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                                                                                      200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
  Kinship Korner
Navigating the Roadmap of your Health
By: Mary Peterson, Program Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey
Foster Care Navigator Email:
 Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 This is perfect timing to talk about wellness and child-rear- ing. As an older generation, we must be mindful about our own self-care and how that affects the children in our care. It has been a long and stressful six months with children and fami- lies limited in their ability to go out and about in the communi- ty. I hope you have all stayed well.
The Family Enrichment Center has some resources to help families raising relative children. We realize that some- times you need a break – a few hours to relax or perhaps you have an appointment and need childcare. We can help with that. Are your food supplies running low or perhaps gas for the car to get to those appoint- ments? Perhaps you have an emergency need, please call the Family Enrichment Center. We have some resources to help. Maybe you just need a listening ear and understanding heart.
We also have passes to Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Each pass allows for 10 people per day.
We will also have an on-line support group soon.
Contact Sharon Dewey, Kinship Care Coordinator at (269) 274-4077 for more details.
       Family Enrichment Center
 Think of your health as
a road map or spider web,
your participation determines roadblocks and/or whether or not you may get caught up in that web.
when I get home?
  It is important for you to communicate openly and honestly with your doctor. They cannot help what they do not know! Help your provider understand your health and lifestyle, work together to improve your health and well- being during your visit.
Most offices now give you a printout of the office visit. New appointments and or referrals will usually be on the printout. They also provide information of what just transpired from your visit that day
When you get to your provider’s office, check in with the front office staff. You may be asked to fill out additional forms or to provide the following (It
is required by law to keep your information private.) :
• Insurance card or other
COST TIP: If you have
to take medicine and you’re concerned about how much it
will cost, discuss this or have it written on your list. They may have cheaper options for your medicine or refer you to programs that help patients pay for their medicines.
• Photo identification (e.g.,
Ask your provider for written materials you can take home
and read, and if there’s a phone number you can call if you have questions. Don’t leave until all
of your questions have been answered and you or your support person understand what to do next. Here are some questions you may need to ask:
Know if any need refills.
• Written questions or concerns
COST TIP: If you need to change your appointment, contact your provider's office as soon as possible. Many providers charge a fee if you’re late, don’t show up for your appointment, or cancel less than 24 hours before it starts. Most health plans will not pay these fees.
you have about your health.
 driver’s license, government or
school ID, passport, etc.).
• Completed forms.
• Your copay if you have one.
When you see a new your provider, be prepared to share:
• Your family health history and
• Do I need to see a specialist or another provider? Did I ask my provider for a suggestion? Do I need a referral? If so, do I have it?
You should be treated with respect and your information kept private. If you’re not happy with how you were treated, ask to speak with an office manager or the provider and tell them your concerns. If things aren’t resolved, then this office may not be the right place for you.
medical records, if you have them.
You may want to bring someone with you, like a friend or family member, to help you talk to the provider. You should have prepared:
• Medications you are taking.
Free eye exams, glasses, hearing exams and hearing aids to qualified individuals.
Call (269) 441-0930
to complete an application by phone .
• When do I need to come back for my next visit?
Remember, the more you participate in your health journey, the better your experience.
 • What do I do if I have questions
  HearWell & SeeWell Senior Hearing and Vision Services
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450

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