Health care supervisor speaks at Golden K meeting

By Orice Walters

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD – It was a lovely Monday morning as Golden Krs and new friends gathered early for their July 22 Golden K meeting. Chairperson Mary Jane Nelson called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. followed by the pledge to the flag and singing of “God Bless America.”

Guests were welcomed with the GK welcome song. Guests included the speaker of the day, Allen Goodman of Dickinson Home Health care; Karen and Bill Burgess; Lucy, great-granddaughter of Jake and Darlene Neuens, and Roger Krebsbath of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Roger is a volunteer and manager for St Vincent de Paul. He was present to thank the Golden K Club for its recent donation to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. He said that the St. Vincent de Paul charitable societies of the U.P. have helped more people than ever before.

Celebrating anniversaries this week are Bill and Ellen Roberts and Vance and Dorleen Uhazie.

Happy Birthday was sung for Louise Swope and Hank Olson who is 91 on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Program chairman Jim Verrette offered the prayer and thought for the Day by Winston Churchill.

Lucky 50/50 winner was Bob Rigoni. Rigoni donated his winnings back to the club.

Happy Harlan read the Happy Dollars from many happy people.

Joan Jouppi expressed congratulations to the Kingsford All Stars that drew applause from everyone. Hank London was happy he went swimming early in the morning and said the water was nice. The Burgess’ were happy for their first day at Golden K and decided to join. Gil Engel was happy for his wife’s birthday (Louise Swope) and a wonderful start of the day. Bill and Margaret Trudell are “Happy, Happy for Mondays.”

Jim Verrette was happy to introduce the day’s speaker, Allen Goodman who is a registered nurse supervisor for Dickinson Home Health Care of Dickinson Memorial Hospital. Allen has been an RN for 30 years. He enjoys helping patients with “Hospital to Home Care.” At the present time, not knowing what is happening in health care, with Obamacare and Medicare, keeping patients in their own home is even more of a goal. It is cheaper for people to be at home for health care. For older people it is a most intimate time of life, to be comfortable, to be around family and people close to you and to be in their own home.

Goodman explained that Medicare provides for nine weeks including nursing service, social worker, occupational and therapies. Before home care the health care people check with your insurance, what they will pay etc. DHH Care bills all insurance programs directly. They are Medicare, Medicaid and BCBS certified and participate in applicable private insurance.

The big issue is quality care, doctors and nurses know the reality is that people are going to die. “It is not about doom and gloom – It’s about reality.”

Orders for Home Health Care come through a person’s physician. That is the only way health care people can get paid is through a doctor’s orders.

There were many good questions asked by Golden Krs. When asked about Lifeline, Goodman said that Lifeline is changing. New units are soon available through a national Lifeline Company. When using Lifeline, they will stay on the line until help arrives at your home. If for some reason one is not close to or does not have lifeline, 911 should be called.

Equipment needed for home health care is typically covered by Medicare.

DHH Care presently has a staff of six registered nurses along with nurses aids, and therapists. They are dedicated to providing skilled and compassionate care in your home serving this area of Upper Michigan and Wisconsin.

It was apparent that RN Goodman has a passion for helping people to be comfortable in their own home whether it is after surgery, after being in the hospital or a nursing facility, or at the end of life. Nobody should die alone. Our thanks to Allen Goodman for great information on quality home care if and when we need it, available through our local DC Healthcare System.

The Golden Throats sing the fifth Wednesday, July 31, 2 p.m. at Victoria Pines.

The next GK meeting is Monday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Hamilton Ave, Kingsford. Program chairman Bill Trudell will have Tammy Juul, director of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, on the program.

Visitors are always welcome. If you enjoy singing golden oldies come earlier. As the day’s speaker said when introduced by Jim Verrette, “What a way to start a Monday” and so it is.