Auxiliary members sew aprons for Alzheimer's

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Photo submitted Mercy Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Deana Capon, and Mercy Auxiliary Secretary, Neta Stamps, display an Alzheimer Activity Apron sewn by a 91-year-old Auxiliary member.

BERRYVILLE -- Mercy Auxiliary has adopted the project of providing "Alzheimer Activity Aprons" for Mercy Home Health and Mercy Hospice patients in the Mercy Hospital Berryville service area. These aprons provide valuable activities for patients with Alzheimer's disease including touching, counting and tying. One pocket is plastic for favorite pictures or identification. Another pocket includes a variety of flash cards which can aid in improving the patients' memories. For comfort, a small stuffed animal is also included with the apron.

Mercy Auxiliary is an organization open to all adults who are interested in benefitting Mercy Hospital Berryville. They should be willing to uphold the purpose of the auxiliary, which is to render service to the hospital and its patients and to assist in promoting the health and welfare of the community in accordance with objectives established in the institution.

Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary may obtain an application at the hospital's information desk or the Mercy Auxiliary Thrift Store in Green Forest. More information may be obtained from the Auxiliary Liaison at (870) 423-5245.

Mercy Springfield Communities is composed of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, and Berryville; Mercy Clinic, a 500-plus physician clinic with 70 locations throughout the region; and Mercy Health Plans, the largest managed care provider in the region.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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