The Parmenter Food Pantry has been part of the Wayland community for nearly 60 years, since the creation of Parmenter Community Health. Initially the focus was on providing a special holiday meal to families in need until about 30 years ago when it was recognized that families need help with basic food items throughout the year. The Parmenter Food Pantry is a volunteer based organization that distributes grocery items to over 80 families in Wayland monthly, including 45 residents under the age of 18. There is great wealth in Wayland as well as many families who struggle to put food on their table. America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.
For the past 14 years, Laurie Hojlo, Wayland resident and member of the Parmenter Board of Trustees, has managed the Food Pantry. She has a great group of volunteers who help make it all happen. Volunteers pick-up groceries at numerous locations around town, organize the shelves in the pantry, pick-up perishable items, bag groceries on pick-up day, and help deliver to shut-ins. Special food collections are often done through the town, in schools, churches and other local events. The Parmenter Food Pantry needs your help now with cash donations and non-perishable food supplies. Our funds are low. Cash donations are used to purchase fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, juice, bread and other items that are in short supply. Please consider making a donation to the pantry. Checks may be sent to Parmenter Community Health Care, 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland MA 017778 or visit our website http://www.parmenter.org/donate. If you need supplementary food for your family, or know someone who does, please call 508-358-300 or Laurie Hojlo at 508-358-0028.
The pantry shelves are in need of replenishment at this time. Non-perishable donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the main office Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm or at one of the Local Community Donation sites:
• Stop & Shop 400 Boston Post Road
• Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 311 Boston Post Road
• Middlesex Savings Bank 150 Commonwealth Road
• Sovereign Bank 326 Boston Post Road
• The Village Bank 62 Boston Post Road
• Whole Foods Market 317 Boston Post Road
Vote for the Parmenter Food Pantry. The Wayland Branch of Sovereign Bank is hosting a charity competition for the next month or so. The Parmenter Food Pantry is one of three charities selected. Please stop by The Bank, thank them for their support of local charities and place your vote. The charity with the most votes will receive a check from the bank. Help us provide food support to struggling Wayland households!
“How do parents and adult children start these conversations?” asked one of the 50 audience members at the recent Forum, Health Care Options for All Stages of Life, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and The Parmenter Foundation. The Forum featured a panel discussion on palliative, comfort, and end-of-life care, followed by a time for comments and questions.
The panel featured Dr. Mark Yurkofsky, Medical Director of Parmenter’s Hospice program, Medical Director of Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center in West Roxbury and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. During his presentation titled Palliative Care: Scope, Accessibility and Quality of Life, Dr. Yurkofsky defined palliative care as “medications and treatments that are intended to relieve symptoms without having a curative effect on the underlying disease.”
Palliative care became a medical specialty in 2006. It evolved from hospice care, a team approach to care for people with life threatening conditions that addresses physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial distress, and seeks to improve quality of life for patients and their families. The palliative care health care team works to match patient values and preferences to achievable health care goals and make these goals the focus of an individualized plan of care.
Two caregivers who are League members shared their family stories. Parent Kris Thurston, discussed her son’s experience with STEPS (Success Through Education, Psychosocial support, and Socialization), one aspect of pediatric palliative care, and Marilyn Ellsworth, RN, shared her personal perspective on end-of-life care as caregiver and health care agent for her mother.
Robin Kampmann Gunderson of The Parmenter Foundation gave an overview of the process of Advance Care Planning sharing the results of a recent survey of Massachusetts residents indicating that 67% of those surveyed wish to die at home while current data indicates that only 24% die at home. Only 17% of those surveyed talked with their physicians about their wishes for end-of-life care. (Boston Globe Jan. 21, 2013). These numbers serve as a catalyst for healthcare providers, lawmakers, insurers and the residents of the Commonwealth to collaborate and re-double efforts to honor end-of-life wishes for care.
Parmenter is launching a new initiative: My Wishes of Care – Think, Choose, Share – a community education campaign on Advance Care Planning. ACP is a process of understanding care options, taking time for quiet reflection about values and what gives life meaning, engaging in important conversations with loved ones, and the making of informed, thoughtful choices, which are written down and shared with family, trusted friends and health care teams. An important component of ACP is choosing someone to serve as a health care agent, or proxy, to make health care decisions in partnership with health care teams.
“Having these important conversations upstream, before a health crisis, and giving yourself and loved ones time for the process to unfold helps to make these conversations a little easer to start,” said Gunderson. Conversation and planning tools kits can be found at http://www.theconversationproject.org and through Honoring Choices Massachusetts.
Health Care Proxy and Personal Health Care Directive instructions and forms can be downloaded at no cost at http://www.honoringchoicesmass.com, a newly formed non-profit organization committed to working together to ensure that health care choices are understood and honored throughout life. Resources for starting the process and these important conversations are available on the website.
Five Wishes, an Advance Care Planning document recognized in Massachusetts and 41 other states, is available at the Parmenter Foundation office located at 400 Boston Post Road in Sudbury. Documents may be completed at no cost, while some may want to consult an attorney. Parmenter does not provide legal advice.
Judy Deutsch of the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and Cindy Mayher, Executive Director of The Parmenter Foundation, welcomed all at the Goodnow Library.
A taping of the Forum will be aired on SudburyTV. For air times, go to http://www.sudburytv.org or call 978-443-9507. For more information and helpful links, go to http://www.sudburyleague.com or http://www.parmenter.org or call 978-443-8609.
Parmenter invites you to join us for a Wellness Check Up! We are here to help. Please call to reserve your spot, 508-358-3000.
When a life ends, the living are left to grieve. This is often a painful process. While there
are some common feelings and experiences associated with grieving, it is also a highly
personalized journey. Evidence shows that participating in a bereavement support group
can help facilitate the healing process. Our support groups are open to both Parmenter
Hospice families as well as general members of the community who arc grieving the loss
of a loved one. The groups are led by licensed mental health clinicians with expertise in
bereavement. There is no fee to participate in a group, but registration is required. The groups run for 8 weeks from 6:00-7:30pm at the Parmenter Administration Building, 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland.
Health Care Forum
Health Care Options for All Stages of Life, a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and The Parmenter Foundation, features a panel discussion on palliative, comfort, and end-of-life care, followed by a time for comments and questions.
The free forum takes place on Sunday, November 3 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Goodnow Library located at 21 Concord Road in Sudbury.
The panel features Dr. Mark Yurkofsky, Medical Director of Parmenter’s Hospice program and Medical Director of Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center, West Roxbury, who will discuss Palliative Care: Scope, Accessibility and Quality of Life.
Two caregivers will share their family stories; parent Kris Thurston, discusses her son’s experience with STEPS (Success Through Education, Psychosocial support, and Socialization), one aspect of pediatric palliative care, and daughter Marilyn Ellsworth, RN speaks about her personal perspective on end-of-life care.
Robin Kampmann Gunderson of The Parmenter Foundation will discuss Advance Care Planning, a process with tools to make your wishes for health care known.
Judy Deutsch of the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and Cindy Mayher, Executive Director of The Parmenter Foundation, welcome all. For more information, call 978-443-8609 or visit http://www.sudburyleague.com or www.parmenter.org.