Caregiver facility – Wendy Foundation http://wendyfoundation.org/ Sun, 15 May 2022 20:11:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wendyfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Caregiver facility – Wendy Foundation http://wendyfoundation.org/ 32 32 News in brief – The press https://wendyfoundation.org/news-in-brief-the-press/ Sun, 15 May 2022 18:53:39 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/news-in-brief-the-press/ Burger Fest needs you!SEYMOUR — The Home of the Hamburger Board and Committee, the group of volunteers who organize and run the annual Burger Fest, said it has spots available that need to be filled.A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour Community Museum, 133 Depot St., for […]]]>

Burger Fest needs you!
SEYMOUR — The Home of the Hamburger Board and Committee, the group of volunteers who organize and run the annual Burger Fest, said it has spots available that need to be filled.
A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour Community Museum, 133 Depot St., for anyone interested in becoming a board or committee member.
“Every year people look forward to Burger Fest and all the fun that comes with it,” said Donnie Planert, Jr., Chairman of the House of the Hamburger Board of Directors. “It takes a lot of people to organize and animate the celebration. The more help we receive from members of our community in and around Seymour, the more we can do to ensure this late summer family event continues.
For more information, call (920) 833-6688 or email charlie@homeofthehamburger.org.

Boards and commission opportunities
GREEN BAY – The City of Green Bay has appealed to interested citizens to serve on its boards and commissions – specifically the Zoning and Planning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission, Board of Review and Economic Development Authority.
More details on each board/commission and its functions can be found at greenbaywi.gov/507/Boards-Commissions-Committees.
Interested parties can apply online at greenbaywi.gov/Board Member Application.

Teen driving lessons
BROWN COUNTY — The Center for Childhood Safety is offering a free Impact Teen Driving Lesson at 5 p.m. on May 18.
Organizers said the class will provide real stories that connect with teens, giving them evidence-based strategies to protect themselves and others.
This course is offered free of charge to teenagers aged 15 to 17.
Visit centerforchildhoodsafety.org for more information.

Nearly $12,000 raised for Ukraine
ASHWAUBENON – Elevate97 has announced that its Women Helping Women initiative launched in March to benefit war-affected women in Ukraine has raised nearly $12,000.
The women of Elevate97, led by owner/CEO Kate Burgess, designed, sold and handcrafted nearly 1,000 t-shirts throughout March, with all proceeds going to the Action Fund Action (UAF) for women’s human rights.
“We are truly touched to see so many people coming together to provide support in any way possible to those affected by the war in Ukraine,” Burgess said. “We were blown away by the support we received for our campaign across Wisconsin, and shocked to see purchases coming from 28 other states as well.”
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Nature’s Way Announces Expansion
GREEN BAY – Nature’s Way recently announced plans for a 116,000 square foot addition to its existing 80,000 square foot chewing gum facility.
The addition, which will provide manufacturing, packaging and warehousing capacity, is expected to begin in early summer and be completed in fall 2023.
“Demand for gummies has skyrocketed during the pandemic as people look for ways to stay healthy,” said Nicole Polarek, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The trend shows no signs of slowing down, so we are accelerating to continue to meet consumer demand.”
In the two years since opening its gum factory, Polarek said Nature’s Way has produced more than one billion high-quality gums for the consumer market.
To stroll

East Town Shopping Center Parking Lot
GREEN BAY — Green Bay Police have taken to social media to remind residents not to loiter in the East Town Mall parking lot as it is private property.
Officers said they had already warned people this year and asked residents to respect the business and owners.

Caring for the Caregiver Event
GREEN BAY – The Brown County Caregiver Coalition is hosting a Caring for the Caregiver event from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 19 at the Ashwaubenon Community Center 900 Anderson Dr.
The free event will include a light breakfast, prepared by Grounded Cafe, Dance for Joy, an anti-stress seated dance and a presentation of “Unapologetically Human: Preparing for the Marathon of Lifetime Caregiving” by Lola Dada-Olley, attorney, disability inclusion advocate, mom, wife and podcast host.
Registration is required and can be done by calling (920) 448-4300
Providence

Providence Academy organizes a fundraising gala
HOWARD — Providence Academy, a privately funded classical Christian school, will host its annual fundraising gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at its newly constructed school at 3435 Shawano Ave.
The black-tie event, themed “Storybook Beginnings”, will feature live entertainment, auctions, food and refreshments.
The event is open to the public and proceeds support the school.
Tickets are available for individuals for $150 or tables of eight guests for $1,000 and can be purchased online at providencegb.org.

A UWGB teacher announced as a teacher/researcher
GREEN BAY — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been announced as one of the 2022–23 Wisconsin System Teaching Fellows and Fellows at the University of Wisconsin.
The one-year program, which offers university teaching staff the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers in the UW system, begins in late May and culminates in a research presentation at the annual spring teaching and learning conference. learning in Madison.

International Community Festival
GREEN BAY – The Kroc Community Center has announced that it will host a first international community festival from 3-8 p.m. on September 16, 2022.
Organizers said the family-friendly event will focus on celebrating the diversity of people who live here in northeast Wisconsin, with a variety of activities for adults and children.
A resource center will also be available for families to connect with basic needs, housing, financial assistance, medical assistance, medical and mental health providers, citizenship courses, education and support to ease their transition into their community.
More information can be found at gbkroccenter.org/events-and-rentals.
Scooters

Bird scooters are coming back, electric bikes are coming
GREEN BAY – The City of Green Bay is once again partnering with Bird to bring shared electric scooters and bikes to city streets.
Eco-friendly transport options can be activated through Bird’s free mobile app and used on roads and in cycle paths while observing standard traffic rules.
Scooters have a top speed of 15 miles per hour, while e-bikes can reach 20 miles per hour.
Riders must be at least 18 years old.
Bird is offering a handful of programs this year, including:

  • Community Pricing – offering a 50% discount for low-income riders, Pell Grant recipients, some local nonprofits and community organizations, veterans and seniors. To qualify, passengers must email proof of eligibility to access@bird.co.
  • Free rides for healthcare workers/emergency personnel – eligible passengers can receive two free 30-minute rides per day. To qualify, runners must send their medical ID, name and phone number to together@bird.co.

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Chef, cheerleader, caregiver: a robot for each of your needs https://wendyfoundation.org/chef-cheerleader-caregiver-a-robot-for-each-of-your-needs/ Sat, 14 May 2022 01:00:11 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/chef-cheerleader-caregiver-a-robot-for-each-of-your-needs/ Robots to cook your meals, carry your stuff, talk to you, cheer on your favorite sports teams, and more. They can do a lot of tasks Murata’s robot cheerleaders. Photo: Murata Whether it’s using voice command to play a favorite track or turning on the lights with the flick of a finger, humans are increasingly […]]]>

Robots to cook your meals, carry your stuff, talk to you, cheer on your favorite sports teams, and more. They can do a lot of tasks

Murata’s robot cheerleaders. Photo: Murata

Whether it’s using voice command to play a favorite track or turning on the lights with the flick of a finger, humans are increasingly relying on technology to make life easier in this fast-paced world. . And to meet their needs, companies are making better and smarter innovations. Robots are one of them.

As home robots slowly become part of busy households around the world, here are a few unique and intriguing ones:

Gita-Robot

Two-wheeled Gita carries your stuff so you’re free to walk without worrying about having to carry anything. Gita’s cargo box allows you to carry up to 18 kg, while Gitamini can carry up to 9 kg, according to manufacturers.

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“Gita’s next technology is the first (and only) of its kind. It uses computer sensor vision, which allows it to easily track users indoors and outdoors. Gita’s sensors allow it to see, understand and react to its surroundings… A three-dimensional understanding of people, obstacles, speeds and trajectories so it can dynamically follow behind you (reflecting your speed and adapting its distance accordingly)… gita is polite, respectful and very intuitive for its user and the people around it”, according to the American company Piaggio Fast Forward.

Robot Gita. Photo: Piaggio Fast Forward

FoldiMate

The robot helps you fold your laundry in less than five minutes, claims its American manufacturer. “Imagine folding a full load of laundry (about 25 items) in less time than it takes to brew a cup of coffee!” It said.

FoldiMate will fold most types of shirts, blouses or pants from age six to adult size XXL. It will also fold standard sized towels and pillowcases.

Camello delivery robot

Singapore’s OSTAW Digital has developed the Camello robot which can be used in larger facilities (such as malls, condos and gated communities) to transport goods, supplies or other resources within the building. ‘facility. The robot provides contactless delivery to customers, including the delivery of food, groceries and other consumer goods. It can also be used for delivery of small parcels by postal or courier services, the company said.

It has a compartment volume of 100 liters, can carry up to 20 kg with a top speed of 5 km per hour. It has a runtime of three hours and is delivered via app or OTP authentication. This robot delivers home groceries in Singapore.

FitBot

Worried that a shirt or pant size won’t fit you when shopping online? FitBot is here to help.

“FitBot is the leading virtual fitting room technology. This helps customers buy the right size, increases confidence in buying online and increases a retailer’s sales,” according to the UK’s Robot Center.

It’s a robotic mannequin that takes your body measurements and mimics your shape, so you can see exactly how an item of clothing would fit you, online. Fitbot has already shown promising results for customers: a German test showed that the robots increased sales by 300%, while reducing returns by 28%.

FitBot. Photo: Robotics Center

Murata robot cheerleaders

These robots are able to maintain their center of gravity directly above the ground and the ball. In addition, they do not lose their balance even when they move their arms. They are capable of performances that last up to approximately 1 hour in a 4m to 4m space. They can certainly keep the spirits up until halftime of a football game. A robot measures 36 cm and weighs 1.5 kg. Thanks to the technology that prevents them from crashing and allows them to maintain a certain distance from each other, they are able to dance in groups.

This robot is developed by the Japanese company Murata Manufacturing Company Limited. He said that great teamwork will allow them (the robots) to get away from each other and they can keep moving while maintaining nice formations.

Moley robotic kitchen

This robot can cook for you. His company says it’s a “revolutionary step” into the future of home cooking. According to Moley, this is the world’s first fully robotic kitchen.

The Moley robotic kitchen allows you to save time, free your day from routine cooking, plan and adapt your menu according to different diets and lifestyles, enjoy international cuisine at any time, control calories and get cooking tips and recipes from chefs around the world.

Not only does the robot cook complete meals, it tells you when ingredients need replacing, suggests dishes based on the items you have in stock, learns what you like, and even cleans surfaces after itself. “Our vision will shake up your knowledge of cooking and nutrition,” the company said.

The Moley Kitchen is a fully automated kitchen unit, consisting of cabinets, robotic arms and hands, a recipe recording system, a connected Guided User Interface (GUI) screen with access to a recipe library and a complete set of kitchen appliances and equipment. which have been optimized for robotic and human use.

TIAGo

PAL Robotics’ TIAGo helps seniors with their daily routines, especially those who are beginning to suffer from dementia. TIAGo acted as a support for the daily routine of elderly people at home.

The robot serves as an alarm for appointments, to remind medication times and to suggest meals to follow a balanced diet. It also tracks the person’s temperature and sends the data to their doctor. In addition, TIAGo can also locate lost items inside the house, such as keys, wallet or mobile phone. This was possible thanks to the customization of TIAGo, which integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and sensors. The robot also displayed memory games and physical activity exercises that were periodically suggested to the elder, the robot’s Spanish maker said.

Tapia. Photo: MJI Co. Ltd.

Tapia

After a long day, Tapia will calm your heart with conversation and humor. Tapia video call brings you the smiles and voices of your distant loved ones. When you go out, Tapia will give you the latest weather information. When you just want to relax, Tapia will play music according to your mood. “Tapia is more than a device, Tapia is a companion to your lifestyle, the Japanese robot maker,” says MJI Corporation.

Tapia is a portable home communication robot with a height of about 25 cm. Tapia is equipped with a camera, speaker, microphone, touch screen, built-in battery and can use SIM cards as well as Wi-Fi signals for phone and mobile. Internet access. In addition to voice recognition, text-to-speech and face recognition, you can enjoy daily conversation with Tapia. The bot’s response changes depending on the pace of the conversation and the content, as well as the bot’s own “emotional status.”

The company claimed that Tapia had become the first device in the world to achieve “Microsoft Azure Certification for IoT Devices” as a communication robot.

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Former nursing home nurse pleads guilty to multiple sexual assaults https://wendyfoundation.org/former-nursing-home-nurse-pleads-guilty-to-multiple-sexual-assaults/ Thu, 12 May 2022 01:33:00 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/former-nursing-home-nurse-pleads-guilty-to-multiple-sexual-assaults/ A former caregiver pleaded guilty this week to sexually assaulting two women at San Diego-area nursing homes. Matthew Fluckiger’s plea comes a month before the 37-year-old is due tried again on charges of attacking the women while in his custody in 2019. The plea deal calls for Fluckiger to serve 25 years to life in […]]]>

A former caregiver pleaded guilty this week to sexually assaulting two women at San Diego-area nursing homes.

Matthew Fluckiger’s plea comes a month before the 37-year-old is due tried again on charges of attacking the women while in his custody in 2019. The plea deal calls for Fluckiger to serve 25 years to life in prison.

“It saves victims from having to relive the trauma of a second trial,” said San Diego County Assistant District Attorney Joshua Brisbane.

A jury sentenced former certified practical nurse Fluckiger in March of sexually assaulting a woman at Parkway Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in La Mesa in January 2020.

But jurors stayed charges involving two other women. One lived at the Avocado Post Acute nursing home and the other at the San Diego Post-Acute Center, both in El Cajon. Eleven jurors voted to convict Fluckiger, one to acquit him.

Scott Fikes, an attorney representing the victim of Avocado Post Acute, said he hopes Fluckiger’s admission of guilt will help his victims heal.

“They now have the option to close,” Fikes said.

The case against Fluckiger has cast doubt on how nursing homes and their regulators at the California Department of Public Health manipulate charges of sexual assault.

Fluckiger was first charged with sexual misconduct in 2017, when Parkside Health & Wellness Center employees told state investigators he offered to supply a resident with cigarettes in exchange for sex.

The CDPH took no action against Fluckiger, which allowed him to continue working with vulnerable women in nursing homes. In 2019, Avocado’s victim accused Fluckiger of sexually assaulting her during a diaper change, according to CDPH records reviewed by KPBS.

The woman said she immediately reported the attack to several Avocado caregivers and administrators. But the administration of the establishment maintained that the woman had only reported “rough handling” and had waited eight days before alerting the police, according to the records.

Ultimately, state regulators believed Avocado’s administrators were above the victim and called the incident “rough manipulation.”

The CDPH allowed Fluckiger to retain his certified nursing assistant license even though investigators told him they doubted his innocence, records show. He then worked in at least two other retirement homes, where he sexually raped two other women.

It wasn’t until December 2020, after KPBS reported the case of one of Fluckiger’s accusers, that the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office charged him in three cases.

Avocado did not respond to a request for comment on Fluckiger’s guilty plea. CDPH said it would not be able to meet KPBS’s deadline.

The CDPH ultimately fined Avocado $2,000 for failing to report the sexual assault charges against Fluckiger to authorities in a timely manner, records show. The agency also fined Parkway Hills $16,000, where Fluckiger attacked a third woman. The facility was cited for failing to monitor inappropriate staff behavior and failing to vet job applicants for past abuse, records show.

Fikes, who is suing nursing homes on behalf of people reporting abuse, said the sad reality is that little has changed to prevent sexual assaults in nursing homes since the charges against Fluckiger surfaced.

“It had no effect overall,” Fikes said. “And it’s unclear what happens to state administrators and investigators who haven’t done their job.”

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Good Samaritan employee sues in psychiatry https://wendyfoundation.org/good-samaritan-employee-sues-in-psychiatry/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:06:54 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/good-samaritan-employee-sues-in-psychiatry/ Joshua Gaunt, a senior at Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, is in the second class to graduate from college. A native of Sedalia, Missouri, Gaunt attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate degree. Recently, he was accepted to UM for his residency in psychiatry. Gaunt hopes to further specialize in psychiatry by doing a […]]]>

Joshua Gaunt, a senior at Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, is in the second class to graduate from college.

A native of Sedalia, Missouri, Gaunt attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate degree. Recently, he was accepted to UM for his residency in psychiatry.

Gaunt hopes to further specialize in psychiatry by doing a fellowship in geriatric studies. His particular passion is Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

At the Good Samaritan Clinic, Gaunt worked with a few of his ARCOM teachers and “fell in love with them.” The clinic does everything from chiropractic care to pharmaceuticals to emergency care.

Good Samaritan Clinic near NB St.

“You never know what people are going to come here with,” Gaunt said. “Even though I was trying to major in psychiatry, I’ve dealt with quite a few different cases of depression and anxiety, even things like hallucinations here.”

One experience at the clinic that stands out for Gaunt is when he had to treat an infected fingernail. A high school student came with his father who had to translate for him into Spanish.

At first, Gaunt was hesitant, as he “isn’t a toe guy”.

But his mentor, medical director Dr. Ziegler, told him, “Josh, you take out that infected fingernail for that guy.

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Whiz Kidz Preschool opens new location | Business https://wendyfoundation.org/whiz-kidz-preschool-opens-new-location-business/ Thu, 05 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/whiz-kidz-preschool-opens-new-location-business/ After watching her waiting list soar to nearly 50 families, creating a nearly year-long backlog, Whiz Kidz Preschool Founder and CEO Martha Picciao decided that her best option for welcoming families seeking of a child care center for children 5 and under was to open a second facility in Scottsdale. The new facility has a […]]]>

After watching her waiting list soar to nearly 50 families, creating a nearly year-long backlog, Whiz Kidz Preschool Founder and CEO Martha Picciao decided that her best option for welcoming families seeking of a child care center for children 5 and under was to open a second facility in Scottsdale.

The new facility has a scheduled opening date of June 6 and will open in the former 8,500 square foot building that housed Sunrise Preschool on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard for more than a decade. It can accommodate about 180 students.

“Our Scottsdale site has been open for six years and we’ve had a waiting list for some time,” Picciao said.

After experiencing a rebound following a 40% drop in enrollment in the early days of the pandemic, Picciao quickly saw demand soar as parents struggled to balance caring for a child while working from home.

“Our working-from-home parents ended up coming back once they realized how difficult it was to work with small children at home,” Picciao said.

Then came other factors that extended the waiting list from six months to a year, depending on the age of the children, representing a high demand for younger child care.

“The demand is exponential and the younger they are, the longer the waiting list,” Picciao said. “Between the other centers that are out or understaffed, I guess that’s why there’s such demand.”

Demand eventually reached a point where Picciao felt it was time to start looking for a second space.

“Our realtor was always watching when things came up and when that location became available, he immediately let us know. We went to look at it and decided to go,” she said.

Although she knew she needed space to accommodate more students, the facility had several factors that Picciao found appealing.

“The classrooms are spacious. They have great lighting, great access. It was built with children in mind and it is what we were looking for in the centers,” she said.

She also loved that the new space is a five-minute drive from Whiz Kidz Preschool’s existing Scottsdale location, near Scottsdale Road and Cactus Road.

“Because we personally have a demand, it made sense that we could send overflow families to a new facility if it works for their commute,” Picciao said.

With the space secured, Picciao admits there have been major hurdles to overcome to prepare for the June 6 opening.

“We were lucky enough to get some of the main furniture together, but the downside is that the cost of supplies like diapers, wipes, lunches and snacks has gone up,” she said. “Right now we’re getting by and we’ve had to adapt.”

However, what she had the hardest time getting was a stick.

“As a caregiver and an entrepreneur, it’s so hard for me not to be able to serve when there’s a need,” Picciao said. “When we saw this opportunity, we wondered if we would be able to staff it, but right now our biggest issue is hiring.”

Picciao hopes to attract up to 20 employees by offering a base salary of between $15 and $20 an hour and benefits.

“We not only want to provide the best care, but we also want to provide the best salaries and benefits to our employees to attract that quality member of staff,” she said.

Picciao seeks employees who have at least one year of paid daycare experience and prefers applicants with at least an associate’s degree in child development.

Picciao also hopes the summer will serve as an acclimatization period for staff before a rush at the start of the school year in August.

“We thought giving ourselves a few months to acclimate and get our bearings in place gave us time to grow slowly,” she said.

Picciao’s next goal is to train staff on how to make children feel at home while inside a Whiz Kidz Preschool facility.

“Our biggest goal is really to create a home away from home,” she said. “We want to have a safe, clean space with loving, caring staff, and then provide hands-on learning in a fun environment.”

She has also expressed interest in the expansion, but cites the hot property market as a challenge.

“We would like to open in other areas of the valley, but with the market being as hot for finding locations as for a house, that seemed like our only opportunity,” Picciao said.

Info: Families can call 480-999-0944 to reserve their spot today or visit whizkidzpreschool.com

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Tomah’s Hospice Touch wins top honors | Community https://wendyfoundation.org/tomahs-hospice-touch-wins-top-honors-community/ Sun, 01 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/tomahs-hospice-touch-wins-top-honors-community/ Tomah Health Hospice Touch has been named a 2022 Hospices Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, surveys and advanced analytics, according to an April 29 press release. Hospice Honors is a program that recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s perspective. The […]]]>

Tomah Health Hospice Touch has been named a 2022 Hospices Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, surveys and advanced analytics, according to an April 29 press release.

Hospice Honors is a program that recognizes hospices that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s perspective. The award criteria were based on survey results from the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems program from October 2020 to September 2021.

The CAHPS program is a public/private initiative to develop standardized surveys of patient experiences of outpatient and residential care in commercial and Medicaid plans. Surveys have been developed with the Agency for Health Research and Quality. CAHPS data covers areas such as pain and symptom support, palliative care facility assessment, and communication with family. CAHPS results provide an indication of the extent to which healthcare organizations are meeting member expectations.

“Our quality scores that are publicly available on medicare.gov: Hospice Compare; testament to the highly trusted organization that we are,” said Heidi Stalsberg, Director of Hospice Touch.

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For more information, visit healthcarefirst.com.

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California group works to help Ukraine with low-cost incubators https://wendyfoundation.org/california-group-works-to-help-ukraine-with-low-cost-incubators/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 22:28:22 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/california-group-works-to-help-ukraine-with-low-cost-incubators/ Vancouver, British Columbia – A San Francisco-based nonprofit is working to send easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain, and low-cost incubators to Ukraine. After learning that 260,000 women in Ukraine are pregnant, many of whom are now giving birth in bomb shelters or without access to modern medical care, Embrace Global is working to send 3,000 of its incubators […]]]>

A San Francisco-based nonprofit is working to send easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain, and low-cost incubators to Ukraine.

After learning that 260,000 women in Ukraine are pregnant, many of whom are now giving birth in bomb shelters or without access to modern medical care, Embrace Global is working to send 3,000 of its incubators to war-torn regions from the country.

Co-founder and CEO Jane Chen launched the initiative at the recent TED 2022 conference in Vancouver. The company was already sending 200 incubators with UNICEF.

While traditional incubators require continuous electricity, these devices, which look like small sleeping bags, can be charged like a cell phone with electricity or a heater that runs on hot water. Charging takes up to eight hours.

“The core technology is a pocket of a waxy substance called a phase change material,” Chen said. “And so once melted, it can maintain the exact same temperature of 98 degrees, human body temperature, for up to eight hours straight, and it can be reheated thousands of times.”

A lot less expensive

Each device costs between $300 and $400, much less than the $20,000 cost of a basic traditional incubator, which also requires continuous electricity and trained personnel. Low cost incubators require virtually no training and are designed to be very easy to use.

Chen developed the device while attending Stanford University and after spending four years in India, where the devices were distributed in 12 states. She said the war in Ukraine was creating a new use for incubators.

“It’s a really ideal solution, actually, for a humanitarian crisis like this, due to the fact that the incubator is portable and operates without stable electricity,” she said. “And on top of that, you don’t need a skilled caregiver. The training for this is extremely simple. It’s been designed to be very intuitive for you, so it can be used in those kinds of situations.”

This is the first time that Chen and his organization have sent their incubators to Ukraine.

Apart from India, the incubators are also distributed in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Easy, precise

Dr. Geeta Arora, an internist in New York, said she likes that incubators can be used so easily in developing countries.

“My family comes from a very poor part of India,” Arora said. “And there’s nothing available. And most babies…you have to wrap them or tie them to another body to try to keep them warm. But with that, you know exactly what temperature the baby is going to be. “

For Chen and Embrace Global, the challenge around the world is to get people on the ground to ensure that incubators are going to the right places and to the right people. This was recently the case in Zambia.

A nurse from a government facility “contacted us and was really passionate,” Chen said. “She saw the number of babies who were dying because of the lack of incubators. And so we sent her incubators. She, as the champion, really brought it to the attention of all the hospital staff. And with that, we were able to expand it to other hospitals in the area.”

In just over a decade, Chen estimated, Embrace Global’s incubator has already saved the lives of 350,000 babies worldwide. His organization’s goal is to save a million and then make the product available to anyone who needs it.

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What Medicare Advantage offers for home care https://wendyfoundation.org/what-medicare-advantage-offers-for-home-care/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 15:43:36 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/what-medicare-advantage-offers-for-home-care/ Two years ago, COVID-19 disrupted communities and health systems. The constant fear of what could subject people, especially the elderly or vulnerable, to this deadly virus has led many people to turn to services that could be provided from the safety of their homes. This was especially true for medical care, as 54% of consumers […]]]>

Two years ago, COVID-19 disrupted communities and health systems. The constant fear of what could subject people, especially the elderly or vulnerable, to this deadly virus has led many people to turn to services that could be provided from the safety of their homes.

This was especially true for medical care, as 54% of consumers said fear of contracting COVID-19 was the main reason for delaying care, and 43% cited fear of going to hospital as the reason. , in a 2020 KaufmanHall survey. Fortunately, quality home care was available for these patients and is now part of the new normal that everyone is adjusting to. In fact, another 2020 survey by William Blair shows that 81% of physicians responsible for discharge planning now prefer to refer their patients to a home health agency rather than a skilled nursing facility, a figure up from compared to 54% before the pandemic.

People enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan should know that they have access to a range of options for receiving home care, which can include primary care, emergency care, and even mail-order delivery from a pharmacy. . This approach provides the flexibility to receive medical care in the way that best suits them and reduces the risk of hospital stays.

Below are some of the home care options that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries may have, depending on their plan:

  • Urgent home care. It is possible to avoid a crowded emergency room in some situations and, instead, receive emergency care at home. In fact, many of the patients seen in the emergency department do not require the level and cost of care provided by the emergency room. As long as a client’s injury is not life or limb threatening, they may be able to schedule a home visit from a medical team who can treat a range of issues, from cuts requiring stitches to shingles and even food poisoning. Companies such as DispatchHealth can, depending on geography and health plan, be at a customer’s home quickly. Treating patients at home can benefit both patients and hospitals: it allows hospitals to provide ICU-level care to those who need it most, while allowing patients with milder illnesses to be treated in the comfort of their own homes at a much lower cost. Cost.
  • Primary home care. Telemedicine and even home visits by a physician may be options for Medicare Advantage members. From diabetes and high blood pressure treatment to physical exams and vaccinations, organizations like Heal provide primary care from the comfort of the customer’s living room in many communities. For Medicare beneficiaries, some healthcare providers may also offer a medication review, fall risk assessment, and home visits after a hospital stay. Many outside factors contribute to a patient’s health that are difficult to discover in the hospital or doctor’s office. By moving health services inside the home, physicians can identify and help address the challenges patients face in their daily lives, including transportation limitations, food and financial insecurity, living conditions unsanitary and inadequate housing. This arrangement can allow the provider to clarify health goals and expectations with the patient, family, and caregiver, which is very difficult to do in an acute care hospital.
  • Home delivery of prescription drugs. Prescription drug delivery by mail to Medicare Advantage members’ doorsteps combines the best of both worlds: more convenience and potentially lower costs. Many medications allow for a 90-day supply, which means fewer refills and more savings for you, and automatic refills ensure you never run out of medication. Most Medicare Advantage plans, including Humana, offer mail-order pharmacies for eligible prescriptions so there’s no waiting in line at the pharmacy or running out in bad weather to fill eligible prescriptions. .

An important benefit of treating patients in their own environment is that it provides a window into their daily lives and the factors that influence their health. Home care delivery provides direct visibility of the patient having enough healthy food in the refrigerator, whether their home temperature poses a hazard, furniture and carpets that could pose a safety risk, and better assessment of the patient’s mental health. This is especially important for those who live alone and may not be able to take care of themselves properly. Meeting these health-related social needs can be as important, if not more important, than medical treatment and has been a recent shift in thinking that is essential to preventative care.

Home care has a bright future because of the many factors that drive it: services often delivered more safely and affordably; a more complete view of the patient’s health being treated where they live; advances in tools and technology that enable an ever-widening range of home care; and the decrease in the rate of exposure to COVID-19. With the variety of services available, we hope individuals will take advantage of the at-home resources offered by their Medicare Advantage plans. They frequently improve the patient experience and meet patients where they want to be: at home.

Disclaimer

Other pharmacies are available in the Humana network. Providers may also enter into contracts with other plan sponsors.

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO SNP, PPO, PPO SNP, and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan is subject to contract renewal. Limits for telehealth services, also known as virtual visits or telemedicine, vary by state. These services do not replace emergency care and are not intended to replace your primary care provider or other providers in your network. Any description of when to use telehealth services is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please see your proof of coverage for details on what your plan may cover or other rules that may apply.

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Donald “Don” F. Gapinski, 88, Saint-Cloud https://wendyfoundation.org/donald-don-f-gapinski-88-saint-cloud/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 23:50:50 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/donald-don-f-gapinski-88-saint-cloud/ July 28, 1933 – April 22, 2022 A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids for Donald F. Gapinski, 88, of St. Cloud, who died April 22, 2022 at St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Timothy Gapinski will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the […]]]>

July 28, 1933 – April 22, 2022

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids for Donald F. Gapinski, 88, of St. Cloud, who died April 22, 2022 at St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Timothy Gapinski will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Don was born July 28, 1933 in St. Cloud to John and Martha (Deppa) Gapinski. He married his beloved wife Jane Fenlason on June 6, 1953 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in St. Stephen. Don worked as a security guard for most of his life in St. Bens and the Minnesota Correctional Center in St. Cloud. Don was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed gambling in casinos. He was a great storyteller and liked to complain, which was a healthy thing for him. Don loved early music, polka music and sporting events. He has always enjoyed tasting a cognac with his wife Jane. Don was known to be an amazing caregiver and was always there for his wife and sons. He had a strong Catholic faith and watched the Rosary or Mass two to three times a day. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his sons, Mike (Lisa) Gapinski, Greg Gapinski, Daniel Gapinski; grandchildren, Courtney, Christopher, Gretchen, Ryan, Breanna, Cameron; and great-grandchildren, Nolan, Dylan, Aiden, Rayvon, Everett and Hazel Grace. His parents predeceased him; wife, Jane in 2015; son, Patrick; and his siblings, Richard Gapinski, Maryann Goedert and Jerome Gapinski.

The family would like to express their gratitude to St. Cloud’s Hospital and St. Ben’s nursing staff for their compassion and care for Don.

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Home care business opens in Marietta | News, Sports, Jobs https://wendyfoundation.org/home-care-business-opens-in-marietta-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 04:07:55 +0000 https://wendyfoundation.org/home-care-business-opens-in-marietta-news-sports-jobs/ Chrisy Heiss opened Right at Home in Marietta, a service helping seniors and adults with disabilities live independently at home. (Photo provided) Right at Home’s Chrissy Heiss at a job fair. She opened the franchise to Marietta. (Photo provided) Right at Home’s Chrissy Heiss at a job fair. She opened the […]]]>



Right at Home’s Chrissy Heiss at a job fair. She opened the franchise to Marietta. (Photo provided)

MARIETTA – A Marietta native and former physical therapy assistant has opened a home care service for seniors and adults with disabilities who want to live independently.

Right at Home in Marietta is Chrisy Heiss’ first location and will serve Marietta and surrounding communities. She has 15 years of work experience at a local skilled nursing facility.

Her career as a physiotherapy assistant began in a practice including treating residents, assisting families through the next level of care, and managing a team of therapists providing therapeutic care.

She uses her experience in her life’s mission.

“My primary goal is to have a positive impact on those we serve and their families,” said Heisse. “It is important to me that every client and family is treated with the care and professionalism that I expect of my family members.”

Chrisy Heiss opened Right at Home in Marietta, a service helping seniors and adults with disabilities live independently at home. (Photo provided)

As the baby boomer generation reaches old age, there has been an increased demand for quality home care services, said Margaret Haynes, chief operating officer of Right at Home. The need is across the country and in Marietta, she said.

“It’s a fantastic community, and Chrisy and her team are dedicated to supporting the many families here,” said Haynes.

Right at Home has more than 600 franchises in the United States and seven other countries.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Right at Home was deemed an essential business, making the brand one of the few companies not only maintaining its existing customer base, but also taking on new customers. The company is taking advantage of the momentum to bring its home care services to families in new markets across the country, including Marietta.

Founded in 1995, most Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise staff. Each caregiver is carefully screened, trained and bonded and insured before entering a client’s home.

The company is based in Omaha, Neb.

For more information about Right at Home, about the local Right at Home office, go to www.rightathome.net/marietta-oh.




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