The Parrish Nurse
As this is written, we are in a time of crisis. There is a lot of news out there about the novel coronavirus or Covid-19. The entire world is affected and we pray for the health and safety of our members as well as for the nurses and doctors and others who are on the front line to halt the spread of this virus. There is so much we do not know about this virus, but there are certain things that we all can do to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus:
1) Stay at home. Practice “self-isolation” in order to keep from getting the virus or spreading the virus. You might have the virus and still feel well and still could spread it to others.
2) If you need to go out to get groceries etc., maintain “social distancing”. This means to keep about 6 feet between yourself and other people.
3) If you cough, cough into your elbow and facing away from others. If you use a tissue, discard it and wash your hands.
4) Practice “hand hygiene”. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before you eat and after you toilet.
Many of these practices are always helpful during our regular flu season to keep the flu virus from spreading. If you or your family should need anything, please contact the church office or Pastor Joe or your shepherd. We want to make sure everyone is OK.
Church office: 407-321-1021
Pastor Joe: 407-619-0766
Health & Wellness
HOW HOSPICE HELPS PATIENTS and FAMILIES
Hospice is a specialized care option for patients facing a life-limiting illness from conditions like COPD, heart disease, and dementia. When they receive hospice care early on, they experience less depression, and can improve mentally, emotionally, and physically. In fact, patients under earlier hospice care may live 25% longer due to better management of symptoms by a team of doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers, grief counselors, and chaplains united around one special person... their patient.
Choosing hospice benefits the patient and family more by the patient participating in all planning and decisions in pain and symptom management; reduced hospitalizations. Advance directives can be prepared to avoid difficult decisions later.
In addition to gaining comfort, independence and quality of life, patients and families with hospice care also receive: physical, emotional and spiritual support...
A nurse who coordinates the patients care; training needed to properly care for a loved one; medications; medical equipment such as electric beds, walkers, and wheelchairs; a nursing assistant to provide personal care such as bathing; disposable supplies such as gloves, adult briefs and wound-care kits; bereavement care and grief support.
Hospice services are provided in the comfort of your home, assisted living facility, hospital or nursing facility, and are covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Ask your doctor if or when hospice may be able to help you.