The Computer students in our Chinese language tech classes convinced CLC computer trainers Wan He (Wanda) Liu and Yin Ying (Fiona) Ren to organize a special celebration on Zoom to share songs and good wishes for the new year. The event, held February 17, welcomed the Year of the Ox with some of our Chinese Language computer classes‘ dancers and singers. Nearly 100 participants came to hear Chinese New Year Blessings and enjoy folk dance and songs. Performances included Chinese classical dance, fan dance, top bowl dance, and Yajia Electonic Saxophones. And folks clearly were enjoying seeing each other after what for some had been a very long time.
The level of food insecurity and down right hunger have also been a part of life for too many San Franciscans but the pandemic has only made things worse. That makes the work of our Home Delivered Grocery Team all the more critical. With Chester Williams, Vernice Ross and the rest of the Unity Resources Inc (URI) taking the lead in the Bayview, Glen Deb, her family and friends, and Reggie Williams taking the lead in the OMI and Karen Holt, Elaine Chea and colleagues for the Parkmerced University Park area. A special shout out to Catholic Charities who have helped secure a tent for the wet and windy weather for Tuesday packing and to Meals of Wheels, who have opened up their site for packing every Thursday. If you would like to help out, contact Kate@sfcommunityliving.org.
On February 27, we provided a workshop on Patient Rights that touched on a range of topics in a virtual session. One challenge is that we cannot pass around important information and resources, so instead have created this post to be able to link information for individuals interested in key issues related to safe hospital discharges. Those materials are linked below by topic.
Preparing for A Hospital Stay
Importance of Having an Advocate
Beware of being in the Hospital on Observation Status – (see more information on the Medicare Rights site)
How to Appeal An Unsafe Discharge
Background on the Issue
The development of the California Masterplan on Aging is an important step for California. As part of the development , the California Department of Aging is hosting a series of Webinars toward greater cultural awareness and humility. Sessions are free and available on regularly, with sessions recorded in case you miss one. Over the next several months, CDA will host an Ensuring Equity in Aging webinar every first Wednesday, from 10-11am. Presentations will cover a range of topics including the value of cultural traditions and harnessing community strengths and assets. They will also detail how historic and systemic discrimination and internal biases harm the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, disabled older adults, and in different ways, all Californians. Speakers address how we can work together to address the resulting inequities through culturally responsive policy, program, and service planning and delivery.
- February 3, 2021, 10:00 to 11:00: focus on Culturally Informed Policy and Programs for Black Elders. Join Le Ondra Clark Harvey, PhD, CA Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies; Lisa Tealer, Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council; and Jonathan Butler, PhD, UCSF NURTURE Center for a discussion on how we can build community, provide services, and create opportunities with and for Black older adults. Time will be reserved for Q&A. Closed Captioning will be available. Register for this webinar here.
- March 3rd, 2021:10:00 to 11:00 webinar will focus on Asian and Pacific Islander older adults and will feature Joon Bang from the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and Yvonne Sun of Special Service for Groups Inc. (SSG Silver). More details to come. Register for this webinar here.
If you missed the first few, you can still join in with these recorded sessions.
- November 4, 2020 – Culturally Informed Care: Honoring Native Elders, featuring Kori Novak of Toiyabe Indian Health Project
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- December 2, 2020 – Culturally Informed Policy & Programs: With and For People with Disabilities, featuring Ana Acton of FREED Center for Independent Living and Christina Mills of The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
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- January 6, 2021 – Culturally Informed Policy & Programs: The Culture of LGBTQ Older Adults, featuring Jennifer Pardini, Legal Assistance for Seniors; Karen Anderson, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay; & Karyn Skultety, Openhouse
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This and other important information is posted on CDA’s Equity in Aging Resource Center.
The transition from hospital to home has always been fraught with peril. Now has become even more so in the era of COVID-19. The limits on caregivers and advocates visiting and supporting a patient in the hospital, the over stretched hospital staff, including social workers and discharge planners, and the significantly reduce options for transitional care are major barriers. But many of the problems existed before the pandemic. In fact, a Transitional Care Blueprint released in San Francisco in 2008 documented the issues and provide a wide range of improvements needed. A few were implemented and remain, others were implemented and then disappeared when funding was cut. The rest are still good ideas that could be implemented locally with strong advocacy.
As more and more of the neighbors we meet through the Community Connector networks and our other programs face increasing illness and disability, this issue has resurfaced as a critical one to address. One of our earliest neighborhood networks created a team that called itself the “Keep Helen Out of the Hospital” . A Community Connector enlisted neighbors and health professionals alike to support Helen in this goal. It included both a good discharge plan but a commitment to prevent re-admissions which are often result from an unsafe discharge. CLC is working with the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) to expand its Safe Hospital Discharge workshops and provide thousands of wallet cards about who to call if you or your loved one is not getting a good discharge.
CLC will be presenting a workshop at the next OWL meeting on your patient rights in a Navigating Hospital and Beyond. It will be held Saturday, February 27 from 11:00 to 12:00 on Zoom. Participants will receive a packet of information via the mail from CLC as well as the Hospital Discharge Wallet Card shown here. In the meantime, if you would like us to mail you this card, send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To connect with CARA for. workshop near you or if your organization would like to sponsor one, contact email@example.com. Or download some of the information that will be available to those who attend these workshops.
Community Connectors show their appreciation for Postal Workers, who this year had to battle heat and smoke, bad air, a blizzard of political mail and ballots, and of course COVID 19 to bring the mail to our doorsteps. Please take a minute to thank the mail carrier who keeps those cards, letters and packages coming.
We continue to do advocacy and to share updates with those involved in the Keep Us Connected Campaign. Attached is a Presentation we made on November 19 on the CLC Activities Zoom line.
We have learned the importance of doing a good assessment of need and priorities before deploying equipment and more is on the way. We wanted to share the Internet and Digital Knowledge Self Assessment Pre -test form that we are using so that the process with each and every each and every device that goes to a good home is a good match and makes a difference.
We mourn Hadley’s recent passing and want to honor him and share his story. Hadley remained a force to be reckoned with from his earliest days at San Francisco Home Health to his advocacy for Openhouse. He was a long time visionary in the field of elder care and long term care services and supports. Among his many accomplishments, he was a strong advocate in getting in-home supportive workers their first benefits, saw 30th Street Senior Center open its doors to a full array of programs, was a key figure in the developing Coming Home Hospice, and helped lay the groundwork for Openhouse’ growth as it developed services, social support, and affordable housing.
Community Living Campaign and his colleagues honored him in 2014 with the Norma Satten Community Services Innovation Award. That award was created for those with the qualities of Norma, the first President of CLC’s Board and herself an amazing leader. Their leadership was marked by inclusion, innovation and a commitment to aging with dignity and human rights. We recorded a short video of Hadley sharing his thoughts about Norma and this movement.
Read more about Hadley in CLC’s Norma Satten Award Program Book 2014. Find recollections from Bill Haskell, Adele Corvin, Valorie Villela, Marty Low and Bart Aoki, and former mayor Art Agnos, as well more good wishes. Enjoy a few photos from Hadley’s youth and professional journey!
The Inner Sunset Community Connector Networks gathered on December 23rd to share food, conversation and a lively raffle. Community Connector Marina Lazzara with her daughter and friends as a back-up crew, help make for a lovely party after the regular Always Active Exercise class. Special thanks to Judy Goddess and other leaders in this community for make this past year such a success. This includes local leaders who have offered to provide a 100% match to donations up to $10,000. You can help by visiting this link and making a donation.
And enjoy some of the pictures from the party!