Your Village at the Phinney Farmers Market

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We’ll have an informational table at the Phinney Farmers Market tomorrow (Phinney Center Parking lot – 6532 Phinney Ave N), so please drop by to say hello!

Also, if you would like to help out with our table we have 2 shifts available: 3:30 – 5:30 PM and 5:30 – 7:30 PM. (If you can’t commit to a whole shift, no problem…we’d love to have you there just part of the time.) This is an awesome chance to talk to people who might not know about our wonderful village.

We will be there on the 3rd Friday of every month, so if you’re not available tomorrow but would like to help on another day, please let Rebecca know: call 206.789.1217 or email  rebeccaf@phinneycenter.org.

Hope to see you this Friday!

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Village Volunteer Health Advocate Program

By Jina Taub

Have you ever left your doctor’s office not sure of what steps to take next? Ever felt your concerns were not heard by medical professionals? Or maybe you could just use a helping hand with making appointments and navigating the health system?

The Village is piloting a new volunteer health advocate (VHA) program for all Village members. Members responded to the 2015 Village survey expressing interest in receiving assistance with medical or health issues which have not historically been offered by the Village. The Village board and staff took this information to heart and have worked hard to create a volunteer health advocate program, and are hopeful that it will be a valued service for members and volunteers alike.

What is a health advocate?
A health advocate is someone who provides support and assistance for a person in navigating and understanding the health care system in order to meet their health care needs.

WASHAAWho is a Village health advocate?
VHAs are Village volunteers who have completed several hours of health advocacy training, through the Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA) are are dedicated to helping members with health and medical needs. VHAs do not necessarily have a medical background, nor are they medical professionals. To date, we have seven volunteers who have completed the training.

What does a Village health advocate do?
Some activities a VHA can do include:
•   Attending medical appointments and taking notes
•   Helping to make medical appointments
•   Helping to organize personal medical information
•   Supporting you in your health care goals and needs

What doesn’t a Village health advocate do?
•   Does not give medications
•   Does not perform any medical procedures
•   Does not give any medical advice

How can I request a Village health advocate?
If you are interested in learning more about the VHA program, or requesting services, please contact Jina, Alex, or Rebecca in the Village office by phone (206.789.1217) or by email: village@phinneycenter.org.

Thank you for your interest in this program. I hope to together we continue develop a volunteer health advocate program that is beneficial and meaningful to members in our community.

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Jina Taub

Author Jina Taub is a PNA Village volunteer and registered nurse (RN). Jina is the volunteer program manager for the Village health advocate program. Seven Village volunteers recently completed the program’s first volunteer training session.

 

 

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PNA Village to the Rescue!

Carol Gives Marguerite a Lift: PNA Village Drivers

By Marguerite Langlois

I became a member of the Village about a year and a half ago, to support the new community and to support my commitment to myself to stay in my home as I age. It didn’t take long for me to discover ways I could get help, like emptying a room before it was remodeled, or doing things on step ladders, which I don’t do anymore, or getting help finding reliable contractors. I also met new friends at the potlucks. And I’ve been able to contribute as well, by writing for the Village blog and teaching at the Greenwood Senior Center.

Then, about three months ago, I fell, seriously injured my neck and shoulder, and was suddenly unable to drive. I not only couldn’t do things like getting groceries or running errands or doing personal business, I also had multiple medical appointments to deal with. I sent off requests to Liz (our amazing AmeriCorps volunteer), and, one by one, volunteers arrived at my home to get me where I needed to be. And these weren’t just rides…they were great chances to meet new people and enjoy good conversation…at a time when usual chances for that in my life were diminished. A volunteer also came to my home to help with some clearing and sorting and rearranging that I had planned to do myself and could no longer do.

I’m doing better now, but an injury like mine can quickly diminish your life. I don’t know what I would have done without the Village in my life these past few weeks. Instead of being cut off and shut in, I find myself in the middle of a village…a group of people caring, sharing, and expanding my life. I intend to be a lifelong member!

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A note from Liz Waesche, our AmeriCorps volunteer:

The PNA Village would be nothing without our wonderful volunteers! As the Village continues to grow, our group of volunteers needs to grow with it, especially our group of Village Drivers. Village Drivers have a huge impact on the health and well-being of members. Drivers use their own vehicles to transport Village Members to doctors’ appointments, the grocery store, to movies, and everywhere in-between (as long as the ride is within Seattle City limits). Some, but not all, drivers lift wheel chairs or walkers into a car or trunk. Volunteers choose when or how often they want to drive. In 2013, the Village Drivers provided members with 138 rides, so drivers are definitely in high demand!

So, if you know someone who has made it their New Year’s resolution to spend more time volunteering or who loves driving, contact Liz, 206.789.1217, or lizw@phinneycenter.org for more information. It takes less than an hour to become a Village Driver, but the impact on a member can be felt for a long time.

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