Odyssey Hospice presents ‘Senior Living Planning Day’

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Community educational event set for May 19

Odyssey Hospice is offering its first “Senior Living Planning Day” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at Rock Valley College. Joining Odyssey will be 16 other local senior service providers, offering free educational seminars and free clinics to the community.

Odyssey Hospice—“Senior Living Planning Day” is an educational event designed to attract baby boomers and their parents for the purpose of dispelling misconceptions of hospice care, home health, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community support organizations.

Bob Mellon, general manager of the Odyssey Hospice program in Rockford, said, “We in the senior health care field know that seniors do not take full advantage of options available to them because of misconceptions or lack of information.”

Throughout the day, health care professionals will make presentations dispelling myths and misconceptions and take questions from the public.

The adult children of senior citizens play an important role in assisting their parents in understanding these options and benefits. By educating both groups, Odyssey Hospice hopes to allow families to make well-informed health care decisions in the future.

An additional goal is for the families to establish personal contacts with the local health care professionals. Fears and misunderstanding of senior services, their funding and gauging the appropriate time to utilize these senior services can be alleviated by accessing the expertise at this fair. Making and maintaining personal contacts with these professionals will be an invaluable resource for both baby boomers and their parents.

As an additional draw for the public, Odyssey Hospice is presenting various service organizations to provide immediate and tangible free clinic services:

Vision and Hearing—two doctors will be present

Posture and gate safety checks

Blood oxygen and sugar level testing

Blood pressure and lung checks

Blood drive will be conducted

Odyssey Hospice will be promoting this event through three 30-minute spots on WROK radio (1440-AM) May 16-18. Their health care partners will join them on the broadcasts by introducing their companies and their free seminar topics for Saturday, May 19. Odyssey Hospice will also sponsor news, sports and weather spots on WGSL (91.1-FM) radio during the month of May.

Odyssey HealthCare, based in Dallas, Texas, is the second-largest hospice company in the U.S., serving in 30 states and 84 cities. Nationally, Odyssey cares for more than 8,500 patients daily. Since Odyssey received its Rockford operating license in April 2006, it has served more than 200 patients, families and friends, in seven northern Illinois counties, providing end-of-life clinical care and support.

For more information, call (815) 637-2200.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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