Health Support Services
Many of the people who walk through our doors live below the poverty line and are not able to afford to get themselves checked out on a regular basis. Either they cannot afford health insurance, or they are not able to pay the copays that are required of them. Nevertheless, many of our Friends would go years without medical attention if it were not for our Health Support Services program. Studies show that people who see medical professionals regularly live longer, and elude the pain and compounding effects of manageable and avoidable diseases. Three times a week, nurses from local hospitals administer routine medical services at PFH. Once a month we set up a mobile doctor’s office where anyone can come to get a checkup, and receive maintenance procedures and prescriptions.
Another element of this program is our Seniors’ Club. Every week, Seniors Citizens from all over Peoria gather at PFH for volunteer opportunities, a meal, music and a rousing Bingo game. They return home with canned goods and a promise of more fun next week. Occasionally their meeting includes an outing or a special luncheon invitation to another agency. The most vulnerable people in our community are our seniors, and if we can keep them healthy, we can cut down on much of the cost our hospitals encounter from emergencies.