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Provide FREE Nursing Care that Enables Seniors in Mercer County to Age with Dignity at Home
For over 75 years, Mount Carmel Guild has provided FREE home health care in Mercer County. Typically, our senior patients are homebound, have mobility challenges and do not have family to check in on them. Many have geriatric health issues such as diabetes and heart disease as well as various stages of dementia. Most live at or below poverty level but are unable to qualify for government aid that provides long-term home health care. To live independently in their home is a financial struggle.
Among our patients is Ed, who is 83 years old and lives with his wife Sara. He has many health issues and depended upon his wife for assistance. Sadly, Sara is no longer able to care for him. This is when the Guild began to help. Our registered nurse monitors Ed's blood thinner medication and makes sure he takes the correct dosage. She fills his pill box so that Ed knows which medicines to take each day. She also checks his blood sugar and vital signs and consults frequently with his doctors.
Our professional nurses provide medical care and are always assessing levels of need so patients can continue living at home for as long as possible. Many remain in our program for 5 to 6 years. Our nurses arrange physical therapy, home health aides and transportation. They often provide extra services such as picking up prescriptions or bringing food from the Guild’s pantry.
Our goal is to prevent premature institutionalization of seniors into nursing homes. We work diligently to see that patients like Ed age in place with dignity and respect. Home care is far less expensive than living in a nursing home. In Mercer County, the average cost of a year’s stay in an average nursing home is $87,000. The average annual cost for a Guild nurse to care for a patient in their own home with a visit once every two weeks is $1,400.
Not only is home health care cost effective but research shows that seniors with in-home care are happier and more content than those living in a facility. Mount Carmel Guild believes more home nursing care is absolutely needed in our community. In Mercer County 12.2% of the population is categorized as senior citizen and that number will increase even further over the next decade as baby boomers age. Please donate and help our community's seniors to age in place with dignity and respect.
"We are sometimes their only family. They grow very attached to us and us to them as well." -A Guild Nurse
"[My nurse] is doing all she can for me." -Rose, a patient Photo by Dubravka Kolumbic-Cortese; courtesy of The Monitor.
"I know what a difference our nurses are making in the lives of our elderly patients."-Nancy Smith, Trustee and Volunteer
Our nurses make sure each patient is taking the correct medication each morning, noon and night.
"Mt. Carmel Guild is very supportive and very compassionate and I am a very lucky lady to be part of it." -Vienna, a patient
Our nurses monitor vital signs at every visit. Photo by David Karas; courtesy of The Monitor.
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