Memorial Health System Community Benefit Annual Report
Community Health Needs Assessment
At Memorial Home Services, our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. We play an active role in giving back to our community in a number of ways.
Community Health Screenings
Monitoring one's own health is very important. One of the most common ways Memorial Home Services provides community benefit is through community health screenings. Through our community outreach program, our nurses offer blood pressure and blood sugar screenings to community members through a number of venues - community health fairs, church groups, community events, etc.
Memorial Home Services also offers educational presentations to civic and community groups.
We often provide hospice education - expel the many myths that surround hospice care, explain what hospice care is, how it benefits the family, and how hospice can help to make the last days, weeks and months of life as pleasant as possible.
Memorial Home Services staff also offers presentations regarding home safety, medical equipment options, and falls prevention. Our staff provides education in medical equipment options, proper home safety and suggestions to help reduce the risk of falls in and around the home.
Grief Support Groups
Our Grief Support Groups help individuals cope with the loss of a loved one and provide an opportunity for mutual sharing and support. Those who have suffered a loss have an opportunity to discuss their feelings and changes the loss has brought to their lives. Participants can share coping methods for dealing with emotions and get reassurance that they are not alone in their loss.
Support group meetings are offered throughout our central Illinois service area.
Our Community Impact
Through our many community efforts, Memorial Home Services provided more than $727,000 in community benefit programs throughout central Illinois in fiscal year 2016. This community benefit included free health screening events (blood pressure and blood sugar checks) at senior centers, churches, health fairs and community events; free grief and bereavement support groups as well as charity care assistance for qualifying low-income individuals. Memorial Home Services also loaned complimentary wheelchairs for use at various community events where seniors or those with mobility challenges would benefit from access to a temporary wheelchair.
For more information about community benefits at Memorial Home Services call (217) 788-4663 or (800) 582-8667, or email us.