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Meals On Wheels joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Meals On Wheels is proud to announce that it will be participating in the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners supported through the promotion. From November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of participating charities. The eleventh annual Subaru Share the Love® Event will help deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Rochester’s seniors.
Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like ours, will receive a share of the donation raised by Subaru in their state. Meals On Wheels has partnered with Doyle Subaru in Webster, NY to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals On Wheels.
“Meals on Wheels America is thrilled to partner with Subaru of America for the Subaru Share the Love Event for the eleventh year in a row,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since 2008, the Subaru Share the Love Event has helped local Meals on Wheels programs deliver nearly 2 million meals to vulnerable seniors nationwide. We remain proud and grateful to have the generous support of Subaru in helping us ensure that homebound seniors receive the daily nutrition and companionship they need to thrive.”
Over the last 10 years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $118 million to its charity partners. This year’s Subaru Share the Love Event is on track to bring that total to over $140 million, proving there’s no limit to the amount of love we can all share.
By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Subaru Share the Love Event and selecting Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors right here in Rochester.
For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.
Rescue Pit Has Pet Food Drive Kick-Off Event For Meals On Wheels Pet Food Program
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Rescue Pit, a local not-for-profit organization that focuses on the education and awareness about Pit Bulls, has teamed up with Meals On Wheels this holiday season to help raise pet food donations and funds for the Meals On Wheels Pet Food Program. The kick-off event took place Thursday, November 29th at Black Button Distilling in Rochester. The fundraising effort extends through the end of the 2018 year. The goal is to raise 2500 lbs of pet food. Our Pet Food Program calls attention to the importance of pets to the well-being of home bound older adults. Helping keep these companion pets – dear friends of our participants – well fed, healthy and part of the family for as long as possible is the motivating factor behind this program. If you would like to donate, you can visit https://rescuepit.org/fooddrive/ and see the progress!
Finger Lakes Morning News November 2018 Appearance - National Home Care & Hospice Month
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Jane Shukitis, our President and CEO, joined Ted Baker from the Finger Lakes Morning News to speak about November being National Home Care & Hospice month. She was joined by Margaret Wiant, Director of Public Relations.
Navy members helps cook for Meals On Wheels
Friday, November 9, 2018
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 a group of local Navy men and women took time out of their day to help Meals On Wheels. They helped in the kitchen by preparing meals for the companies recipients. The meals that they are helping produce will be for Thanksgiving. Volunteers that have been helping out were from the Navy Reserve Center on Paul Road. "It's wonderful, it's great for them," said Julie Cunningham, manager for Meals On Wheels. "It's great for us to have the additional volunteers. To have some new volunteers coming in. We are always in need of groups like this to come in and help out with holiday meals and our special projects that we have." This story originally ran on WROC 8.
UR Medicine Home Care and We Honor Veterans honors 'Battle of the Bulge' veteran
Friday, November 9, 2018
On Thursday, November 8th, 2018 we were able to honor a very special person. Wilbur Cooper is 100 years old and is an Army Veteran who is one of the last surviving soldiers from The Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Wilbur will be celebrating his 101th birthday next week. We were able to honor him on our We Honor Veterans program today with a very special ceremony with family and friends present. Also, several local news stations were able to come out and cover the event.
2018 Ontario-Yates Hospice Winemakers Dinner
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
On November 2nd, 2018, we had our annual Winemakers Dinner for Ontario-Yates Hospice at Ventosa Vineyards. Several local wineries donated wine that gets paired with a five course meal. We sold out the event this year. Col. (Ret.) Michael J. Healy was awarded for the work that he does in the community for the We Honor Veterans program and Ontario-Yates Hospice. Here are some photos from the event!
Jackie Coates named Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care Nurse of the Year
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Dr. Jacqueline Coates, DNP, MS, RN, FNP-C received the Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care Nurse of the Year award at the 8th annual Rochester Nurse of the Year awards. This event was held on October 12th and it honored nurses all across the region and in different areas. Congratulations Jackie! You make URMHC proud! Here is a snippet of her nomination: Dr. Jacqueline Coates practices as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at UR Medicine Home Care (URMHC). Jackie provides exceptional education and guidance for Hospice staff, and compassionate end-of-life care for patients and their families. Jackie also serves as Director for the "We Honor Veterans" program; a service which she is very passionate about. Among her many accomplishments, Jackie is a National Instructor for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) at both URMHC and St. John Fisher College, where she also instructs student nurses, inspiring them to share her passion for compassionate end-of-life care. She brings her expertise to the racetrack on many weekends as Director of Nursing for NASCAR, where she was awarded the Nursing Director of the Year Award in 2016. Jackie's commitment to teaching and sharing her vast experience with other nurses to motivate them and prepare them for success in their own professional careers earns my nomination for Nurse of the Year.
Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service selected by the Messenger Post Media as the 2018 Best of the Finger Lakes Nursing Service
Friday, October 19, 2018
Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, was selected by the Messenger Post Media as the 2018 Best of the Finger Lakes Nursing Service. The agency competed against other well-known home care agencies and was recognized to be the best in the area. The agency was honored at a special event on Thursday, October 18th at the Canandaigua Country Club. Congratulations team FL!
Finger Lakes Morning News September 2018 Appearance - Caring for Caregiver Conference
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
UR Medicine Home Care's Karen Quartaro and guest speaker Martha Stettinius speak about the upcoming Caring for the Caregivers Conference.
Finger Lakes Morning News July 2018 Appearance - Ontario-Yates Hospice and the Butterfly Event
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Jan DiDiuro and Margaret Wiant from UR Medicine Home Care speak about volunteering for Ontario-Yates Hospice and upcoming events for the company.
Andy LaManna, Meals On Wheels Volunteer, selected for the 2018 Carol Ritter-Wright Award for Volunteer Service
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Here is the write-up from the awards event about Andy. Thank you Andy for all that you do!
Andy has volunteered with our Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, for six years, and in these six years he has consistently gone above and beyond—igniting new ideas, generating promotional opportunities, recruiting volunteers and increasing donations.
As the Meals On Wheels Adopt-A-Route Coordinator at Paychex, he coordinates the two routes they deliver. He also encourages other Paychex offices throughout Monroe County and in other parts of the United States to become involved with Meals On Wheels.
Andy took the first opportunity available to extend his volunteerism beyond delivering meals when he volunteered to promote Meals On Wheels at the Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest in the summer of 2013. Throughout 2014 Andy’s initiative drove him to reach farther to help meet the need by arranging to have the Webster Chamber of Commerce include a flyer about Meals On Wheels in their newsletter.
Andy continued his support of Meals On Wheels in 2015 though more initiatives. He became involved with our March for Meals Campaign by reaching out to Famous Dave's restaurant to create a fundraiser during the month of March which raised $250.00 for the program, and the effort helped us secure a $2,000 March for Meals grant from the national organization, Meals On Wheels America.
Andy also continues to look for ways to raise money for Meals On Wheels. In July 2015 he applied for and secured a donation from the Paychex Foundation for $2,000! And in July of 2017 a $2,500 donation was made by to Meals On Wheels by Paychex to recognize the efforts of Andy and his colleagues as an Adopt-A-Route group.
Andy’s belief in Meals On Wheels and his dedication to advance its mission are undeniable. Without a doubt, he is an incredible asset to the organization, and therefore, was invited to join the Meals On Wheels Advisory Board. His active involvement was immediate.
Andy supports Meals On Wheels in so many ways. He delivers meals, he schedules co-workers to deliver meals, he recruits volunteers, he serves on the Meals On Wheels Advisory Board, he initiates fundraising ideas, he secures donations and grants, and he also invigorates the organization. His can-do-attitude and out-of-the-box thinking is inspiring to the staff, the volunteers and the Advisory Committee.
Finger Lakes Morning News June 2018 Appearance - Home Infusion
Monday, June 11, 2018
Deb Whitney-Hall, Manager of our Home Infusion Program at UR Medicine Home Care, speaks about the program and it helps keep people in their home.
Dream Team helps hospice patients' dreams come true
Thursday, June 7, 2018
(story from Finger Lakes Times, May 30, 2018) Ontario-Yates Hospice recently benefited from the DreamCatchers program, a network of local volunteers who work to make patients’ final dreams come true. A group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges student volunteers, The Dream Team, helped two avid fishermen patients fish one last time. The group originally planned to take Joe to Canandaigua Lake, but he did not have enough strength or stamina to make the outing, so the club brought the fishing to him. It included a picnic lunch and decorative pond table cloth complete with colorful faux fish. The afternoon was spent swapping “fish tales.” Joe was moved to tears when he saw the spread and said, “I feel like I’m in heaven and I’m surrounded by angels.” The Dream Team treated Skip to a picnic and a warm, sunny day of fishing near Penn Yan. While there, Skip shared stories about his life and explained the art of fishing. Katherine Vangaever, a freshman at HWS, began the DreamCatchers Club in high school and is carrying on the tradition at college. She works with Ontario-Yates Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Jan DiDuro to carry out dreams as requests come in. For more information, contact DiDuro at email@example.com or (315) 759-8225.
Finger Lakes Morning News May 2018 Appearance - Older Americans Month
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Dr. Thomas Caprio, Chief Medical Officer for UR Medicine Home Care, Discusses Older Americans Month on The Finger Lakes Morning News.
Meals On Wheels celebrates 11 million meals delivered to seniors
Thursday, April 26, 2018
(Story copied from 13 WHAM Rochester, NY) A huge milestone was reached on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 for a local Meals On Wheels program. The 11 millionth meal was delivered at 12 p.m. Tuesday. 13WHAM's Ginny Ryan and her mother were able to serve the meal in celebration of the milestone. Adel and Ruth Letson were happy to see the meal come through their door. "It's wonderful," Ruth said. "I love them. We have something different every day." Jane Shukitis, CEO of UR Medicine Home Care, was also thrilled to see the benchmark. "It's more than a meal," Shukitis said. "It's a daily check in and a friendly hello. Often times these folks don't have any other interaction all day long, other than somebody coming to deliver a meal to them. It's a very special program." Nearly 1,000 meals are delivered each and every day by 200 volunteers throughout the Rochester area who make it happen. Ginny's mother has been a volunteer for 20 years. For more photos from the event, head on over to our Facebook page.
Jackie Coates Awarded Faculty Award at the 5th Annual Civic Engagement Awards Celebration
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Jacqueline M. Coates, DNP, MS, RN, FNP-C Nurse Practitioner at UR Medicine Home was awarded the Faculty Award at the 5th Annual Civic Engagement Awards Celebration at St. John Fisher College on Friday, April 13th.
The mission of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is to create service-learning and CE opportunities, which enable Fisher students to gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become contributing citizens in a diverse and complex society. Sustained collaborations with community partners result in asset building and positive community change.
Jackie has been teaching NURS 312 Palliative and End-of-Life Care with a Service Learning component in each semester since Fall 2011. Her passion for helping student nurses learn to provide compassionate care for patients approaching the end of life inspired her students to successfully advocate for making the course a required component of Fisher's BS in Nursing program. Jackie has partnered with nearly a dozen local comfort care homes, including Advent House, Aurora House, Isaiah House, and Webster Comfort Care Home to bring well over 200 NURS 312 students to these sites to provide care-giving support and end-of-life care research.
Congratulations to Jackie!
UR Medicine Home Care Participates in the Rochester Heart Walk & 5K Run
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Employees from our organization participated in the Rochester version of the American Heart Association's Heart Walk & 5k run on Saturday, April 14th. As a team, we helped raise just over $1,500 for the American Heart Association, with those funds staying in the region. The walk and run raised a total of almost $600,000! Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the walk.
Finger Lakes Morning News April 2018 Appearance - National Volunteer Month
Thursday, April 12, 2018
UR Medicine Home Care's Jan DiDuro and Julie Cunningham speak about volunteering for the organization and National Volunteer Month.
Dr. Thomas Caprio Receives Carter Catlett Williams Awardee for Excellence in Aging
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Thomas Caprio MD, MPH, MSHPE Chosen as Lifespan’s Carter Catlett Williams Awardee for Excellence in Aging
Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MSHPE, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care and Hospice, is the 2018 recipient of the Carter Catlett Williams Award for Excellence in Aging from Lifespan. Dr. Caprio was also selected as the Associate Editor for Medical Education for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education Dr. Caprio is the medical director of URMC’s Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care, and medical director of the Visiting Nurse Service. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in Internal Medicine at SMD.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich Delivers for Meals On Wheels
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
On Monday, March 19, 2018, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and several staff members helped deliver meals to several participants on the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill will be donating money, and other fundraising opportunities will be taking place. March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March that raises awareness of senior hunger and the efforts of local communities’ Meals On Wheels programs to combat it. Each year, UR Medicine Home Care’s Meals On Wheels program delivers 230,000 delicious and nutritious meals to vulnerable Monroe County residents, and a safety check accompanies every delivery.
Finger Lakes Morning News March 2018 Appearance - Fall Prevention
Monday, March 19, 2018
UR Medicine Home Care's John Lorenzetti talks about Fall Prevention and our Focus On Falls program.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley Delivers for Meals On Wheels
Thursday, March 15, 2018
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley delivered meals to several participants on the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill will be donating money, and other fundraising opportunities will be taking place.
March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March that raises awareness of senior hunger and the efforts of local communities’ Meals On Wheels programs to combat it. Each year, UR Medicine Home Care’s Meals On Wheels program delivers 230,000 delicious and nutritious meals to vulnerable Monroe County residents, and a safety check accompanies every delivery.
Recipients say these efforts enable them to remain independent. 96 percent say the meals enable them to stay in their own homes and 99 percent say they would recommend Meals On Wheels to others.
Senator Joseph Robach Delivers for Meals On Wheels
Friday, March 9, 2018
On Friday, March 9, 2018, Senator Joseph Robach delivered meals to several participants on the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill will be donating money, and other fundraising opportunities will be taking place. March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March that raises awareness of senior hunger and the efforts of local communities’ Meals On Wheels programs to combat it. Each year, UR Medicine Home Care’s Meals On Wheels program delivers 230,000 delicious and nutritious meals to vulnerable Monroe County residents, and a safety check accompanies every delivery. Recipients say these efforts enable them to remain independent. 96 percent say the meals enable them to stay in their own homes and 99 percent say they would recommend Meals On Wheels to others.
Finger Lakes Morning News February 2018 Appearance - Flu Prevention
Monday, February 12, 2018
UR Medicine Home Care's Jessica Middleton talks about Flu Prevention and how we provide quality care.
Valentines for Meals On Wheels
Thursday, February 8, 2018
(story courtesy of WHAM 13)
Our Bright Spot shines on kindergartners and first graders at the Harley School.
They created more than 800 valentines, which will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients on the days leading up to Valentine's Day.
The cards were presented during an assembly Wednesday, complete with a performance of the song, "A Gift from the Heart."
Story link: http://13wham.com/features/bright-spot/bright-spot-valentines-for-meals-on-wheels
WAYO 104.3 UR Medicine Home Care Radio Appearance January 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
Margaret Schweizer and Matthew Futter appeared on the ROC Image radio program on WAYO 104.3 in Rochester, NY with Mary Therese and Kent Friel to discuss programs at UR Medicine Home Care, including Meals On Wheels and Hospice.
Meals On Wheels Celebrating 60th Anniversary in 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Meals On Wheels is celebrating its 60th anniversary of the program in 2018. UR Medicine Home Care, formerly Visiting Nurse Service, established the Meals On Wheels program, the third oldest in the United States, in 1958 and has since served almost 11 million meals throughout Monroe County. The idea of meals being delivered to people’s homes can trace its roots back to World War Two. The city of Rochester, New York, was the 3rd to begin a home-delivered meal program on March 15, 1958 in a kitchen located at East Avenue. It was originally a pilot project initiated by the New York Department of Health and administered by the Visiting Nurse Service. The Visiting Nurse Service charged participants fees ranging from 50 cents to $1.85 per meal for dues and the Bureau of Chronic Diseases and Geriatrics of the New York Department of Health paid for the remaining costs. Four cars were used to deliver the meals and by the end of the year, 47 people had enrolled in the program. Meals On Wheels plans to celebrate this momentous occasion all through 2018 with multiple events and programs to help continue raise awareness and funds for the program. On April 24, 2018, Meals On Wheels will be hosting a special fundraiser to celebrate 60 years with guest celebrities. More details to follow. In Monroe County in 2017, Meals On Wheels delivered 216,817 meals to 1,409 recipients with the assistance of 1,900 volunteers in 2017.
WYSL 92.1/1040 AM UR Medicine Home Care Radio Appearance January 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Caroline Bray and Matthew Futter appeared on Seniors Rock!, a local radio program focused on seniors in the community and the services available for them. Margaret and Matthew spoke about the services URMHC provides in Livingston and Wyoming County.
Finger Lakes Morning News January 2018 Appearance - Assistive Technology
Monday, January 8, 2018
Lori Shamp speaks about our Assistive Technology program, and the multiple products we offer at UR Medicine Home Care.