November is American Diabetes Month

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Speare Primary Care and White Mountain Eye Care and Optical will be hosting their free Annual Diabetes Day event to raise awareness about diabetes. The event will feature diabetes education/information from Speare Wound Care ,Pemi Baker Home Health & Hospice, Speare Dietary, White Mountain Eye Care, and Speare Primary Care, light refreshments, and a raffle.

American Diabetes‬ Month takes place each November. Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $322 billion.

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Essentially, diabetes is about the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the required amount of a hormone called insulin to control glucose levels in the blood. There are broadly two types of diabetes: Type 1 requires daily administration of artificial insulin by means of injection or insulin pump. Type 2 is more generally managed by a combination of dietary control and medication in the form of tablets.

It’s very important that people with diabetes maintain good control of their condition to help reduce and avoid long-term complications, and there have been huge advances in this area over recent years. However, it is vitally important that development work continues, to ensure people with the condition can live as normal a life as possible.

Diabetes concerns every family

Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources, and environments to live a healthy lifestyle.

1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes is undiagnosed. Most cases are type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to prevent the complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes. All families are potentially affected by diabetes and so awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for all types of diabetes are vital to help detect it early.

Diabetes can be expensive for the individual and family. In many countries, the cost of insulin injection and daily monitoring alone can consume half of a family’s average disposable income, and regular and affordable access to essential diabetes medicines are out of reach for too many. Improving access to affordable diabetes medicines and care is, therefore, urgent to avoid increased costs for the individual and family, which impact on health outcomes.

Less than 1 in 4 family members have access to diabetes education programmes. Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect on improving health outcomes for people with diabetes. It is therefore important that ongoing diabetes self-management education and support be accessible to all people with diabetes and their families to reduce the emotional impact of the disease that can result in a negative quality of life.

Let’s Take A Closer Look At… Influenza “The Flu”

flu clipartNow that the summer season is over we are entering the fun season of sweaters, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice everything. Unfortunately, this change also tends to bring on the start of the dreaded Influenza (flu) season. Last flu season (2017-2018) was one of the most severe seasons we have had in the past several years, across all age groups. This leaves many of us worried about what the upcoming flu season will bring. Though we cannot predict how this season will go, we can educate ourselves on what influenza is, how it spreads, and, most importantly, what we can do to prevent getting sick. Here is some basic information about flu to get you started.

What is it?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It causes mild to severe illness and can lead to death. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Who gets it?

Anyone of any age, even the healthiest of us, can get the flu. There are, however, some people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications related to the flu such as people over the age of 65, have chronic medical conditions (i.e. asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), have weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children under the age of 5. Some common influenza-related complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.

cover your coughHow does it spread?

The most common way that influenza is spread is via tiny droplets released when people who have the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Some of these droplets are breathed in by those people nearby. Other droplets land on surfaces or objects nearby and are spread when someone touches that surface and then touches their own mouth, nose, or eyes. You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick. Some people with influenza may be able to infect others beginning as early as one day before they develop symptoms. Generally, people are most
contagious in the first 3-4 days after their symptoms develop, but they may remain contagious for up to a week (or even longer in young children and people with weakened immune systems).

How is it diagnosed?

It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between influenza and a number of other illnesses based on symptoms alone. To help aid in the diagnosis, some providers will do a “flu swab” to try to confirm influenza. Others choose not to test for influenza and make their treatment decisions based on symptoms and clinical judgment.

How is it treated?

Most people who get the flu have mild illness and do not require medical care. For those in a high-risk group or who are very sick, may need antiviral medication. Antiviral medications fight against viruses (similar how antibiotics fight against bacteria). They are most effective when started within a couple days of getting sick, however, they can still be helpful if they are started later in the illness.

How do we prevent it?

One of the most important steps you can take is to get your annual influenza vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older who are able to should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community (ideally by the end of October). Though this cannot provide you with 100% protection from the flu, it can lower your chances of getting sick, reduce the severity of illness if you do get the flu, decrease the risk of having a flu-related hospitalization, and protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness that are unable to get the vaccine. If you haven’t already gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should consider attending one of the flu clinics being put on by Speare’s Occupational Health team. (see below for dates, times and locations)

Other important ways you can prevent spreading influenza include:

Washing your hands. This is especially important after you cough or sneeze into a tissue, before you eat, and after time spent around someone who is sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs.

Wear a mask if you are within 6 feet of someone who is coughing/sneezing or if you are not sick enough to be out of work, but feel like you might be coming down with something (remember, you can spread flu before you even know you are sick).

Stay home if you are sick (you should not return to work until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and without taking fever-reducing medicine). This not only helps to prevent your germs from spreading to others but staying home and getting rest can also help you get well sooner than if you stressed your body by trying to work while you are sick.

By doing these simple actions we can greatly reduce the risk of spreading influenza to family, friends, co-workers and even ourselves.

Want to learn more? For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine contact the Speare’s Infection Prevention Coordinator (Erica Tuttle) or check out the CDC’s Influenza page.

Dates, Locations & Times

Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse and most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

You will be asked to present your insurance card prior to receiving the vaccine.
For those without insurance, $35.00 for Quadrivalent & $65.00 for Fluzone High Dose

October 10, 2018 (Wednesday): at Waterville Town Offices 130pm–3pm

 October 24, 2018 (Wednesday): at Holderness Town Hall 11am-1pm

 October 26, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 5pm

 October 31, 2018 (Wednesday): at Plymouth Senior Center 11am-1pm

 November 5, 2018 (Monday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 4pm

 November 30, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 12pm – 6pm

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby

Waterville Valley Town Hall

Holderness Town Hall

Plymouth Senior Center

For more information please call
Speare’s Occupational and Employee Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

Visit Speare’s New Gift Shop

Volunteers in gift shop Richard Flanagan, Chris Fenn, Nancy Kolb, Pat Corbin
Volunteers in gift shop (L-R) Richard Flanagan, Chris Fenn (Student & Volunteer Services Coordinator), Nancy Kolb, Pat Corbin

Speare has opened a volunteer-run hospital gift shop full of fun gifts as well as necessities for patients, visitors, and staff. All proceeds go toward Scholarships for local youth studying for a career in healthcare and patient outreach including the flower program and gifts for patients.

Many New Hampshire made items are features in the shop including Badger products. Theses organic health and beauty items include sunscreen, insect repellent, chapstick, balms for ailments, and baby & nursing products. Tree Free Greeting Cards are also a NH company and our local Community Photo Club of Plymouth NH has donated photo cards. (scroll down to see more items in our store)

The new gift shop is open Monday-Friday from 10-4 and is located just left off of the main lobby and up the hallway from our Cardiac Rehab and Oncology departments.

Become a Speare Volunteer

Click Here to Download the Application to Volunteer

Every layer within a hospital contributes to its success and we invite you to become part of our team. Use your time, passion and willingness to help make a difference at a hospital/organization that supports its community. You don’t need any special skills to talk to a patient or assist a department. You can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows. We’ll find a volunteer position that fits your interests and your schedule.

For more information contact Christine Fenn, Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator (603) 238-6460 or email  cfenn@spearehospital.com

Speare Schedules Annual Public Flu Shot Clinics

flu season aheadFall has arrived and so too has the focus on helping to prevent flu-related illness. Speare Memorial Hospital offers the flu vaccine to persons 18 years and older, and are available at several public flu shot clinics scheduled at the Hospital, Holderness Town Hall, Waterville Valley and the Plymouth Senior Center.

Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse and most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. You will be asked to present your insurance card prior to receiving the vaccine.

For those without insurance, $35.00 for Quadrivalent & $65.00 for Fluzone High Dose

Dates, Locations & Times

October 5, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 7am – 4pm

 October 10, 2018 (Wednesday): at Waterville Town Offices 130pm–3pm

 October 24, 2018 (Wednesday): at Holderness Town Hall 11am-1pm

 October 26, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 5pm

 October 31, 2018 (Wednesday): at Plymouth Senior Center 11am-1pm

 November 5, 2018 (Monday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 4pm

 November 30, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 12pm – 6pm

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby

Waterville Valley Town Hall

Holderness Town Hall

Plymouth Senior Center

For more information please call Speare’s Occupational and Employee Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

The White Sock Campaign – Honoring & Educating

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is one of the most challenging issues we face not only in wound care but in healthcare in general because oxygen is needed to continue to nourish every inch of our bodies and without oxygen cells … tissues, digits, and limbs do not survive.

PAD Awareness Month White Sock Day at Speare Memorial Hospital - Wound CareOn September 19th, several of the team at Speare participated in SALSAL’s White Sock Campaign. (Scroll down for more photos)

PAD Awareness is a way to both educate more people on the importance of a healthy circulatory system and the benefit of eating healthy and exercising to keep that circulatory system healthy and also to honor those who have lost a leg due to PAD.    This is why the Save A Leg Save A Life Foundation (SALSAL) has promoted the “White Sock Campaign” … so that we can educate and honor.

“I am proud to be a part of an organization that is proactive in both honoring and educating … an organization who is filled with wonderful people who really truly care,” states Rebecca Sayre, Program Director for the Wound Care Center at Speare Memorial Hospital.   “This initiative really provides an opportunity for the whole hospital and community to get involved.”

PAD Awareness Month White Sock Day at Speare Memorial Hospital - OR Team

Patients with PAD and wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services provided by the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. Nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center and we have a 98% patient satisfaction rate. A program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.  Click here for more information or to make an appointment call 603-481-8780.

Speare’s Annual Senior Resource Fair

elder stock photoSearching for and navigating the maze of abundant services and organizations available in central New Hampshire can prove to be a challenge. Speare’s annual Senior Resource Fair will showcase the large variety of resources available to seniors and their caregivers in central New Hampshire that many people are not aware of.

Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point.

PrintAt this unique fair, we welcome, inform, and engage seniors, their family, friends, and caregivers. Thank you to our lead sponsor Comfort Keepers for helping make this event possible.

The event is free and no reservation is needed to attend.

PRESENTATIONS
  • 9:30 “Living Well With Chronic Illness” by Mary Francis Drake, Pemi Baker Community Health 
  • 10:30 “Transitioning a Parent/Loved One into Your Home” by Martha Swats, Comfort Keepers
  • 11:30 “How to Communicate with a Loved One with Dementia” by Dr. Quintero, Speare Primary Care
  • 12:30 “Helpful Tips for First Time Caregivers” by Cindy Eichling, Home Instead Senior Care

RehabtFit will also be offering a  Balance Class at 10:00.

FREE SCREENINGS

  • Basic Vision Screening offered by White Mountain Eye Care
  • Bone Density Screenings offered by Speare Radiology
  • Hearing Screenings offered by Sound Advice Hearing Centers
  • Fall Risk Assessments offered by Comfort Keepers
  • Blood Pressure Screenings offered Mid-State Health Center
  • Vein Screenings offered by Catholic Medical Center Vein & Vascular Specialists
  • Vaccine Evaluation offered by Rite Aid

2018 postcard

EXHIBITORS

  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Catholic Medical Center Vein & Vascular Specialists
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Golden View Health Care Center
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Mid-State Health Center
  • Speare’s Nutrition team
  • Pemi Baker Community Health
  • Plymouth Senior Center
  • Plymouth Law Center
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Radiology
  • RehabFit
  • Rite Aid
  • Interlakes Theatre
  • RSVP Bone Builders
  • Sleep Lab
  • Sound Advice Hearing Centers
  • Speare Primary Care
  • Speare Volunteer Opportunities
  • Transport Central
  • White Mountain Eye Care

 

 

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month – White Sock Campaign

Peripheral arterial disease, or (PAD) develops when arteries become completely or partially blocked with plaque deposits that limit blood flow to legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or even death.

Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup) in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have PAD and not know it. People who do experience symptoms, such as pain or cramping in the legs, often do not report them, believing they are a natural part of aging or due to another cause. PAD affects more than 12 million people in the United States which is why September is recognized as PAD Awareness Month.

As with most things, early detection can help to offset many of the long-term effects of PAD. Contact your Primary Care Provider if you notice pain in your legs at rest, pain that awakens you during the night, a cut, sore or another wound that is slow to heal, a burning sensation in your lower legs when you walk, or if you feel for some other reason you have “poor circulation”.

Patients with PAD and wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services provided by the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. Nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center and we have a 98% patient satisfaction rate. A program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.   Click here for more information or to make an appointment call 603-481-8780.

RehabFit Exercise of the Week – Calf Stretch Lunge

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Calf Stretch Lunge. This is a popular stretch because it can be done anywhere, and it improves mobility as well as flexibility.

Your calves are made up of two muscles: The gastrocnemius, which is the large part you probably think of as your calf muscle, and the soleus, which lies underneath it. These muscles connect up at the knee and at the bottom of the heel. Your calves get tight over time if you sit at a desk all day without walking around. Your shoes can also play a role, high heels restrict the full range of motion of that muscle group, as do any shoe with a really stiff bottom that doesn’t allow the foot to roll from the heel to the ball of the foot.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

RehabFit Exercise of the Week – Side Shuffle Walk

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Side Shuffle Walk.

The Side Shuffle Walk exercise is perfect for targeting the lower body, especially the hips and glutes. This is a simple all-purpose strength and conditioning exercise.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

RehabFit Exercise of the Week: The Bird Dog

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Bird Dog.

The Bird Dog exercise is a classic core exercise that emphasizes lower back strength and balance. If you’ve never done it before, the first few reps make seem awkward and difficult to balance, but once you get the form down, you’ll want to make it a staple in your exercise program.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!