Community of Care received a step-down grant from Sanford Health in 2012 to fund a part-time Faith Community to serve northern Cass County. Our Northern Cass Faith Community Nurse, Gwen Fraase, works with a Health Cabinet representing six local congregations. Together, they assess the community needs and establish programming. Health events focus on preventative health through a variety of health topics. In spring and summer 2019, we sponsored three "Fun With Health" events in northern Cass. Each event featured a speaker on a topic relevant to older adults and a food competition.
In 2020, we added a second Faith Community Nurse to serve in Casselton. Both Cindi and Gwen assist clients to understand health concerns, physicians orders and medication. They assess, education and refer clients for necessary medical care. Cindi will establish a Casselton Health Cabinet to assist in identifying client needs and to plan programming.
Bone Builder Class Gwen and Cindi coordinate Bone Builder exercise classes in several locations. This low impact exercise provides health benefits and socialization. Classes meets in these locations:
- Arthur United Methodist Church on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 AM
- Casselton City Hall on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
- Harwood Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 2 PM
- Horace Senior Center on Mondays and Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
- Hunter Grain on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
- Kindred City Hall on Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Blood Pressure Screenings Gwen provides blood pressure screenings at the Arthur Senior Meetings. Cindi will provide blood pressure screenings for Casselton Senior Meetings. Both Cindi and Gwen coordinate blood pressure screenings in local communities with trained health volunteers conducting the monthly blood pressure screenings.
Outreach Visits Gwen and Cindi provide outreach visits to residents to discuss health conditions, medical appointments, etc.
Advance Care Plans Gwen and Cindi, along with Care Coordinator, Lauren Prante, are trained to assist clients to complete their Advance Care Plans. They assists in submitting the ACP to healthcare facilities.