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Project OpenHand-Columbus Nourishes the Aging Population Living with HIV/AIDS

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September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.

Just 40 years ago, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, no one could have dreamed that there would be need for an observance an event such as this – a day that brings to light the challenges faced by the aging population living with HIV/AIDS.

With advances in treatment, people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But adults approaching their senior years while living with the disease need support. LifeCare Alliance is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of those patients and their families living with HIV/AIDS in central Ohio – our Project OpenHand-Columbus (POHC) offers an extensive intervention program that addresses the causes of malnutrition and hunger associated with HIV/AIDS.

Medical research has shown that a healthy diet is a powerful weapon in fighting infections. Nutritious food can change the course of disease, lessen the harsh side effects of medications, and help the body’s immune system prevent and stop further infections. Armed with this knowledge, POHC provides an extensive intervention program – free of charge – to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in central Ohio:

  • Home-delivered meals are hot or frozen and prepared under the direction of a registered dietitian, right here in our central Ohio kitchen.
  • Congregate dining centers like Carrie’s Café are open to people ages 60+ and provide a daily nutritious meal in the company of friends and peers.
  • One-on-one nutrition counseling helps clients take control of their own nutritional well-being.
  • Emergency meal assistance is in place for clients in distress. Meals are delivered within 48 hours to a client’s home, when requested by case managers.

Click here to learn more about Project OpenHand-Columbus and the support we provide to our neighbors living with HIV/AIDS – as they age with dignity, independence, and better health than ever before.

IMPACT Safety’s “We Are Worth Defending” Initiative Certifies First Cohort of Women of Color Self-Defense Trainers

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IMPACT Safety, a program of LifeCare Alliance, recently launched a new initiative called “We Are Worth Defending.” The program is designed specifically for women of color (WOC) who are more likely to experience physical and sexual abuse than the wider population of women at large. Studies indicate that among WOC, 1 in 4 of them have experienced sexual assault before the age of 18.

Even with this disparity, WOC are often less likely to learn methods of defending themselves against attack than their white counterparts. Through a series of listening sessions, focus groups and online surveys during 2020-2021, IMPACT Safety engaged with more than 100 central Ohio WOC to try to determine why WOC might be less likely to learn self-defense tactics. This research identified three primary barriers that included time, money, and cultural conditioning.

According to Venica Miller, “We are Worth Defending” project manager, many of the cultural concerns uncovered included misconceptions that society may already look at WOC as being too strong, or too dominant, and thus do not need self-defense.

The week-long trainers’ training was led by Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) instructors from around the globe. ESD is an approach that combines verbal, physical, and intuitive tools to help individuals set boundaries, increase confidence, and learn how to heal from interpersonal violence. (IMPACT Safety is a provider of ESD training in central Ohio.)

“We Are Worth Defending” graduated 15 WOC who are now certified ESD trainers who can go out and teach these skills to other women in their community circles. Dr. Julie Harmon, director of IMPACT Safety, estimates that each newly minted trainer should be able to pass these skills along to approximately 100 other women. This represents an enormous impact in helping central Ohio WOC increase confidence and promote healing within their communities.

Hear from the new trainers themselves about their reaction to the program and their plans for passing these skills along.

How to Fit Volunteering Into Any Schedule

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Day-to-day responsibilities can make it seem impossible to incorporate new activities, like volunteering, into your routine. Luckily, hundreds of our volunteers know that even with a busy schedule you can still find time to volunteer. Here are some tried and true methods to fit volunteering into your life:

Volunteer with your colleagues

Visit our Levee Event Center at Franklinton for your next working lunch. Our facilities are available for business meetings, seminars, training workshops, holiday celebrations, and more. Before or after a lunch by our L.A. Catering, participate in team-building activities that benefit the community – volunteer together!

Volunteer with family or friends

Many hands make light work, and volunteering together is an excellent way to spend quality time with the people you love. So consider delivering Meals-on-Wheels before your next lunch date with friends or bring the whole family to help prepare pet food deliveries for the Senior PetCare program. Read more about the benefits of volunteering as a family here.

Volunteer on holidays

LifeCare Alliance delivers Meals-on-Wheels 365 days per year. Start a new tradition with family and friends and sign up to volunteer! Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are festive occasions to deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route, and there is no greater holiday gift than the joy of helping a neighbor in need. Help is needed on EVERY holiday, so next Labor Day, or New Years Day, or Fourth of July…. plan to help Nourish the Human Spirit with a few hours of your day off!

So, whether you find yourself with some free time today to deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route or if you’d like to plan ahead, our expert Corporate & Community Engagement team will create an opportunity that works for you. So don’t delay! Read on to learn how to begin your volunteer journey with LifeCare Alliance.

GET STARTED:

First – Learn more about volunteer opportunities with LifeCare Alliance.
Then – fill out our Volunteer Application  and  get in touch with our Corporate & Community Engagement Managers to set up a volunteer experience for yourself or your group. Reach them by email at volunteer@lifecarealliance.org or by phone at (614) 444-6325.
We can’t wait to see you!

Top Three Reasons to Volunteer As a Family

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Looking for the next outing to enjoy as a family this summer? Come to LifeCare Alliance! We offer a variety of engaging activities, and we can use the help of volunteers of all ages (with parent supervision)! Volunteering can benefit your family in many ways:

Bond in a different way – by working to reach a goal and Nourish the Human Spirit together!

Volunteer and take advantage of an opportunity to connect as a family. Choose from a variety of volunteer activities to appeal to every member of the family: ‘shop’ for the homebound clients who use our Groceries-to-Go pantry, prepare packages of pet food, treats, and toys for clients of the Senior PetCare program, help in our production kitchen, or deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route. Even groups like The Ohio State University Football program volunteer together for team-building; what works for the Buckeyes can certainly work for your family!

Teach your kids about teamwork and collaboration in a new environment.

Delivering Meals-on-Wheels as a family presents an excellent opportunity to practice working together. Assign each member of the family a different role – one person navigates, another knocks on the client’s door, and another hand-delivers the meal. Even little ones can participate and practice greeting new people! Everyone can play a part and experience the satisfaction of helping someone in need.

Show your kids a different view of life in Columbus.

Veteran volunteer Miguel (pictured) says that he likes to bring his children to volunteer because “families can grow and see different aspects of life.” Witnessing the circumstances of those in need can bolster a child’s emotional intelligence and cultivate empathy. And giving their time to help their neighbors is a great way to nurture an attitude of gratitude!

Get started:

First – Learn more about volunteer opportunities with LifeCare Alliance.
Then – fill out our Volunteer Application  and  get in touch with our Community Engagement Managers to set up a volunteer experience for your family. Reach them by email at volunteer@lifecarealliance.org or by phone at (614) 444-6325.
We can’t wait to see you!

AEP Food Replacement Program

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According to 10TV, at the peak of last week’s outages, “more than 170,000 Franklin County residents were without power while temperatures reached well into the upper 90s.” Many of those who dealt with the power outages reported extensive food loss, and AEP has responded by partnering with four local non-profits to support affected residents.

LifeCare Alliance, the Meals-on-Wheels provider for multiple central Ohio counties, is one of the local non-profits selected as partners by AEP to support residents and clients who suffered food loss during last week’s extreme heat and power outages. LifeCare Alliance will offer meals to those residents negatively impacted by power outages June 13-17 in Franklin and surrounding counties.

Beginning Monday, June 27, LifeCare Alliance will provide replacement meals to those who lost food due to power outages. To qualify, people can apply online at lifecarealliance.org/referral.  Once they have entered some basic information, they can select AEP Food Replacement Program from the list of LifeCare Alliance programs. After completing the online application, they will be notified by LifeCare Alliance customer service how and when to collect their food.

“AEP has been a great supporter of LifeCare Alliance and our mission in many ways for many years,” said Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance.  “We are certainly honored they chose us as one of their key partners in this effort to relieve some of the challenges residents faced during what was an unforeseen emergency situation.”

Franklin County Spirit Award Winners

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April was National Volunteer Month, and we took the opportunity to celebrate the ‘World of Difference’ our volunteers make in the community! Six volunteer appreciation events were held across central Ohio. Delicious meals were provided by L.A. Catering, and Spirit Awards were presented to many of the individuals and groups who made a particularly incredible impact in 2021. Thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers!

 

 

March for Meals 2022

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The NCAA basketball tournament isn’t the only event that stirs up excitement all over the country in the month of March.

Each year, Meals on Wheels America celebrates March for Meals nationwide. This month-long awareness campaign commemorates the day in March of 1972 when a vulnerable population was provided the foundation for an important safety net: President Nixon signed into law an historic measure, amending the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors (age 60 and older). This year’s March for Meals was extra special, as we marked the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.

March for Meals enlists local elected officials and community leaders to help raise awareness about the critical need for Meals on Wheels, the singularly effective program that addresses food insecurity and malnutrition, combats social isolation, enables independence, and helps seniors stay safe and healthy in their own homes – where they want to be!

A heartfelt thank you to the local elected officials and community leaders dedicated their time to experience firsthand what it’s like to deliver Meals-on-Wheels with LifeCare Alliance and serve our homebound neighbors.

Special thanks to:
Logan County Commissioner Joe Antram
WZMO 104.7 FM Marion
Indus Hotels
Construction One
FedEx
London Mayor Patrick Closser
Marion Police Department
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio’s 3rd District
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin
West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin
Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown
Columbus City Councilmember Lourdes Barroso de Padilla
Kroger
State Senator Stephanie Kunze of Ohio’s 16th District

Nominate a Volunteer for the LifeCare Alliance 2022 Spirit Awards!

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Coming soon: The LifeCare Alliance Spirit Awards, when we celebrate the extraordinary impact our volunteers have on our community. Because of our volunteers, our neighbors can stay safe, independent, and in their own homes, right where they want to be.

Help us honor the individuals who make a world of difference right here in central Ohio; they are the heart of LifeCare Alliance’s mission to Nourish the Human Spirit, helping to provide critical and lifesaving services to over 30,000 clients each year.

Please use the form below to submit your nomination. We’d like to know the LifeCare Alliance program that benefits from your nominee’s work, as well as the reasons your nominee stands out!

Please check back with the LifeCare Alliance website and social media for further information about the 2022 Spirit Awards as details are finalized.

Thank you for helping us honor the individuals who make a world of difference in central Ohio – nominate a volunteer for a Spirit Award!

Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 7

Rapid PCR Test Helping Families Stay Safer Over Holidays

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Whether traveling internationally, or simply going to Grandma’s house, the rapid PCR testing that LifeCare Alliance’s Wellness Services now offers is helping families stay safer from COVID this holiday season.

PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, and with accuracy that approaches 100 percent, it is considered the gold standard of COVID testing. In fact, it is required for travelers headed to several international destinations – including Canada.

According to Melinda Rowe, Director of Wellness Services for LifeCare Alliance, there is a lot of confusion around the various COVID tests and their best uses.

“There are rapid antigen tests, which are the ones most frequently conducted in-home,” says Rowe.

“These are the ones that you get for low-cost at the drugstore, or which are sometimes given out free by the health department.”

Antigen tests can be less accurate than PCR tests as they rely on the level of antigens in a person’s body who has been exposed to the COVID virus. It is widely thought that a person can carry and spread the disease 3-5 days before exhibiting symptoms or producing enough antigens to register on a rapid antigen test.

The PCR test can successfully detect even the smallest amount of coronavirus genetic material in a sample, making it a highly sensitive and accurate test.

Many international destinations are requiring proof of a negative PCR test anywhere from 24-72 hours before arrival of flights into their country. This requires a rapid PCR test as opposed to a traditional PCR test that can take several days to return results.

A few of the nations requiring PCR testing include England, France, Germany, Italy, Dominican Republic, and even Canada. These requirements are changing rapidly and travelers should continually monitor any conditions to entry into a country because of COVID.

But international travel isn’t the only reason people are choosing to get a rapid PCR test.

Wallis Harsch, a retiree from The Ohio State University, came to LifeCare Alliance to get a rapid PCR test before visiting her son and his family on the East Coast. She wanted to make sure her grandson would be safer from COVID exposure if she and her husband went to visit him for the holiday.

“Many people with family members who are elderly, extremely young, or have pre-existing conditions, are opting to get the rapid PCR test before visiting in order to protect those most vulnerable,” says Rowe.

LifeCare Alliance Wellness Services offers rapid PCR testing at our headquarters at 1699 W. Mound Street. The test costs $200 and is not covered by insurance. Sixty percent of the fee goes to cover the costs of special equipment, supplies and the trained technicians required for the test. The rest of the fee is dedicated to LifeCare Alliance’s social enterprise and goes to support the nurses we have out in the community that provide free health screenings, free foot care, free diabetes education, and counseling and other services.

LifeCare Alliance offers rapid PCR testing at our headquarters at 1699 W. Mound Street in Columbus, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You must call for an appointment at 614-437-2878.

LifeCare Alliance Now Offers Rapid COVID testing!

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Are you getting ready for a trip this winter? If so, make sure you do your research!

Most international destinations now mandate proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry, and in most cases, the PCR test (SARS-COV-2 PRC TesT) is a preferred testing option. Timing requirements for the test vary from 24, 48, or 72 hours before arrival at your destination.

If you’ll soon be departing for the trip of a lifetime and don’t know where to turn, don’t panic! LifeCare Alliance now offers rapid COVID testing! The rapid PCR test is now available by appointment with guaranteed results in 30 minutes.

The best part? Proceeds from this social enterprise are used to fund LifeCare Alliance’s programs that help the central Ohio community, like Meals-on-Wheels, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and more!

To schedule an appointment at our Wellness Center (1699 W. Mound Street), call 614-437-2878!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this COVID Travel Test near me?

We are located at 1699 W. Mound Street , Columbus, Ohio 43223

Who needs a rapid PCR test?

Travel to many international destinations requires a negative PCR test at this time. Check with your travel agent, your airline, and confirm with the State Department website that lists destination requirements by country: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Here is a sampling of the popular destinations that currently (as of 12/14) require a traveler to provide a negative COVID-19 test upon entry and/or be vaccinated:

  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Peru
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

 What documentation will I receive?

This COVID test with fast results will send you on your way in 30 minutes with a printed copy of your results.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your passport and driver’s license.

How is the test performed?

A minimally invasive nose swab.

How long will the appointment take?

Please plan for a 30-minute window.

What happens if my test is positive?

If you receive a positive test result, you likely have an infection with SARS-CoV-2. Contact your healthcare provider and your travel agent and travel insurance provider, as your trip will need to be rescheduled.