Health

Wed
10
Feb

Caregiver Support Group meets by conference call Mondays

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19. Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847# to then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Contact Kelly Kuennen of Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging at 800-779-8707 with any questions.
 

Wed
03
Feb

February is Heart Month; Learn Hands Only CPR to save the life of a loved one


Hands Only CPR saves lives ... February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association estimates that 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to encourage the public to learn “Hands Only CPR.” This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim and is outlined in the graphic above. Submitted image.

February is Heart Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to encourage the public to learn the American Heart Association’s “Hands Only CPR.” This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the United States. On average, 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

The American Heart Association has found Hands Only CPR to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in the public - doubling or even tripling a victim’s chance of survival.

Since 80% of cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, learn these simple steps for performing Hands Only CPR to help save the life of someone you love:

Wed
03
Feb

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will again begin holding monthly meetings at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel Room, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend, and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
 

Wed
03
Feb

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Delores Schellhammer by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, Darlena Herman, Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Dorothy Sandry, Terry and Laurie Welch, Gil and Sherry Hunstad, Marilyn Bulman, Jann Henkes, Harold and Shirley Marti, Glen and Eloise Reed, Dean “Beanzy” Schellhammer, David Winnes, Lois Shindoll, Brent and Denise Beyer and Sherry Halvorson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Doris Berns by Nan Grangaard and Mary Ann Burke; in memory of Dennis Rogers by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, and in memory of Orville Bratrud by Marlys Leiran, Donnalee and Ernie Osland and Jean Huffey.

In addition, memorials were received from Dennis and Sandy Deal, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Don and Dianne Haler and Brad and Erin Berns in memory of David Myers.

A general donation was also received by the Foundation from Ken and Jill Lampman.

Wed
03
Feb

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line available at all times

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call a 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988. Whether chatting or calling, a trained Advocate will respond 24 hours a day.

Wed
27
Jan

Make a New Year’s Resolution to give blood in 2021: Next LifeServe Blood Drive scheduled for Monday, February 1; Now accepting Convalescent Plasma donors

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, February 1 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a record number of new donors in Waukon since the start of the pandemic, with 14 total new donors during the month of January, making it a very successful blood drive with a total of 59 units collected.

The need for blood does has not stopped during COVID-19 and is in even higher demand so the local blood drives continue to be held. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood.

Wed
27
Jan

Keeping it safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

Exercising is important to do all year round. One should not feel that they need to stay indoors to exercise during cold weather. A good workout outdoors in the winter can be very exhilarating. Just follow the steps below for keeping it a safe outdoor winter workout:

• Warm up longer than usual before heading outdoors in cold weather.
• Keep skin dry. This in turn will keep the exerciser warmer.
• Dress accordingly using many layers. Be sure that the outer layer will break the wind. Add a fluffy layer, like fleece or wool, to trap heat in. And long underwear is good to keep the skin dry.
• Always wear a hat to prevent heat loss through the top of the head.
• Wear mittens instead of gloves to allow air to circulate better between the fingers, keeping the hands warmer.

Always be sure to exercise in a safe, well-lit area. Stay clear of any icy spots and proceed with care in snow. One never knows what may lie under those snow-covered spots.

Wed
27
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet February 9

The local Grief Support Group will again begin holding monthly meetings at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel Room, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend, and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
 

Wed
27
Jan

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Orville Bratrud by Dave and Laurie Martin, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Memorials were also given in memory of Sandra Hove by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Beth Ann Shafer, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Dave and Laurie Martin, Linda Flatland, Tammy Knudtson, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Jerry and Linda Siegrist and Carl and Julie Johnson.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Tom Collins by Carl and Julie Johnson, in memory of Daniel “DM” Ryan by Carl and Julie Johnson, and in memory of Kermit Martin by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Bill and Gloria Hennessy and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Wed
27
Jan

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital, continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847# to be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

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