Health Ministries - Resources
A Cancer Resource
A resource available to Trinity members is the availability of Dr. David Mertens, retired oncologist, who is offering himself as a resource to Trinity members living with cancer or newly diagnosed. He is available to listen and help maneuver through many aspects of care and decisions.
Contact Parish Nurse Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to connect with Dr. Mertens.
Making Your Wishes Known
Five Wishes is a very popular living will because it's written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most - the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. It also helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not. It allows your caregiver to know exactly what you want.
Completing Five Wishes is a gift to your family, friends and your doctor because it keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kind of treatment you want or don't want.
Families also use Five Wishes to help start and guide family conversations about care in times of serious illness. Five Wishes is helpful for all adults - everyone over 18 years old - and anyone can start the conversation within a family. Sometimes it begins with grandparents and other times it is the younger family members who bring up the topic. Regardless of your age, you can bring this gift to your family. If you want to get started right now, you can use Five Wishes Online to complete and print a customized document immediately, and share instantly with those you care about.
Aging with Dignity website
"What can I do to help?"
Lotsa Helping Hands is a private, web-based caregiving coordination service that allows family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to create a community to assist a family caregiver with the daily tasks that become a challenge during times of medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion, or when caring for an elderly parent.
Each community includes an intuitive group calendar for scheduling tasks such as meals delivery and rides, a platform for securely sharing vital medical, financial, and legal information with designated family members, and customizable sections for posting photos, well wishes, blogs, journals, and messages.
Now, when someone asks "what can I do to help?" the answer is "give me your name and email address" – the system takes over and allows people to sign up and start helping.
Who should get the flu shot?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce
their chances of getting the flu can get
vaccinated. However, certain people should
get vaccinated each year. They are either
people who are at high risk of having
serious flu complications or people who
live with or care for those at high risk
for serious complications.
People who should get vaccinated each
- Children aged 6 months
up to their 19th birthday
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of
age and older
- People of any age with
certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in
nursing homes and other long-term care
- People who live with
or care for those at high risk for complications
from flu, including:
- Health care
- Household contacts
of persons at high risk for complications
from the flu
- Household contacts
and out of home caregivers of children
less than 6 months of age (these
children are too young to be vaccinated)
Flu shots are available from the Eau
Claire City-County Health Department.
For more information call 839-4718.
Other Helpful Links
Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act
Encourage healthy eating through USDA’s MyPlate nutrition information found on www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
Advance Directives - form available at https://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/professional/hcw/
Eau Claire County Aging and Disability Resource Center. Find resources in your area about:
- Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Loss
- Caregiver & Respite
- Financial & Legal Assistance
- Food & Nutrition
- Home Care
- And Much More!
Center for Disease Control Vaccination Schedules
Use the following assessment tools to help you investigate these potential issues: anxiety, smoking cost, Type 2 diabetes, finances, body image, debt elimination, and calories per day. http://tools.hopehealth.com/hhl.asp