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Example of Use of Congregational Health Ministry Models (4 Possible Approaches)

Scenario

A 55 year old woman falls, fractures her arm, and receives the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Her mother was just released from the hospital after a stroke. She has some difficulty with speech and mobility. A married son lives across town and has a young family. The daughter is across the state attending a university. The spouse is deceased. She attends, fairly regularly, a congregation in her town.

Below are four different ways a congregation could be involved and help this family with Health Ministry.
Each model can stand alone or build on the previous one based on health ministers and their willingness to serve.

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HMA Congregational
Representative

Provide bulletin inserts on Sunday about various topics such as: Strokes Osteoporosis Spirituality

Contacts HMA to consult on other available resources

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Care Teams (unlicensed)

Meal Team brings in food

Visiting Team stops by

Transportation Team volunteers to drive her to an appointment

Correspondence Team sends a card to the daughter and adds her to the prayer list

Helping Hands Team offer to do some light housework

Wholeness Team asks if she would like Laying on of Hands and asks about her mental and emotional health

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Licensed Health
Professionals Team

A pharmacist asks if she has questions about the new meds prescribed.

A physical therapist volunteers to evaluate the mother and make recommendations she can take to the next doctor's appt.

The nutritionist makes some suggestions on food choices that are easy to fix and easy to chew.

The occupational therapist evaluates and makes recommendations to help with activities of daily living.

The member with experience helps with insurance claims and medical bills.

The massage therapist offers their services to enhance circulation and comfort.

The speech language pathologist offers to evaluate and recommend treatment options to take to the doctor.

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Congregational Nurse/Team

Visits the hospital to understand the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and physical needs of this woman

Engages Care Teams or ministries available in the congregation including Laying on of Hands and Prayer Chains

Assists with personal education about fractures, osteoporosis, and strokes Does a home visit to assess injury risks and resources which may need to be engaged for the woman and her mother

Makes referrals/ liaison to community services for meals, light housekeeping, transportation, and social agencies

Facilitates making phone calls to coordinate services including medical professional expertise in the congregation

Goes to appointments to interpret/ advocate for best options and services

Teaches the congregation about diseases, disabilities, and ways to interact and minister to meet the needs of the whole person

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Updated 12/30/14