CLEARFIELD – Educating the public about home health issues is the goal of community education programs provided by Clearfield Hospital Home Health and Hospice.
“Our team is very interested in speaking to community, civic and church groups, as well as businesses, about the numerous services and support programs we offer. Improving the health of the communities we serve is important to us,” stated Ame Wagner, registered nurse, director of home health and hospice.
Among the presentations available are:
• Home health care: Nurses explain what home health care is, when it is medically appropriate and how care is delivered. This presentation also showcases the HomMed Health Telemonitoring System, which helps patients avoid emergency department visits and hospitalizations through early alerts. Sub-topics under this category are wound, ostomy and continence care.
• Hospice: This presentation focuses on how hospice provides personal care and support for terminally ill persons and their families. Offering care in the home, specially trained hospice personnel embrace patients in an atmosphere of humanity and compassion, allowing them to shift their focus from the disease and its effects to the quality of life.
• Palliative care: The palliative care team’s mission is to provide care to home health patients who are not eligible for or accepting of hospice, but still need a holistic approach to alleviate physical, psychosocial and spiritual concerns when facing a life-limiting illness. This program explains who might be eligible and how those patients benefit.
• Lymphedema: In this presentation, a certified lymphedema and occupational therapist explains the causes, symptoms and treatment for lymphedema. This medical condition occurs when the lymphatic system is unable to perform its normal functions and creates a build up of fluid in the body.
• Bereavement: Losing a loved one is difficult. This program describes how grieving is a very individual process and how grief counseling can help.
• Prenatal and post-natal care/parenting instruction: In this presentation, a home health social worker describes how the agency’s prenatal and postnatal education program can empower families to maintain health and wellness during this important life event.
Presentations are free of charge and may be arranged by contacting Deborah Bowers, systems coordinator, at 768-2004. Programs may be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the audience.
Other outreach programs provided by Clearfield Hospital Home Health and Hospice include the Coping with Loss and ostomy support groups, flu shot clinics every fall and free monthly blood pressure clinics throughout the agency’s service area.