From the CEO...
2018 was a year of growth in services provided, not only in variety, but also in number. Nine-hundred and twenty-nine (929) people received 136,601 home delivered meals through the regular Meals on Wheels and More program. That is a decrease of 1% in the number of consumers served by this program and a 10% decrease in the number of meals served. The Waiver Program served 10,969 meals for a total of 147,570 meals served.
We ended the fiscal year with 222 consumers enrolled in our waiver program. This includes 30 consumers from Centre County. Because of an intense package of services, these people successfully remained in their own homes, avoiding or delaying institutionalization. Over eight million dollars ($8,423,785.26) worth of services in Clearfield County were authorized and ordered to assist them in remaining at home. Our agency assesses individual needs, develops a plan of care, and orders the services to carry out the plan. Payment for Waiver services flows directly from the PA Department of Human Services to the in-home service providers.
The Protective Services Unit received 551 Reports of Need and conducted 259 investigations of suspected abuse. We also processed 159 APS (Adult Protective Services) under 60 Reports of Need.
Apprise worked with a total of 1,786 clients on the PA Statewide Apprise Hotline. This is a decrease of approximately 8%. Staff also assisted 665 Clearfield county consumers with in-depth help on their health insurance issues.
The Agency provided partial financial reimbursement for 3,907 transportation trips for 60 people this past year. The trend has continually decreased.
One-thousand, and seventy-five (1,075) people attended one of the 7 Centers for Active Living for the variety of services offered.
Our staff and volunteers, from caseworkers to drivers, to Apprise and Ombudsman volunteers, band together each and every day to provide service to our consumers. Despite challenges related to ever changing program requirements, ever increasing numbers of individuals in need, with less funding to support those needs, our agency staff and volunteers went on! Why? There is no other reason but for their dedication and compassion for those who we are blessed to serve. As I thank them for their service, I encourage you to do the same. As you see these individuals, share your thanks and let them know that their dedication is noticed and appreciated. We are all proud of their tremendous work in this mission of service that we share.
Kathy Gillespie, CEO
If you want others to be happy, practice Compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
In November of 2018, our Agency had the pleasure of bringing two outstanding individuals into the lives of those we serve. We are pleased to introduce Jacqueline Kurten and Randy Westover as our newest “Meals on Wheels & More” Drivers. Our meal drivers not only deliver meals, they are our eyes and ears when it comes to checking in on consumers. More often than not, a meal driver is the only person some consumers will see throughout their entire day. Our drivers give consumers a meal, yes, but they also give one of the greatest gifts anyone could ask for - the gift of human connection. We cannot thank all of our drivers enough for the effort they put in every day.
Jacqueline started at the Agency on November 5, 2018. Prior to joining our team, she had been working as a homemaker and caregiver within her own home, in order to raise her young children until they were both in school. During this time, Jacqueline held a position as a Personal Care Aide with Helpmates in Curwensville, where she was responsible for going to several consumers’ homes throughout her day to assist consumers with personal care and housekeeping necessities. She also transported consumers around the area in order to assist with any needed errands. Prior to working at home, Jacqueline worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant with the DuBois Nursing Home. She worked full-time with those in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia unit and was responsible for personal care of the residents. Definitely not an easy role! Jacqueline was quick to pick up the pace of our meal deliveries and has been performing extremely well since she started.
Randy joined the Agency on November 14, 2018. He has been a hard-working, blue collar man his entire life and this experience has prepared him well for the job at hand. Randy is an extremely kind, enjoyable man who has picked up on how things are done at the meal site quickly and has been excellent since day one. Prior to joining the Agency, Randy worked as an Equipment Operator for RES Coal LLC in Clearfield. During his time with RES Coal, he would complete various tasks such as surface mining and loading coal. Randy stayed with RES Coal for eight years before he retired. Prior to RES Coal LLC, Randy worked for Chaney Enterprises, a concrete plant, in Waldorf, Maryland. During his time at Chaney Enterprises, he worked as a Concrete Mixing Truck Driver where he would haul concrete to various customers. Randy worked for Chaney Enterprises for 20 years.
The Agency has been short on meal drivers since fall of 2018. Jacqueline and Randy’s efforts in our “Meals on Wheels & More” program are invaluable to our consumers, the Agency, and the community as a whole. If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels driver, please call Robin at 814-765-2696.
MATTER OF BALANCE
The Kylertown Center for Active Living recently completed its 8 week Matter of Balance program. The program is approved by the AoA (Administration on Aging) and NCOA (National Council on the Aging) and hosted by the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
An award winning program, A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear. They include: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.
The program is designed to benefit community-dwelling, older adults who: are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength, and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.
The participants attended classes for 8 weeks. Graduation was held on December 4th, with a ceremony that included healthy snacks and certificates. The graduates enjoyed their time together and also made new friends.
For information on upcoming classes, please contact the CCAAA at 765-2696.
Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.
2018 GIVING TREE
The Clearfield Borough Police Department and the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (CCAAA) partnered again this year to create “Giving Trees” for area elderly. Elderly citizens in the Clearfield and DuBois area, many of them living alone with no close family members or no family at all, benefited from the generosity of our small community.
Many individuals and organizations came together to provide truckloads of gifts and financial assistance for heating and medical needs. A total of 435 tags were distributed and more than $6,500 was collected and sent directly to local fuel suppliers to ensure our frail and elderly stay warm in their own homes this winter.
The Police Department and the Area Agency on Aging teamed up with Clearfield Pharmacy and CVS of Clearfield to host the trees. The employees of the local Penn DOT, CBT Bank (a division of Riverview Bank) and CNB Bank had their own trees and collected internally.
Many senior citizens are often forgotten during the Holiday Season. “We were so overwhelmed by the kindness of the residents of Clearfield County,” stated CEO, Kathleen Gillespie. “Thank you for helping us enhance the quality of life for elderly residents throughout the county. We are truly grateful for your generosity.”
CLEAERFIELD COMMUNITY LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., in collaboration with Lock Haven University Clearfield, is pleased to offer a great educational opportunity for adult residents of Clearfield County. Together, the Agency and LHU Clearfield have established the Clearfield Community Lifelong Learning Institute. Courses are geared towards the interests of the baby boomers and older citizens. Typical sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and will be taught primarily by Lock Haven University faculty and community individuals with specific expertise. All programs are free, or very low cost for supplies, etc. Courses currently being offered are:
Quehanna Boot Camp
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 1:00 PM
The Quehanna Boot Camp Program began in 1991. This program is a Cognitive Restructuring Program based around military concepts. In 2006, Quehanna began accepting inmates into the State Intermediate Punishment Program (SIP), which involves a four-month Therapeutic Community (TC). Join us to hear more about these programs.
Presenters: Jim Stover, Frazer Blake & Scott Carter
Solar System/Solar Energy
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 PM
Remember the Styrofoam Solar System models of your youth? Accurate? No wonder folks aren’t comfortable with understanding/explaining our solar system. Learn how to make a scale model solar system that will make sense. Also, learn the basics of harvesting the sun’s energy. Photovoltaics, solar thermal and more.
Presenter: Eric Rensel
Natural Resource Specialist
Parker Dam State Park
Clfd County Economic Development
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:00 PM
Hear about the most recent projects of
redeveloping Clearfield’s Downtown Riverfront - the Riverwalk, Raftsman’s Memorial Park, and the 2019 construction activities at Market Square and River’s Landing. Discussion will also include insights to Clearly Ahead Development’s targeted approach for recruitment of out of area prospects to consider locating their business in Clearfield County.
Presenter: Rob Swales
Chief Executive Officer
Clearly Ahead Development
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 1:00 PM
Learn what geocaching is. Scott approached the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism (CCRT) about starting a geocaching trail in the county. It is now one of their most successful projects with geocachers coming from all over the country to complete it. If you are looking for an adventure in the great outdoors or the big city, geocaching is a
great family activity.
Presenter: Scott Brubaker
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 1:00 PM
Come learn about the history of the museum and key players that are important in keeping it running. See pictures of various items used back in the day of deep mining, and learn the explanation of the life of the miner and his family along with the dangers of the job.
Presenter: David Singer, Pastor
Coast to Coast Aircraft Trip
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:00 PM
Listen and let your imagination take you on the journey through the remembrances of this father/son duo as they recount their experience flying from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast in their small aircraft.
Presenters: Rodney Bowers,
Retired Building Contractor and
Retired PSU Professor of Architectural
The Archaeological Work of Harry
Matlack in Central Clearfield County
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:00 PM
This program will review the three books written by former Clearfield Area High School history teacher, Harry Matlack, who spent his years of retirement investigating several Native American dwelling sites around his home in Ferguson and Knox Townships.
Presenter: Jeanne Huffman
Harry Matlack’s daughter
Retired Computer Programmer & Project Manager
70 PennDOT Drive - Clearfield
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:00 PM
Come take a tour of the over 64,000 square foot building which is less than 5 years old. You will see the view from I-80, the regional traffic management center and possibly the garage. PennDOT’s Engineering District 2 is responsible for the state-maintained transportation network in this region. This includes 3,731 total road miles and 2,188 total bridges.
Limit of 40 participants. Handicapped accessible.
Karen Michael, P.E.
District 2 Executive
Denny Prestash, Traffic Control Specialist
Marla Fannin, Community Relations
HONOR OR REMEMBER A LOVED ONE
"TREE OF STARS"