May 17, 2022

Bereavement Support Group and upcoming Health Fair

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Dear Rehoboth Residents,

It’s hard to believe that May is here bringing flowers and hopefully lots of sunshine and gentle breezes!
We continue to run the Wellness Assessment Clinic on Wednesdays from 10a-1p in the Public Health Nurses Office in the White Farm House located at the Francis Farm Complex (27 Francis Farm Road, Rehoboth Ma.) The clinic offers blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, medication review and other nursing services. The clinic offers support in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but does not replace meetings or orders from your MD or NP. We will however help you discuss any concerning finding with your MD. (Of note, the Public Health Nurses office is closed Wednesday May 18th and Thursday May 19th for a conference)
Loss during these past two years of the pandemic is presenting in so many ways, from loss of socialization for both our children and ourselves, to job loss, to loss of a loved one to COVID or to long term sequalae of the virus and so many other types of loss.

Our Survey Monkey® indicated a significant request for a Bereavement Support Group. Though our support group will discuss the steps of the grief based on Kubler-Ross's model as it relates to the loss of a loved one, please feel free to come to the group for support with the many other losses COVID has brought to bear on each of us. Our next meeting is Wednesday May 11th from 9a-11a in the Public Health Nurses office. (If we have a large turn out we will use the ARCADE building which is also on the Francis Farm campus)

As we move forward, we would also like to offer a Health Fair on Saturday May 7th from 9a-12n at the Francis Farms Complex. The fair will offer information on healthy lifestyle choices including a healthy diet, exercise, child safety, drug use and abuse and disaster preparedness. We will also offer information on the many vector borne illness cause by ticks and mosquitoes and other illnesses and virus that have the potential to affect us during the spring and summer. Our community, along with residents in other community across the country, are dealing with chronic illnesses and so we will provide information on some of those chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart and respiratory illnesses. We will also provide information on dealing with domestic abuse, an issue that, sadly, has increased in occurrence over the past 2 years.
We look forward to seeing you. Be safe and well,

Geri Hamel RN MSN, Public Health Nurse
Stephanie Reis RN BSN Assistant Public Health Nurse

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