Health

Wed
17
Oct

Watch your mail for 2019 Medicare Part D information

October is the month to start a Medicare Part D check-up for 2019. Individuals should watch their mailbox for news about Medicare drug plans and changes coming next year. Participants will be able to enroll in or change their Part D plan for 2019 from October 15 through December 7, 2018.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has a Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselor available throughout the entire enrollment period.   SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP volunteer Russ Hagen will be available to meet individually with anyone in the community who wishes to compare the Medicare Part D plans available for 2019.   Appointments are required.  Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule an appointment. Those seeking information will need to bring their Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of their medications from their pharmacy.

Wed
17
Oct

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during its regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinic will be held Wednesday, October 17 from 1-6 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 24 from 1-4 p.m. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.  

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccines and tetanus vaccines will be available.

Medicare does cover the costs of a flu shot. Billing for vaccinations will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their new Medicare number or private insurance card with them. Those who do not have insurance that covers these can also pay for these vaccines.

Wed
17
Oct

No CPR course offered this month

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in October. The next class available will be offered November 21.

The cost of all CPR classes, for certification or recertification, at Veterans Memorial Hospital is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for next the CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
17
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 18. 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 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.

Wed
17
Oct

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 18 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 has a friend or loved one with diabetes.  For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
10
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Pillow Perk set for October 15


VMH Auxiliary Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales October 15 ... Monday, October 15, the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding their annual Pillow Perk from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as their annual Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 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 is a photo from last year’s popular Masquerade sales. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 15 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 pillows.

Wed
10
Oct

Nurse Practitioner Linda Fuller to join Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare Waukon

Linda Fuller ... Submitted photo.
Linda Fuller ... Submitted photo.

Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare announces the hiring of a new provider for the Waukon clinic. Board-certified nurse practitioner Linda Fuller will join the Family Medicine team, which includes Steven Perkins, D.O.; nurse practitioners Linda Fuller, Elizabeth Leschensky and Michelle Mertens-Dodgen; and certified physician assistant Sara Winters.

“I’ve enjoyed living in Rochester while working for Mayo Clinic for the past 12 years, but I’m even more excited to join the team in Waukon,” says Fuller. “I grew up on a small family farm in southern Illinois, and immediately felt at home in Waukon surrounded by fields and friendly people. I can’t wait to join the stellar team at the clinic, and provide care to - and develop relationships with - the good people of Waukon and the surrounding communities.”

Wed
10
Oct

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during their regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinic will be held Wednesday, October 10 from 1-4 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 17 from 1-6 p.m. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccines and tetanus vaccines will be available. Medicare does cover the costs of a flu shot. Billing for vaccinations will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and new Medicare number or private insurance card with them. Those who do not have insurance that covers vaccines can also pay for them.

Wed
10
Oct

Don’t judge yourself for being an emotional eater

by Annette Marsden, M.S. Nutrition Educator
 
Emotional eating has gotten a bad rap. The topic of emotional eating has captivated many, and there are countless books and articles on how to eat to be a healthy eater, and how not to be an emotional eater.

Can we really expect to leave our emotions behind while we eat? Should our goal really be “emotionless eating”? I don’t think so.

Babies are born knowing when they are hungry and when they are satisfied.

They also like to feed sometimes just for comfort. It is normal and human to soothe and comfort ourselves in the ways we know how. We have been using food for comfort and soothing since the day we were born!

Wed
10
Oct

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 18. 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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