United Regional website helps people find free resources (Healthy You)
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — We all need a little help sometimes.
“After losing my husband, I don’t know how anyone can survive the loss of their husband, it’s a horrible thing,” said lung cancer patient Darla Bishop.
Bishop didn’t even have to ask for help to be admitted to the hospital.
“I started having health problems like I had a heart attack, and I went to the hospital, I found out I had lung cancer, and these two angels intervened, he there’s a bunch of angels in the hospital but these specials stepped in and just took over and they didn’t do anything but help me get back on my feet,” Bishop said. “I am just grateful they were there and i said something about my gas and they just left, next thing i know they fixed my gas.”
She says her angels, Kimberly and Jordan, don’t wear wings but rather scrubs and a kind smile
“God sent them to me and they intervened and they only did good things for me, and they just don’t know how much I appreciate it because it’s been hard, especially 2 years,” said said Bishop.
They can help Bishop through a United Regional website called Healthy Community Find Help, which provides all kinds of services.
Whether it’s transportation, food, legal aid, education, or even bereavement support services through Hospice of Wichita Falls.
“Mightiest, I got goosebumps, I was sitting in a class and I had two ninth graders sitting across from each other and they had both lost their dad and this little girl. girl who hadn’t really talked about her father, her eyes lit up and she said ‘your father is dead too?’ Like, it’s really powerful, so to be able to offer this at no cost to the community is something that we’re very honored and proud to do,” said Courtney Galloway, director of social services at Hospice Wichita. Falls.
It also helps palliative care better serve their patients at home.
“We have the honor of going to patients’ homes and helping them at the end of life and sometimes we don’t know what patients need until we are home and can access those information at hand has been invaluable,” Galloway said.
“Sometimes people come to the hospital for things that aren’t necessarily health care related, whether they need help with food or transportation, health really starts outside of the hospital and of the circumstances you live in,” director of chronic disease and RN medical management says Dori Dockery. “We are seeing many positive results from accessing this site and discovering programs we never knew existed.”
As a national resource that provides access to feeding tube supplies.
“It can cost up to $800/900 a month to get all the supplies and things needed for that and obviously that’s a financial hardship for a patient who doesn’t expect to need it, we found a organization, a national organization not local to our area, that keeps a database of tube feeding supplies and tube feeding itself that people are willing to donate and so you go there, see what they have available and all you pay is shipping,” Dockery said.
The best part is that it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
“It allows us to expand our reach beyond our local areas, so when you go there, you search by zip code and it will pull up any programs or resources available in that zip code,” Dockery said.
And for some, like Bishop, it’s a lifesaver.
“They just don’t know, they just don’t know what they’ve done to my life, it got to me and I’m going to stay up,” Bishop said. “I’m so grateful because I can start living again.”
Bishop begins her second round of chemo on Wednesday, June 1.
You don’t have to be a United Regional patient to take advantage of these resources, and the website continues to grow.
Click here to access the Healthy Community website.