Local Grocery Shopping Options During COVID-19 Community Response:
Barnard General Store: Offering Curbside Pick-Up & Delivery. Free Delivery service is only for Barnard Residents who are elderly, or who have compromised immune systems or are quarantined. There will be a limit of one delivery per week, per household. Curbside pick-up of groceries is also available for Barnard residents. Call the Barnard General Store for details at 234-9688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Barnard Helping Hands and Barnard BEES have volunteers in place for deliveries.
Woodstock Farmers Market: Offering Curbside Pick-Up. 457-3658 or woodstockfarmersmkt.com
In addition to The Thompson Center providing deliveries of necessities, volunteers are in place in all of the communities we serve to help shop for and deliver vital necessities. Please refer to the resources listed on page 2, or call The Thompson with any questions. 457-3277
UPDATE TAX ASSISTANCE
In response to COVID-19, AARP Tax-Aid has been suspended until further notice. Vermonters are advised that income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020:
- Vermont personal income tax,
- Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Claims
- Federal tax returns
This means taxpayers can file and pay these taxes on or before July 15, 2020 without any penalty or interest. This includes any tax year 2020 estimated payments that were due for these taxes on April 15th, 2020.”
Please be assured that we will call you to reschedule once AARP Tax-aides are up and running again.
Prescriptions from Woodstock Pharmacy
- Call (802) 457-1306
- Someone will be available to answer your calls Monday through Saturday from 9 AM-5 PM, but you won’t be able to enter the store to check on a prescription.
- Please call in your prescription refill, or have your doctor send or call in a new prescription, and pay by phone. A pickup time will be pro vided. Call or knock on the door upon arrival.
- Please minimize cash and check payments. Leave your credit card on file for faster service.
- The Thompson Center has volunteers in place to deliver your paid pharmaceuticals and supply needs to your home. If you can use this service call 457-3277 to make arrangements.
Update from Carla Kamel and the Community Health Team
Community Care Coordinator, Carla Kamel, is available for support in navigating resources and services and discussing community-based services. Carla wants our readers to know that she is available at the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) for a health and social wellness phone visit at 457-5414 or at email@example.com, even if it’s a five-minute phone conversation. A favorite quote of Carla’s by Henry Ford is “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Which as Carla acknowledges, “sums up what we do best in the Ottauquechee region.”
The Community Health Team of OHC and MAHHC health is looking for clean and gently used scrubs of any size for medical professionals at our local medical facilities.. If you are a retired medical professional or someone who has scrubs to donate, please drop them off at The Thompson Center in a the tub on our front porch or at OHC in an identified container by the coat rack, M-F, 8:00 am—5:00 pm.
Update from Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF)
OHF will continue to offer financial assistance for health and wellness needs through grants to those living in any of their nine service towns which include Woodstock, Barnard, Bridgewater, and Pomfret. If you or someone you know is experiencing financial stress in light of COVID-19 or other health reasons, please contact OHF. They will continue to serve the community by being available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 457-4188, Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm. Applications for financial assistance can be found on their website at www.ohfvt.org or by calling The Thompson Center.
Update from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center
The Aging Resource Center is trying to deliver more programs virtually. Please visit their website at www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/aging_resource_center/community_classes_and_events.html)
On that website people can access to the quick start guide for Zoom users. They will also try to provide technical support for those who experience issues accessing their virtual programs.
Caregiver Support Group Update:
The Thompson Support Group Facilitators Carla Kamel and Anne Herz can be reached by calling 802-457-5414. Carla and Anne are also making regular check-in calls and if you wish to be included, please let them know.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Available via Zoom at DHMC Aging
Resource Center, Wednesdays, 12:30-2 pm
This is an open support group for caregivers of loved ones with dementia. This group will meet virtually every Wednesday from 12:30 –2:00 pm until they can resume in person meetings.
Upper Valley Rehabilitation is offering Tele-health
Tele-health or Tele-rehabilitation offers one on one physical or occupational therapy through an internet enabled device with a camera. These virtual visits with a licensed therapist are live video sessions so patients do not have to visit a clinic for treatment.
Call or email directly at 802-457-4213 or email@example.com to schedule a virtual visit.
Sewing Masks for Donations
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is in need of fabric masks in response to the Center for Disease Control’s guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
General guidance for those who wish to participate and help by sewing masks for donation:
Important infection prevention:
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
- If you are able to answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks.
If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks.
Instructions for making masks:
100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
1/4″ or 3/8” flat elastic
If you would like a kit of fabric to get you started, please call ahead for availability to our Lebanon donation center hotline at 603-650-4217. This number is open Monday -Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
An instruction video is available from Deaconess Health System. Written instructions are also available.
Dropping off masks:
Masks can be dropped off in re-sealable plastic bag to one of our donation centered located at:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Service Center
50 LaBombard Road North
Update from Yankee Book Shop & Norman Williams Public Library
Looking for a book, or book suggestions? Need a card or a board game instead of a book? While closed, Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock is taking orders by phone, email, and on their website – all for curbside pickup or for delivery/shipping.
Here’s how things will work – which is always subject to change:
- Call for orders: 802-457-2411 on M, T, TH, F
- Visit their website 24/7: www.yankeebookshop.com for book recommendations
- You can also email them anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org
- They are providing Front Porch Delivery every Tuesday & Friday, call the store for details, and extending free media mail shipping to those they cannot reach directly through April 30th. Please note: Thompson Center volunteers are in place to pick up and deliver pre-paid books if you want to stay home.
Update from the Norman Williams Public Library website, www.normanwilliams.org:
All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended during the closure period.
Through the Library website, there is access to e-books and other online resources. – Stay tuned to further communications on their webpage, Facebook, email newsletter and the Woodstock Listserv.
Looking for a Good Book?
Two of our avid readers have suggestions for some good reads right now.
From Beryl Spencer:
Running the Books, by Avi Steinberg, 2010. The author was born in Jerusalem, raised in Cleveland and Boston. He had extensive education in Talmudic studies and a degree from Harvard. He accepted a job with the Boston Globe writing obituaries. In a bad economy he left the Globe and accepted a position as librarian at the Suffolk County House ofCorrection. This is an entertaining account of his interactions and support/restrictions with con men, pimps, psycho killers, bank robbers, gun runners, gangsters and prison staff.
And from Sherry Belisle:
The Sound of Music is probably America’s favorite movie of all time, and there are 5 books about the family and the movie. The book on which the movie was based is “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Auguste Trapp. Maria also wrote “Around the Year with the Trapp Family Singers”. She shares the traditions they followed, stories, recipes and illustrations by her daughter Rosmarie.
Captain von Trapp’s oldest daughter (not Leisel, but Agathe) wrote “Memories Before and After The Sound of Music”. Some years ago, I was privileged to see and hear Agathe at a bookstore in West Lebanon, now gone. She sets some history straight, such as the fact that her mother was as musical as Maria and taught the children to sing. Also, Tom Santopietro has written “The Sound of Music Story”, by and Julia Antopol Hirsch has written “The Sound of Music, the Making of America’s Favorite Musical”.
Have a book review to share? Send it to email@example.com for our May Newsletter.
All regular & previously scheduled programming at The Thompson has been suspended until further notice.
Community Health Clinic
Call Directly for Assistance at 802-674-7213 or email: Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewelry Repair at The Thompson
Thompson Cafe Soup Days
AARP Smart Driver Safety Course
Medicare For New Enrollees –What You Need to Know
Topics included in this presentation:
- Medicare Parts A, B & D and why we need them
- Penalties for not enrolling
- Medicare Advantage Plans
- Medicare Supplemental Plans
- How to enroll and when
Please pre-register by calling 457-3277 or at email@example.com
Caregiver Bootcamp at The ThompsonPresented by Jessica Talb, Regional Vice President of TLC HomeCare and Community EducatorWednesdays, April 29, May 6 and 13, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Coffee is on at The ThompsonJoin us in the Morning!
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