April 2015 Newsletter

April is the time for spring with longer days propelling us to get out and enjoy life. We celebrate National Volunteer Week in April, dedicated to inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference. Visit Points of Light to learn more.

April is also dedicated to Medication Safety. Part of spring cleaning is tackling your cupboards and drawers. See the Did you Know section below for more on this important topic.

Our Transforming Lives Luncheon at Signature Grand on March 26, 2015 was a great success, thanks to the hard work or our volunteers and attendees. See How You Help and learn what was accomplished by the volunteer members of our Luncheon Task Force Committee.

Join iGive, designate MonarchCare as your charity of choice and know that a portion of your online shopping will be donated to help MonarchCare provide services to our vulnerable clients. You can also sign up for AmazonSmile when making your Amazon purchases. See the side bar to learn more at their websites.

How We Help

Warren L. had been estranged for 30 years from his children. Recently, his daughter Nancy reached out to Warren’s care manager, Brillytza, to ask about her father. We explained that he was doing well at an assisted living facility in Davie and encouraged contact. After several phone calls, facilitated by Brillytza, between Warren and Nancy, she met with Warren, bringing her husband and her mother Louise, Warren’s ex-wife for a family reunion.

There are many MonarchCare clients who are not as fortunate as Warren and have no one to visit them. Consider becoming a “Friendly Visitor” and befriend one of our clients who is isolated and lonely. You can make a difference in the life of someone who is less fortunate (or assist behind the scenes helping MonarchCare fulfill our mission.) Email Knyvett Lee or visit our website and learn how you can help.

How You Help

MonarchCare held its 10th Transforming Lives Luncheon on March 26, 2015 at the Signature Grand. For the past 5 months, our Task Force Committee volunteers donated their time, money and talents to ensure this year’s event was a success. Our dedicated volunteers, along with more than 100 attendees, helped raise over $10,000 to support our programs and services. Our gratitude goes to our Task Force volunteers: Kirphton Fray, Chair; Michael Brodie; Sharon Cofar; Laura Dolin; Patricia Henderson; Florence Kalma; Melissa Rapkin; Dr. Joy Siegel; Kimberly Valentin; Anne Warren; and Michael Welch.

Honored at the luncheon were Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court and Five Star Senior Living Communities for their ongoing support of MonarchCare, their services to the community and the people we help. Stephen Margulis, Esq. was honored with our “Bill Kling Service to Veterans Award” for his 30 years of work in helping veterans navigate the court system and services available to them.

The food basket centerpieces, made possible by individual donors and Plantation General Hospital, were donated to HOPE Outreach Center and Goodman Jewish Family Services, both local charities making a difference in the lives of those in need living in Broward County.

And special thanks to our sponsors: Alternative Home Health Care; Trust Bridge Health; Five Star Senior Living, Smith & Smith.

Donors, like you, are critical to our ability to serve our indigent clients who are in need of someone to keep them safe. Fundraising events are only one way we showcase our services, build new and existing relationships and raise funds. Become a donor today at our secure site. One person does make a difference!

Did You Know?

Medication Safety Week

National Medication Safety Week is April 1st – 7th. Nearly 120,000 people suffer from medication errors annually. It is also a major cause of hospital re-admissions.  Medication Safety Week begins with “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Awareness Day”. It is recommended that people open their medicine cabinet and discard any outdated medications and old prescriptions. Then they should make sure to store meds in their original containers in a cool, dry spot away from children.

Medication safety isn’t just about an expiration date.  It’s about safe storage.  It’s about knowing what medications may interact with other medications, food and supplements.  It’s about telling your doctor about any side effects you may have had from previous prescriptions and what supplements or over-the-counter medications you may be taking.

MonarchCare’s dedicated care managers ensure our clients receive and take their medications properly. They are the voice for our clients who are unable to oversee their healthcare needs especially properly storing and taking their medications.

Here are some tips from Work Smart Live Smart for celebrating Medication Safety Week:

• Check your prescriptions periodically for expiration dates
• If possible, purchase all of your medicines from one pharmacy
• Don’t share medicines with friends or family
• Prescriptions should never be stored in a bathroom, on top of the fridge, beside the stove or on a windowsill. These areas can have high levels of humidity, heat and light that may alter the drug’s chemical stability. Keep them in a dry location at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
• Dispose of medications properly. Most pharmacies will take your old drugs for proper disposal. Don’t put them in trash cans or into the toilet, as the chemicals can find their way into our water table.
• If you are traveling through several time zones, consult your doctor or pharmacist to work out a plan for adjusting the timing of your medication. This will prevent you from taking too much or too little.

Upcoming Events

MonarchCare’s 3rd Connectors’ Coronation will take place on September 17, 2015.

This annual event honors the great networkers of South Florida who help to make positive impacts in our community.

We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Connectors’ Coronation Task Force and will be accepting nominations of someone you consider to be the best Networker in your industry this summer.

Please contact Knyvett Lee for more information.

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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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