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West Newsmagazine 4-11-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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36 I April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM HEALTH, from page 34 Employees need enough sick days to stay well How many paid sick days do U.S. workers need to feel comfortable taking time off to look after their health? Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University recently explored that question in a study designed to measure the relationship between the number of paid sick leave days and employees’ use of important preventive health care services such as getting an annual flu shot, having a mammogram or visiting a lab for cholesterol testing. The study included a representative sample of 3,235 American workers between the ages of 49 and 57, almost all of whom [93.5 percent] reported having health insurance. Their paid sick leave days were divided into four categories: high [10 or more days]; moderate [six to nine days]; low [three to five days]; and very low/none [zero to two days]. The median number of paid sick leave days among the workers included in the study was seven. Almost 26 percent fell into the zero to very low category, while 43 percent fell into the high category. The research found that working adults with 10 or more paid sick leave days were 33 percent more likely to get a flu shot, 28 percent more likely to have fasting glucose testing for diabetes, 69 percent more likely to have their blood pressure checked and 34 percent more likely to have cholesterol screening compared to those with zero to two paid sick leave days. Working women needed at least six paid sick leave days to have significantly increased odds of getting a mammogram, with the greatest participation [55 percent] among those with 10 or more days. Results from this study provide compelling evidence that workers in the United States with paid sick leave, ideally about 10 days per year, are significantly more likely to engage in preventive health care behaviors than those without paid sick leave, the authors said. Unlike most industrialized countries, however, paid sick leave is not consistently included as part of U.S. workplace benefits, with about 72 percent of working Americans currently receiving some amount of paid leave. “Despite having access, only half of Americans get the recommended preventive health care services. There are many factors that contribute to this dilemma, including inadequate paid sick leave days,” they said. Measles regaining foothold through unvaccinated children Potential measles exposures that took place in Chesterfield and Kirkwood in March serve as a reminder that the disease may be making a comeback. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], the majority of people who contract measles are unvaccinated. When measles is introduced into a community where not everyone has received the vaccine, it can spread quickly – in 2014, for example, the U.S. experienced a record 667 measles cases, the greatest number since measles “elimination” was officially declared in 2000. Through February of this year, 13 cases in seven states had been reported to the CDC [no 2018 cases have been reported in Missouri, as of the end of March]. Recent research conducted by Kaiser Permanente suggests that part of the reason for measles’ re-emergence may be that children with autism and their younger siblings are significantly less likely to be fully vaccinated than the general population. The researchers reviewed whether children at six national sites received all recommended vaccines. They found that for the measles, mumps and, rubella [MMR] vaccine specifically, 84 percent of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder [ASD] were vaccinated, compared to 96 percent of children without an ASD. This discrepancy in vaccination rates also applied to their younger brothers and sisters: When the researchers looked at all vaccines recommended between one and 11 months, for example, 73 percent of younger siblings of children with an ASD were fully vaccinated, compared to 85 percent of younger siblings of children without an ASD. “We need to better understand how to improve vaccination levels in children with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings, so they can be fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Frank DeStefano of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office. The vaccine study was published in JAMA Pediatrics. On the calendar BJC sponsors a Family & Friends CPR course from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Clinical Learning Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. The course provides instruction and hands-on practice for parents, childcare providers and babysitters for adult hands-only CPR; infant and child CPR with breaths; introduction to adult and child AED use; and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. The course does not include certification. The course fee is $25. To register online, visit or call (314) 454-5437. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital offers a Healthy Running program from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the hospital’s Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield, in Building A, Conference Room A. A physician and a physical therapist will discuss common running injuries, faulty running mechanics and injury prevention strategies. Attendance is free. Register online at • • • A Red Cross Community Blood Drive is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at St. Luke’s Hospital, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, in the North Medical Office Building. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter the sponsor code SAINTLUKES or call (314) 658-2090. • • • West County SDA church holds an annual Health Expo from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at the church, 16800 Baxter Road in Chesterfield. This interactive fair will feature a variety of health screenings, information for families with health concerns and help in locating community health resources. Vegetarian food samples will be available for tasting. Attendance is free. More information is available online at • • • St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free educational program on foot health, “The Agony of De Feet,” from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at the hospital’s Institute for Health Education, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. Join an orthopedic surgeon, a physical therapist and a certified pedorthist for an in-depth look at treatment options for foot problems including plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, achilles tendon issues, arthritis and others. To register, visit Mason Pointe, a Lutheran senior services coMMunity 13190 South Outer 40 Road • Chesterfield 314.752.2222 • Mason Pointe Senior Living Community knows that moving a loved one to Long Term Care is a family decision. For prospective residents, adult children and extended family, there is so much to consider. First and foremost is the quality of care. There has to be enough staff to meet the needs of residents, and staff must be loving, caring and supportive. “Long Term is not a clinical environment at Mason Pointe,” Drew Redman, the community’s executive director, said. “It’s a caring one. We take care of the physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, nutritional and emotional needs of residents.” Long Term residents and their adult children quickly become part of the LSS family. “There are families who come to visit loved ones every day,” Redman said. “Our employees know them by name.” Mason Pointe is conveniently located, making it easy for families to visit. Just off Hwy. 40 between I-270 and Route 141, this Life Plan Community is just a 15-minute drive from almost anywhere in St. Louis County.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SERVING OUR SENIORS I 37 SeniorS Home Care Kit Whittington, RN, BSN, Founder West County • 636.225.2600 • Mid County • 314.962.2666 • Clayton/Ladue • 314.863.2667 Kit Whittington started Seniors Home Care more than 30 years ago for her grandmother. “I wanted to ensure there was an option available to seniors that would provide the same loving in-home care I provided to her,” Kit said. “SHC now consists of more than 125 exceptional in-home assistants sharing my passion for caring for older adults.” SHC employs an around-the-clock staff to assist clients and families in achieving their individual goals and needs. All are carefully screened, bonded and insured employees – not contractors. All undergo drug testing, a thorough background check, and a training program which includes necessary nursing skills and physical therapy applications. SHC has received an A+ rating as well as the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau. SHC earned the 2018 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse, and it exceeds the national standards set by the Home Care Association of America. SHC offers flexibility of care ranging from a 30-minute QuickVisit to 24/7 care. “Founded for my family, ready to serve yours,” Kit Whittington, RN, BSN. Bethesda Meadow Bethesda Health Group 322 Old State Road • Ellisville • 636.227.3431 • Celebrating nearly 30 years of serving seniors, and featuring refurbished, private rooms for those in need of therapy before returning home, Bethesda Meadow is the West County choice for quality senior care. Bethesda Meadow’s beautiful 14-acre campus in suburban West County provides its residents and their guests with an opportunity to enjoy the peace and serenity of a relaxed, comforting environment. Bethesda Meadow is one of the very few skilled communities in Missouri utilizing the nationally respected Landmarks for Living program within its secure Memory Support neighborhood. In addition, Bethesda Meadow has recently unveiled its “Veteran Escort Ceremony,” a touching procession that honors the death of its Veteran residents with dignity and respect. Bethesda Meadow is an award-winning member of Bethesda Health Group with experienced staff working diligently to provide the care your loved one needs. Arrange for a tour and see for yourself! The FounTains oF WesT CounTy 15826 Clayton Road • Ellisville • 636.779.2600 • The Fountains of West County is a locally owned and operated senior living community offering independent, assisted and memory care living options – each with all-inclusive pricing. The friendly, welcoming community is one where neighbors know each other by name and are part of a family-like atmosphere. The independent living community boasts spacious one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. A variety of programs are available to residents to encourage independence for as long as possible. Included in the monthly rent is daily continental breakfast, lunch and dinner; housekeeping; a 24-hour emergency response system; personal and scheduled transportation; social activities and more. The assisted living and memory care communities offer shared suites, studios, and one- and two-bedroom options. In addition to three meals a day, daily housekeeping, laundry services, personalized care and medication administration, The Fountains staffs 24-hour nurses on site. The Fountains’ vision is to create a community where seniors have every on-site service they need to enjoy life and be stress-free. The Fountains’ expert team creates a warm, inviting, lively and fun-filled environment. All are invited to visit and experience “The Fountains Difference” firsthand.