In brief

FLINT — Residents, neighborhood and community-based groups in and around Flint are invited to attend the annual Flint Neighborhood Summit. This free event will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, 4800 S. Saginaw Street, Flint. The Summit is hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Neighborhoods Small Grants Program Advisory Committee. During the Summit residents can share ideas and learn more about the 2018 Small Grants Program which seeks to fund projects that strengthen neighborhood groups and improve neighborhood conditions. The program is unique because it puts resources into the hands of small, grassroots groups, empowering people to become actively engaged in the health and well-being of their community.

Grants available for 2018 include traditional mini grants ($1,000); next-level mini grants ($5,000); and one transformational grant ($25,000). A resource fair also will be held during the Summit where local community based organizations will share their good works.

To register for the Summit, call Brooke Berta at the Community Foundation at 810-767-8270 or email Online registration is available at — R.S.

Hurley receives grant from Martha Merkley-Elderly Charitable Trust

FLINT— The Hurley Foundation has received a grant of $9,800 from the Martha Merkley-Elderly Charitable Trust to support implementation of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). HELP is a comprehensive patient-centered program designed to prevent delirium, falls, functional decline and readmission of the older adult, allowing them to return home at the maximum level of independence. Hurley will recruit and train volunteers that will go to bedsides to help keep older patients oriented to their surroundings, meet their nutritional needs, address any sleep issues in a non-pharmacological way and help keep them mobile within the limitations of their physical condition. Hurley plans to serve 250 patients during the first year of this program.

The program will focus on a broad scope of geriatric issues including creating a comfortable environment, review of daily schedule, therapeutic activities (e.g. puzzles, trivia), sleep enhancement strategies; exercise and mobilization, hearing and vision support; mealtimes assistance with eating, preventing dehydration, pastoral care, family support and education, and individualized discharge planning.

Hurley Medical Center operates this areas’ only Senior Center of Excellence. Services include a fast track, immediate rooming policy for patients 65 and older in the Emergency Department, a team of geriatric nurse specialists who follow seniors from admission to discharge to address age-specific care needs, a virtual geriatric fracture center, and a bone health program. — R.S.

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