The Health Ministry at Guardian Angels is committed to enhancing our community’s quality of life by helping to improve the health awareness of our congregation. We emphasize wellness and preventive medicine in a safe, spiritual environment while empowering people of our congregation to take control of their own health care. We plan various educational events throughout the year for the congregation, school, and community to attend.
We work in collaboration with Henry Ford Health System’s Faith Community Nursing Network and our lead Faith Community Nurse, Shawn Bennis, MSN, RN, FCN.
If you have questions or are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact the parish office by calling (248) 588-1222 or email Shawn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. No health care experience is necessary; just an open heart to helping others!
COVID Pfizer Vaccination Clinic
Saturday, May 22 (1st dose) Saturday, June 12 (2nd dose) 11:00am – 2:00pm Guardian Angels Catholic Church in the School gym
Guardian Angels will be hosting a Pfizer vaccine clinic thanks to the generosity ofpharmacists Vil Patel and his wife Neha. The couple owns several pharmacies in metro Detroit and together they have worked tirelessly over the last 12 weeks to vaccinate thousands in faith-based drives around metro Detroit.
First doses of the vaccine will be administered on Saturday, May 22. When you arrive, you will need to answer a few brief questions before receiving the Pfizer vaccine. For your safety, you should expect to wait at least 15 minutes after getting the shot to verify you have no allergic reaction.
Second doses will be administered on Saturday, June 12 following the same protocol. The maximum protection of the vaccine is reached after the second dose. You will need to come back on June 12th at the same time as your scheduled dose on the 22nd.
The vaccine is available to everyone over the age of 16 and is free of any charge.
You can register by emailing email@example.com. This will allow them to send reminder texts or calls the day before each shot is scheduled. If you would rather call and talk to someone, please call 734-767-6284.
We are also seeking volunteers to help set up the Fr Bretz Activity Center at 9:30AM on May 22nd and on June 12th.Volunteers are also needed to help check people in and guide them through the process. Those already vaccinated whom might share words of encouragement to the folks that have waited would be especially appreciated.Help with putting the tables and chairs away at 2:30 PM would also be appreciated. Please contact the parish office you are able to help on either date.
Free online directory of organizations that loan home medical equipment for free or at low-cost. Available at www.LoanClosets.org
genusConnect – A caregiver platform centered on communications
Join an online community of support on Facebook by joining the group: Henry Ford Health System Family Caregivers
This information is for guidance purposes only and does not replace the professional medical advice of your doctor.
Local Support Groups
ALL IN PERSON SUPPORT GROUPS ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19.
If you need to speak with someone regarding caregiver concerns:
The Henry Ford Health System Caregiver telephone line (313) 874-4838 Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and
4 p.m. ET to speak with someone.
You can also call the AARP caregiver support line. Agents are available to take calls Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET at (877) 333 – 5885. The support line is also available in Spanish, at (888) 971-2013.
Telephone support is available 24/7 for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Call (800) 272-3900 to reach the Alzheimer’s Association.
The VA National Caregiver Support Line, at (855) 260-3274, is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST
You can also participate in Henry Ford Family Caregiver’s Facebook support group. Search Henry Ford Health System Family Caregivers on Facebook and ask to join the group.
For anyone in need of AA, NA, CoDA, and/or other recovery support
In-person meetings may not be possible right now, but luckily there are plenty of online meetings that people can participate in.
In The Rooms is a tremendous internet resource for virtual meetings, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Codependents Anonymous (CoDA), and Marijuana Anonymous.
***They even have a Coronavirus Support Group meeting, specifically for anyone feeling stressed or concerned about their recovery during the pandemic.
Other groups also have virtual meetings. Here is a list we have compiled. Please consider sharing this with anyone you think may benefit from it.
There are also numerous recovery groups on Facebook that folks can seek out.
In addition, Faces & Voices of Recovery is hosting a FREE webinar entitled “Introduction to Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS)” on Thursday, March 26th, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This webinar is an overview of a multi-day training offered by the National Recovery Institute to prepare program administrators and peer workers on the implementation of Virtual Peer Recovery Support Services. It will cover:
The history, benefits & types of Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS)
The current environment
Ethical considerations in the provision of VRSS
Basics of confidentiality including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2
For more information and to register for the webinar, click HERE.
We hope these resources will help you and your community in the coming weeks. Please share them with anyone you think might benefit from them.