2020 Seasonal Flu Clinics
If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to your appointment, please do not come to your scheduled flu shot appointment. Contact the Flu Hotline for more information.
Schedule your appointment online at myD-H.org. If you do not have a myD-H account, please call the Flu Hotline at 603-653-3731
Woodstock Pharmacy Update
The Thompson has been receiving phone inquiries and hearing concerns about the closing of the Woodstock Pharmacy. Owner Gary Smith shared, “CVS Pharmacy has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail prescription records of Woodstock Pharmacy and CVS is working to ensure that transition is seamless for patients and that their access to pharmacy care is not interrupted.”
We understand that as of October 5th, you will be able to get prescriptions filled at CVS or call another pharmacy to have them transfer your prescription(s), if you wish. While we’re all sad about the closing of the Woodstock Pharmacy and will miss it terribly, we have some good news about deliveries once the prescriptions are moved to CVS. The Ottauquechee Health Foundation, Mt. Ascutney Hospital community health team staff, & The Thompson are working with Sarah and Colleen (long-time Woodstock Pharmacy Staff) to quickly develop a delivery/courier service and ensure a way to pay for that service if needed. Please call the Thompson, or Sarah at Woodstock Pharmacy, to be added to the list for possible deliveries.
We also offer a West Lebanon Shopping trip with Stagecoach on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The October shopping trips are October 7th, and 21st, departing the Woodstock area at 9amwith earlier stops in Barnard and Bridgewater. If you would like a ride please call for more information, 457-3277.
Individual Benefit Assistance –
Medicare, Medicaid, Food & Fuel Assistance
One on One Meetings are now available at the Thompson Center
Friday, October 2 & 23, 9:30—1:00 pm, call the Thompson for September dates
The Windsor Community Health Clinic (WCHC) is available for 1:1 appointments at The Thompson Center. A staff member can answer your individual questions about Medicaid, Medicare parts A, B, and D, food and fuel assistance, and dental and medication help. Although now they are offering in person appointments, WCHC staff continue to offer assistance over the phone or via Zoom.
All CDC and state guidelines for infection control and distancing will be strictly adhered to including the wearing of face coverings.
To schedule a one on one, in person appointment, please call the Thompson at 802-457-3277. In the meantime please reach out the WCHC directly if you have any questions about Medicaid, Medicare, food or fuel assistance, dental or medication help at 802-674-7213.
Thompson’s Annual Virtual Falls Prevention Awareness Program and Self-Guided Balance Screenings
Presented by Linda Harvey, Mt Ascutney Physical Therapist
Wednesday, September 30, 1-2 pm via zoom
Are you worried about falling? Are you ready to be steady?
There are so many things you can do to stay steady and prevent a fall!
- Check your vision yearly
- Pick up clutter
- Review your medications
- Get physically active
This virtual event will offer an informational session followed by Linda guiding participants in a self assessment for balance using the CDC-approved STEADI criteria. Please register for this event by calling The Thompson Center and you will be notified with the zoom link information. You will need a sturdy chair and comfortable clothes and shoes.
Advance Directive Assistance is Available
The Thompson Center’s group of trained and caring volunteers will be resuming Advance Directive assistance remotely. Please contact The Thompson Center if you would like a remote appointment with a volunteer and you will be contacted directly by Meg, Judy, or Anne. They will determine the best type of appointment be it via phone, Zoom, Facetime, or conference call, that works best for you. After your initial call to The Thompson, a staff member will send an Advance Directive form and a booklet from the Vermont Ethics Network to help you prepare for your appointment.
How to Gain Access to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Telehealth Services
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, (MAHHC) is asking patients of the Hospital and of Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock, Vermont who have not already done so, to sign up for the myMAHHC Patient Portal, in order to gain access to telehealth services.
These new services through the myMAHHC Patient Portal will offer a safe, convenient way for patients to receive ongoing medical consultations from a medical professional while they stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Hospital staff are currently contacting patients to sign them up, but they encourage people to initiate enrollment at their convenience.
To enroll in myMAHHC, people are asked to have their email address ready, and go to mtascutneyhospital.org/mymahhc-patient-portal to sign up. Or they can call (802) 674-7300, and choose option #3 for the Primary Care Clinic and speak with a representative. Patients using the services of the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock may call (802) 457-3030 to enroll.
Telehealth Virtual Visit Appointments
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, and Chesire Medical Center are offering appointments with providers from the comfort and safety of your home.
This means that you are able to use technology such as a telephone, tablet, computer or smart phone to receive medical care from your provider and care team without needing to go to your doctor’s office.
For more information visit: go.d-h.org/virtual visits.
Telehealth Technology Help Line: Toll-Free Phone: (888) 353-3462
Information provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Welcome Back Bone Builders!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning August 25, 3-4 pm
We look forward to welcoming our Bone Builders students back to The Thompson during Phase One of re-opening! Classes will begin in our open tent and all CDC and state guidelines for infection control and social distancing will be strictly followed. We have a maximum tent capacity of 11 students and you are asked to pre-register in advance for each class during this Phase One. Please bring your own weights if you have them. Thompson weights and disinfectant wipes will be available. Classes will not be held in extreme heat or in pouring rain. Althea will send out an email or you can call The Thompson on those questionable days.
All participants must be screened on our front porch before attending class. Please do not go directly to the tent but only through our building after being screened. Masks will be required for entrance to the building and to the tent.
Please note: Althea has paperwork for every student to complete prior to class which will be available at The Thompson or can be emailed to you.
Tai Chi this Fall! – Sun Forms 73, Fall Prevention, and Anne’s NEW class, Tai Chi with a Chair
Fall Prevention: Wednesdays, in The Thompson Tent, 9:45-10:45am: September series continuing on Oct. 7 & 14
Sun 73 Forms: Wednesdays, in The Thompson Tent, 10:45-11:45am: September series continuing on Oct. 7 & 14.
$3/per session, payable to the Thompson Center. Class size limited so call the Thompson to reserve your spot for each session – 457-3277.
Fall Prevention: Wednesdays 10-11am, 5 sessions starting Oct. 21
Sun 73 Forms: Wednesdays 11:20am-12:10pm, 5 sessions starting Oct. 21
Payment by contribution mailed to Anne Bower
NEW! Tai Chi with a Chair via Zoom, is a new class for folks who struggle with balance issues, are in recovery from a health problem, or who want a really gentle form of Tai Chi.
Mondays Beginning Oct. 5, 10-11am and run for 6 sessions. If you know someone who could use this type of class, please let them know so they can email Anne. email@example.com
To register for any of Anne’s Zoom classes, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the Zoom link and passcode. All Tent classes require registration by calling The Thompson.
Strength, Stretch & Stability
Zoom Classes will remain in effect until further notice
Led by Liz Hatfield, Certified Fitness Trainer
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Motion is Lotion! Now is the time to focus on ourselves. We must stay positive and strong. In the short term, exercise can help the immune system find and deal with pathogens, and in the long term, regular exercise slows down changes that happen to the immune system with aging, therefore reducing the risk of infection.
Join this class, move your body and feel physically, mentally and emotionally better.
- Dumbbells, Soup Cans (14oz is approx. 1lb), Bag of Beans or Rice (1lb) or Filled Water Bottles
- Dish Towel or Pillowcase
- Two Paper plates, Rags or Furniture Gliders/Coaster (NOT RUBBER)
- 12Plastic cups (e.g. “Solo” cups) – 6 Red & 6 Blue – Linda Grant has left 10 sets at The Thompson in a bag if you would like to pick them up.
For information on how to access the Zoom classes, contact Liz directly at 802-522-9273 or email at email@example.com
Every second Wednesday of the month starting September 9th at 10 am at the WUHSMS back parking lot (toward the Union Arena)
VeggieVanGo is a FREE FOOD distribution event provided by the VT Foodbank and sponsored by the WCUD School Nutrition Program. We have moved our VeggieVanGo to every second Wednesday of the month starting September 9th to accommodate the reopening of the WUHSMS campus. The distribution site will be located in the back parking lot at the Union Arena Entrance. We welcome families to pick up and deliver out for other families as well. We have yet to run out of food! ALL ARE WELCOME! Please contact Gretchen Czaja-WCUD School Nutrition Program Director with any firstname.lastname@example.org 802-457-1317, 1123
Caregiver Support Group Update:
The Thompson Support Group Facilitators Carla Kamel and Anne Herz will continue to reach out with regular check in calls. If you wish to be included please let them know by calling 802-457-5414.
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.