June 2014 Newsletter
As we celebrate Father’s Day we think of the men in our lives, what they have done for us and our country. Alan and Scott, two of our Care Managers, are fathers; caring for others is not just a woman’s job anymore! Many fathers now care for their children as stay-at-home dads and we see increasing numbers in the caregiving fields. We hope that all fathers will remember to stop and take care of themselves as well, so they can continue to be great role models and the caring human beings we all love.

June is Men’s Health Month and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month. Our attention is rightly drawn to the many veterans who struggle with the disease, but we should also attend to others who have not served in battle, but have experienced traumas which trigger PTSD. Read on to meet one of our clients, a veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), an increasingly more common injury of returning veterans, often in conjunction with PTSD.

How We Help
69-year-old James has been a client of MonarchCare for almost four years. His healthcare is managed by the Veterans Administration, since he is a Vietnam-era veteran of the Air Force with a Traumatic Brain Injury. When James is compliant with his medications, he functions well, taking walks in a park by his assisted living facility. He is pleased with the coordination of his services that MonarchCare provides, and while preferring to be alone, is successfully living a quiet but happy life in a safe environment.
How You Can Help
Even with the generosity many of you have shared with us, we still do not receive enough funding to cover the cost of our pro bono work in the community. Over the last 3 months, we provided $50,000 in services to clients without reimbursement. Your referral of clients able to pay helps us fund these free services. We offer a variety of programs including care management, trustee and financial services or guardianship. We appreciate our referral sources and hope you remind your friends, family and clients that MonarchCare can help!
Did You Know?

Men’s Health Month’s goal is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Men's Health Network offers information and help for both men and boys.

After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you'll never feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life. Most people associate PTSD with battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause of PTSD in men—but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. For an interesting infographic on PTSD, click here. The HelpGuide.org website offers more information on PTSD.

Upcoming Events
Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgStart thinking about who you will nominate for our 2014 Connector’s Coronation. The winners from last year will be there to crown the new Kings and Queens of networking on September 18th...So Save the Date! Being a great networker entails a lot more than attending events. It means you not only connect with the right people for your needs, but also see the value in going above and beyond to identify opportunities that help to connect others. MonarchCare has always valued this trait; one of our taglines is Professional Connections…Exceptional Solutions. This FUNdraiser benefits MonarchCare’s efforts to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, adults and seniors who otherwise “fall through the cracks.” More information to come soon!

New Staff

Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgPatsy joined MonarchCare in 2013, first as an AARP volunteer and then as our Administrative Assistant. She brings to MonarchCare a wealth of experience in customer service, having worked at Air Jamaica Airlines as Customer Service Supervisor for 15 years. That background serves MonarchCare well in her frontline position of Receptionist, where Patsy has already received several commendations for her welcoming spirit. Prior to her airline experience, Patsy taught Mathematics at the secondary level for 12 years. She holds an Associate Degree in Education, and is also a Certified Family Counselor and Home Health Aide. Patsy says “I am at home at MonarchCare. We are a family of dedicated teamsters whose endeavor each day is to make the lives of those we serve more meaningful and less stressful.”

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