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             COMMUNITY UPDATE                                                              CORONAVIRUS                          COVID-19



      the marketplace, navigators are available   end this charade and begin to work on
      within local communities to provide free,   a comprehensive plan to bring inmates   Memory Care Program      is also focused on the caregiver. “The
      unbiased consumer assistance in finding   back while increasing jobs at the jail in                          caregiver was left to fend for them-
      the right health plan. There are now 18   Cumberland.”                    for Caregivers                     selves. Their own health often suffered
      organizations with navigators that can   Cumberland County is scheduled      A unique collaboration between two   due to the stress of caring for someone
      provide help to residents by phone, virtu-  to spend millions of dollars exporting   healthcare organizations will provide   with a cognitive impairment,” said Gary
      ally or in person                   inmates to Atlantic and Hudson counties.   caregivers of individuals living with   Skole, founder of AlzBetter, a com-
        Residents can learn more at       Bermudez and PBA 231 have been vocal   dementia much needed support, ser-  prehensive program that focuses on
      GetCovered.NJ.gov or:               critics of these plans from the very begin-  vices, and education. It is covered under   engagement, communication, and evi-
        Find free local assistance on the Get   ning.                           a new Medicare benefit to help support   dence-based best practices for dementia
      Covered New Jersey website;                                               families who have a loved one living   care and support.
        Browse plans now and see if they qual-  Red Cross Honors                with Alzheimer’s or another form of   The MemoryCare.Health program
      ify for financial help with the Shop and                                  dementia. Angelic Health and AlzBetter   includes:
      Compare Tool                        New Jersey Donors                     have teamed up to support individuals   • Education: You will receive a copy
        Get Covered New Jersey’s Final Open   In March, the American Red Cross   living with dementia and those who   of our award-winning manual, a short
      Enrollment Snapshot may be found here:   New Jersey Region is honoring the peo-  care for them. This unique service is   training videos targeting your exact
      nj.gov/getcoverednj/help/about/pub-  ple who make its mission possible every   performed at home, either in person   needs., and a trained dementia coach.
      licinfo.shtml                       day during its annual Red Cross Month   or via TeleHealth. A trained personal   • Problem Solving Support: It is
                                          celebration—a national tradition started   dementia specialist and a nurse prac-  challenging to care for a loved-one liv-
      Bermudez Calls for                  nearly 80 years ago when President    titioner will assess your situation and   ing with dementia. A personal dementia
                                                                                provide a customized care plan with
                                                                                                                   coach and nurse practitioner will offer
                                          Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first
      Inmates from Atlantic,              national Red Cross Month proclama-    resources and education to meet the   support and guidance on how to deal
                                                                                individual’s specific needs.
      Hudson to Be Recalled               tion recognizing those who give back     A certified dementia specialist will   with challenging behaviors.
                                                                                                                      • Resources: MemoryCare.Health
                                          through the American Red Cross. Each
      to Cumberland                       U.S. president has issued a proclamation   contact you and do a comprehensive   staff can put you in touch with local
        Victor Bermudez, president of PBA   ever since.                         assessment to identify areas of concern   and national resources that may include
                                                                                and stress. Based on the findings of the
                                                                                                                   funds available for care, legal help,
      Local 231, recently amplified a deci-  “The Red Cross is powered by vol-  assessment, a nurse practitioner will   financial assistance, support groups and
      sion by the Atlantic County Board of   unteers in the community who give of   create and review with you a custom-  more.
      Commissioners to cancel the expansion   their time, talents and compassion to   ized plan of care.              • Medication: The healthcare team
      of their jail to accept Cumberland County   help others in need every day,” said Rosie   “So many people are struggling   will assess and review medications with
      inmates, labeling the decision “a stake in   Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross   with being a caregiver for someone   you, so you know what the medication
      the heart of Cumberland administrators   New Jersey Region. “We honor this dedi-  with dementia,” said Dan Mikus, CEO   is and how best to administer it to your
      original jail shutdown plan,” and calling   cation during our Red Cross Month cel-  of Angelic Health. “They are over-  loved one.
      for a viable plan to bring all inmates in   ebration, and we invite everyone to turn   whelmed, stressed, frustrated and tired   For more information call 856-812-
      Atlantic and Hudson back to Cumberland.   their compassion into action by joining   and are in dire need of services to help   3299, e-mail memorycare@angelic.
        “Atlantic County made a business   us this Red Cross Month.”            them as well as their loved one.”  health, or visit MemoryCare.health
      decision,’’ said Berumudez. “They don’t   Join Red Cross Month by visiting   While other services may provide   The site offers an online tool to help
      want our inmates or our problems as   redcross.org/NJ to become a volunteer,   care for just the patient, this program   gauge the extent of memory loss.
      individual county inmate populations are   make an appointment to donate blood or
      sharply increasing with staffing short-  take a class in lifesaving skills, such as
      ages statewide.”                    first aid and CPR. On March 23, you can   massive flooding in numerous counties   platelet donation immediately to help
        According to a story in the February   also join our annual Red Cross Giving   across the state. The Red Cross provided   ensure patients get the care they need
      16, 2022 edition of The Press of Atlantic   Day campaign by donating at redcross.  shelter, food, emergency relief supplies,   as soon as possible. To make an appoint-
      City, the Atlantic County Board of   org/givingday to help provide shelter,   emotional support, health services and   ment, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call
      Commissioners voted down a $1 million   food, relief items, emotional support and   recovery assistance to those affected.  1-800-RED CROSS or download the Red
      architecture contract for the expansion   other assistance for people affected by   These disasters, along with home fire   Cross Blood Donor App.
      of the county jail. The purpose of the   disasters big and small.        response and other Red Cross service   As a thank-you, all those who come to
      expansion was to house 250 inmates     The Red Cross New Jersey Region   delivery in New Jersey, can be found on   give March 1-31 will receive a $10 e-gift
      from Cumberland County.             launched two major relief efforts last   the region’s Year in Review page on red-  card, thanks to Fanatics. Plus, those
        “Atlantic County’s jail expansion   year—one after heavy rains associated   cross.org/NJ.                  who come to donate in March will be
      was the lynchpin to Cumberland’s jail   with Tropical Storm Henri caused flood-  The Red Cross blood supply remains   automatically entered for a chance to
      shutdown plan,” said Bermudez. “That’s   ing in parts of Middlesex County, and   incredibly vulnerable—especially as doc-  win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB® All-
      no longer an option, and there’s no   another in response to Hurricane Ida,   tors begin to resume elective surgeries   Star Game® in Los Angeles, California.
      longer a plan after scrapping a new jail   which brought a tornado to Gloucester   previously delayed by omicron. It’s criti-  (Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/team for
      bonded by the taxpayers. It’s time to   County and record rainfall that caused   cal that individuals schedule a blood or   details.) n
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