“I enjoy reading and I enjoy learning,” said Ms. Janie Simmons. After retiring from a 40+ year career with the government, Ms. Simmons didn’t know what she was going to do. “I wasn’t going to let the dust accumulate under my feet,” she explained.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act of 2015 into law. The CARE Act requires that hospitals provide patients with an opportunity to select a caregiver after hospital admission, and it requires that hospitals record contact information for the caregivers and consult with them about the patient’s care plan after discharge.
Home-bound residents often depend on delivery of their meals while recovering from an accident or an illness. Here's the story of District resident Tom Quinn who was discharged from the hospital for a hip and ankle fracture. He found it hard to get around and could not maneuver the steps to his apartment. He’s making it work with “Home-Delivered Meals,” a program offered by the D.C. Office on Aging. Tom feels good about people doing something for everyone. He calls it charitable motivation.
“I have faith and I am happy,” says Bernice Bowman. Every morning her caretaker helps with her bath and meal preparation. Once a month through the District’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) they purchase basic food products like cheese, juices, cereal, canned vegetables, applesauce and other items. Bernice is willing to help others, too. “You never know who will come to you and need something to eat,” she says.
Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.” She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income. When she was in her mid 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life. Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up for Social Security and qualify for SNAP.
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