| REPORT OF THE PARTNERS HOME CARE, INC.
ABINGTON PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES 2004
Partners Home Care, Inc., a non-profit Medicare certified agency, continues to
serve Abington residents, offering nursing, physical, occupational, and speech
therapy services, medical social work, nutritional counseling, and home health
aide assistance. The agency continues to meet the highest standards of
excellence fulfilling the mission of providing quality home health to those in
Besides assisting our patients with a variety of home health services, Partners
Home Care, Inc. offers many community programs including wellness programs,
health promotion screenings, flu clinics, school immunization programs, health
fairs, doll clinics and diabetic screening clinics.
With the support of the Abington Housing Authority, we maintain office hours
weekly at 100 Lincoln Blvd, Leavitt Terrace and our public health programs are
housed therein. Office hours for walk-ins are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00
AM to 12:00 noon each week. Office appointments may be made by calling (781)
An ongoing communication regarding public health issues and initiatives
continues with the Board of Health, Abington Public Schools and the many
town agencies and departments. Detailed reports of our activities in the area of
health education and the prevention and control of disease are submitted
monthly demonstrating the fulfillment of our contractual obligation to the
Abington Board of Health.
The following is a summary of our public health activities for the calendar year
OFFICE VISITS 431 Patients
Blood Pressure Screenings 246
MD prescribed injections 0
Blood Sugar/or O2 sats 21
Tb Readings 14
Disease Instruction/Teaching 9
Hepatitis B 19
Hepatitis A 1
SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
Immunizations administered at school clinics: Total given - 17
Abington High School - 3 - 1 MMR, 1 IPV, 1 flu
Center School - Td 4
North School - Td 3
Woodsdale - Td 5, Hep B 1
One active Tb case in Abington completed treatment in March. Two home visits
were made prior to discharging case. A new case was reported; however, this
patient was residing in another community; no need for follow-up by Abington
BOH nurse. Case reports were completed and filed under the protocol of Mass
Tb Control/ DPH. Partners Home Care, Inc. purchases Tb testing serum. Tb
testing is available at a nominal charge for preemployment/OSHA regulations.
Free testing of tuberculosis contacts continues under the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health Tb Division and is available by office appointment
or home visit.
SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENTS/ABINGTON
January-June - Co-chaired Cancer Control Program for the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life. Cancer Control purpose: to promote the American
Cancer Society's Guidelines for cancer prevention and detection, to promote
good nutrition, physical activity, cancer screening, not smoking and limiting
alcohol consumption. "Fighting Cancer through Healthy Living" was the theme
of activities before and during the Relay event.
April 30, 2004 - Participated at Health and Benefits Fair for Abington Town
employees, AHS Cafeteria, 1-4 pm. Provided blood pressure screening, body
mass index information, and numerous handout and brochures on healthy
living, exercise, cancer screenings and smoking cessation programs.
June 4th at Relay -The Abington Board of Health was presented with a plaque
acknowledging their passage of regulations for smoke free work sites.
June 4th and 5th - Partners Home Care Relay Teams (3) were recognized for
their 5th year of participation and also received special recognition for
demonstrating "healthy living" depicting Japan, its dress, food, culture, cancer
disease rates and customs. Thirty-three employees , family members and friends
raised money and walked to support American Cancer Society programs in the
tri-county area. Over $240,000 was raised this year at the event!
ADULT WELLNESS CLINICS — 561 PATIENTS — 47 CLINICS
Leavitt Terrace (January - December) First Tuesday 9:00-10:30 A.M.
12 Blood Sugar Tests
Shaw Avenue (January - December) Secondary Thursday 10:00-11:00 A.M.
11 Blood Sugar Tests
Chestnut Glen (January - December Third Wednesday 11:00 A.M -12:30 P.M.
17 Blood Sugar Tests
Stop & Shop (January - December) Last Thursday 2:00-4:00 P.M.
70 Blood Sugar Tests
Monthly Clinics for Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings.
REPORTED COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: 45
Salmonella 1 Strept pneumonia 2
Hepatitis B 1 Hepatitis C 11
Campylobacter 2 Viral Meningitis 1
Lyme Disease 2 Varicella 1
Hepatitis A 3 Latent tuberculosis 2
Pertussis 18 Tuberculosis 1
Of special note, Ig was obtained and administered to 4 case contacts of Hepatitis
A cases this year. Confidential case follow-ups are completed and submitted to
the MA DPH as required.
FLU CLINIC ACTIVITY - Fall 2004
(*Free Clinics - DPH Vaccine Only - for "elderly and high risk" as defined by the
*VFW 339 11/19/04
*Shaw Avenue 9 12/09/04
*Chestnut Glen 27 12/15/04
*Library 111 12/13/04
*Home Patients 5 11/04 & 12/04
*Office 127 11/04 & 12/04
DISTRIBUTION - DPH VACCINE
Mildred Alford 100
Colony House 100
Compass Medical/Abington 500
Total 700 doses
HEALTH PROMO VISITS BY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE : 7
Flu shots with MD orders homebound patients - 5
Tuberculosis - 2 home visits
This year's flu vaccine shortage raised many special problems and concerns.
Much time was spent planning special clinics for those "highly at risk" - "75
years and older", then "65 years and older and helping to provide vaccine
information to concerned residents and family members. A special thanks to
Michelle, the Board of Health Agent and Maureen, the Board of Health
Secretary, for all their help and assistance during this most difficult flu season
when flu shot administration had to be delayed and then administered with
I would like to thank all the residents and businesses for their continued
support - and a special thank you to the many volunteers who assist with our
clinics throughout the year. It is through this ever-welcomed support that we
can successfully meet the health care needs of our community and enhance
services for the residents of Abington.
RN Community Health Nurse
|Partner's Home Care - 2004 Annual Report