On April 24, 2006 the Town of Medfield voted to authorize transfer of care, custody, management and control of a parcel of Town owned land to the Council on Aging to construct and operate an Adult Community Center. The Center opened January 7, 2008 and continues to support the Council on Aging mission; to foster an atmosphere of wellness by addressing the emotional, social, physical and often, spiritual needs of older individuals and their families during the aging process. The Council on Aging’s goal is to enhance the quality of life and promote independence by providing programs, social events, services and referrals to support community members through their life journey.
FStart planning now for the annual Friends of Medfield Seniors (FOSI)/Council on Aging (COA) Yard, Bake & Book Sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at the Center at Medfield, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The FOSI-sponsored fundraiser will support the programs and needs of the Medfield Council on Aging.
This special event has grown over the years to be the major fundraising activity of the year for our seniors. And it is a much anticipated event, as evidenced by the line of people waiting to come into the Center each year when the doors open. Medfield COA Director Roberta Lynch emphasizes how much the COA relies on community support for the Yard Sale each year. “Our success is not possible without the donations we receive. It is the ongoing public support that allows us to have a great Sale each year.”
Many contributors have come to count on the annual COA Yard Sale as an opportunity to donate items they’ve been saving specifically for the Sale. Many residents even set aside a box which they designate as their “COA Yard Sale Box” and use it to collect items throughout the year that go directly to the sale. It’s that kind of dedication and reliability that make the Yard Sale such a great fundraising event.
That’s why residents are encouraged to donate items that can be sold at the Yard Sale. With your help, we should be able to accumulate more than enough items so we can have the best Yard Sale ever. And it’s important to remember that the proceeds from this event will be earmarked for COA programs and events, like the summer cookouts, as well as the building expansion fund.
Yard Sale items can be dropped off at the Center beginning Friday, April 21st between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm and during regular business hours the following week until the Sale on Saturday April 9th. We accept and appreciate all gently used items except for computers, printers and clothing. Unique items are always appealing to our shoppers.
Be a part of this great event and help the Medfield COA at the Center at Medfield, on April 29th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. Support FOSI, which supports the COA, and make this the best Yard Sale ever!
For further details or answers to any questions, or if you’d like to volunteer to help out, contact the Medfield Council on Aging at 508-359-3665.
One of the most important programs the COA can offer is transportation. Providing safe, accessible and reliable transportation is the goal for the transportation program in Medfield. Offering a friendly, easy to use and economical service to older adults assists in maintaining independence, offers flexibility, promotes socialization, and stimulates physical and mental health. Call the Center wth your transportation requests.
SOCIAL ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION (SET)
The COA has 3 vehicles; 8, 11 and 14 passenger vehicles with handicapped access to two of the vans. Our service provides curbside (limited assistance) transportation for social activities, shopping, events etc. Transportation service is available to any senior requesting a ride and the COA will determine for those riders requiring more assistance whether or not the lift will provide them a safer access to the bus. Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. to 3:15pm. Availability depends on activities and trips scheduled by the COA.
The COA Board recently voted to accept a revised transportation policy that will maintains a schedule to accommodate and group requests together to provide for a more efficient and economical transportation program. Requests are to be called into the transportation line, 508-359-3665 X200 with 24 hour notice. A copy of the transportation policy can be viewed at the Center.
MEDICAL ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION (MET)
Door to Door transportation for regularly scheduled medical appointments through the COA Volunteer Driver Program or the COA vehicles. MET requests are handled through the Volunteer Coordinator at 508-359-3665.
Volunteers use their own vehicles to provide transportation, and certain policies and procedures are strictly adhered to.
Transportation policies are adhered to for the safety of both the senior and the volunteer.
Please, remember the COA requires a minimum of 5 working days for MET requests in order to secure a driver. For information on this MET program call 508-359-3665.
Please request a copy of the transportation policies.
We have volunteers who drive people to medical rides. As soon as you have an appointment and know you will need a driver to take you, please call Susan Bernstein, Volunteer Coordinator, with the date, time and location of your appointment. Susan works Tuesday through Thursday, if you call after 3pm on Thursday, she will not see that request until Tuesday morning. This can make it difficult to fill your request. You can never let her know too early.
Please be aware:
1. COA policy states we are not allowed to take people home from a procedure where sedation is involved. Call me if that is the case and we can discuss possible options for you.
2. Medical transportation is meant to take you to your medical appointment and then home. Do not request or expect the volunteer to take you to a drugstore, grocery shopping or any other errands.
3. The COA van can provide this service if you call the night before to request this.
Hair Salon Services-
Licensed hair stylist, Ginny Viles has salon hours at the Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-1pm. Appointment can be made by calling the Center at 508-359-3665. Both men and women are invited to the Center Salon for hair cutting, Blow outs, and coloring. Simply bring along your own towel and enjoy the economical services provided.
Nail Salon Service-
The Center is happy to offer nail care at the Center with licensed manicurist Kathy Bento on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12:30pm. Enjoy a manicure and/or pedicure by calling the Center for an appointment.
Licensed Esthetician, Lisa Mario will be available on the second Tuesday of the month for beauty services with appointments starting at 1:45pm. Lisa has been an Esthetician for over 20 years, educated at the Elizabeth Grady School of esthetics. She has worked at Elizabeth Grady, as well as private salons, and is currently employed at Anthony Fredrick’s Salon in Dedham. Waxing services will include brows for $10, lip $10, chin $10, any 2 for $15 or all 3 for $20. Protocol for waxing is every 4 weeks and appointments can be made at the Center or by calling 508-359-3665.