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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 vickid@trinity-ec.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.

http://nhc.lotsahelpinghands.com/caregiving/home/

 

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 year are:

  • 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 facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • 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
  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Financial & Legal Assistance
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Home Care
  • Housing
  • Medicare
  • Transportation
  • Veterans
  • 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

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