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United Way Day of Caring: Four Seasons Hospice & Council on Aging

On September 30, the United Way of Henderson County had their annual “Day of Caring.”  This is a day where the community steps forward and volunteers for special projects at nonprofits and schools. This year the Council on Aging team signed up for the Four Seasons Hospice pillow sewing project in the morning, and their team chose our “Tidy up the COA Grounds” project in the afternoon.  And did they ever! They clipped, mulched, and tamed the wild landscape. Thank you to Lauren, Heidi, Stephanie, Lorraine, Clara, Sheri, Chris, and Debi! Below are just a handful of the before and after shots.

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The Four Season Hospice Day of Caring Team!

The Four Season Hospice Day of Caring Team!


Making butterfly pillows!


That’s one giant bag of fluff!


Help Us Help Seniors Beat the Heat!











::UPDATE July 8, 2016 Thanks to promotion and help from the folks over at WTZQ, the community has donated 12 fans and the funds to by 8 more. That’s 20 fans to help older adults in Henderson County beat the heat! While that’s great news, we’re only a quarter of the way through July, and we’re still accepting donations of new, unused fans or funds to purchase additional units. Thank you, Henderson County! ::

It’s that time again! For many years we have participated in a heat relief program through grants. This year’s grant was awarded from Duke Energy Progress & Duke Energy Carolinas. These grants allow our agency to purchase and distribute fans to eligible residents of Henderson County in need of relief from the heat.

The need for fans this summer has been greater than years before and after distributing 77 units, we have run out of fans, as well as funds to purchase additional fans. With the hottest part of the summer approaching, we expect the need to increase and we already have a waiting list.

Please consider your neighbors and help us help our community! We are now asking for donations of new, unused fans. Fans must be new due to liability and safety concerns. Cash & check donations are also welcome, or you can donate online here: coahc.org/donate. The cost of the box fans we distribute is approximately $20. All donations can be mailed to or dropped off at our main office at 105 King Creek Blvd, Hendersonville, NC 28792. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (828) 692-4203.

Choosing the Right Power of Attorney to Protect Your Assets

"Before you sign a power of attorney document you should carefully review the document."  - Erica M. Erickson

“Before you sign a power of attorney document you should carefully review the document.” – Erica M. Erickson

by Erica M. Erickson, Attorney at Law

It is a sad and unfortunate reality that many seniors each year lose thousands of dollars or more in cash and other assets to the person, often a family member, who they trusted to be their financial power of attorney. To avoid this situation, it is important to understand what a power of attorney is. Generally, when you sign a power of attorney document you authorize another person (known as your “agent”) to act on your behalf, often with regard to financial transactions. The power of attorney document is very flexible and you have many options to customize the types of decisions you authorize your agent to make on your behalf, such as giving your agent the power to buy and sell real estate for you, allowing your agent to make gifts of your money and assets to others, and giving your agent the power to take and spend your money.

You also have the ability to decide when this power becomes effective. It can become effective immediately while you are still alive and able to make your own decisions; or you can make it effective only for a certain period of time, such as if you decide to take a two-week-long vacation to Europe; or you can decide to make it effective only in the event that you become incapacitated or unable to make your own decisions, such as if you end up in a coma or if you are diagnosed with a medical condition that renders you unable to make financial decisions for yourself.

Before you sign a power of attorney document you should carefully review the document to ensure that it becomes effective when you want it to, that it grants your agent only the powers you want that person to have, and most importantly, you should be sure to only grant a power of attorney to a person you fully trust to handle your money and assets in a responsible manner, with your best interests in mind.

Note: A health care power of attorney is a different document that relates to health care decisions and will be discussed in a future blog post.

This article was written by Erica M. Erickson, an Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney at Strauss & Associates in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Erica can be reached at (828) 696-1811 or [email protected] and she is happy to answer any questions you may have or to provide you with a free consultation regarding your estate planning needs, including Medicaid planning, wills, trusts, and more.