2013-02-21 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

I am often asked “What is the difference between home health and hospice services. Many in the community have experienced using one or the other, or know of someone who has. The differences and benefits of each may seem complicated. Home health and hospice are two services that are different but complementary, and both are equally important.

These services fall under the umbrella of home care and both work as part of care teams which include a patient’s primary care physician and specialists.

Home health nurses bring a skilled service into a patient’s home. It is temporary assistance, often to cover the gap between hospitalization and when a patient is well enough to be safely independent in their home.

Home health nurses also are educators, they teach patients how to manage their medications, care for wounds, when to call a nurse and more. They also teach family members of patients how to help care for conditions.

Home health works with other care providers to get patients up to their highest functional level. Often, home health involvement treats conditions before they become chronic, reducing hospitalizations and trips to the emergency room. And home health is an excellent solution for patients who are vulnerable to infection and should not be around others who may be ill.

Hospice nurses have special training to help the unique needs of patients at the end of their lives. Hospice care involves symptom management, keeping patients comfortable and pain free, but it goes well beyond physical care. It also treats a patient’s psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s also unique in that services are offered not just to the patient, but to the patient’s family. Both hospice and home health place the comfort of the patient at premium, offering quality medical care in the home. If you or a loved one may benefit from these services, I would suggest you talk to your doctor.

Schoolcraft County is very fortunate to have North Woods Home Nursing and Hospice, 341- 6963 and Schoolcraft Memorial Home Care and Hospice, 341-3284.

Today we are holding our Annual Hotdog Roast, giving everyone a chance to visit with old and new friends. If you have plans of attending, you will get the chance to see our chef’s, Dan and Cliff Barber, Wes Turan and Perry Wise char-roasting jumbo hotdogs right off the grill. That is if you can find what snow bank we have them hidden behind.

Come early, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the music which will be provided by The Front Yard Gang at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at approximately 5 p.m.

CAA Walk for Warmth will be held this Saturday, Feb. 23. Drop by the Center, which is located at 101 Main Street and join them for a scrumptious breakfast which will be served from 7:30-9 a.m. The walk will follow. If you are unable to walk, feel free to drop by and have breakfast and give a donation. We all know how much of a winter we have had and how this has to be affecting everyone’s heating bills. For further information, give Don Tyrell a telephone call at 241-2452.

The next Foot Care Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, which is provided by North Woods Home Nursing. The cost is $12.50 and they ask you bring your own towel. Call the Center at 341-5923 for an appointment.

The Senior Writing Group will be meeting on Thursday, Feb 28, at 4 p.m. If you are interested in writing short stories, drop by and check this group out. Fun, fun!

Elder Care Attorneys, Susan Wideman-Schaible and Amanda Filizetti will be guest speakers at the Center on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. They will do 20 minute “free” counseling appointments following lunch. Unfortunately, they are booked solid, but we are taking a waiting list. If we have enough interest, we will schedule an extra day.

AARP Tax Assistance, Jack Olson will be at the Center to assist preparing State and Federal forms for the elderly. To make an appointment, contact Jack directly at (906) 293-8467.

Have you ever thought about signing up for the Noon Meal? It is a great place to get a good balanced meal for only $3. Did you know if you place your order by the day before, you may also take your meal home. Example: Call and order a meal and pick it up the next day after you play cards or do crafts, etc. at the Center. Then you don’t have to go home and cook dinner. It is all ready to place in the microwave. To do so, call 341-5085.

The Schoolcraft County Commission on Aging would like to welcome Kerry Ott as a new board member. We thank Kerry for her interest. Board members volunteer their time and are a huge asset in making decisions on behalf of the elderly in Schoolcraft County.

Ann Willcock and Carl and Jean Lois donated gifts to be used for our upcoming events. If you have anything you would like to donate, feel free to drop items off Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Marcia Loftus gave a donation of cards.

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Addie Boyd from Cheryl Robere

• Donna Wolfe from Dolores Gould, and David and Roseline Miller

• Jules Rivard from Jim and Jan Hooker, John and Dorothy Thennes, and Diane McPhee

• Elsie England from the family

• Bob Videtich from Judy Rodgers and Janice Redeker

• Clyde Chartier from Todd and Joy Bloom, Dave Bloom, Tom and Rosann Brawley, Lew and Shirley Chartier, and Ardell and Agnes Gardapee

• Dick Berber from Janice Redeker

• Paulina Brown from Ardell and Agnes Gardapee

Maintenance and Support Donations were received from Pete and Arvella Gorsche, and from Joe and Clara Bosanic.

BRIDGE Feb. 11: 1st-Lois Bellville, 2nd-George Lowman, 3nd-Judy Provo, 4th- Sarah Bignall, CFC-Joyce LaTulip. Hostess, Eileen St. Onge.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE Feb. 13: 1st-Audrey and Larry Savoie, 2nd-Hanna Mammen and George Lowman, 3rd-Joyce LaTulip and Pat Flint.

BRIDGE Feb. 15: 1st-Joyce LaTulip, 2nd-Mary Ann Thorell, 3rd-Lois Hoholik, 4th-Nancy Brown, 5th-Eileen St. Onge, CFCJane Leonard. Hostess, Ann Willcock.

PINOCHLE Feb. 13: 1st-Carl Sundling, 2nd-Audrey Newborn, 3rd-George Shampine.

500 Feb. 15: 1st-Sheila Haskins, 2nd-Peg Beckman, 3rd-Carl Sundling, Should’a Stayed Home- Teddy Bouchard.

Birthdays this week: Feb. 22-Jackie Moulds, Feb. 23-Maxine Harvey and Jackie Fagan, Feb. 24-Janet Heinz, Feb. 25-Mary Kennedy, Lois Bellville and Ollie Rehn, Feb. 26-Julie Burrell, Feb. 28-Sarah Bignall and Lyle Nadeau. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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