Health

Updated May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Hotline Answered By Area Nurses

Mercy Health and ProMedica are operating Nurse COVID-19 hotlines to answer medical questions related to the virus from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, in cooperation with the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition and the Lucas County Emergency Operations Center.

The hotline phone numbers are (419) 251-4000 (English only) and (419) 291-5355 (multilingual). After-hours and weekend callers may leave a message, and their calls will be returned on the next business day.

The Ohio Department of Health also operates a COVID-19 hotline. That number is (833) 4-ASK-ODH.

Hospice Offers Virtual Support/Online Resources

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is now offering the following virtual and online resources free and open to anyone in the community.

Advance Care Planning– A certified facilitator will assist with completing Advance Directives by guiding participants through a series of questions that consider cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs.

Completed over the phone or by video chat, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (419) 931-5423 or e-mail acp@sinceracare.org.

Bereavement Services– Virtual bereavement groups and private counseling sessions are available to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Contact the Hospice bereavement team at (419) 661-4001 to schedule a time for a virtual assessment, which will help determine which group would be most beneficial to you. This will be a time for you to share your story and hear about the bereavement services available at this time.

Caregiver Video Support Series– An educational, easy-to-access series for caregivers who aren’t able to follow a schedule or leave home. Each video is less than 10 minutes and is appropriate for professional and family caregivers.

Topics include Stress Management, Advance Care Planning, Busting the Myths of Hospice and Opioids for Shortness of Breath. Request additional topics by e-mailing schambers@hospicenwo.org.

Access videos at www.hospicenwo.org/family-support/caregiverassistance-videos.

Chaplain Chatline– During this challenging time, Hospice chaplains are available by phone if you have something on your mind and would like to talk or pray. All phone calls are confidential. Please leave a voicemail message if the call is not answered– include callback number – and a chaplain will return the call the next business day.

The Chaplain Chatline number is (567) 331-2309.

To learn more about Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit www.hospicenwo.org.

Annual Blood Analysis Program Rescheduled

The 16th annual Blood Analysis Program, co-sponsored by the Wood County Hospital Foundation and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Foundation, that was scheduled in April has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Most registrants have been notified via e-mail or phone. If you were registered and did not receive an e-mail or phone call, please e-mail events@bgchamber.net for details of the postponement. When a new date is scheduled, all registrants will be notified again with that information.

This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators, including but not limited to blood sugar, blood count, kidney function, electrolytes, liver function and lipid profile, and requires a 10-hour fast. Cost of the testing is $50.00 for BG Chamber investors and $60.00 for non-investors.

There are still openings available and appointments can be made by e-mailing events@bgchamber.netRegistration will be taken until all available appointments are filled. Prepayment is required at the time of registration by cash or check.

The results of this fasting blood test should be used as a guide to determine your current health status and should not take the place of routine physicals. Although normal ranges are listed, only you and your physician can establish what is normal for you. A report providing all test results will be available through your portal at Wood County Hospital or sent to your physician.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Wood County Hospital Foundation scholarship funds.

Double ARC Offers Online Parent Support Group

Double ARC Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and A Renewed Mind offer an online parent support group for parents and guardians of children with FASD on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The free support group is facilitated by FASD specialists to give parents time to vent about the trials and tribulations of raising a child affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and to give them strategies to cope with different situations

Parents can join the meeting online from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone; or join with a phone call. Visit www.doublearc.org to sign up and for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Operates Free Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, operates a free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 140 languages. Staff is available to help with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options, caregiving tips and respite care options, services available in the community and/or referrals.

The toll-free number is (800) 272-3900. The association is also available online at www.alz.org/nwohio, or e-mail alzheimersnwo@alz.org.

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