Senior Circle members were recently reminded to “Speak Up” and help prevent errors in their health care. Linda Parsons, Payson Regional Medical Center quality specialist, spoke last week at the Senior Circle urging patients to speak up.
The Joint Commission is the largest health care accrediting body in the U.S. that promotes quality and safety and regularly inspects hospitals, including the Payson Regional Medical Center. One of its goals is to encourage patients to play an active role in their health care through the Speak Up program.
Patients can make their care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of their health care team. Whether at a routine doctor’s visit or a patient in a hospital, remember the acronym “SPEAK UP” to be an active participant in personal health care:
Speak up if you have questions or concerns or you don’t understand. It’s your body; you have a right to know.
Pay attention to the care you get. Always make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medicine by the right health care professional. Do not assume anything.
Educate yourself about your illness. Learn about the medical tests you get and your treatment plan.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
Know what medicines you take and why you take them. Medicine errors are the most common health care mistakes.
Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of health care organization that has been carefully checked out. The Joint Commission visits hospitals to see if they are meeting the Joint Commission’s quality standards.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the health care team.
Remember, as a patient you have the right to ask questions and to be treated with respect. Speak up and become more informed and involved in your healthcare.
The health care speaker at the next Senior Circle Lunch and Learn will be Rebecca Nissala, director of quality management at the Payson Regional Medical Center. Nissala will be speaking on fall prevention.
Nissala has been a registered nurse since 1990 and specialized in emergency nursing for the first 12 years of her professional career.
She expanded her knowledge and experience to inpatient nursing while serving as the director of inpatient services at a community hospital on the Oregon coast, overseeing the medical surgical, critical care and obstetrics units.
She moved to a community hospital in the Midwest to oversee all hospital operations. Following that experience, she took an opportunity in Healthcare Quality at a CHS hospital near Las Vegas, Nev. After her 5-year tenure there, she moved to Payson in April 2009 to be near her parents and became the director of quality at Payson Regional Medical Center.
She brings 20 years of clinical experience as well as 18 years of health care leadership experience to Payson.
Nissala said many unnecessary injuries occur due to falls in the home. Sometimes these injuries even lead to premature death resulting from complications of the injury. There are many simple tips and tricks which can be implemented in the home to help reduce the risk of falls, thus reducing injuries. Nissala will present many of these tips and tricks to implement in the home to help make it a safer place.
Nissala’s program will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 8. A light lunch is served. Please make reservations by calling the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.
The Senior Circle Cancer Gift Closet recently received new scarves and wigs from the American Cancer Society. Those undergoing chemotherapy and in need, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 and schedule an appointment so that one of the Circle’s trained volunteers can assist in selecting appropriate scarves and/or wigs.
• The Senior Circle picnic is just around the corner. Register to participate in the picnic, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. The event will include pulled pork, potluck dishes, music by DJ Craig and a few games and prizes. If you choose not to bring a potluck dish, the cost is just $4. Please call and register at (928) 472-9290.
• The knitting group just keeps growing. The Senior Circle knitting group started with just a few people in January. Regulars in attendance included Kelly Gunderson, Pat Kennedy and Margaret Wyman. They were moved to a small conference room to allow space for the expanding Feeling Fit exercise program. Now they are busting at the seams with an active group of 12 or more.
These ladies have a blast socializing, learning new knit tips, laughing it up and, of course, knitting. They truly make Tuesday mornings at the Senior Circle a bright and cheerful place. I think we will just start calling them the KWL group (knitting while laughing).
The knitting group meets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. No need to sign up, just come join the fun.
• Gently used books are needed for the 2010 Rim Country Literacy Program Book Fair, scheduled for Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at the Senior Circle, located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.
Donation boxes for book contributions have been set up at Arizona State Credit Union, Bashas’, the Payson Campus of Gila Community College, KMOG, Payson Senior Circle and Todd’s Books.
Donors may also call the Rim Country Literacy Office at (928) 468-7257 and their contributions will be collected.
In addition to the partnership between the Senior Circle and RCLP, Thrivent Financial is also participating.
This year, the Book Fair has been expanded from a one-day to a two-day event.
The Book Fair will have thousands of books available: fiction, non-fiction, children’s and gift books — all treasures at bargain rates.
In addition, there will be a raffle of specially autographed books from bestselling authors inscribed especially for the Literacy Program.
The second day, Sunday, Oct. 17, will be a Fun Discount Day.
Refreshments will be available.
Volunteers are also needed. Call the RCLP office at (928) 468-7257 for more information.
The goal of the Rim Country Literacy Program is to “Change lives through literacy.”
• The Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 Zumba classes with Christy Walton are rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 10.
• In observance of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6 the Senior Circle will be closed. The only class that will meet is beginning computer at 9:30 a.m.
The Senior Circle is a Payson Regional Medical Center outreach program designed to enrich the lives of those 50 years and better. Stop by the Senior Circle and join. The Circle offers events, exercise classes, activities, educational and social learning programs. The annual fee is $15.