Caring for the Body, Mind & Spirit
The caring ministry of parish nursing identifies and responds to the continuous needs of our parish families through health education, counseling and spiritual support, by linking the needs of the whole person to resources and services within the congregation, community and health care system.
Duties of a parish nurse include educating parish members on health and wellness, organizing health fairs/screenings and providing assistance for caregivers and families. She also visits parish members when they are sick and helps coordinate long-term care and support groups when necessary.
Motivated by a commitment to the healing ministry of Christ, who promoted wholeness of body, mind and spirit, the parish nurse promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being in an atmosphere that fosters respect and compassion.
Resources – useful Links
- DuPage County Senior Services
- Home Health Agency Center
- Skilled Nursing Facilities in Naperville
- Skilled Nursing Home Facilities (in Illinois)
- Adult Daycare Facilities (in Illinois)
- Assisted Living Facilities (in Illinois)
- Home Healthcare Agencies (in Illinios)
- National Adult Day Services Association
- Administration on Aging
Parish Nurse Notes
June Is National Safety Month
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
• Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
• Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
• Slips, trips, and falls: One in 4 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.
June 2017 Toolkit – National Safety Month
• It’s National Safety Month! Parents: Learn how you can protect your child from injury: http://bit.ly/2p2Ocy7
• Prescription drugs are one the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older. Check the expiration date on your medicines. If they are out of date, get rid of them! For more safety tips: http://1.usa.gov/1lcrk7y
• #DYK? About half of all falls happen at home. Use this prevention checklist to stay safe: http://1.usa.gov/qCVfbm
• Each year, 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older will fall. Take these steps to prevent falls at home: http://bit.ly/2oFbe1o
• Riding bikes is a great way to get active. Use these tips to stay alert and safe: http://1.usa.gov/1e2fXKq
• Texting while driving is unsafe, & it might be illegal in your state. Look up your state’s distracted driving laws: http://bit.ly/2megxDC
• Safety tip: Add the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) to your cell phone. http://bit.ly/2ncQFcO
• Learning first aid can be fun! Sign up for a local first aid class with a family member or friend: http://rdcrss.org/1oFU5M8
• All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries. Take steps to stay safe at work: http://1.usa.gov/YAR6GC
For more information or assistance with healthcare needs, parishioners should contact Paulette Shea, 630-718-2127 or [email protected].