Have you ever thought about becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman? Volunteers spend 3-5 hours a month visiting residents in the nursing home and seek to aid residents in resolving any concerns they may have. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, pass criminal history and abuse registry checks and if accepted, participate in 24 hours of training. If interested contact the Iowa Office of State Long Term Care Ombudsman at 866-236-1430.
The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System is hosting a “Six Dollar Sale” of fashions, jewelry, gifts, and accessories, Wednesday, March 12 from 7:30am-6pm and Thursday, March 13 from 7:30am-1pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. There will be a huge array of items of superb quality, style, and variety for men, women, and kids, all for $6 per item. Proceeds directly benefit patients and families served by the health system.
Orange City Home Health & Hospice plans to host a day camp on Saturday, March 22, for children TK through sixth grade who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Camp Hope’s mission is “to provide a safe place where children have the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with other children who have also experienced death and to equip parents and caregivers with education and support.” According to social worker Kim Jansma, “Orange City Home Health & Hospice cares about grieving children. Our hope is to educate them about the grief process and give them tools for coping with their loss. We do this by working with the kids as a group while focusing on their individual needs.” Camp Hope, will be held at First Impact of the First Reformed Church in Orange City. There are a variety of hands-on activities planned to help children identify and express their feelings of loss, as well as a puppet show presentation by “Pockets Full of Fun,” Lisa Laird. According to social worker Michelle Vaas, “Facing grief is not easy at any age. Camp Hope provides an encouraging environment where children can begin to accept the death of their loved one, reflect on their relationship, and begin to understand grief and loss.” For more information and to pre-register, please contact Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279 or register on-line … Register Here.
One of the newer services offered by Orange City Home Health & Hospice is “pet therapy” for patients and families. Rob Meerdink — a nurse at Prairie Ridge Care Center, part of Orange City Area Health System — volunteers his time with Joey, his seven-year-old Havanese therapy dog. In this photo, Joey is on his 500th therapy visit, spending time with Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community resident Ray Van Pelt. Joey has been a certified therapy dog for five years, and with the 500th visit he earns the Therapy Dog International Gold Dog Award.
Orange City Home Health & Hospice is offering a Grief Support Group five consecutive Monday afternoons from March 3 to 31 from 12:30 to 2:30pm in the lower level conference room of the health system’s downtown campus at 400 Central Avenue NW in Orange City. Bereavement support groups offer a safe place and supportive environment for those who are grieving a recent death, to talk about their feelings of loss. According to Benefits of Grief Support Groups by Patti Cox “In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free. You also have the opportunity to hear the stories of others and talk about coping day-to-day, as well as on the most difficult days of our grief journeys.” The five-week program provides directed group support within an educational format. There is no cost to attend the Grief Support Group, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Pre-registration is required by Friday, February 28. Call Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279.
The Orange City Home Health & Hospice Staff invites the public to their eighth annual Hospice Memorial Service on Sunday, April 6 at 2pm at Trinity Reformed Church, 201 St. Paul Ave. SE in Orange City. The memorial service is a time for bereaved families, hospice staff and volunteers to come together to remember those who have died under Hospice care from April 2013 to March 2014. Mary Block, Hospice Chaplain, will be delivering the message. RSVP by contacting the Home Health and Hospice office at 737-5279.
Just in time for the sweetest holiday of the year: the Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System is hosting its first “Everything Chocolate” Extravaganza on Wednesday, February 12, from 8am-2pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. The fundraiser will feature a luscious chocolate fountain, where for $5 a plate you can dip as many selections as desired. (Take-outs available.) The bake sale will feature chocolate candies, cakes, bars, cookies, pies, and desserts. And heart-shaped boxes of gourmet chocolates make the perfect Valentine’s gift. All proceeds directly benefit patients and families served by Orange City Area Health System.
Orange City Area Health System welcomed the first baby of 2014 at 8:22am on January 2. AnaPrisca Gloria Hanson was born to Rebecca and Dr. Harrison Hanson, their first girl after three boys. Dr. Hanson, a family practice doctor with the health system, and one of seven who provide OB services, also specializes in fertility care. The health system celebrated a record number of babies born in 2013, a 14 percent increase over the previous year — a total of 251 babies from 33 different communities in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The most popular names among the babies born at Orange City Area Health System in 2013 were — boys: Brayden/Breyden; girls (tied): Abigail/Abigayle, Addison/Addyson, and Avery. For more information about Orange City Area Health System’s family practice, fertility care, prenatal and OB services visit ocHealthSystem.org.
Topics include eating disorders, use of supplements, sports injuries, diabetes, and more
The public is invited to a Circle of Support session on Thursday, January 23, from 6:30-8pm at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. The focus of this program is “Teen Health & Wellness.” Presenters include Kara DeGroot, nurse practitioner at Orange City Area Health System; Olivia Chapman, diabetes care coordinator at Orange City Area Health System; and Dan Foreman, physical therapist with Therapeutic Health Services. They will discuss sports physicals; the “female triad” (eating disorders, amenorrhaea or cessation of menstruation, and decreased bone mineral density, which is seen in female teen athletes); the controversial use of supplements; signs and symptoms of diabetes in youth; teen diet and wellness; signs and symptoms of concussions; and sports injury and prevention. The host for the evening is Therapeutic Health Services. The program is offered free, and anyone involved with youth is encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is required. Circle of Support is a collaborative series of sessions revolving around the critical cultural issues impacting our youth today, and is sponsored by Orange City Area Health System, the MOCHA Kiwanis Club, Community Health Partners, Compass Pointe, and Creative Living Center. For more information, contact Lisa Burg, OCAHS Public Relations, at 737-5367.
Orange City Area Health System’s family practice clinics in Hospers, Paullina, and Orange City will close at NOON on December 24 and December 31, and will be closed ALL DAY on December 25 and January 1. To schedule an appointment or with questions call the health system main campus at 712-737-2000.