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California Weatherization Assistance Program

Program Description  –  The Department of Energy, Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE WAP) has long served as the core program for delivering energy conservation services to low-income Californians. The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. Among low-income households, the program focuses on those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and families with children. General Program Requirements  – In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of California who needs financial assistance for home energy costs.  In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60% of the State’s Median Income: Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year) 1 $24,236 2 $31,693 3 $39,150 4 $46,607 If you are interested in applying for this program you can call at: 1-866-675-6623. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the Care Management department at... read more

Summertime Heat and Dehydration Prevention for Seniors

Summertime is here!!  And with it comes the often difficult task of keeping ourselves and our senior loved ones cool and hydrated.  As we age, our thirst signals become weaker, and those with memory problems often forget to drink enough fluids.  Here are some tips for you to help prevent dehydration: Ask the doctor how much water you or your loved one should be drinking during the day and drink small amounts of water with each meal and several times per day. If you or your loved one has special dietary needs, ask the doctor what other beverages you can use to supplement fluid intake (i.e. sugar free drinks, sports drinks, electrolyte enhanced waters, etc.). Fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies, watered down juices, and popsicles are other foods and drinks that can help you stay hydrated.  Be sure you pick ingredients that fit within your dietary guidelines. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol because these can lead to dehydration as they have diuretic qualities. Watch for signs of dehydration and seek treatment immediately. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, fatigue, headache, dark urine and bags under the eyes. If there are signs of dehydration, please seek medical treatment immediately. Dehydration can be a serious, even potentially fatal, medical... read more

Marketing a Senior Program

In August 2013 I attended a morning marketing seminar presented by Hank Yuloff of Promotionally Minded. Hank in on the board of the Encino Chamber of Commerce and conducts these monthly marketing seminars free to the local business community. The information gained at the seminar was valuable, and right away I put into practice one of the recommendations, writing a blog. I was new to “blogging”, but jumped in anyway, and though I missed my goal of a “blog a week”…I still enjoyed writing about the ONEgeneration experience. Senior care, childcare, teens, volunteers, a farmers market, care management, classes, support groups…there was always something interesting to tap into. So fast forward to March 2014. Effective April 1, 2014 I will be pursuing a new path in senior services. I will miss my ONEgeneration family…ONEgeneration-You are the... read more

NAEYC Accreditation

ONEgeneration’s Childcare program is gearing up for the re-accreditation of the center.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children developed the accreditation system in 1985 to raise standards for childcare in group settings. ONEgeneration’s childcare program was first accredited in October of 2000.   The process takes about a year to complete and requires mountains of documentation that the Validator reviews.  The site visit is completed over two days and includes classroom observations, teacher interviews and an extensive safety assessment. The validation visit will be unannounced and should occur sometime in... read more

Intergenerational Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes.  It is that simple. The team at ONEgeneration kicked off Intergenerational Recognition Month with a Pancake Breakfast.  Easy. Simple.  Pancakes and syrup…oh we also had about 40 seniors and 80 kids, so lots of pancakes – but easy on the syrup. As I walked around the room I realized what a perfect Intergenerational activity eating pancakes was…it is a prefect pairing of seniors helping children cut up pancakes so they could eat them.  It was fun (and a little sticky). Often times I will tell others about the benefits of bringing together young children and frail seniors.  The children enjoy the friendships, the undivided adult attention…the seniors enjoy how fun and spontaneous children can be and love having someone that looks up to them, someone that needs them to be there.  The senior has a role again.  Intergenerational programs do not have to be complicated.  It can be as simple as a plate of... read more