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Westminster Will Soon Have Community Nurse for Disabled & Seniors

Westminster will soon have a community nurse. The board of directors of Westminster Cares voted at its March meeting to contract with a nurse to provide part-time help with basic medical needs to disabled citizens and seniors over 60 years old who don't qualify for Visiting Nurse Association visits. He or she will also offer services such as flu shot clinics and blood pressure checks at community potlucks.

The board allocated $2,500 to the project and will look for grants to cover future costs.

Getting the word out to Westminster residents who need and want the services of the town nurse was discussed. The board will send out information to local media, including the Westminster Gazette, as well as distribute flyers and posters.

When the Westminster/Rockingham Elder Housing Project holds its first meeting March 30, Westminster Cares will send several representatives to discuss what the organization can offer to the project. That may include transportation to appointments for residents and offering some current programs at the housing.

Westminster Cares, the United Church of Bellows Falls, the Council on Aging of Southeastern Vermont, Sojourns Community Health Clinic and the towns of Westminster and Rockingham are collaborating on the housing project.

The board also:

• unanimously approved spending $300 to underwrite the Westminster Gazette

• heard that the annual fundraising appeal has reached $13,475

• discussed plans for a party to recognize its volunteers on Saturday, April 24, at the Westminster Institute and

• congratulated Friedman for being named the Westminster Citizen of the Year by the town.

Services provided in February: Meals on Wheels to 13 people; 16 rides for five different people by three volunteers for a total of 180 miles; and two pieces of medical equipment borrowed. Volunteers visited three people.

Programs held in February: two Secrets of Healthy Aging sessions, three yoga classes, three Artist in Each of Us classes, and 22 exercising classes.

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