Monthly Bulletin/Newsletter Articles from Advocate Health Care
Helping Those who are Grieving
The document linked below is written by Sondra Weinzierl, Region 3 member, that originally appeared in the 2017 congregation newsletter. She offered to share this on our web site for other Parish/Faith Community Nurses to use in their congregations. Thank you Sondra!
A Service to Honor Caregiving and Care Givers developed by Phyllis Bruce
This is a very meaningful service to offer. The importance and often times stressful parts of being a caregiver, whether as a layperson or professional, are often either taken for granted or ignored by the church. If you have a Visitation Ministry, Befrienders program, or something similar, these people also need to be recognized for their service. In my church we have also included a time of sharing challenges and joys of caregiving. Click on the title to see the sample service.
JOY- Jesus, Others, and You
Having Balance in your Life
by Linda Graffius, Faith Community Nurse and Coordinator of Care and Health Ministry at Luther Memorial Church, Erie, PA
As you know, there is a huge initiative being conducted about fall prevention for seniors and the elderly. I became inspired to conduct a class here at my church, Luther Memorial, in Erie, PA. I knew that I would need help formatting and conducting this class, so I contacted the Physical Therapy department at a local university, Gannon. The head of that department along with a Physical Therapist from the Visiting Nurse Association and I met to discuss the possibility of having class. They were very excited. We set up a 6 week program, consisting of 3 classes in November and 3 in December. The attendance was anywhere from 8 to 16, with participants ranging in age from 60 to 90. It was wonderful to have such experts as instructors. We did not advertise this a balance, fall prevention class, hence the name JOY, and some participants said they wouldn’t have attended if we had. Many people think that a fall won’t happen to them. The class schedule was as follows:
Each week a gift was given to the participants, i.e. night lights, flashlights, a magnifying glass, stress balls. They were also given a list of exercises for Good Posture=Good Balance=Less Falls.
The evaluations completed by the participants showed excellent satisfaction results.