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  1. Be sure to tune in to Radio Chiriqui at 10 am on August 7th to listen to a broadcast by Boquete Health and Hospice to gain information about being prepared for life and death in Boquete. Radio Chiriqui
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    Be sure to tune in to Radio Chiriqui at 10 am on August 7th to listen to a broadcast by Boquete Health and Hospice to gain information about being prepared for life and death in Boquete. Radio Chiriqui
  3. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: • Letter from our President • Being Prepared on Radio Chiriqui • BHH Tree of Life • Blood Drive Postponed • New Blood Donation Center in David • Importance of getting Printed Being Prepared for Life & Death • Our Mission Letter from the President There is a saying – “Déjà vu all over again. Due to the increase in covid-19 cases in several provinces, including Chiriqui, we are facing a return to restrictions on our movements. It is important to understand that until a vaccine is available, staying in our homes and not spending time with our friends is another step we can take to control this illness. Initially there were three cases of the virus in Bajo Boquete and 14 in Alto Boquete. All of these people recovered and there were no further infections because they stayed home and quarantined. With the easing of restrictions, someone contracted the virus somewhere and brought it to our towns. Now more people are ill and according to my latest information (July 25) there are: 15 cases in Bajo Boquete 22 cases in Los Naranjos 42 cases in Alto Boquete 7 cases in Palmira 3 cases in Potrerillos 2 cases in Potrerillos Abajo 2 cases in Caldera 1 case in Jaramillo 84 cases in Dolega These are cumulative figures, and don´t reflect those who recuperated, or are hospitalized, in home isolation, or deceased. I am sure you join me in wishing these people a speedy recovery. Let us do our part by staying home unless absolutely necessary, wearing face masks, washing our hands and, when going out, social distance from our friends and neighbors. Boquete Health and Hospice is continuing to furnish equipment as needed. No home visits are allowed, both to protect our patients and our volunteers. No community events are on the calendar at this time. If you think there is something BHH can do for you, please call our Nurse Administrator who will be glad to assist you. Please be aware that there is a critical shortage of blood in Chiriqui. There is a new blood donation center in David. If you wish more information about donating, please WhatsApp our Blood Donor Team at 6590-2000 and someone will answer your questions. I hope you will maintain a positive outlook on life and know we will see each other again soon. "Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death" LIVE Friday, August 7, 10-11am on 103.3 Radio Chiriqui or listen online www.radiochiriqui.com. . Boquete Health and Hospice Helping Hands and Caring Hearts serving our community. Boquete Health and Hospice Tree of Life Boquete Health and Hospice wants to publicly recognize our extremely dedicated volunteers and the very generous donors. The Tree of Life shows the volunteers as the roots of our organization, the trunk which contains the names of our Council and our Team Leaders and the leaves which contain the names of our donors. All three components are necessary for a tree (or organization) to survive and flourish. Our volunteers give of their time and talents in order to serve our community. The Council and Team Leaders are the leadership that makes the organization function effectively. Our donors provide the financial resources that enable BHH to continue to provide services. Those who have donated $100 or more within the last 2 years are listed on the leaves. Future donations that meet the threshold of $100 will be listed as well. If you wish to join our group of volunteers, please complete the application form on our web site Click Here Thank you to everyone who has helped make our tree strong and beautiful. Donate Now NEW OPTION FOR BLOOD DONORS A new blood donation center opened June 18, 2020 in David - thanks to the David Rotary Club, MINSA, CSS and other generous donors. It is operated by the Blood Bank facility of Hospital Regional Rafael Hernández, but offers the comfort of a separate clinic. There is no need to enter the hospital and risk exposure to COVID-19. Boquete Health and Hospice is proud to support this new clinic through a working relationship and a donation of funds. You may contact us to arrange a blood donation at this facility. WhatsApp 507-6590-2000 or email blood@boquetehealth.org Why You will Want to Buy the Printed Copy of Being Prepared When the new “Being Prepared in Boquete Guide” first became available, I got my pdf version. I was excited to receive this well prepared and very valuable reference material. Many excuses later I had yet to print the 36 page booklet, let alone begun compiling the necessary information. Since this was not working for me,I decided to get the nicely printed and organized booklet for $10 - one for me and one for a friend. So glad I did!! My friend is so extremely appreciative for her copy. If you have procrastinated as I did, I encourage you to get your copy. JUST DO IT! Get Your PDF Guide - Donate Farmacia Revilla has new hours and are now making home deliveries. Here is the information: Delivero Revilla 6579-9714 9 AM to 6 PM Lunes a Sábado New hours: 7:30 AM to 6:45 PM Closed Domingo Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Please Donate Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you
  4. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: • Now What?.... • Letter from our President • BHH AMAZING Volunteers • New Blood Donation Center in David • Importance of getting Printed Being Prepared for Life & Death • Magic of Music • Our Mission … Now What?? Boquete has been living under quarantine and curfew for a long time. Now that things are beginning to open up again, you may ask … Now What? It is vital to remember that with the freedom to move about comes a responsibility to protect yourself and those around you. The Covid-19 virus still exists, and with the opening of businesses and the increase in travel, the possibility of exposure has increased. Wear your masks, keep distance, wash hands and have sanitizer with you when you go out. Boquete has been very fortunate to only have three cases of the virus. The citizens have been careful about social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing. Now, more than ever, these behaviors need to be continued. Encourage those who work for you to follow these guidelines. Remind your friends and family members to be careful and, be a leader, in acting responsibly. If everyone acts with caution, our freedoms will continue to grow. Letter from the President Progress is being made. We are now able to move about the community at will, without time restrictions and with our family members. Over the past several weeks, Bajo Boquete has seen three cases of the Covid-19 virus and Alto Boquete has had 14 (12 within the same family). This is truly amazing and is a testament to the ability of people to abide by the rules. BHH is also abiding by the rules. At the June 3 Council Meeting, the attendees preferred to hold a virtual meeting rather than attempt an in-person meeting. This was such a wonderful example of responsible thinking and consideration for others. Boquete Health and Hospice will continue to abide by the current rules. When allowed, we will return to holding our general meetings at Amigos des Animales, observing social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and face masks. Three months after all quarantines/curfews end is when we will return to making home visits and holding our community education programs. Yes, this is an abundance of caution, but our volunteers and community are important and we care about keeping everyone healthy. The Magic of Music The Magic of Music Team is ready, willing and able to provide music and a player to suit anyone’s musical tastes. If you or someone you know would benefit from this new program, please contact our administrator at 6781-9250. How Boquete Health and Hospice can help NOW BHH is here for you. With the virus still active and no vaccine available, we are being extra cautious with our volunteers and are asking for our patients’ help and understanding. The ONLY services we have stopped are the home visits, meetings and trainings. We are still loaning equipment and acting as intermediaries for those who need blood. Boquete Health and Hospice AMAZING Volunteers There is a “rule” that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the members of an organization. The volunteers of Boquete Health and Hospice are an exception of this “rule”. While some of our teams have had a “vacation”, other teams have continued to work and serve our community. The Nurse Administrator, Bev, has been handling all the phone calls and juggling people’s requests for services. The Equipment Team has been busy providing and picking up equipment from those who need it. Sela, Judy, Kat, Sally, Mike and Cat have worked to arrange their schedules so they can be at the storage lockers to assist people with the equipment they need. They have made sure that the equipment they give out is clean and sanitary and that any returned items are cleaned before being put away. The Respiratory Team has developed a system to make sure that those who need oxygen concentrators or cpap machines receive them. Merl, Luis, Mike, Barb and Kat have made sure that when equipment is needed, they are at the lockers to instruct the patient or caregiver in how to set it up at home, how to use it and keep it clean, and resolve any potential problems. They also make sure that the concentrators are clean and sanitary before giving them out. John has taken on the job of repairing any concentrators that are not working correctly. The Translation Team has stepped in when the Equipment or Respiratory Teams need assistance. Luis and Carmen have been so helpful. The Meals Team has been busy lately delivering 20 meals during the month of May. Thank you Beverly and your wonderful team members. With the end of the quarantine, it is hoped that BHH will be able to ramp up its activities in the community. Three months after the final block is opened will see the resumption of the CPR Classes under the direction of Linda, and the Healthy Living Series will start up again beginning with a Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death. This will cause our Ambassadors Team to swing into action again. The next Blood Drive is scheduled for September 12 at the Amigos des Animales building in Alto Boquete so our Blood Donor Team, under the leadership of Marjorie, Laurie and Carmen, is already planning the event. Our Thank You Team, under the leadership of Kay, has been busy with responding to all the donations we have received. Their names will be listed in the newsletter. Without our donors, Boquete Health and Hospice could not operate. BHH’s PR and Marketing Team has been wonderful during the health crisis by continuing to get the newsletters out, provide information to the community and complete the video projects that are now on our website. Chris, Laurie and Trish have worked long and hard to keep the news flowing. Our Music Team is ready, willing and able to provide music and a player to any who request it. Val and Beverly are just waiting to hear from you (via our Nurse Administrator). Boquete Health and Hospice is so much more than just a group of people. The volunteers really CARE and WANT to help. Some have been able to help during the crisis and others are just waiting for the right time to pitch in. The organization is so blessed and grateful to have such dedicated people. NEW OPTION FOR BLOOD DONORS A new blood donation center opened June 18, 2020 in David - thanks to the David Rotary Club, MINSA, CSS and other generous donors. It is operated by the Blood Bank facility of Hospital Regional Rafael Hernández, but offers the comfort of a separate clinic. There is no need to enter the hospital and risk exposure to COVID-19. Boquete Health and Hospice is proud to support this new clinic through a working relationship and a donation of funds. You may contact us to arrange a blood donation at this facility. OR …. for your convenience … DONATE AT OUR BLOOD DRIVE in BOQUETE September 12, 7:00-1:00 Animales Event Center, Alto Boquete WhatsApp 507-6590-2000 or email blood@boquetehealth.org Why You will Want to Buy the Printed Copy of Being Prepared When the new “Being Prepared in Boquete Guide” first became available, I got my pdf version. I was excited to receive this well prepared and very valuable reference material. Many excuses later I had yet to print the 36 page booklet, let alone begun compiling the necessary information. Since this was not working for me,I decided to get the nicely printed and organized booklet for $10 - one for me and one for a friend. So glad I did!! My friend is so extremely appreciative for her copy. If you have procrastinated as I did, I encourage you to get your copy. JUST DO IT! Get Your PDF Guide - Donate Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Please Donate Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you This email was sent to <<Email Address>> why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Boquete Health and Hospice · Bajo Boquete · Boquete · Panama
  5. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: • Letter from our President • Equipment Usage for April • Magic of Music • How BHH can help Now • Thank you, Diane and Tom • Being Prepared for Life and Death • Our Mission Letter from the President Boquete Health and Hospice Response to the Relaxation of the Quarantine Questions have been asked about how Boquete Health and Hospice will handle calls when the quarantine is relaxed. Until the quarantine is totally removed, there will be no change in our policies and procedures. There are no home visits by our members. Any equipment that is needed must be picked up at our storage location in Alto Boquete. For the three months immediately following the lifting of the quarantine, if home visits are requested, the following procedures are mandatory: 1) Hospice volunteers and people in the house MUST wear face masks. 2) Hand sanitizer must be used BEFORE and AFTER meeting with the patient or their family 3) All items must be disinfected prior to and after each use (by the volunteer) 4) As few people as possible should be in the house (preferably just the patient and primary caregiver. 5) Only those visits deemed necessary by our Nurse Administrator will occur. After the three months, procedures will return to pre-crisis standards. In regard to training and meetings, CPR training will resume after the three month waiting period. Meetings will resume on the normal schedule, Council on the first Wednesday of the month and General Meetings on the second Thursday with the requirement that masks be worn and social distancing be observed. In general – Boquete Health and Hospice will be handling everything with a very CAUTIOUS approach. Equipment usage for the month of April, 2020 For the month of April, there were 14 items given to 7 people. Due to the fact that people are staying home, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the requests for equipment. BHH has mobility equipment available as needed as well as respiratory equipment. While we are not doing any home visits, we are still available for equipment loan. If you or someone you know needs a wheelchair, crutches, bedside commode, cane, or other small equipment, and can come to our locker in Alto Boquete to get it, we can help. All our equipment is cleaned and sanitized when we receive it back and again before we lend it out, so you can be confident that it is safe to use. Our volunteers are masked and gloved for their and your safety. The Magic of Music The Magic of Music Team is ready, willing and able to provide music and a player to suit anyone’s musical tastes. If you or someone you know would benefit from this new program, please contact our administrator at 6781-9250. How Boquete Health and Hospice can help NOW BHH is here for you. With the virus still active and no vaccine available, we are being extra cautious with our volunteers and are asking for our patients’ help and understanding. The ONLY services we have stopped are the home visits, meetings and trainings. We are still loaning equipment and acting as intermediaries for those who need blood. As more freedom of movement is allowed, Hospice will be increasing our activities in the community. Diane Mooney, David Wulf, Laurie Collier, Tom Mooney We bid a fond farewell to Diane and Tom Mooney! Our valued members have decided to move back to Canada, and they will be sorely missed. Diane served as Secretary, Vice President and Team Leader. She was instrumental in updating our marketing materials; forming the member Mentor Program; organizing the logistics of our Health Fair; and implementing the teams concept. Tom helped with the Health Fair set up and break down; bed deliveries; and joined the respiratory team. He was always available as needed. Diane and Tom, your heartfelt contributions to BHH have enriched our organization and we are grateful to you. THANK YOU and BEST WISHES from us all! NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME…. TODAY you will get your GUIDE BOOK…… GO TO MAILBOXES, ETC. for your hard copy…. OR ORDER A PDF COPY from our website…. NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME…… ALL THE FORMS ARE IN ONE PLACE…… PUT DOWN the remote control…… And that glass of WINE…… YOU WILL THINK about your final plans…… And MAKE SOME difficult decisions…. JUST IN CASE YOU DIE TOMORROW, or soon…… BE PREPARED! And WHEN YOU FINISH……RELAX! KNOW that you have used YOUR TIME IN QUARANTINE WISELY! Your homework is complete! NOW pick up the remote and finish your glass of wine! Being Prepared – Hard Copy Many of Boquete’s citizens have purchased and received a PDF copy of the newly revised Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death. This is a good way to start the gathering, sorting and preparation of the necessary information. However, the hard copy (on sale at Mail Boxes Etc.) has one distinct advantage – it is already in a spiral binder with plastic covers to help keep the information together, organized and neat. The hard copy is available for a minimum donation of $10.00. Get Your PDF Guide - Donate Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Please Donate Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you This email was sent to boquetehealthandhospice@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Boquete Health and Hospice · Bajo Boquete · Boquete · Panama
  6. BLOOD DONORS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the blood stocks are critically low at the local Blood Bank, and hospitals. To facilitate blood donations, and make it safer for donors, Panama’s Social Security (CSS) has set up a facility in David, at the GUIAS MEDICAS' offices, located between Dr. Heraclio Barria’s clinic, and the parking lot behind Chiriquí Hospital. Service hours are from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Any blood type is accepted. For information, blood donation arrangements and assistance, please send us a message to the BHH – Boquete Health & Hospice – WhatsApp, +507-6590 2000. BY DONATING 1 PINT OF BLOOD YOU ARE SAVING 3 LIVES ..... URGENTE! SE NECESITAN DONACIONES DE SANGRE Debido a la crisis del CORONAVIRIS, el banco de sangre del Hospital Regional está quedándose sin sangre para atender emergencias. Para facilitar donaciones, y que estas sean seguras para los donantes, la CAJA DEL SEGURO SOCIAL – CSS – ha abierto sitio para donaciones en David, en las oficinas de GUIAS MEDICAS; estas se encuentran ubicadas entre la clínica del Dr. Heraclio Barria, y el parqueadero detrás del Hospital Chiriquí. Las horas de atención son entre las 7:00 am, y la 1:00 pm, de lunes a viernes. Todos los tipos de sangre son necesitados! Para información, y ayuda para coordinar su donación, por favor contáctenos al número de WhatsApp 6590-2000, del grupo Boquete Hospice. SALVE UNA VIDA, DONE SANGRE
  7. View this email in your browser The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. In accordance, Boquete Health and Hospice has cancelled all events and activities. Please watch for updates on our CPR trainings, "Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death" presentation, and our Healthy Living Series talks. Stay safe and healthy! Table of Contents: • Your Donations at Work • Letter from our President • Administrators Interview • Being Prepared for Life & Death • New Council Member • Covid19 Health Monitoring Form • Our Mission Your Donations at Work** With the closing of the MINSA clinic due to a case of the Coronavirus, the doctors of Boquete have been working out of the Policlinica. When a recent communication with Dra. Digna Diaz highlighted that the healthcare workers did not have enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to work safely, two of the volunteer organizations in Boquete decided to help. Boquete Health and Hospice and Club Rotario de Boquete investigated what the Policlinicia and the three Bajo Boquete doctors’ offices needed. The items required are N95 masks, surgical masks, Disposable gowns and face shields. A source was located in David and an order was placed on Tuesday, April 21. Laura Daniel, President of Club Rotario de Boquete and Lesley Hughes, President of Boquete Health and Hospice worked together in order to bring the items to Boquete on April 24. The supplies were distributed to the Policlinica, Alfa Clinic, Clinic Especializada, and Dra. L. Boya. By assisting the healthcare workers in obtaining the necessary PPE, both Club Rotary and BHH are hoping to keep our medical staffs healthy. Your donations enabled us to purchase these items. **In addition to allowing Boquete Health and Hospice to assist in providing our healthcare workers adequate protective items, your donations allow for the purchase of equipment for loan; the storage facilities we use to keep the unused equipment safe and clean; training and education materials. Your donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you all for donating. 1) Lesley Hughes (BHH), Dra. Boya and Laura Daniel (Rotary) 2) Dra. Diaz and her staff 3) Laura Daniel (Rotary), Dra. Shannon Tuer (Clinica Especializada) and Lesley Hughes (BHH) 4) Dra. Boya, Lesley Hughes (BHH), Laura Daniel (Rotary), Dra. Shannon Tuer (Clinica Especializada) and Dra. from the CSS. Letter from Our President Boquete Health and Hospice is still working, although in a slightly different manner. It Is Published!! The newly revised “Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death” is now available. Printed copies are at MBE (Mail Boxes Etc.) in downtown Boquete for a minimum donation of $10.00 and electronic copies are available for a minimum donation of $5.00 by PayPal using the donation button on the website (boquetehealth.org). The guide will give you the information necessary to prepare for end-of-life issues. The information you will need will be easily available when emotions make thinking difficult. Equipment: While we are not doing any home visits, we are still available for equipment loan, if needed. If you or someone you know needs a wheelchair, crutches, bedside commode, cane, or other small equipment, and can come to our locker in Alto Boquete to get it, we can help. All our equipment is cleaned and sanitized when we receive it back and again before we lend it out, so you can be confident that it is safe to use. Our volunteers are masked and gloved for their and your safety. Minimum Recommended Precautions Regarding Covid-19 Wash hands frequently Wash surfaces you touch in the house with a bleach/water solution (10% bleach to 90% water) Wear mask when out in public Sneeze/cough into a disposable tissue and then dispose of properly STAY HOME unless vital to go out BHH hopes you stay safe and healthy. Please Donate What Makes Boquete Health and Hospice Special An interview with Lesley Hughes and Bev Tyler Get Your PDF Guide - Donate New Council Members It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Liz Bolt has taken over the position of Vice President and John Ferguson has stepped in to take over as Secretary. Please join me in welcoming John to the Council. Download Form English or Spanish Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you
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  9. The New "Being Prepared for Life and Death" in Boquete has just been published. Get your copy now. To view this flyer in a web browser CLICK BELOW http://www.boquetehealthandhospice.org/prepared.html Click below to donate for your guide: https://boquetehealth.org/donate-1
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  11. View this email in your browser The government of Panama has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. In accordance, Boquete Health and Hospice has cancelled all events and activities. Please watch for updates on our CPR trainings, "Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death" presentation, and our Healthy Living Series talks. Stay safe and healthy! Table of Contents: • COVID19 Policy • Important Letter from our President • Blood Donor Caravan Success • Introducing our Mini Training • Panamanian Outreach • Our Mission BOQUETE HEALTH AND HOSPICE PROTOCOLS DURING A HEALTH CRISIS Our volunteer's health and safety must come first. During a health crisis there will be no meetings, classes, trainings or other gatherings. For the protocol for delivering meals or equipment and interacting with patients go to the link below for full instructions. Dra. Digna Diaz has provided us with important information regarding COVID-19. See full instructions in the link below. Also included in this link there are general instructions on how to protect yourself including complete instructions for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. View our Complete Policy Important Letter from Our President Upcoming Events: Apr 1 – Council Meeting – (Go To Meeting link) Apr 9 – General Meeting – (Possibly by Go To Meeting link) May 6 – Council Meeting – (method of meeting depends on circumstances) May 14 – General Meeting – (method of meeting depends on circumstances) Boquete Health and Hospice Operations In compliance with all directives, BHH has cancelled all events, meetings, classes and training. When we are able to resume these activities, we will let the community know. On March 19, 2020, BHH conducted its first video meeting using Go To Meeting. Seven of our Council members were on the call. We will hold our next regularly scheduled Council Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on April 1. Depending on the results of that meeting, we will attempt to hold a video meeting for our membership. More information to follow. Boquete Health and Hospice Policies During A Health Crisis Regardless of anything else, our volunteer’s health and safety must come first. Under no circumstances will our volunteers be placed in a situation that endangers their welfare. We can still delivery meals and music to people’s homes, but: We will not enter the home. The meal/music will be left at the gate, and NO physical contact with any person will be made. Our volunteers will respect the 2-meter distance requirement. No Hospice or Home Healthcare visits will be made. Equipment loans will be considered. Equipment borrowed from our lockers will be sanitized prior to pick up. Equipment returned to our lockers will be sanitized outside the building prior to being returned to storage. Respiratory equipment will be set up at the locker, delivered to the home (outside) so all the patient/family has to do is plug it in. Pick up of respiratory equipment is to be made outside the home, wiped down with bleach before being placed in the volunteer’s vehicle. We appreciate that these requirements are difficult, but we are attempting to still provide the majority of our services while keeping our volunteers, their families and friends and the community safe. BEING PREPARED The new handbook, “Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death”, is in the process of being printed. We are unsure of when it will be completed. The information contained in the booklet has been simplified and is easy to read. The handbook will cost $10.00. You can reserve your copy by emailing a request to: prepared@boquetehealth.org Boquete Health and Hospice wants everyone to be able to afford a booklet. If you are so inclined, an additional donation will allow others to receive a copy. Boquete Health and Hospice is still here and helping, just in a different way. Request for Help/Donations Boquete Health and Hospice usually raises funds through our events. However, now and for the foreseeable future, there are no events. In order to continue providing equipment, meals and music, as well as the Being Prepared information, donations are needed and deeply appreciated. Please consider a PayPal donation (Click the Button below) to help us over the next few months. Thank you. Please Donate Top Left a group is ready to board the caravan from Boquete to David. Top Right filling out the paperwork at Blood Bank. Bottom left and right some of our Heroes giving blood at the great facility at Regional Hospital BHH Now has Mini Training When BHH started out, the training offered to new volunteers was a three-day program, designed to teach members about the history of hospice, the new organizations philosophy, basic skills of communication and medical care. With the growth of the current span of services, volunteers have joined who have no desire to actively work with patients. These new volunteers desire to be Ambassadors (they are usually the first actual face those who greet people attending our events see, drive people to medical appointments, and perform other tasks around town that promote our organization), or to work to increase our Public Relations, or work on logistics for the meetings, or work to improve our administrative functions. A three-day training program contains information that these non-patient-care people don’t need, so the BHH Training Team, under the direction of Beverly S, developed a mini-training that covers the vital principles from the longer training program. On February 28, six people experienced this mini-training. Over the course of two hours, the history of Boquete Health and Hospice was discussed, as well as current initiatives and teams they could work on. The expectations of all volunteers were covered as well as a very basic review of communication and listening skills. This mini-training will be offered every six months. If you are interested in joining BHH, please complete the application on the website – BoqueteHealth.org. Look for the application under the MORE tab in DOWNLOADS AND FORMS. Panamanian Outreach continues… . Providing equipment loan and services, CPR training, and donations to the Mayor´s equipment outreach program. Good Partners = Good Neighbors! Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you This email was sent to boquetehealthandhospice@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Boquete Health and Hospice · Bajo Boquete · Boquete · Panama
  12. MINSA has inaugurated ROSA (Automatic Health Operative Response) which is a digital clinic using WhatsApp (call 6997-2539) or a phone bank (dial 169) to help determine exposure and symptoms of the Coronavirus. For more information go to website: http://www.minsa.gob.pa/noticia/rosa-funciona-de-manera-exitosa The notice is in Spanish. Google Translate to see in English.
  13. Did you know that Boquete Health and Hospice has a blood donor program? Just call or WhatsApp 6590-2000 in English or Spanish. Our blood drives help support the requests for blood needed in Chiriqui, and on March 7 we will bring donors to the blood bank at Hospital Regional. Please see the flyer below, and let us know if you can donate blood that day. Emergencies happen, or blood is required for an operation. WE NEED YOUR HELP so BHH can help you or your family if ever needed! Thank you! Blood Donor Team
  14. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: • Blood Donor Caravan • Being Prepared for Life and Death • Falls Prevention Tool Kit • CPR Update • FAQ • Boquete Clinic List • Message from President • Oscar on the Street • Our Mission Blood Donor Caravan March 7 Did you know that Boquete Health and Hospice has a blood donor program? Just call or WhatsApp 6590-2000 in English or Spanish. Our blood drives help support the requests for blood needed in Chiriqui, and on March 7 we will bring donors to the blood bank at Hospital Regional. Please see the flyer below, and let us know if you can donate blood that day. Emergencies happen, or blood is required for an operation. WE NEED YOUR HELP so BHH can help you or your family if ever needed! Thank you! Blood Donor Team Tuesday, March 31 Boquete Health and Hospice-Presents The BHH Health Living series Being Prepared in Boquete for Life and Death Whether you are a resident, snowbird, or visitor, you will want to understand the local services and legal requirements if you find yourself in a health situation: simple or critical and life-threatening. We expect a full house so please come early. Presenters: Betty Landis and Charlotte Lintz Falls Prevention and Awareness Follow Up Wow, thanks to everyone who attended our Feb. 13 Tuesday Talk on Falls Prevention Awareness. Merl Will-Wallace and Chuck High provided invaluable information and walking aids instruction that could make you mindful of your next step! In case you missed the presentation, or if you want more information, we have a gift for you. For an online donation of $20, we will send you a fantastic bonus gift – a download link to a 50 page FALLS AWARENESS and PREVENTION Toolkit Click the Button Below or see us at our Tuesday Market Table. Donate for Toolkit BHH CPR Update Boquete Health and Hospice’s CPR Training Course has received an overwhelming response from people in our community. We hit the 2020 New Year running with 3 classes scheduled to meet the need of the response. Thank you all. Now we are looking for people that are willing to train to be the CPR instructors for future classes…English or bilingual speaking, we need both. We are hoping to have enough instructors available so we can rotate the scheduled classes according to your scheduled needs and desires. If you are free from any on-going neck, back or knee problems and can get up and down without dizziness or lightheadedness, please consider joining BHH CPR Instructor Training Program. You will receive the training you need to assist in the CPR classes. Contact BHH if you are interested – info@boquetehealth.org Here’s to continued success in reaching our community’s needs. New Page on our Website Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) What are the services BHH provides? How do I access the services BHH provides? What are your service area boundaries? How do I volunteer to work with BHH? If I don’t have a medical background, can I still volunteer? What patient care services does BHH provide? What equipment is available for loan? How much does it cost to use the equipment? What do you teach in the CPR course? Do I get a certificate for completing the CPR course? When and where are the CPR courses? Is the CPR course in English or Spanish? What is Magic of Music? I don’t have a computer. How can I get the music? What is Being Prepared? Check Out the Answers Click for List of Medical Resources in Chiriqui Message from the President It is with great joy that I welcome our newest members who attended the three-day training session held January 20, 22 and 24. 16 people completed the training, learning, among other things, about the organization, participated in a high-level medical training (including how to assist patients to move safely), an overview of patient care and the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality. We have increased our membership with nurses, a doctor, a social worker, a chaplain, health care administrators and organizers as well as lovers of sailing, diving, dogs, music, cooking and the arts. Welcome to: Barb S. Barbara V. Claudia R. Craig G. Deborah H. Douglas R. Genie V. Helena D. Joan S. John F. Katey S. Kathryn B. Lynn M. Martha D. Sandy D. William O. Please welcome them, as I do, with grateful hearts and open arms "It is with great pride in our wonderful members (and donors) that I can report the following as an addition to our accomplishments for 2019: Our Meals Team provided 52 meals to 6 people Our Blood Donor Team provided 36 units of blood to 24 people. Thank you everyone." Council For 2020 Back row left to right Chris McCall, Liz Bolt, Merl Will-Wallace, Rod Parker Front row, left to right Marjorie Ramos Sarner, Lesley Hughes, Joanie Feuerstein, Laurie Collier, Bev Tyler. Oscar on the Street for Blood Caravan in Spanish Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you This email was sent to trishchristofferson@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Boquete Health and Hospice · Bajo Boquete · Boquete · Panama
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