Community Nursing Services; a partner with United Way
Community Nursing Services Home Health and Hospice of Price has been serving all of Carbon and Emery Counties for the past seven years.
CNS is a not-for-profit agency and an active partner with United Way of Southeastern Utah. From our meager start with just two employees to our current staff of 40 we have grown to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
In communities like ours situations happen that leave some people unprepared to meet their medical needs. When home health care is appropriate CNS can assess the needs and doctors orders and help set up a plan through our partnership with United Way to get the needs met. Once the plan is set up, CNS will determine how much they can do and how much more will be needed that United Way of Southeastern Utah funding can provide.
Very often in these cases CNS is able to provide the nursing care but needs help with medical supplies. The large majority of these situations involve people under Medicare age. Often their needs are the result of an accident or infection. Caring for wounds and providing for intravenous medications are both very expensive. United Way has allowed us to provide care.
At Washington Park during International Days this year a young man stopped by our booth. We had cared for him some months before. He had not been able to work since his injury. The wound had opened back up and infection was a very real risk. He couldn't afford to care for the wound, he was afraid of what the doctor might order because he wouldn't be able to afford that either.
We were able to get him the supplies to get started and tide him over until he could see his doctor and then able to follow up with his care.
In another instance United Way of Southeastern Utah funding was used to provide CNS care for a female patient, age 63, who was an insulin dependent diabetic, with amputation wounds. The patient was totally dependent on family members for care, without insurance and was in great financial need.
A CNS nurse provided wound care, blood sugar assessment, and review of dietary needs. The nurse provided education to the patient and the family members on proper wound care, diet information and monitoring of insulin as part of daily care. Through several months of care, this patient had wounds healing properly, better insulin control and a better understanding of her diet needs.
The need for care is ageless. Our youngest patient was two days old and our oldest over 101.
We are proud to partner with United Way of Southeastern Utah to provide care that might otherwise be missing in this area.