Westminster will soon have a community nurse. The board of directors of Westminster Cares voted at its March meeting to contract with a nurse to provide part-time help with basic medical needs to disabled citizens and seniors over 60 years old who don't qualify for Visiting Nurse Association visits. He or she will also offer services such as flu shot clinics and blood pressure checks at community potlucks.
The board allocated $2,500 to the project and will look for grants to cover future costs.
Getting the word out to Westminster residents who need and want the services of the town nurse was discussed. The board will send out information to local media, including the Westminster Gazette, as well as distribute flyers and posters.
When the Westminster/Rockingham Elder Housing Project holds its first meeting March 30, Westminster Cares will send several representatives to discuss what the organization can offer to the project. That may include transportation to appointments for residents and offering some current programs at the housing.
Westminster Cares, the United Church of Bellows Falls, the Council on Aging of Southeastern Vermont, Sojourns Community Health Clinic and the towns of Westminster and Rockingham are collaborating on the housing project.
The board also:
• unanimously approved spending $300 to underwrite the Westminster Gazette
• heard that the annual fundraising appeal has reached $13,475
• discussed plans for a party to recognize its volunteers on Saturday, April 24, at the Westminster Institute and
• congratulated Friedman for being named the Westminster Citizen of the Year by the town.
Services provided in February: Meals on Wheels to 13 people; 16 rides for five different people by three volunteers for a total of 180 miles; and two pieces of medical equipment borrowed. Volunteers visited three people.
Programs held in February: two Secrets of Healthy Aging sessions, three yoga classes, three Artist in Each of Us classes, and 22 exercising classes.
The next meeting of Westminster Cares will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, at the Westminster Firehouse on Grout Avenue.
Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community. Your support for this care-giving organization is a way for all of us to take care of our elders.
Interested in helping out? Westminster Cares is always looking for volunteers. Or if you want to work on a committee, make a contribution or attend a workshop, contact Friedman at 722-3607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westminster Cares welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to memorialize a loved one or a friend. Send to: Westminster Cares, PO Box 312, Westminster, VT 05158.
Westminster Cares received the following memorial gifts during March:
In memory of Ralph Harlow from The Grammar School.