Health

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Oct

October being observed as National Physical Therapy Month

by Amy Robinson, P.T., Director of Rehabilitation, Veterans Memorial Hospital

1. What is Physical Therapy Month?
The month of October is Physical therapy month, and it’s a time when physical therapists and physical therapist assistants educate communities about who we are and what we do.

2. What can physical therapists do to help with obesity?
Physical therapists play dual roles in our nation’s fight against overweight and obesity. Our first role is in the area of prevention. Therapists can help develop fitness plans and promote the ability for adults and kids to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disabilities that are a result of being overweight.

Wed
09
Oct

Caregiver Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital October 21

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible.

When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Recent studies have estimated that the stress caused just by becoming the caregiver of an adult with a chronic illness or disability will take seven years off of a person’s life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in our community.

Wed
09
Oct

Grief Support Group will meet again in 2020

The local Grief Support Group will not be meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital until after the first of the year, 2020. When the January date is set, notice of the next meeting will be published.

The Grief Support Group is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Watch for the announcement for the date of the next Grief Support Group or call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 with questions.
 

Wed
09
Oct

Diabetes Support Group

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 17 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or anyone who may have a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

Wed
09
Oct

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS) Wednesday, October 16 beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

All registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required for the class to be held. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
09
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, October 17. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen. Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in.  It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

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09
Oct

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Danielle (Heck) Lonning by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Rev Lonning, Patsy Kerndt and Bob and Kristi Campbell; in memory of Delbert Timmerman by Patsy Kerndt; in memory of Dorothy Treangen by Jane Dietrich and in memory of Richard “Dick” Mitchell by Ernie and Donnalee Osland.

Memorials were also received in memory of James Hawes by Gary and Joan David, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Mary Axmear and Dan and Traci Byrnes, as well as by Kay Hawes.

Memorials are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be sent to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
02
Oct

Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales


Pillow Perk and Masquerade Jewelry sales at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Monday, October 21, the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and October 14 the annual Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Parking and a direct entrance to these events will be located on the east side of the hospital, facing the golf course. Pictured above are several tables and displays from last year’s popular Masquerade sales. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new. Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

Wed
02
Oct

15th Annual Women’s Health Day Luncheon ...

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon hosted a huge crowd for their 15th Annual Women’s Health Day Luncheon Tuesday, September 24 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Again this year, a crowd of over 200 ladies attended the salad luncheon hosted by the Auxiliary members, plus many free health and wellness tests were available. The theme for this year’s event was “Meditation and Mindfulness” to promote a healthy brain and calm anxiety and stress. Speakers included Steven Mazzafield, Speech Pathologist; Jill Fleming, Dietitian; Mike Myers, Hospital Administrator; and Brianne Leikvold, Maternity Services Supervisor.

Mary Ann Burke of Waukon was the lucky winner of the Ladies’ 14kt two-tone gold diamond fashion ring (retail price $1300), compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon.  Pictured above, at left, is Mary Ann Burke with Nona Sawyer, Auxiliary President, middle, and Chelsea Rhodas of Elliott Jewelers, at right.

Wed
02
Oct

Simple blood donation steps that save lives

Anyone can make a difference by making a life-saving blood donation at the next Waukon Community Blood Drive. The next blood drive will take place Monday, October 7 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.  Blood donors have a unique opportunity to contribute to their community by making a life-saving blood donation.  Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process: registration, donor history and mini-physical, blood donation and snacks.

New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation. Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful donation:

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