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QUALITY CARE SINCE 19 83 VO L U M E II, Spring 2008 Published in Consultation with the Family Council A Rabbi for All Seasons Rabbi Alan Sherman enjoys a very they are going through an aging process and are dealing with special connection to MorseLife in his their limitations,” he said. “They must initially adjust to living role as Director of Chaplain Services here instead of home, and they have spiritual issues and fears which he has held, with varying titles, that come into play.” since 1983. He ranks as one of the Rabbi Sherman noted that he also arranges for non-Jewish first staff members hired before the residents to meet with outside clergy so that the spiritual needs doors at Morse Geriatric Center were of all of our residents are met. ever opened 25 years ago. Chaplain Services employs a team approach. Rabbi Sherman He is a man of many accomplish- is assisted by Rabbi Nason Goldstein, the mashgiach who oversees ments and numerous awards for his Rabbi Alan R. Sherman the kashruth in the kosher kitchens and throughout the campus. public service. His community involvement runs Also, Cantor Jan Courte officiates and conducts services, and very deep — from interfaith and intercultural offers Jewish education programs. dialogue, as a founding and interim rabbi of a The team’s goal is to meet the spiritual needs of the residents by offering local synagogue, as a television public affairs co-host counsel, providing religious services and Jewish education, answering any and newspaper columnist, to being an advocate religious questions or concerns from residents or their families, and by for such causes as homelessness, mental health, providing the residents with opportunities to worship together as a religious AIDS, Planned Parenthood, and end-of-life care. community. In addition, the team provides much needed comfort during end-of-life challenges and What you might not know about Rabbi when there is a loss of a loved one. Sherman is that he is a retired chaplain with the “We realize that when you get older, religion often rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States takes on more importance,” continued Rabbi Sherman. Army Reserves and a decorated veteran of Operation “Residents are encouraged to participate in services Desert Shield/Storm. He is also highly respected with aliyahs, candle lighting, reading of the Torah, for being a co-founder of the Holocaust Survivors and wherever and whenever they are able.” of the Palm Beaches, his work with Urban League Finally, his job is to inspire all of us to become of Palm Beach County, and his role as Executive better human beings. He does this both through Director, Chaplaincy, for the Jewish Federation of individual example and by sharing the knowledge “I have a great Palm Beach County. he has obtained through the study of Jewish Many of us think of Rabbi Sherman as someone traditions. Twenty-five years after he took up the deal of pride in who conducts weekly Shabbat services; officiates at challenge of serving Morse Geriatric Center, he is the high quality wedding ceremonies and funerals; leads the Passover still inspired by our residents. seder; and delivers a sermon or two during the “I have a great deal of pride in the high quality of care that is High Holidays. While he certainly does all of those of care that is provided,” Rabbi Sherman stated. things, in reality he does and is so much more. “Thanks to the dedicated staff, MorseLife is truly provided. Thanks He uses the wisdom of the Torah to guide the a wonderful institution, and despite the financial residents of MorseLife and turns to the Torah and environment facing us over the years, MorseLife to the dedicated Judaism for answers. One of his primary goals is has never compromised on providing quality care.” staff, MorseLife to show the residents how to bring more spiritual- If you would like to make an appointment to ity into their lives. He instructs them in how to meet with Rabbi Sherman, he can be contacted at is truly a infuse everything they can do with a spiritual (561) 242-6659. If you would like to volunteer your purpose. time meaningfully with Chaplain Services, please wonderful “Many residents face difficult health issues — phone Nadine Greenberg at (561) 687-5337. institution.” Morse Geriatric Center – Rabbi Alan Sherman, On the Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus — 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33417 Director, Chaplain (561) 471-5111 • Fax: (561) 683-4556 • www.morselife.org Services, MorseLife, Inc. MORSE MATTERS Spring 2008 Morse Geriatric Center Council Advocates for our Residents Like the Family Council, the Resident Council of Who’s Who Morse Geriatric Center meets regularly as a proac- tive means for residents themselves to bring issues about care and service to the table and recommend positive changes to enhance the lives of our residents. EDWARDS 1 (561) 687-5783 Established by the Social Services Department at DON* Leena Geevarghese Unit Manager Juanita Dennis Morse, it is led by residents Riki Galison and Roz Social Worker Carolyn Beckford Abrams, who serve as president and vice president, EDWARDS 2 (561) 687-5784 respectively. Both Riki and Roz work together with DON Leena Geevarghese the group to serve as advocates to the nearly 280 individuals for whom we care Unit Manager Rose Marie Guerrier for every day. Social Worker Karen Symonette Riki has served as Resident Council president since she moved to Morse EDWARDS 3 (561) 687-5785 DON Leena Geevarghese Geriatric Center more than three years ago. According to Sue Dame, former Unit Manager Natasha Doughney-Turner director of social services, staff and residents are grateful that she is here. “We Social Worker Karen Symonette were immediately impressed by her outgoing nature and commitment,” Sue RESNICK 1 (561) 687-5786 noted. “With the Resident Council needing a president at that time, she was DON Diane Smeragliuolo Unit Manager Nada Zoghindy the most ideal person considered and she does a wonderful job.” Social Worker Sherry Apple Riki says she is glad to make an impact in this position. “I love the people RESNICK 2 (561) 687-5787 here, and the goal that drives me is to make sure everyone is happy,” she said. “I DON Leena Geevarghese learned a lot about advocacy from my upbringing — it’s important to step up Unit Manager Kim Luaces Social Worker Alison Black in support of others.” Besides being advocates for residents, the Resident Council also engages in RESNICK 3 (561) 687-5788 DON Diane Smeragliuolo various projects that bring spirit and life to residents, staff and even the com- Social Worker Alison Black munity. One of their efforts is donating funds to provide staff with gifts over RESNICK 4 (561) 687-5789 the winter holidays each year. DON Leena Geevarghese Lisa Simshauser, the new director of social services, notes that the Resident Unit Manager Hyacinth Brennan Social Worker Carolyn Beckford Council remains a vital part of the organization. “Our mission is to enable our * Director of Nursing residents to live with dignity and respect, and receive care with the highest ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS standards of excellence,” she said. “Who better than residents themselves to Keith A. Myers (561) 687-5744 advocate for their own common causes and ensure that Morse Geriatric Center President & CEO remains the ‘best of the best.’” Morris S. Funk (561) 687-5746 Resident Council meets the second Friday of each month at 11 a.m. For Senior Vice President of Operations more information, contact Carolyn Beckford at (561) 640-6235. Carmen Shell, RNC (561) 687-4709 Vice President of Clinical Services Alan Sadowsky, PhD Senior Vice President of Community-Based Services (561) 687-5745 Spotlight on Lisa Simshauser Lisa Simshauser (561) 687-5792 Lisa Simshauser, a 20-year employee at Morse, has Director of Social Services recently taken over the helm as director of social Marty Katz, MA, RD (561) 687-5773 Vice President of Support Services services, replacing Sue Dame, who is now manager of Fran Kroitor, MSPT (561) 687-5793 our Nearly New Thrift Shop. Director of Rehabilitation Born in Newton, MA, Lisa began working with Medical Office (561) 687-5768 seniors nearly 30 years ago, initially working for a Rhode Gift Shop (561) 471-5111 Island nursing home and later traveling throughout the state assisting elders with various needs. When she joined Morse, she worked in our Accounts Receivable Department, later joining the Come to the Next Social Services Department. Family Council Meeting! Lisa takes great pride in her new position. “I function as an advocate for the residents and families, as well as being their main support system in areas of Please join us for our next Family Council Meeting. It’s a “Wine & Cheese” reception grievance resolution, coordination and coverage for services,” Simshauser notes. on Tuesday, May 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “My most important role is to assist residents and their families to identify their options and provide them with critical information so that they can make — Please RSVP to Helene Rosenthal at (561) 839-1302. decisions that best fit their goals and needs. I get a huge amount of satisfaction by being able to resolve problems and help people in need.” 2 Spring 2008 MORSE MATTERS Aren’t Medicare and Medicaid the Same? Q: What is Medicaid? Q: How is Medicaid eligibility determined? A: Medicaid covers long-term care (LTC) services A: In Florida, the Department of Children & Families determines eligibility for certain low-income individuals who fit into for the institutional care program in nursing homes. For more information, an eligibility group recognized by federal and call the toll-free telephone number: (866) 762-2237. There are eligibility state law. Medicaid does not pay money to the rules and certain requirements that must be met, including age, income beneficiary; instead, it sends payments directly and resources, and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted to your health care providers. Its purpose is to immigrant. improve the health of those who might otherwise go without medical care. Q: What happens to my nursing home bed if I must go to the hospital? Q: Who pays for Medicaid and Medicare? A: Medicaid pays for “bed holds” up to eight days, but only if the resident A: The federal government pays 100% of the is on Medicaid when they go to the hospital. After the eight-day period, Medicare program, whereas Medicaid is a the resident must be discharged from the nursing home, unless payment is partnership between each state and the federal made privately to reserve the bed. Residents who are being covered by government. Medicare must be discharged once they are transferred to a hospital, since Medicare does not pay for any nursing home “bed holds.” Q: Who runs these programs? A: The Department of Health & Human Q: Is a nursing home resident under Medicaid allowed any spending Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid money? Services (CMS), runs the Medicare program. A: The resident retains a $35 per month personal needs allowance from Medicaid is a state-administered program, where his or her monthly income, which is routinely deposited in a long-term each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligi- care facility’s personal trust account. bility and services. Q: How has the Medicaid program changed in Florida over time? Q: How is Medicaid different from Medicare? A: Florida implemented the Medicaid program on January 1, 1970, to A: Medicaid is an entitlement program, while Medicare is a federal health insurance program provide medical services to indigent people. Over the years, the Florida for people who are age 65 or older, or disabled. Legislature has authorized Medicaid reimbursement for additional services. Eligibility for Medicare is not based on a person’s A major expansion occurred in 1989, when the United States Congress income or assets. mandated that states provide all Medicaid services allowable under the Social Security Act to children under the age of 21. Q: Does Medicare pay for nursing home stays? A. After a 3-day qualifying hospital stay, Medicare Part A covers days 1–20 in full. For days 21– 100, there is a $128-per-day co-pay; after 100 days, private pay or other insurance coverage Wish List must take over. Medicare Part B pays 80% of The following is our wish list for Morse Geriatric Center — items that we “outpatient services” such as lab, x-ray and therapies would really like to purchase, but may not be able to budget for at this (PT, ST & OT). Therapies have annual caps of time. If you can help fund the purchase of any of these items, or you $1,740 for PT & ST combined, $1,740 for OT. wish to provide support in other ways, please contact Medicare Part D pays for prescription drugs up Marilyn Blonder Opas, Director of Development, at (561) 242-1583. to the limits of your selected policy. Dining Room Tables (80) with adjustable tilt tops with wheels: ....... $35,000 Q: What services does Medicaid cover? Dining Room Chairs ........................................................................ $50,000 A: Florida Medicaid pays the participating facil- Patient Lifts ................................................................................ $6,000/each ity a daily rate determined in part by costs offset Vital Signs Machines ................................................................. $2,000/each by a legal personal responsibility such as a Social Laptop Computers ..................................................................... $3,000/each Security or pension funds payment. The Agency Large Plant Potting Stations ...................................................... $1,000/each for Health Care Administration (AHCA) develops Sponsorship of various activities we provide in our Therapeutic Recreation Department and carries out policies related to the Medicaid Weekly Thursday Shows .......................................................... $1,000/month program. A description of the services offered Weekly Wednesday-Afternoon Tea Socials ................................. $800/month by the Florida Medicaid program can be found Weekly Friday Shows After Shabbat ........................................... $400/month in the Summary of Services, 2007-2008 [http:// ahca.myflorida.com/Medicaid/pdffiles/ In all cases, we provide recognition of support of all donors. SS_07_070701_SOS.pdf ] - Updated 8/14/07. MORSE MATTERS Spring 2008 3 Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33417 Tel: (561) 471-5111 • Fax: (561) 683-4556 .morselife.org www.morselife.or www.morselife.org RESIDENT ACTIVITIES We have increased our “Showtimes,” “Piano Music,” and “Special Events.” Sundays: 2 p.m., in the Auditorium Wednesdays: Wednesdays: 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea with Piano Music Thursdays: 2 p.m., “Show of the Week” Fridays: We always feature great entertainment following the Sabbath Service at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. ~ The Club Singers Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m. ~ “The Dream Team Dancers” Friday, May 9 at 2:45 p.m. ~ Music with Larry Klass Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ~ “Arabian Nights-Belly Dancing Troupe” Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. ~ Mother’s Day with the Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. ~ Music with Edie DiCaro Bob Roberts Orchestra Wednesday, May 28 at 2 p.m. ~ Music with Suzanne Waltzer Monday, May 12 ~ Spa Day Thursday, May 29 at 2 p.m. ~ Music with John Clancy Wednesday, May 14 at 2 p.m. ~ Music with Julie Lendon Friday, May 30 at 2:45 p.m. ~ Music with Bobby Osborne May 15 at 2 p.m. ~ Swing Band 3 Music Thursday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ~ Show by the Hurricane Harmonizers May 15 & 16, 11a.m.–5 p.m. ~ “Books are Fun” book fair Wednesday, June 11 (time TBD) ~ Special performance from “Israeli Scouts” MORSELIFE CAMPUS EVENTS Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m. ~ Drum Circle for all Staff Members Tuesday, May 13 from 1:30–4:30 p.m. ~ Florida Comfort Wear: Clothing to purchase for staff and residents We would like to hear from you. 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