Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. – 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Welcome to the Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc website. We provide services for seniors and disabled individuals in rural Santa Cruz County, Arizona. This site will highlight our transportation program and our senior lunch program. We look forward to your visits to our site.

Our current Board of Directors are:

Irene Smith, President; Helen Chester, Vice President; Chuck Kelly, Secretary/Treasurer; Philip Brister; Ray Klein; Jon Larsen; Juan Urias; Patra Kelly

Learning Center for Older Adults

The SEAGO Area Agency on Aging serves people in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz Counties, age 60 and over, their unpaid family caregivers, and disabled adults. The goal of an Area Agency on Aging is to enable older adults to maintain maximum independence and dignity in their homes, long-term care, and communities.

We are pleased to sponsor these fun and interactive sessions and classes for mature learners, designed to help you stay active and engaged, learn new things, and support healthy aging.

Use coupon code: SEAGO to waive any fees associated with small group classes.

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20 Questions to Ask When Dementia is Diagnosed

Key questions to ask your doctor:

  1. What type of dementia do I have?
  2. What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?
  3. What caused my dementia?
  4. What is the likely course of decline? How long do I have?
  5. What symptoms, other than memory loss, can I expect, and what will the pace of decline be?
  6. What can I do to slow the decline? (What medicines are effective and what results can I expect from them? What lifestyle changes will be helpful?)
  7. What about advertised supplements and programs that claim to cure Alzheimer’s disease?
  8. Where can I go to learn more about dementia?
  9. What help is available to guide me through my illness?
  10. If I have a problem that might be related to my dementia, whom should I call?
  11. What plans should I make now to prepare for a time when I can be less engaged in making decisions?
  12. How should I select a family or friend caregiver?
  13. What are reasonable goals for me now and in the future?
  14. How can I preserve what matters to me?
  15. As the disease progresses, will I suffer?
  16. I’m afraid of becoming dependent and a burden. Will that happen?
  17. When will I need to get help in the home or go to a facility?
  18. Should I tell people about my diagnosis?
  19. Should I continue to interact with people even though they might notice that something about me is different?
  20. What are the chances that my children will get dementia? Is there anything they can do to prevent getting dementia?

Community Resource Guide

This resource guide is provided by the Legacy Foundation of Southern Arizona and contains a listing of all of the health and wellness organizations available in our local community. We hope you use this resource guide to find the services you need to help yourself and others.

https://legacyfoundationresourceguide.org

This Resource Guide does not provide medical advice. If you believe you are having a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Memory Care in Arizona

Many families with aging adults are unaware of the several available memory care options and programs in their area that can help them support a high quality of life. Memory Care is dedicated to providing the best, most comprehensive resources to those struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as their caregivers and loved ones.

Here is a free resource guide that highlights the best memory care facilities in Arizona.

Sexual Abuse or Misconduct Procedure

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. does not tolerate sexual abuse or misconduct in the workplace or during any organization-related activity. Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. provides procedures for employees, volunteers, Board members or any victims of sexual abuse or misconduct to report such acts. Those reasonably suspected or believed to have committed sexual abuse or misconduct will be appropriately disciplined, up to and including termination of employment or membership, as well as criminally prosecuted.

Sexual abuse or misconduct may include, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual activity with another who is legally incompetent or otherwise unable to give consent.
  • Physical assaults or violence, such as rape, sexual battery, abuse, molestation, or any attempt to commit such acts.
  • Unwanted and intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature.
  • Material such as pornographic or sexually explicit images, posters, calendars, or objects.
  • Unwelcome and inappropriate sexual activities.
  • An environment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive atmosphere.

Reporting Procedure

It is the purpose and intent of Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. to provide a safe, secure environment for all members and for those serviced by our organization.

Anyone who learns of sexual abuse or misconduct being committed upon those associated with or serviced by Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. must immediately report it to two (or more) members of the Board of Directors.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. will consult with its legal counsel to determine state, federal or other jurisdictional requirements to report suspicions or allegations of sexual or physical abuse or neglect. It will also notify its insurance carrier to seek advice in handling the matter.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. is committed to following the state and federal legal requirements for reporting allegations or incidents of sexual abuse or misconduct to appropriate law enforcement and Adult Protective Services Agency.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. prohibits retaliation made against any employee, volunteer, Board member, or other person who lodges a good faith complaint of sexual abuse or misconduct.

Investigation and Follow-up

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. will cooperate fully with any investigation conducted by law enforcement or other regulatory/protective services agencies and will make every effort to keep the matters involved in the allegation as confidential as possible.

Any employee, Board member or volunteer who is suspected of, or reported as, engaging in inappropriate sexual activity, misconduct, or relationships with a service recipient, will be immediately suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations of abuse.

Employee and Board Member Screening and Selection

As part of its sexual abuse and misconduct prevention program, Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. is committed to maintaining a diligent screening program for prospective and existing employees, volunteers, Board members and others that may have interaction with those serviced by our organization.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc. may utilize a variety of methods of screening and selection, including applications, personal interviews, criminal background checks and personal and professional references.

All full-time employees and Board members will receive a criminal background check and a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Medicare Advantage Plans

The mission of Medicare Advantage Plans is to help current and future subscribers develop their understanding of Medicare so that they can navigate this complex system with confidence. The most recent guide was designed to walk seniors and their families through the different medicare plans to find the best one that meets both their medical and financial needs.  You can learn more about some of the helpful guides here:  

Federal and State Nursing Home Regulations

SeniorLiving.org has created a guide which has detailed information for all 50 states and explores the federal and state regulations in place for these communities, especially regarding cost, health and safety. It also discusses enforcement and how to get data on how closely a facility follows regulations.

For more information: https://www.seniorliving.org/nursing-homes/state-federal-regulations/