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Rock-a-Thon Benefit
Fri, Aug 19, 9am
Sat, Aug 20, 12pm
Join us as we rock for 27 hours to benefit
Miles for Memories:
Creating solutions for those impacted by dementia in Calhoun County through movement, programming, and research.
Rock • Donate • Cure
Want to Rock? Contact Terri Chapman at 269-962-5458 Ext.194
Stop by during our Rock-A-Thon
CCMCF C/O Rock-A-Thon
1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Calhoun County
Medical Care Facility
Short-Term Therapy
■ Short term therapy
is used to transition individuals home by providing on-site physical, occupational & speech therapies.
■ Therapists work with residents to help them restore their mobility & function, manage pain, and achieve outcomes.
■ Our goal is to increase independence with daily tasks & to make sure resi- dents recover quickly before returning home.
Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center Restorative Exercise
■ Restorative exercise is a part of the activities at the adult day care center.
■ Restorative exercise includes riding the NuStep bike, using
the pulleys, and
walking on parallel bars.
■ Maintaining joint functions through simple movements is an important part of a daily routine.
Have you recently become a Fam- ily Caregiver for a Veteran? Feeling overwhelmed? As a Family Caregiver, you will soon know better than anyone else that caring for a Veteran requires major organizational skills. The VA has created a Caregiver Tool Box to help you find tools that work for you.
The single most important thing you can do to promote clear com- munication and function effectively as a Caregiver is to create and maintain a comprehensive file of information about the Veteran you are caring for.
You can keep this information in any form that works for you, such
as a file folder with your Veteran’s name on it, a binder or other types of organizational tools. The patient file doesn’t have to be pretty – it just has to work for you. Here are three tips to help make that happen:
1. Select a place to store the file that makes the most sense to you. This should be a place where you can grab it quickly in an emergency, or on your way out the door to an ap- pointment.
2. Once you have decided where to keep the file, keep it in the same place.
3. Keep it up to date. An outdated file won’t do you much good when you’re standing in the emergency room at midnight.
Items for the Veteran’s Patient File: Use the list below as a guide. Check off each item as you add it to the file. File this checklist with the information you’ve gathered. The following has been adapted, with permission, from the National Fam- ily Caregiver Association resource “Patient File Checklist.”
Section 1 – Personal Medical Record: Veteran’s personal and medi- cal data including allergies, medica- tions, medical conditions, along with
a list of health care providers and contact information. Keep detailed copies of each medical condition, both physical and mental.
Section 2 – Insurance information:
• VA benefits
• Medicare/Medicaid
• Private medical insurance
• Long-term care insurance
• Prescription drug insurance • Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• Other insurance policies
Section 3 – Legal information and documents:
• Advanced Medical Directives
• Patient Advocate information
• Durable Power of Attorney for
Health Care (or Health Care Proxy) • Power of Attorney for finances
• Pre-arranged funeral plan
• Name and contact information of
Veteran’s lawyer
• Contact information for relatives
and close friends to be immediately notified in case of severe illness or death
• Will / trust documents
• Other legal or important documents
Tips for Communicating with a Veteran’s Health Care Team:
You are a key member of the Vet- eran’s care team, and maintaining effective communication with other team members is an important aspect of providing the Veteran you care for with the best care possible. Try the tips below to help make the most of doctor visits and to promote regular, open communication with the medi- cal personnel on the Veteran’s clinical care team. The following has been adapted, with permission, from the National Family Caregiver Asso- ciation resource “Improving Doctor/ Caregiver Communications.”
• Before you go to the doctor, write questions down so you won’t forget them. Work with the Veteran you care for to come up with the ques- tions you both need to know. A list of suggested questions follow.
• Be clear about what you want to say to the doctor. Try not to ramble.
• If you have lots of things to talk
about, make a consultation ap- pointment, so the doctor can allow enough time to meet with you in an unhurried way.
• Educate yourself about your loved one’s disease or disability. With all the information on the internet, it is easier than ever before. Be sure to check the information you find with the Veteran’s clinical care team.
• Learn the routine at your doctor’s office and/or the medical center so
1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269)962-5458or(269)962-1750

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