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!
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.