Lewiston, Maine 9.29.15 - Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) has always played an integral part of the well-being of the community. With flu season on the horizon, flu shots are important to prevent disease. Children and adults 65 and older have a greater risk of getting sick. AHCH has partnerships with private residential care and nursing home facilities in the community. For the elderly living in these facilities, close living quarters can easily spread the disease to other patients when just one person gets sick. The best protection is to vaccinate and prevent the disease from spreading. Unfortunately, a lot of elderly patients and residents are limited by their mobility, making getting a flu shot difficult. AHCH has brought the flu clinics to them.
AHCH provides flu clinics as a common courtesy to the community. Residents of elderly complexes within their service area may otherwise not receive the flu vaccine. It can be difficult for some of them to find transportation, and can be challenging for families as well. This gives those families another option. The staff also love the flu clinics and call months ahead of time to plan. Ensuring that people stay healthy is important to both the facilities and AHCH. There is a wonderful relationship between AHCH and the facilities that extends beyond the flu clinics. Good will services such as these only strengthen those relationships.
Lisa Cailler, RN, of AHCH has been running the flu clinics since 2003. This year Lisa is scheduled to run 19 flu clinics and administer 400 doses of the vaccine, starting in October. Some of the facilities include Schooner Estates, Farmington Congregate, Barker Mill Arms, Auburn Res Care, Pierce House, Heritage Manor, The Meadows, Montello Heights, Esplanade, Lake Auburn Town House, Bolster, Pinewood Terrace and The Chapman House. “I love the interaction and it’s something you don’t always get to have. People can tell me stories and it becomes more than just a flu shot to them. It opens up personal interaction and I look forward to it year after year,” shared Lisa Cailler, RN and Clinical Liaison. “Overall these clinics provide awareness and eases the worries that residents and their families may have about the flu and getting vaccinated. We care about the wellbeing of the patients and maintaining their health.”