Free kidney screenings The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold a free KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) health screening at Beebe Healthcare's Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. No appointments are needed for the screening and any adult can participate. Lasting about 20 minutes, the screening includes blood pressure and weight checks, as well ascounseling with a doctor and dietitian. Those needing to have their blood sugar and kidney function checked may have blood tests. For more information, visit www.kidneymd.org or call 410-726-8732 to speak with Nicole Scharf, NKF-MD's director of field services for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Southern Delaware.
PHCN receives top rating Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke has received five out of five stars in the most recent patient survey results from the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAPS). HHCAPS developed a star rating system designed to measure the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health agencies. The quality initiative was launched nationally in 2002 for nursing homes and expanded in 2003 to the nation's hospitals and home health care agencies. Consumers can view these measures on Home Health Compare at www.medicare.gov.
Diabetes Education Program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke Health Services can be part of your healthcare team to help teach you the self-care skills needed to keep you on track. The four-session diabetic program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting.One family member or significant other is also welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain additional information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.
DBCC seeks award nominations The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) seeks nominations for the 2016 Shining Light Awards. These awards recognize individuals, businesses and healthcare institutions who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the early detection and treatment of breast cancer in the Greater Delaware region and who have served to motivate and inspire others to be champions of the cause. Nomination forms are available online at www.debreastcancer.org and due by March 4. Award categories include: Spotlight on Philanthropy, Spotlight on Survivorship, Spotlight on Healthcare Delivery and Research, and Spotlight on Business or Organization. Winners will be selected by an independent selection committee this spring. More than one winner may be selected in each category. Recipients will be honored at an Annual Recognition reception.
Proceeds from the Shining Light Awards will benefit DBCC's programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and provide support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer. For more information about the Shining Light Awards nominations, upcoming reception, and sponsorship opportunities, call 302-778-1102.
Alzheimer's support groups The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter announces that new support groups for the caregivers and families of those suffering from Alzheimer's and related disorders will begin in Sussex County in March. All groups are free and open to the public. A group will begin meeting at Laurel Centenary Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, at 2:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The first meeting is March 1. A group meeting is also held in Seaford at the Lofland Park Center, Genesis on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The Delaware Valley Chapter offers a 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900. For more information, contact Jamie Magee at 854-9788.
Walk for Autism is April 16 The 10th Anniversary celebration of the Walk for Autism will begin on Saturday, April 16, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The Wilmington leg of the statewide event takes place Saturday, April 23 at Fox Point State Park. Walk for Autism organizers hope to attract 800 walkers in Lewes who will walk to the Cape Henlopen State Park parade field to form the world's largest human puzzle piece for entry into The Guinness Book of World Records. The puzzle piece serves as a symbol for autism. The funds raised at the Walk for Autism support Autism Delaware's statewide programs and services, which address the range of services that people on the spectrum need to live full lives as members of their communities. The Lewes walk seeks to promote and highlight services in Kent and Sussex counties, such as family support, adult employment and community resources, advocacy at both the state and local levels, and awareness, said Autism Delaware executive director Teresa Avery. To meet the growing need in southern Delaware and around the state, we need to continue to grow. The goal for our tenth anniversary is $220,000.
Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 1:30-3 p.m., at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. February's topic is vascular. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion amongparticipants. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.