April 2014 Newsletter
April showered us with wonderful support at our Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon on April 3rd. Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors and volunteers for making this another successful event. It was a huge success, in no small part due to Howard Finkelstein & Michael Mayo's participation!

Description: mental illness photo:  MH-ribbon.gifDescription: mental illness photo:  MH-ribbon.gifThe two issues we recognize this month, Minority Health and Medication Safety, go hand in hand with the care we provide for our clients, thanks to the funding we get from you.  As you read about these challenges, we invite you to help us address these unmet needs with a donation of your time, talent or money.

 
April is also a month of celebrations and remembrances: Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all who celebrate. Remember to get your taxes in by April 15th and don’t forget to thank your favorite Administrative Professional on the 23rd!

How We Help
At our last staff meeting one of our Care Managers, Brillytza, shared a great story about one of our newest clients.  Mr. J. was the primary caregiver for his wife with no outside support. As with many caregivers, he struggled with her care while ignoring his own needs, eventually coming to the attention of Adult Protective Services.  MonarchCare was eventually appointed guardian for both Mr. and Mrs. J.  She understands and appreciates our intervention, but the process was hard for Mr. J. to understand and accept.  While sitting in the waiting room at a doctor’s appointment, Mr. J. asked again what we do. Brillytza explained how we are helping him and his wife.  He thought for a moment and then said, “So basically you are trying to save the world?” and Brillytza responded, “Yes, Mr. J., we save the world, one person at a time.”
How You Can Help
Thank you to our old and new friends who came to the Luncheon. They were able to hear the story of one of our clients, Robert, (spotlighted in our December newsletter) and how he is now in college after completing his GED as shared by his care manager, Sandi Kattan.
The monies raised by our Luncheon offset the cost of the services we provide to other individuals like Robert; clients with mental illness who often require weekly visits to monitor that they are taking their medications, have groceries and are going to their scheduled appointments. It also pays for some of the time we spend advocating for those clients in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities as we monitor their care, doctor visits, personal needs. This support also reduces the cost of our visits, meetings and phone calls coordinating the programs for clients with developmental disabilities who live in group homes. Lastly, it covers some of the expense of our Friendly Visitor Project, so our caring volunteers can provide clients a social visit to give them encouragement, support and very often a hug.

Did you know your support went so far? Did you know how many lives you have touched? On ALL our clients’ behalf, We Thank You!!
Did You Know?

The United States has become increasingly diverse in the last century. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group.

Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.

During Minority Health Month we thought you should know that 45% of our indigent clients fall into this category.  One of our goals is to educate all individuals on ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones.  In March Christina, our Executive Director, spoke to a group of caregivers at the Lauderdale Lakes Community Center about caring for themselves. 

For information on minority health disparities and inequalities, visit the Introductory Page on Minority Health on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and read the 2013 Fact Sheet

Medication management is the monitoring of medications that a patient takes to confirm that he or she is complying with a medication regimen, while also ensuring the patient is avoiding potentially dangerous drug interactions and other complications. This is especially important for those taking a large number of medications to address chronic illnesses and multiple diseases. Taking multiple medications is known as polypharmacy, and it is particularly common among older adults, as they are more likely to need medications to manage an array of chronic conditions. Medication Management/Reconciliation is a service our care managers provide regularly to all our clients. Wise Geek’s website offers more information about this topic.

Upcoming Events

Do you love to Bowl? Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 17th and join us for a FUN Friend-Raiser hosted by our Board member Kirphton Fray. We will be kicking up our heels from 4pm-6pm at the Brunswick Bowling Lanes on 441 in Margate. The cost is $20 for 2 hours of bowling, pizza, drinks, and shoes! Come and make some new connections and visit with old friends. You can contact us for more details at 954-720-2485 or Kirphton at 954-297-5425.
Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgAre you looking to put someone behind bars? Why not  do it to support MonarchCare?  Save the Date of Friday, June 6th and start thinking about who you want to send to jail for your favorite charity.  More information to come!  

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has
rescued susceptible individuals from financial
exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to
independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons
with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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