March 2014 Newsletter

As we recognize National Ethics Awareness Month, the expression that “March roars in like a Lion” reflects how passionate we are at MonarchCare when it comes to ethical practices. Recently our Board of Directors and staff developed MonarchCare’s Core Values and Ethics statement. In sum, We Honor, Respect, Care for and Protect the Clients We Serve. These are not just words for us; it is how we act. In the medical field, when you work with vulnerable individuals, we must take responsibility for how we care for and support them.

Another group linked to this topic is physicians, who deal with life and death issues every day. So take some time to remember that they have a difficult job and they too are human. Please say thank you for their service, as we celebrate Doctors Day on March 30th.

How We Help
Making medical decisions for clients under our care is a common occurrence at MonarchCare. If we have the opportunity to discuss their wishes, or if they have Advance Directives in place, it makes those decisions easier. Often our clients have no Advance Directives, are unable to articulate their wishes and have no family to share with us their loved ones’ end-of-life care requests.

We recently had a client, Mary, whose partner and main caregiver had died without leaving any directions about Mary wishes. When we became Mary’s guardian, she was in the later stage of Alzheimer’s, so we needed guidance in making future decisions about her care. MonarchCare researched all possible family connections, we spoke to neighbors who might have been close to Mary and we talked to her hired caregivers. As Mary declined, we needed to bring in Hospice care. We discussed this with her doctors and our Care Manager, the Director of Care Management and the Executive Director all met to plan her care. After reviewing her medical status, quality of life and any input we had obtained, we made the decision to proceed with Hospice. We take this process very seriously and hoped we could provide for Mary what she would have wanted if she were able to tell us. Mary passed away peacefully at home under Hospice care.

How You Can Help
Thank you to those who responded to our request in last month’s newsletter for clothing to assist two of our clients. Thank you to Mary Ann, Wanda, Bonnie and Jackie for your support.

We always have a challenge covering our indigent clients’ costs of transportation to doctors’ appointments. Those clients who live on fixed incomes have to use what little they get even when they are signed up on TOPS, which provides transportation at a reduced cost. It would be wonderful if your company turned your next social/open house/happy hour into a fundraiser for MonarchCare to help underwrite these expenses. Every little bit helps!

Did You Know?
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They often counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 18% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth will occur because of the continued expansion of healthcare-related industries. The growing aging population is expected to drive overall growth in the demand for physician services as consumers continue to seek high levels of care that use the latest technologies, diagnostic tests, and therapies. Job prospects should be good for physicians who are willing to practice in rural and low-income areas, because these areas tend to have difficulty attracting physicians. Job prospects also should be good for physicians in specialties dealing with health issues that largely affect aging baby boomers. Visit the Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information on the outlook for doctors, or the American Medical Association's site for both physician and patient resources.

Upcoming Events
Our Transforming Lives Luncheon is just around the corner! Buy your tickets for $55 before March 27th, after which the cost will be $65. We have some great auction items coming in but we can use more. Examples of great donations include a certificate for a free service from your company, gift certificates from your favorite restaurant or salon, new purses, scarves or jewelry. Don’t worry about the size or value of your donation, we often package several related items together into a gift basket. If you would like to donate an auction item, please contact Chris Levine. Your company name will be displayed at the auction table with the item.

There will be great networking opportunities from 11 am – 12 pm as you browse the auction; the main program will begin at noon. We thank Howard Finkelstein, WSVN’s “Help Me Howard”, who will again be our Master of Ceremonies.


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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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