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CHANS launches private duty service

CHANS Home Health Care has launched a new service—CHANS Private Duty Care.

The home health agency’s experienced nurses, therapists, and aides have been providing care in the home for 60 years and has earned the trust of the com- munities it serves.

Now it provides private duty care—the peace of mind of knowing a responsible and consis- tent caring professional is in contact with loved ones residing alone.

CHANS Personal Duty Care provides:

Meal preparation Bathing assistance Shaving and hair care Medication reminders Caregiver respite Supervision of safety Housekeeping Security calls

Access to all of CHANSsupportive services

When is CHANS quality personal support needed? Whenever there is a need for...

Personal care assistance Post hospitalization care Housekeeping

Holly Fournier, RNManager

A stopgap to deal with conflicts of work schedules

Private Duty Care Manager Holly Fournier, RN, brings 20 years experience to the new service and can arrange for a free home evaluation and resource materials about injury prevention and immunization for elders.

For more information, visit www.midcoasthealth.com/personalcare or call Holly Fournier at 721-1370.

One-on-one supervision while hospitalized

High-risk infant monitoring

Follow-up after early hospital discharge following childbirth

Peace of Mind

Rest breaks for family caregivers

Annual Report 2006

Planning for pandemic flu

By Lorna MacKinnon, RN Infection Control

MID COAST HEALTH SERVICES’s Influenza Pandemic Plan is complete, culminating a nearly year-long process to develop our response to widespread infectious disease or other type of emergency situation.

According to the World Health Organization and other national and international experts on infectious diseases, we are overdue for a flu pandemic.

So last spring, we began the task of preparing a plan. It was a major undertaking with many people involved.

The flu pandemic steering committee had representation from CHANS Home Health Care, our Senior Health Center, the medical staff, and key leaders from within Mid Coast Hospital.

The committee was asssisted by subcommittees dealing with such diverse matters as surge capacity, staffing, supply acquisition, ethical concerns, and the needs of physician offices.

In this planning process, hospital representatives met with our community partners including Bath Iron Works, Bowdoin College, Naval Air Station Brunswick, Cumberland and Sagadahoc County groups, Parkview Hospital, and others.

Education is always a key component in planning and in alleviating fear of the unknown.

Community education on pandemic flu continues to be provided with pediatrition Deborah Q. Hagler, MD, working closely with the local schools.


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