By Matt Guyette
Monadnock Developmental Services, Inc.
121 Railroad Street, Keene, NH 03431
Do you know someone who might need support? Do you have questions about eligibility? Are you curious about the entry process, waiting list, or your own status? Contact Dale Miner, MDS Intake Specialist, for prompt information and a clear explanation of our services and the developmental disabilities system.
Nursing supports are available to those individuals receiving residential supports through MDS. Nursing trains Direct Support Professionals to administer medications safely and in compliance with state regulations.
Personal Care Services Provider
The Personal Care Services Provider program offers non-medical personal care to elderly and chronically ill adults enabling them to live independently and safely in their homes and communities. This program gives people choice and control regarding their personal care services. Participants can name another person to help manage their services if they wish. If you want to live at home in your community, the PCSP program can work for you.
Respite is designed to provide short-term care for a family member with a developmental disability or chronic health condition. The program is a resource for making matches between families and providers. Respite services can be accessed through a referral from your Service Coordinator. Limited Respite funds are available to families who qualify. For more information about the Respite program, contact Katie Sickles, Respite Coordinator at 603-352-1304.
Because of the serious shortage of transportation in our region, MDS has developed a transportation system that serves more than 100 people every day (M-F), on a very tightly managed schedule. MDS Transportation operates daily (M-F) with five demand response routes, using five vans (three mini-vans, two wheelchair vans).Drivers transport supported individuals to and from their day programs, places of employment, and to other appointments. For the most part, the drivers for each route remain the same each day so that our clients can have a friendly and familiar travel experience. These MDS vehicles are also made available for those individuals requiring transportation after regular business hours and/or on weekends. All driving is by MDS employees. For more information on MDS Transportation, please contact Deb Clark at 603-352-1304
The holidays are approaching and I’m eagerly awaiting schmaltzy Bing Crosby on the radio, a snowy wonderland, and merrymaking with family and friends. While we start the season humming “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” by the end, we too often find ourselves stressed, sick, and five pounds heavier.
Here are a few tips to make sure the season starts and stays wonderful for you and your family.
❆ While you’re enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to wear layers of clothing. Children are especially susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, so dress them in an extra layer and have them to come inside frequently to warm up.
❆ Avoid cotton! Warm, wicking options like wool, silk, polypropylene, or nylon are good base layers. Top this off with a wind-breaking, waterproof outer layer. Keep a hat on and wear gloves, wool socks, and waterproof boots.
❆ Be aware of icy conditions and take appropriate precautions, whether you’re in the car or on foot. Give yourself extra time and drive slowly to your destination. Salt the walkways around your house.
❆ While candles, fireplaces, and light decorations are beautiful, they can also be fire and burn hazards. Make sure cords and any open flames are out of reach of toddlers.
❆ When everyone’s enjoying the eggnog, and the house is brimming with laughter and good cheer, the children can sometimes get into trouble. A responsible adult should supervise at all times.
❆ Viruses can really put a damper on your holiday season. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from “catching a cold.” Wash with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds and do so before eating a meal; when preparing food; after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose; after using the restroom; and after coming into contact with someone who is ill.
❆ Everyone six months and older should receive the influenza vaccine, unless you have a specific contraindication (your healthcare provider can answer your questions).
❆ Newborns should be protected from illness as much as possible and no one with a fever or an active illness should come into close contact with the baby.
❆ If your child has asthma, keep a close eye on them because flares tend to occur more often in the winter months. Follow the asthma action plan set by your provider.
Eat healthy and exercise
❆ While it’s tempting to overindulge, after the fifth holiday party enjoyment can turn into regret. An excessive amount of sugary, salty, and fatty foods contribute to fatigue and weight gain. Enjoy these in moderation. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
❆ Many of us don’t get as much exercise as we should in the wintertime. I’ve been there — cuddling up by the fireplace is very enticing! But we benefit physically and mentally from regular exercise. Aim for the recommended one hour of aerobic activity daily for kids and two-and-a-half hours a week for adults.