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Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:54:39 GMT
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border. Vermont State Police an Quebec's Provincial Police met to address the challenges of policing at the border in a specialMore >>
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:13 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:13:33 GMT
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.In September, 36-year-old William Mahoney was shot by a state trooper. This after police say he stole a vehicle andMore >>
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:21 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:21:15 GMT
The Colchester Police Department is responding to a sink hole in the area of East Road near the intersection of Austin House Road. Police say the sink hole has closed down one lane of travel.Police areMore >>
The Colchester Police Department is responding to a sink hole in the area of East Road near the intersection of Austin House Road.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:56:44 GMT
Nearly two years ago, Deborah Drewniak's family wasn't sure if she would be around after being severely injured in a texting and driving accident. Instead of focusing on herself, Drewniak wants to helpMore >>
A Vermont woman seriously injured by a teen, who was texting and driving, is trying to share her story with as many people as she can.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:50:08 GMT
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling. The Vermont based company says its copyrighted #9 label looks a lot like the Kentucky based company's products. MagicMore >>
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:47:21 GMT
Between the deep blue seas off the horn of Africa and the Hollywood hills where film makers will tell his story, is Underhill Vermont,where Richard Phillips can be home and can be mostly private. Humble,More >>
Between the deep blue seas off the horn of Africa and the Hollywood hills where film makers will tell his story, is Underhill Vermont,where Richard Phillips can be home and can be mostly private.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:29:35 GMT
We're celebrating a very special birthday tonight - the American Cancer Society is turning 100! As you may know, FOX44/ABC22 has teamed up with the organization because one of our own recently had a cancerMore >>
We're celebrating a very special birthday tonight - the American Cancer Society is turning 100!As you may know, FOX44/ABC22 has teamed up with the organization because one of our own recently had a cancer diagnosis. She's fortunately one of the ones who caught it early, and is doing well. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:43:07 GMT
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method. The recommended method will help reduce the spread ofMore >>
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:34 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:34:21 GMT
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. A press release says of the estimated 4,060 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Vermont, about 1 in 4 will be served with American CancerMore >>
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday.More >>
COLCHESTER, Vt. -
Sad news for hundreds of elderly Vermonters... A popular program they rely on is shutting down. We want to make sure you have time to make other arrangements for yourself or loved ones, before the center closes its doors for good.
For the growing aging population, "PACE" has been a helpful resource for more than a hundred seniors in both the Rutland and Colchester areas.
PACE has been one of the choices in Vermont's long-term care system for five years, and it's been struggling ever since it opened.
After exhausting all of its options, the doors will be closed at the end of March, leaving seniors scrambling.
"Today we did dancing," Louise Diamond said.
The program of all inclusive care for the elderly, better known as PACE sits right next to the Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester. There's also one in Rutland. Combined, they serve 140 seniors. Louise Diamond has been a part of PACE since June.
"It gives you everything in one place," Diamond said.
Diamond's spine has started to collapse so she relies on PACE, the one stop shop, for medical services, in home care, transportation, therapy and adult day services.
"The day program is just wonderful, it gives you a chance to be around other people, it gives you a chance to interact with them and I've made some wonderful friends here," Diamond said.
I asked, "so has your quality of life improved here?" Diamond said, "oh yea!"
But in order to stay afloat financially, PACE clients must provide a mix of care, some needing less, others needing more... but for five years, PACE has had nearly everyone landing on the latter end of the spectrum and therefore taking up a lot of the resources.
"We ended up with a very frail participation, we didn't have that spread of acuity you need to make that financial model work," Jeanne Hutchins, PACE VT Board Member said.
And after asking the state and the feds for more money, they were denied... and left with closing being the only option.
"We couldn't see a light at the end of the tunnel," Hutchins said.
"If there was anything I could do to save it, I would," Diamond said.
People like Louise Diamond won't only have to find a new place to spend their weekdays, but also a new pharmacy and a new doctor.
"I'm just really sad; I've been close to tears a lot," Diamond said.
The PACE staff says they're doing everything they can to set their clients up with new doctors and services. And speaking of the staff, it's not just the participants who will be affected... about 80 pace employees will be laid off when the doors close in March.
We wanted to know what this means for the one hundred plus people who rely on PACE, so we reached out to another similar organization, the Visiting Nurse Association.
They're planning to hire some of the laid off care-givers, and take in some of the displaced participants. The VNA has an adult day program, that includes exercising, so it closely matches what PACE had.
"We're really focusing on the patient's right now, how many they have, what their needs are and how we'll be able to incorporate them into the services they're expected to receive," James Manahan said, Vice President of Finance and Administration for the VNA.
There are other agencies in the state that provide medical services to the elderly, but come April first, the VNA will be the only agency providing an adult day program.
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