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Sacred Health Catholic Church and Matthew 25 Ministry is pleased to invite the community to attend a 3-part series of seminars that explores healthcare for seniors.  The seminars will be held on January 10, 17, and 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the church located at 300 Dundee Road, Pinehurst.

Barbara Venditti, a Senior Living Advisor at Sacred Heart, has assembled a panel of experts who will share how to navigate a hospital visit, tips on safeguards needed while in the hospital and how to remain safely at home until its time to relocate to a care community. For additional information or questions about the series contact Venditti at 910.295.4081 or bevenditti@nc.rr.com.

Hospital Experiences: Emergency Room to Discharge is the January 10 seminar topic.  Deana Kearns,  Administrative Director of Corporate Education & Professional Development with FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Jennifer Gripp, Director of Outcome Management with FirstHealth of the Carolinas will explore how to navigate and improve your hospital experiences. 

Keeping Loved One Safe in the Hospital on January 17 will explore the importance of having a Care Partner who will be your advocate during a hospital stay.  Nancy Ruffner, BCPA – Board Certified Patient Advocate, Owner-Founder NAVIGATE NC, Public Speaker, Adjunct Instructor will share the kind of “insider” expertise needed to help patients and their loved ones navigate this important intersection in healthcare.

The January 17 seminar will also include an introduction to Five Wishes. Written with the help of The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, and the nation’s leading experts in end of life care, Five Wishes is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.  AOS Care Management will provide copies of Five Wishes for attendees to take and complete.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? will conclude the series on January 24. Local experts will share tips on how to decide if it is best to remain in your current home or move into a care community.  The panel of experts include Jennifer Tyner, Lead Care Manager with AOS Care Management, Lynne Drinkwater, Program Director with the Moore County Department of Aging, Kimberly Wessell, Director of Sales & Marketing with St. Joseph of the Pines and Gemma Torok, Director of Marketing for Independent Living with St, Joseph of the Pines.

Each seminar will be filled with valuable information and conclude with a question and answer period. The seminars are free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, contact Helen Walsh at 910.295.3551 or seniorwits@gmail.com

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