Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribto day.com.

COVID-19 OUTBREAK INFORMATION: Visit the Trumbull County Health Department website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, registration and distribution locations. The Trumbull County COVID-19 HUB is available online at https://covid-19-trumbull-ema.hub.arcgis.com. The HUB contains maps and apps.

LAVENDER ROOMS FOR CAREGIVERS: In 2004, a doctor first used the term Code Lavender in relation to a program that cared for patients and their families. It soon came to stand for a program that helps restore the emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing of caregivers, too.

Mercy Health opened three lavender rooms at each of its three acute care facilities — St. Elizabeth Youngstown and Boardman Hospitals, as well as St. Joseph Warren Hospital. The rooms are dedicated spaces for destressing, resetting and are available to all associates.

Painted in calming colors, they feature comfortable recliners, dim lighting, aromatherapy, soft music, journals, informational boards featuring details on how to contact support resources.

Once the impacted team has gathered in one of the lavender rooms, Spiritual Care team members are available to speak with and support staff. A critical incident stress debriefing team will facilitate a group discussion of their experience of the incident and its aftermath. Early interventions like this can help teams recover from grief by providing group support and linking employees to further counseling and treatment services if needed.

These rooms were aided by Designer Looks at Value City Furniture, which donated eight recliners for the lavender rooms through the Mercy Health Foundation-Mahoning Valley. Additionally, Casal’s de Spa and Salon also contributed items for the staff to unwind and recharge.

SAFE SLEEP FEATURES PARENT TRAINING: Akron Children’s Hospital and the Molly Ann Gries Foundation, founded by Meagen Gries and Jeff Gries of Hudson, created a free online training program to educate parents and caregivers about best practices to prevent infant deaths due to unsafe sleep.

The Safe Sleep Academy features interactive training for three different audiences: community health workers and home visitors; families and caregivers; and physicians and health care professionals.

Each training takes about 30 minutes to complete, and those who successfully finish earn a certificate upon completion. It is available at safesleepforbabies.org.

For additional safe sleep resources from Akron Children’s, go to https://www.akronchildrens.org/pages/Safe-Sleep-and-Cribs-for-Kids.html.

TCMHRB MEETINGS: The March calendar for the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, 4076 Youngstown Road SE, Suite 201, Warren, includes these online meetings:

• Administrative Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m. today;

• FCFC Executive Board meeting, 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

SMILES FOR CHARITY: Braydich Dental, a provider of dental health services across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, is asking for the community’s involvement in bringing children and families together through its Smiles for Charity fundraising campaign, now through June 30. The Hubbard dental office is donating all sales from its custom teeth whitening kits to Northeast Ohio Adoption Services (NOAS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children and teens find life-long families.

During the campaign, patients and community members can donate $100 in exchange for a custom, all-in-one teeth whitening kit from Braydich Dental. The kit includes custom-fitted whitening trays and whitening gel that can lighten teeth by five to seven shades.

Since 2004, Braydich Dental has collected and donated more than $300,000 to local agencies and community service groups. This year, Braydich Dental hopes to raise $20,000 for NOAS. To learn more about the campaign, visit info.braydich.com/smiles-for-charity-request-fitting-2021 or call 330-294-9799.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. All classes are by registration only due to social distancing guidelines. Call 330-652-7542 to register. For a limited time, some of the classes will be on St. Joe’s at the Mall Facebook Live page.

St. Joe’s at the Mall is a SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active site. For more information, call 330-652-7542.

Weekly exercise classes include: Cardio Jam; SilverSneakers Cardio class; Silver Sneakers Classic; Easy Yoga classes; Chair Yoga; Parkinson’s & Movement disorder Exercise Class; Zumba classes; Beginning Balance class; Advance Balance.

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday;

• Free nutritional assessment with a dietitian on Fridays by appointment only;

• Strong People gym membership monthly fees $24 by appointment initially with exercise physiologist;

• Special Lab Express, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A 12-hour fast is required. Walk in;

• Pelvic Floor Disorder program, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, presented by Emily Snyder, PT, PTD, women’s health specialist. Cost is $2 for lunch;

• Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Walk in;

• Free peripheral vascular disease screening, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. By appointment only.

VACCINE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers with various medical licenses who are actively practicing or are retired with an active license are highly encouraged to support response efforts to the COVID-19 vaccination program by signing up for the Mahoning County Medical Reserve Corps. Nonmedical adult volunteers are needed to assist and can sign up also.

To join, visit www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov. Medical providers can enroll to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Any facility licensed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to administer or provide vaccination services is eligible to enroll as a potential COVID-19 vaccine provider.

More information can be found at the odh.ohio.gov website.

GLENBEIGH OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL SUPPORT: Glenbeigh Outpatient Center of Niles, 29 North Road, Niles, as part of its response to the limitations placed on social interactions, is offering its Bridges to Recovery discussions through a series of Zoom events.

Join Glenbeigh for online recovery support with other people in recovery with alcohol and drug addictions. These virtual sessions are free and open to the entire recovery community.

Connect for various topics, by linking through www.facebook.com/glenbeighhospital or by texting the word “Glenbeigh” to 41411 to receive meeting information. More information is available at www.glenbeigh.com/events.

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit www.trumbullmhrb.org or call 330-675-2765.

PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT: Domestic abuse support groups are available for all types of abusive relationships — emotional, verbal or physical.

For more information, call 330-856-3463.

PSYCARE OFFERING TELEHEALTH: PsyCare is providing phone-based or video-based mental health services through its clinics in Austintown, Boardman, Cortland, East Liverpool, Howland, Liberty and Struthers.

Visit the PsyCare website at www.psycare.com or call 800-242-4604.

ADDICTION THERAPY AVAILABLE: PsyCare Inc., 2980 Belmont Ave., Liberty, offers a clinical therapy program to treat individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction issues. Family members are also welcome.

Assessments can be scheduled by calling 330-759-2310.

SUPPORT GROUP: For information about the Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, call 330-502-8103.

HELP GROUP: For information about Lighthouse, a group for recovering addicts and anyone struggling mentally, physically, spiritually or emotionally for any reason, call 330-898-4295.

LUPUS SUPPORT: For information about the Trumbull Mahoning Lupus Support Group, call 330-978-3749.

FREE FITNESS PROGRAM: The Stepping Out Program, provided through a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation, offers free fitness classes and activities online and throughout the Mahoning Valley.

For information, call Doris Bullock, project coordinator, at 330-720-3293 or email her at dibullock@mercy.com.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals. For information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUPS: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups available free to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one affected by the disease or another form of dementia.

For more information, go to www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/daily-care-plan. Help is available 24/7 at the helpline, 800-272-3900.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)


Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today