeral Home Fairfield

$1,725

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,760

$1,875

Included

Included

$35

$1,910

Twin Chapel Mortuary Vallejo

$1,495

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,530

$1,495

$800

Included

$35

$2,330

Passalacqua Funeral Chapel Benicia

$1,495

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,530

$1,495

$800

Included

$35

$2,330

Bryan Braker Funeral Home Fairfield

$2,145

Included

Included

Included

$35

$2,180

$2,985

Included

Included

$35

$3,020

Skyview Memorial Vallejo

$1,885

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,920

$2,000

Included

Included

$35

$2,035

Wiggins Knipp Vallejo

$1,785

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,820

$1,565

Included

Included

$35

$1,600

Fairmont Cremation Services Fairfield

$725

Included

Included

Included

Included

$725

$1,125

$595

Included

$35

$1,755

Colonial Chapels Vallejo

$1,685

$310

Included

Included

$35

$2,030

$1,555

$405

Included

$35

$1,995

Vaca Hills Chapel Vacaville

$795

Included

Included

Included

Included

$795

$2,100

Included

Included

Included

$2,100

Neptune Society Fairfield

Not Available

C.E. Stewart Chapel Rio Vista

$1,500

Included

Included

Included

$35

$1,535

$1,560

$700

Included

$35

$2,295

Alta Vista

$775

Included

Included

Included

Included

$775

$1,200

Included

Included

$12 Permit fee included in Immediate Burial. Does not include $23 Death Certificate.

$1,223

Acacia Cremation Burial

$849

Included

Included

Included

$35.00

$884

$2,035

$899

Included

$35

$2,969

Not Available

In updating this survey for 2019, Born to Age only compared the prices for either a direct cremation or immediate/direct burial. Each of the mortuaries have extensive price lists of all their package deals, and must disclose the charges for everything involved in planning a funeral. Anyone can request a price list at anytime. Local mortuaries charge a range of prices for the similar services. Compare prices. Prices may include additional services. Prices can change and cannot be guaranteed from this chart.

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What Direct Cremation usually includes; 1. An alternative container (usually a cardboard container) 2. Removal of the body within the mortuary service area and transportation to the crematorium. (usually within 7-35 miles). 3. A 3-day storage fee. 4. Obtaining required permits. 5. Cost of using a crematory.

What Direct Burial usually includes 1. Obtaining necessary permits. 2. Removal of the body within the mortuary’s local service area (usually within 7-35 miles from a facility) and transportation to a local cemetery. 3. A 3-day storage fee

It’s important to note that some mortuaries in Solano County don’t include the cost of the lowest priced casket in their direct burial packages. That can be a separate charge, ranging from $405 to $899 (see chart). You can also purchase caskets from other retailers.

Prepared August 2018 by Born to Age. All prices were updated by phone, general price lists, and websites.


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