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Page A-8 - D iuov T k iiu v k - Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Child's health meet set A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Dec. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barrett Hospital's Professional Services Building basement con ference room to assess children's needs in Beaverhead County and in Montana. The meeting will give an op portunity to consider and discuss a children's legislative agenda to be represented at the 2005 Mon tana Legislature when it convenes early next year in Helena. Community representatives will have an opportunity to meet with local legislators and other community leaders to discuss the status of children in the area. There will also be an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to mothers, children and families across Montana. Topics will include health is sues such as tobacco use, access to health care for children and families, access to dental care and highway injury and death issues. Other issues include family secu rity, including foster care and ju venile justice; children's mental health issues and proposals for new revenue. A broad range of early childhood issues will be dis cussed, including those impact ing child and Head Start pro- grams. The meeting will be an oppor tunity to review what is being done for children, what needs to be done and a discussion of the next steps the community needs to take. Everyone who has an in terest in children's issues is asked to attend the community meet ing on children. The meeting is sponsored by Barrett Hospital and Healthcare and Beaverhead County Public Health. Statewide cosponsors in clude Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; The Montana Coalition and the Montana Council for Ma ternal and Child Health. Nursing home visits are important D illon T ribune - Wednesday, December 8,2004 A-8 Sometimes, all it takes to bring a smile to your face or to brighten your day is a visit with a dear friend or family member. Even though some things change when a loved one moves to a nursing home or care facility, other things -- like love, compassion, and the need for human interaction - stay the same. Visits with your loved one are very important. The following tips will help make your visits an en joyable experience for everyone. Get comfortable with your surroundings You’ll probably see, hear and smell new things when you first visit a nursing home. It takes time to feel at ease in an unfamiliar setting so prepare yourself for your visit. Skilled nursing facilities are home to many different people. Some people may need to use wheelchairs or walkers while oth ers may look the picture of health, but may actually have trouble with their memory. Remember that people are unique and have different expe riences, and this applies to all those who live in the nursing home. Just as your house may fill There are many people who call the nursing home “home,” so think of it as a house full of people, each with a special voice and dis tinct sound. Several activities can take place at once in a nursing home and you may smell different things, all at the same time. You might catch the scent of cleaning solutions or air fresheners, cook ing from the kitchen and maybe even unpleasant body odors. If the smells bother you, consider moving your visits outdoors if your loved one is able or try sit ting in a low-traffic area. Don’t forget your manners Consider your visit to a nurs ing home the same as you would a visit to your loved one's home. Although you might sometimes drop by a friend’s house unan nounced, it is always best to ar range your visits to a nursing home in advance. Call to ask when it is best to visit. Consider that your loved one may have more energy for a visit at a certain time of day. Use good judgment and try not to plan your visit when you might interfere with rest periods or treatment schedules. Don’t forget to check the visiting hours schedule with the staff. When you visit someone’s home, you knock on the door or ring the bell. Do the same at the door to your loved one’s room and be sure to ask permission before entering. If your loved one can’t respond or acknowledge you, be sure to announce yourself before entering his or her room. Your visits do not have to last hours or involve a lot of activity. Sometimes shorter and more fre quent visits can be as fulfilling as longer ones. Activities like opening the mail together or sharing a snack can sometimes be just enough. Promising to visit and not fol lowing through can be very dis appointing for someone living in a nursing home, so call ahead if you are unable to make a sched uled visit and immediately plan a time to reschedule. “Can I come?” Children are full of energy and laughter and their liveliness can be a wonderful change of pace for someone living in a nursing home. According to the Ameri can Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Liv ing, studies show that elderly people enjoy seeing children at parties and public activities. Before you visit, talk to your child or teenager about what to expect. Let him or her know that it is normal to feel nervous. Bring along activities that can help oc cupy young children if necessary, like books or a puzzle. During visits, encourage chil dren and your family member or friend to play simple games to gether like cards or checkers, or to sit and chat about daily activi ties. How do we care for you? Let us count the ways... 1. Free local delivery 2. Computerized record-keeping of your prescription medications 3. Friendly, knowledgeable pharmacists 4. Health & beauty aids 5. Large selection of vitamins & homeopathic drugs ^Aiiichcil D rug 125 E. Glendale, DiSon, HT Time spent with an elderly loved one helps him or her feel involved in the family, and in turn, helps children learn about the eld erly person’s role in the family. Visits can even bring history to life through stories of “when I was young.” Items of interest You may feel stress about what to talk about or what to do during your visit. To help alleviate those feelings, arrange some activities ahead of time. Put together a bag of items to take with you that in cludes things like magazines, cards, music to listen to, hand lo tion, craft items to work on or pictures to share. Get to know the staff Nursing home staff are there to help care for your loved one and to promote a healthy envi ronment, Consider the staff to be part of the “household.” They work to get to know and under stand your loved one. Try to do the same with them. Talk with and visit them, too. Show your appreciation for their assistance by sending them a note of thanks or offering kind words. Keep staff informed and ask them questIOh£Tf you plan to be out of town, let the staff know and provide them with contact information. If you would like to bring snacks or special treats for your loved one to enjoy, check with the staff first for any spe cial dietary restrictions that may apply, Nursing homes can provide you with assistance. Many homes have family associations or fam ily councils that you can join. s AJew D awn % ^ A a s s a g e cmd O c \y Wctlk I /N s U m f Itm J W inners Winners of the Rosetta Assisted Living spelling bee last week included Joyce Lodge, first, right; Florence Gilbert, left, and Erma Dumas, third, center. Know the signs of meth use in youth Knowing about methamphet- amine use among young people, what to say and what to do to help stop it are all part of a special presentation this Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Beaverhead County High School Auditorium. Starting at 7 p.m., the meeting will feature Patti White, a well- known speaker and counselor dealing with the growing prob lem of methamphetamine use among young people. Sponsored by the Southwest Montana Chapter of Meth Free Montana, the talk will focus on problems created by Metham phetamine use, how to recognize them and how to deal with them in your child. White will also conduct assem blies in local schools, including BCHS, during the day Thursday. The public is invited to attend the Thursday night session, and parents are welcomed to attend school assemblies as well. The lo cal chapter of Meth Free meets on a regular basis to help deal with drug-related issues in the area. C u r v e s ”30 M inute Fitness & W eight Loss Center ?9 E. Helena, Dillon 683-6210 Barrett Audiology and Hearing Aid Clinic by Christian D. Grover, M.S. Audiologist Serving Dillon over 24 years • Free hearing screening & consultations • Audiological & Medical Evaluations • Hearing Aids with 30 day trial • All make repair and service • Batteries • all sizes Wednesday, Dec. 15 • ALL DAY At the Old Southwest Montana Clinic For an appointment please call 1-800-451-8361 Wishing you the very best o f Holiday Cheer now a n d throughout the New Year! 0 Hospital & H e a lthcare 90 Hwy 91 S. • Dillon • 683-3000 • www.barretthospital.org Immunization Clinic Beaverhead Cmmiy Public Health department has received Iln vaccine and will he offering an immunization clinic for 11 u vaccine on Thursday, December 9th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:()()-5:()(). This will be a flu clinic only. The following list is die criteria from die CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for those who will he eligible lo receive vaccine: 1. All children aged 6-23 months; 2. Adults 65 years and older; 3. Persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medi cal conditions; 4. All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season; 5. Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facili ties (please include assisted living): 6. Children aged 6 months- 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy; 7. Health-care workers involved in direct patient care: and 8. Out of home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than 6 months. The cost of the flu vaccine is Si 5.00. Medicare Part B will cover the cost of the flu vaccine. For those who have Medicare Part B coverage, bring your Medicare card with you to the flu clinic. If you have any questions, please call 683-4771. Mickey Corr Parkview Acres Care and Rehabilitation Center Our son, Michael, has been cared for at a number of institutions since his injury in 1975. We are very familiar with many kinds of facilities. Some provided a good experience and some did not. Michael has been a resident of Parkview Acres since March of 1999. During that time we have been very glad that we made the move to a caregiver in his hometown of Dillon. We have especially found everyone at Parkview Acres to be cooperative. The attention Michael receives has increased his quality o f life. We have been allowed to be a part of the team that makes recommendations for his health care plan and involvement in social activities. They have not only helped our son, they have helped our entire family. Jim & Peggy Corr \