News from Home Health United
News from Home Health United – June 2016
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In this Issue:
- Featured: Sweet Revolutions a Sweet Success ● Camp GLOW Brings Love & Support to Grieving Children
- Your Stories: Hospice Volunteer Therapy Dog Brings Comfort
- Our Stories: Veteran Volunteers Needed ● Meet Dr. Kostelyna ● Home Health United Makes Changes
- Care Community: Take Steps to Stay Safe
- Extras: Make a Difference – Volunteer ● Community Grief Support Groups Offered ● Camp GLOW Scheduled for Janesville
- Donors: Make a Donation ● Your Donations Make a Difference ● Our Donors
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Our annual Meals On Wheels fundraiser was a success, raising almost $50,000 for the program. Held at the Overture Center for the Arts and featuring the delicious bites from many of the areas fabulous Food Fight Restaurants this carnival just for grown-ups was quite the crowd pleaser.
While caregivers want to protect children from the pain of loss, experiencing the death of someone they love, be it a pet, friend or relative is inevitable. It is important that grieving children be encouraged to express their grief and deal with the emotions losing a loved one can bring. Home Health United created Camp GLOW to help children, and the grown-ups in their lives, navigate grief and loss.
Animals have long been recognized as being a positive force in the healing process, and can bring a calming and therapeutic effect to hospice patients. Therapy animals can offer physical contact, and offer some relief to the boredom, loneliness, and lack of control that can come with terminal illnesses. The newest addition to our Hospice Volunteer Team is eager to bring comfort and compassion to patients at the St. Clare Hospice House.
As a member of the We Honor Veterans program, Home Health United is dedicated to providing our nation’s Veterans the healthcare and support they deserve. Being able to provide our Veteran hospice patients with volunteers who also have military service is another way we can help our Veterans and thank them for their service by providing care specialized to their unique needs.
Meet Dr. Kostelyna, a member of our hospice team since May 2015. He joins several other area doctors who serve as Medical Directors for our hospice program.
Due to recent changes in Medicare reimbursement rates, suppliers of home medical equipment across the country are dealing with the challenge of how to provide high quality products and services at severely reduced reimbursement rates. In order to deal with these changes, while still providing our patients with the high quality care they deserve, Home Health United has made the difficult decision to close some of our Home Medical Equipment retail stores located in Portage, Johnson Creek, Platteville, and St. Mary’s Outpatient Center in Madison.
Safety is no accident. Creating an environment that lends itself to safety is a choice we all need to make. Whether it’s preparing for an emergency, minding our medications, being aware of our surroundings, or driving responsibly, we all can make safe decisions for ourselves and others around us.
Make a Difference – Volunteer
Community Grief Support
As part of Home Health United’s dedication to the communities we serve, we offer Community Grief Support Groups throughout our service area to anyone who has experienced a loss. Visit our website to see upcoming groups in your community.
In addition to groups for adults, HHU is proud to offer Camp GLOW, a day camp for grieving children in a number of communities in our service area.The next session of Camp GLOW will be held in in Janesville on August 6, 2016.
The Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation provides assistance across southern Wisconsin to those facing health related issues. When you make a donation, you are helping people living in your community who are recovering from serious illness or injury, families coping with terminal illness and grief, seniors dealing with hunger, and your neighbors in need through community programs.
There are many ways to give, and every gift, of any size, is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to our donors.