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         Stay Connected with a Friendly Phone Reassurance Program
By: Karl Fales, CEO CareWell Services, CareWell Services SW
  Are you feeling isolated or lonely at home? Do you know
a senior that would benefit
from a friendly connection over the phone every few days? As we continue in our efforts to protect seniors and contain the spread of COVID-19, we will be launching a Telephone Friendly Reassurance Program through CareWell Services to help ease this time of isolation and ensure they have what they need.
  If you are interested in receiving a call or know a resident of Barry or Calhoun counties that could benefit
from this contact, email info@, subject: FRIENDLY. Please include your name and phone number, if you are sending a friend or loved one’s information, please be sure to request their permission first. We are also looking for volunteers to help make calls
 for this new program. If you are interested in helping make calls, email with the subject line HELLO. Forks Senior Center (FSC)
by having someone check with them on a regular basis. The program offers contact with a caring volunteer, as well as the opportunity to learn about local resources and programs that may assist in remaining independent for as long as possible.
the intake documentation and get better acquainted with you. Once enrollment is completed and the dates and times for the calls are determined, calls are usually made one to three times per week.
also offers a phone reassurance program, which allows seniors to stay connected by receiving calls from FSC staff or volunteers throughout the week. The program has been in operation for a while and seeks to assist homebound seniors who desire to remain in an independent setting
If you would like someone from FSC to check in on you and talk on a regular basis, you can contact FSC to sign up. After signing up, an initial call will be made so that staff can complete
For more information about the FSC Phone Reassurance Program, please contact the Forks Senior Center at (517) 629-3842 or email executivedirector@
 3. Open blinds and curtains during the daytime. Use the natural light to help you see clearly as you move throughout your house. Bonus: the sun will also help you get some vitamin D which helps boost your energy and supports
We hope you stay safe and healthy during this time. If you have any questions about how to protect yourself during the COVID-19 outbreak or if you have any unmet needs, call us, we’re here to help! Call our Senior Resource Call Center at (269) 441-0930.
should be secured with double- sided rug tape or non-slip mats. Any mats not secured should be removed.
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey,
Foster Care Navigator Email:
 Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 I want to offer hope for all families struggling to raise rel- ative children. These children are often traumatized by the events that surrounded their removal from their parents and the removal itself. This trau- ma can result, in some cases, in extreme and unacceptable behavior. There is no way to remove those experiences from the child; even the youngest child will have reactions to trauma. But there are effec- tive treatments in the mental health world that help families acknowledge and cope with these experiences.
There has been a lot of study done about the brain’s reaction to stress in the last years. From this study it is understood that the actual structure of the brain is changed in relation to stress. We have learned that behavior is always an answer to a need. To affect a change in behavior we must know and meet the need appropriately. With help, we can as families provide a safe, healing, and loving envi- ronment for our children.
 Simple Tips to Prevent Falls at Home
By: Liz Lawson Young, Marketing Specialist, CareWell Services SW
With the current recommendations for staying healthy and preventing the
spread of COVID-19, it seems that seniors, especially, will be spending a lot of time at home
in the next several weeks. A majority of falls occur during routine activities, so it’s important to ensure that your home is safe for moving around. Here are five simple tips to creating a safer space at home:
1. Clear clutter from entryways, doorways, and stairs. Move shoes, umbrellas, bags, and other items away from your doorways and stairs to reduce
The family Enrichment Center will continue to offer support, training, and resourc- es for all families at Westlake Presbyterian Church located at 415 S, 28th St. in Battle Creek.
 the likelihood of tripping as you move in, out of, and throughout your house.
mental health.
4. Run all cords along the wall.
Note: April activities have been cancelled. Kinship support groups, and other activities, will continue in the future.
Creating clear floor space will
 2. Arrange furniture to ensure wide passageways. Make sure furniture is placed far enough from doorways and other pieces of furniture so you will not bump into them as you pass through your house.
prevent tripping.
5. Remove all loose rugs. Rugs
We have tickets available for the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids and later we will have tickets for Binder Park Zoo so stay tuned!

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