Maine Veterans’ Homes to presents series on elder-care planning

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PARIS — The Maine Veterans’ Home will once again present a three-part series on subjects related to health care issues that seniors face as they grow older.

This year, to further enhance public knowledge of eldercare, there will be a three-part series covering the following topics: Advance Health Care Directives, the MaineCare system and Veterans’ Benefits and Eligibility.

The three-part series will be held on Thursdays, April 13, 20, and 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the facility at 477 High St. in South Paris. The public is welcome to attend, and there is no cost for the program.

Those interested are encouraged to attend any or all of the sessions. For those persons who attend all three sessions, there will be a certificate of completion presented.

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The three sessions are:

• Understanding Maine Care Eligibility And Financial Requirements, April 20: Presented by Adam Hooper, supervisor, Department of Health & Human Services, Long Term Care Division.

• Health Care Advanced Directives — Exploring Choices Now For What Care You Prefer Later, April 27: Presented by Mary Hagen, social services director, Maine Veterans’ Homes of South Paris.

• Do I Qualify For Any Veterans Administration Benefits and if So, How Do I Start The Process? May 4: Presented by Jerry Smith, veterans service officer from the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services.

Ellie Newell, RN, admissions coordinator at the facility is the organizer of this event, said, “Last year we were very pleased with the interest and attendance for the series, and decided to do another series to present even further healthcare information. The information will be useful not only for those looking for nursing home placement, but for those who want a better understanding of planning for their own health care.”

Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

FMI, register: 207-743-6300.

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