It’s that time of the year again: flu season. Elderly men and women, along with infants and newborns, are generally at the greatest risk of serious health issues caused by the flu virus. There is often a great deal of media attention focused on the elderly and flu vaccines. This year, some home care agencies are reaching out to their local communities and promoting free flu shot clinics.
In most cases, home care agencies may not be equipped with the capability of providing flu shots to the general public, but working in tandem with a pharmacy, they can promote a great deal of good while also encouraging seniors to understand and learn as much as possible about home care support services.
Every opportunity an agency has to reach the general public, whether it’s through information, resources, or clinics like free flu shots is something agencies should consider because it not only promotes the agency and the services they provide, it also helps the general public see that home care truly is a compassionate, caring alternative to struggling at home when dealing with various health issues or limited mobility and diminishing strength. As an example, the Hartford Courant noted in its ‘From the Community’ blog, Flu Shot Clinic at McLean written by Ellen Meuser:
“McLean Home Care & Hospice is holding their annual flu shot clinic, open to the community on Wednesday, October 17th, from 2:30-5:30 pm. in the Burkholder Community Center on the McLean Campus. The Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine will be administered. No appointment is necessary …
… McLean is a not-for-profit senior living community in Simsbury, CT offering a continuum of services including independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living and memory care an adult day program, short- and long-term skilled nursing, outpatient therapy and wellness; post-acute care, home care and hospice.”
As those within the industry understand, home care can be an important asset for people of all ages, but mostly seniors who struggle with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) at home. Unfortunately, far too many people have numerous myths and misconceptions about home care services or simply don’t know much about it at all.
Without the right information, it becomes extremely difficult to make the best decisions if and when that time comes for themselves, an aging parent, or somebody else they care about to require help. Growing numbers of seniors understand the importance of flu vaccines and while many pharmacies offer these simple shots, a free clinic could provide home care agencies one more important marketing tool for the future.
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