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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 Page 3 Ve'r e o t iu s t Locally owned and operated, Grafton Drug features a unique selection of giftware, puzzles, candy, kitchen items, cards, and more. Gift wrap with purchase. Gift cards also available. a pharmacy, -Walsh County Veterans Service Office care Is Most of the calls to my office lately have been in regards to den- tal and health benefits for veterans. I wanted to reiterate that I do have applications for Delta Dental In- surance at my office that I can mail out when requested. Eligibility for this dental insur- ance is based on ifa veteran is cur- rently enrolled in the VA Healthcare Systeml I highly en- courage every veteran not yet en- rolled in the Va Healthcare System to fill out an application for health- care, even if eligibility isn't clear. I would rather send in an application and get denied rather than just as- sume someone isn't eligible. Walsh County VA operates an annual enroll- Spotlight / ment system that helps t manage the provision of health care. VA ap- The merchants below are / / ] plies a variety of factors during the proud ] application verification process when determining a Veterans' eli- Conservation for the Bottom Line,Walsh County Land &WaterWorkshop will be held Wednesday; Feb. 22 at Park River City Call Auditorium from 9:00 am- 2 pm with Keynote Speaker Jerry Doan - Black Leg Ranch, 2016 Aldo Leopold award winner in conservation from Sterling, ND. Lunch sponsored by First United Bank. RSVP appreciated but is not required Contact Sarah Johnston Walsh CountyThree Rivers Soil Conservation District (701)284-7363. Park River PO Box 49 Park River ( 301 County Road 12B 284-7115 Park River Implement 284-631 6 COUNTY Samaritan AUTO PARTS Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 H oople ~ 894-6123 Crystal ~ 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River l % F IRST UNITEO & Insurance Jim's Super Valu 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! "Where Quality is Standard" gibility for enrollment, but once a Veteran is enrolled, that Veteran re- mains enrolled in the VA health care system and maintains access to certain VA health benefits. Once your application is suc- cessfully processed, you will be as- signed an enrollment Priority Group. Certain Veterans may be el- igible for more than one enrollment Priority Group. In that case, VA will always place you in the high- est Priority Group that you are eli- gible. Under the VA Health Benefits Package, the same serv- ices are generally available to all enrolled Veterans. Once enrolled, you will receive a personalized Veterans Handbook, which will de- tail your VA health benefits and provide important information concerning your access to VA health care. The VA has also recently an- nounced that the Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) will be extended through December 31,2021. However, the current VADIP contract with Delta Dental and MetLife expired Janu- ary 31, 2017. Benefits will con- tinue without interrupdon for those enrolled as of that date. Delta Den- tal will provide additional informa- tion as it becomes available. If you have any questions please call the Walsh County Veterans Service Office any time Monday through Friday. Please leave a de- tailed message if you reach the voicemail. I cannot call you back if a message isn't left. Thank you for your service. RESIDENTIAL & (OMMEBtlAL NEW WOeK OR R .ODEL EMERGENCY SEeVffE AVAILABLE 1-331-1579 Call 70 Katrina Hodny, Veteran Service Officer Admin Bldg 638 Cooper Ave, Suite 5 Graflon, ND 58237 701-352-5030 or 701-331-1700 walshcountyvso@nd.gov walshcountynd.com/veteran Facebook @NDWCVSO By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Call your ombudsman: This is a What tips can you offer for choos-) government official who investi- ing a quality assistedlivingfacilityfor gates long-term care facility corn- my morn? Her health and mental plaints and advocates for residents abilities have declined to the point and their families. This person can thatshe can't live alone anymore but help you find the latest health in- isn 't ready for a nursing home either, spection reports on specific assisted ooYingAroimd ..... Iiving facilities, and can tell you ..... .... '-- ' Which 6nes have had comlblaints Or Dear Looking, ' other problems. To find your local If your mom needs some assis- tance with daily living activities like bathing or getting dressed, managing her medications, preparing meals, housekeeping, latmdry or just getting around, an assisted living facility is definitely a good option to consider. Assisted living facilities are resi- dential communities that offer dif- ferent levels of health or personal care services for seniors who want or need help with daily living. There are around 40,000 assisted living facilities (also called board and care, supportive-care or residential- care facilities) in the U.S. today, some of which are part of a retirement community or nursing home. Most facilities have between 25 and 125 suites, varying in size from a single room to a full apartment. And some even offer special memory care units for residents with dementia. Here are some steps you can take to help you fees, services, and residents' rights, choose a good facility, and explains when a resident might Make a list: There are several be asked to leave because their sources you can turn to for referrals condition has worsened and they re- to assisted living facilities in your area quire more care than the facility can including yourAreaAgency onAg- provide. ing (call 800-677-1116 to get your lo- cal number), family doctors or local . Senior Sov senior centers, or online search serv- Oglt poge 5 ices like Caring.com. ombudsman, visit LTCombuds- man.org. Call the facilities: Once you've narrowed your search, call the facil- ities you're interested in to find out if they have any vacancies, what they charge and if they provide the types of services your mother needs. Tour your top choices: During your visit, notice the cleanness and smell of the facility. Is it homey and inviting? Does the staff seem re- sponsive and kind to its residents? Also be sure to taste the food, and talk to the residents and their fam- ily members, if available. It's also a good idea to visit several times at dif- ferent times of the day and different days of the week to get a broader perspective. On your visit, get a copy of the admissions contract and the resi- dence rules that outline the facilities Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14@g mail .corn 6625145 Ave. NE Grafton, ND Park River, ND 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments ;400 Walmart Card (With 12 month lease) ELECTRIC LTD. : Or Prairie Homes Management 1-888-893-9501 ..... 1-800-366-6888 EHO *income Based Aft . ilities Paid Ground Facifity Non Smoking B ding Katie @ 701-331-2939 65 Years of exceptional service- with many third generation customers. Experienced, well trained and knowledgable staff that live in your communities. Providing Quality Electrical Services to: , Farms Agricultural Plants Schools Water Plants Homes Cities Hospitals Just about anything else that needs wiring Serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota Call us at 701-284-7433 SAMSON, the strongest name in the industryl I~=r'r=t~r,~r~rT~:=,'= w-~_~__ _~_~ _:~_._ ~- ~,..," -" "; ,,,.; -- .7- -- ,L ~ :. . ~.'--~.7~..--'7= .,2 ~7,~, = Bremer Bank, Polar Communica- tions, Hugo's Family Marketplace, and First United Bank; area clubs such as the Ridge Runners Snow- mobile Club and the Four Seasons Garden Club; Park River Area, Val- ley-Edinburg, Fordville-l_ankin, and Minto schools; churches such as Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church, both of Park River; and Valley Bone and Joint and Dr. Wakefield of Grand Forks, but the funds raised primarily have come from individuals. In addition to those outright do- nations from area organizations and a variety of different fundraisers, Johnson said, memorials have been a strong driving factor for those who have wanted to contribute to the team. The proposed Sunshine Hospi- tality Home would be able to host between 25-40 people at one time at little to no cost to those in need. According to the website, the building also will have "spaces de- signed to offer comfort and com- munity, compassion, and conven- ience. Comfort and community ar- eas include a guest reception, a great room, a faith room, art/music room, a'game/play room, a patio, and others. Compassion areas con- sist of private day rooms, guest rooms, family lounges, dining areas, and balconies. Convenience areas of- fer a mother's lounge, locker rooms, a wellness space, guest laundry, a community pantry, a volunteer room, and a mail room, among others." Nearly Home Johnson said that though they are breaking ground, they cannot slow down. "Here's the problem. It's a $5.5 million project and we are $500,000 from where we need to be," she said. The end result will be to find more businesses, organizations, or individuals willing to contribute or consider downscaling the project. "Who is this going to impact? Honestly, it's not going to impact Grand Forks. It's going to impact us," she said. She sees this announcement as an opportunity to get people in the area energized about the project once again. "This is really an exciting time." Forks for additional care. The mem- bers of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation discovered that while Fargo and Bismarck both had Ronald McDonald House options, Grand Forks had no hospitality home offerings. "This is really an invisible need," said Larson in promoting the proj- ect. "We wanted to do something in my sister's honor from her caring and helpful spirit." The goal became the Sunshine Hospitality Home in honor of Shan- non "Sunshine" Larson, 31, who died in 2007 as a result of heat stroke and dehydration when hiking in Ari- zona. Born and raised in Grand Forks, Shannon was a giving person with an attitude of helping others. Her family created the Sunshine Me- morial Foundation in her memory. Johnson said that while this proj- ect is to be based in Grand Forks, the people of Grand Forks would nev- er need to use it. Though this hos- pitality home will be built on land gifted by Altru, this isn't their proj- ect. This is something that the Lar- son family wanted to do for every person who has ever needed it. "This was a project inspired in Grand Forks for us, "Johnson said. For Johnson, this is a project she truly believes in. Before she knew what it was like to send her patients and their families down the road for additional care after they came to the First Care Health Center emer- gency room, before she had to drive to Park River to work, before she had to deal with the challenges of distance and weather like any of her patients would, Johnson said she would go to work at Altm and see people in the parking lot sleeping in their cars. She knew there was im- portant. According to Larson and the Foundation, "people travel from outside of 100-150 miles all the time to come to Grand Forks this home will minimally help 12,000 to 20,000 people every year." "I think about the tragic bus ac- cident that happened in Larimore," Johnson said. "That whole town flooded the ER to get information. If we would have had the Sunshine Home, they would have flooded the Sunshine Home." 'Time to Unite' They currentiy domot have Johnson said :that intheir first monthtymeetings scheduled, butthe meeting, she neVer dreamed that Walsh has an active Facebook $75,000 C0flld bea reality, but now page, an email listserv, and Johnson. is the time for those with fresh mo- is willing to go out and speak with tivation to bring the Walsh County any group or employers interested team the rest of the way home. in knowing more about the project "To get there, we've got to have and how to donate or pledge funds, some business that help us out. and she is willing to support anyone And we've got to have some peo- with a fundraiser, ple that can make larger donations "If you have an idea and the vol- who can help us out," she said. "This unteers -- I can help you," she said. is the time tounite?' "I would love it if there were some An account has been established people from Grafton that wanted to at Bremer Bank, Citizen's Bank, and help us break out more in Grafton. First United Bank. Stop in or mail This would be a really exciting your donation to any of their loca- time to see some businesses step it Lions. You can also make your do- up, too." nation online at www.sunshine- memorial.org. All donations over 'Invisible Need' $500 will be recognized in the lob- Though many smaller commu- by of the Sunshine Home. nities like Park River and Caaflon of- For more information about the fer critical access hospitals, people project or to connect with the team, from across the region often have to go to Walsh County Sunshine Hos- travel from a distance to Grand pitality Home Team on Facebook. Join e5 Mavis (Delvo) Gibson is celebrating her 95th Birthday. Mavis was part of a Norwegian Six Pack of Sisters raised in Park River - the Gunderson Girls (Iva Johnson taught school). A Birthday Coffee will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 1-3pm in the chapel at the Good Sam Nursing Home, 401 W 2nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Cards are welcome. 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