Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) is an asset-based, population health program that creates partnerships between Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and community partner organizations (CPO) such as churches, social groups and/or workplaces within Newaygo County.
This program functions in three complementary areas:
• Building relationships between the health system and community organizations
• Educating the community on topics such as navigating the health system, basic disease management and health promotion
• Empowering community volunteers to provide basic hands-on support services for patients
As a result of relationship building, N2N empowers volunteers at community organizations to provide basic nonclinical support for stress-inducing issues such as pets, household chores, groceries, meals and emotional needs. This patient-centered network works to improve patient outcomes, reduce readmissions and reduce preventable mortality with the end result being a healthier community.
Answers to Alzheimer’s
“Answers to Alzheimer’s” is an option for those who have specific questions related to providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. They meet one-on-one with a care consultant to develop a plan and discuss concerns. It falls on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Call 231.924.6185 to make an appointment.
Quarterly Support Groups
The quarterly Alzheimer’s Support programs focus on different topics each time and have a presenter. They are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Call 231.924.6185 for program details.
Advance Care Planning: Information and Education Avenues for a Healthy Journey
As a capable adult, you have many rights when you receive health care. You have the right to be told about your medical choices and their benefits and risks. You also have the right to accept or refuse these choices. Whatever you decide, it is important to talk about your decisions with your physicians, other health professionals and those close to you. You may also put your plans for future medical care in writing, in case you become unable to make your own decisions.
Advance care planning is a process for you to:
- Understand possible future health choices
- Reflect on your choices in light of the values and goals important to you
- Discuss your choices with those close to you and the health care providers who care for you
- Make a plan for future health care situations
Start Planning Now
This process may only take a short period of time or it may take many months. What is most important is that you begin now and take the time you need to understand, reflect, discuss and create a plan that will work best for you and those closest to you.
An advance directive is the plan you make for future health care. In this plan you may simply provide instructions about the choices you would prefer for future health care, or you may also appoint another person or persons who would make your health care decisions if you were unable to make them yourself.
Your advance directive may be a formal legal document, or you may choose to communicate your choices more informally in a letter or by simply talking. In many circumstances, however, a formal legal document that clearly reflects your goals and values may be the best way to ensure that your choices are followed in the future.
Making an advance directive is optional, and the health care you receive will not be affected if you decide against making one. As long as you are capable, you may change or revoke your advance directive at any time.
If a physician has a concern about respecting your choices, you or those representing you may consider transferring care to another physician or requesting consultation with the Ethics Committee.
For more information, the MyLife Care Planning team at Spectrum Health is available to:
• Answer your questions about advance care planning
• Schedule a facilitated advance care planning discussion for you and your loved ones
For more information:
Call 231.924.3073, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your medical record (including any written advance directive) may not be instantly available in a medical crisis. In the event that medical staff are unclear about your advance directive or do not have it, they will begin emergency care that may sustain your life. Treatment can be stopped if it is clear later that the treatment is not what you wanted.
We assume you want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) attempted in the event your heart or breathing stops. We also assume that CPR should be attempted during any type of invasive or risky procedure or test even if you have said that CPR is not desired. If you do not want CPR attempted, at any point, please review your options for documenting your choices with your health care professionals.