Finding ways to ensure elderly patients are safe at home is a goal of Family Health Care(FHC). One way FHC accomplishes this goal is through the organizations bathing program, which not only helps older adults remain safe by helping prevent slips and falls, but also relieves the strain on caregivers.
On October 10 during the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan Annual Conference,Family Health Care was presented with the Tess Canja Innovation Award from BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan. This award is given to social service agencies thatwork to improve health-related situations for older adults. Winners areselected by a committee of state-wide volunteers who consider the creativity,cost-effectiveness, replicability and quantified positive impact demonstrated.
“This was a bit of a surprise since the Tess Canja Award is very competitive,” said ReneeKopach, outreach services manager at Family Health Care. “Our goal is to ensuresomeone’s mom or dad, grandma or grandpa is provided the care they need sotheir family can spend time making memories.”
In 2015, in response to an identified need among its respite clients, FHC implemented the bathing service. This service is available to seniors who are not eligible for skilled home care and would otherwise have to pay privately for the service or go without. A major safety concern for the senior population is getting in and out of the shower, a task that is often difficult or uncomfortable for family caregivers to assist with. FHC respite aides assist with bathing and personal care which increases bathroom safety, improves hygiene, and decreases risk ofskin break down and infection rates while providing essential support forfamily caregivers.
Family Health Care’s In-Home Respite Care program is comprised of men and women who have apassion for ensuring elderly community members receive the compassionate carethey deserve while providing the caregiver time to rest and recharge. Theseexperienced respite aides provide weekly visits during the day, on the weekendsand sometimes overnight. They help with meal assistance, reading, visiting andcompanionship, and provide time to socialize with another adult.
To learn more about respite services and how Family Health Care is working to give ourelderly in the community the best life possible, visit familyhealthcare.org.
Family Health Care will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which occurs on the third Thursday of November and was awarded the 2018 “Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year” by the National Rural Health Association.
Over 60 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”
In central-west Michigan, Family Health Care provides comprehensive primary health care services through its medical, dental, vision and pharmacy programs; and additional programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, free health insurance enrollment, In-Home Respite Care, and a variety of primary care services in schools. Family Health Care is focused on making health care accessible to everyone in order to achieve its vision of 0% health disparities in the communities the organization serves.
“Our employees are dedicated to meeting the needs of every patient that comes through our doors and through outreach into the community,” says Kathy Sather, President & CEO of Family Health Care. “I am truly proud to be part of this dedicated team of individuals working toward the common goal of improving the health of our rural communities.”
State Offices of Rural Health play a key role in addressing those needs. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. In the past year alone, State Offices of Rural Health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities. Family Health Care is a proud member of the Michigan Rural Health Association.
Additionalinformation about National Rural Health Day can be found at PowerofRural.org.To learn more about NOSORH, visit nosorh.org; to learn more about Family HealthCare visit Read More
On September 25, 2018, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November.
With midterms and governor races happening in a few weeks, every eligible American voter should exercise his or her right to be heard at the ballot box this year and next. National Voter Registration Day is the right place to start by getting registered.
That is why communities across the country are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to increase voter participation.
Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2018. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide and leverage #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on all social media platforms to drive attention to voter registration and the midterm elections.
Family Health Care is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On September 25, between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Family Health Care will engage its community and register voters at the following locations:
Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.
Family Health Care (FHC) is comprised of a team of individuals who understand the meaning of “service” and strive to provide care to those in the community who need it most. That’s why FHC is pleased to announce the addition of Pamela Mir, MD, to its team in Cadillac.
Dr. Mir has over 15 years as both an inpatient and outpatient physician; including 12 years of providing service to underserved populations. She enjoys interacting with her patients while helping solve their problems and educating them on how to achieve their best health.
“I am excited to join a team of health providers who are passionate about providing quality care to their patients,” said Dr. Mir. “Getting to know my patients is a priority to help them live a happy and healthy life.”
Dr. Mir completed her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and her Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
FHC continually focuses on meeting the needs of its communities by growing and expanding services to provide rural residents and visitors to the area with quality, affordable access to behavioral health, medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services close to where they live, work and play.
Dr. Mir will provide primary medical care services at FHC’s Cadillac office located at 520 Cobb Street. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mir or another provider, call (231) 775-6521.
Family Health Care (FHC) understands the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and how it can affect a person’s overall health. That’s why FHC is pleased to announce that Dr. Akosua Mensah has joined its dental team in Baldwin!
Dr. Mensah completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, MD.
Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Mensah has firsthand experience with rural, underserved populations. She enjoys the hands-on nature of dentistry and looks forward to creating lasting relationships with her patients.
“I am excited to help meet the dental needs of the Baldwin community,” said Dr. Mensah. “Dental care is essential to good health and I hope to help educate the community about the importance of good oral hygiene.”
From cleanings to restorations, dentures and everything in between, FHC’s board certified dentists are prepared to help patients achieve a healthy smile for all ages.
Dr. Mensah will provide dental care at FHC’s office located at 1615 Michigan Avenue in Baldwin. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mensah or another provider, call (231) 745-2736.