Sunshine Care Connections is the name of the Care Coordination program at Sunshine Community Health Center, both at the Talkeetna and Willow sites.
Sometimes we have only brief contact and make just a few phone calls to help someone. In other situations, we take the client into our caseload and make regular phone calls.
Here are some things we can help with:
- Helping them to get available medical coverage (Medicaid, Social Security, etc)
- Getting equipment they may need ( hospital bed, toilet commode, wheelchairs, etc)
- Setting up personal caregivers to help them with their daily activities (getting washed and dressed, going to the bathroom, etc)
- Organizing meals on wheels
- Setting up home health nursing or skilled nursing if an IV, catheter or wounds are present
- Getting supplies delivered (like incontinence briefs, bed pads, wound supplies etc)
- Getting family and community volunteers to help out if needed
We help obtain handicap parking stickers
We help with Comfort One (end of life) paperwork (completion, questions, and distribution).
We stay in touch with many agencies to be aware of what resources they can offer and to let them know what we can offer. Here are some examples of the agencies we keep in touch with: Senior Centers, Sunshine Transit Van, Alzheimer’s Association, agencies such as Maxim, Amedysis and Mat-Su Home Health, PCA agencies like Access Alaska; discharge nurses and social workers at hospitals; Foodbanks; organizations such as Assistive Technology of Alaska, Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
We can help with some questions regarding allocation of finances to receive the best medical coverage possible to that client (eg. Miller’s Trust’s, obtaining Medicaid and Social Security). We refer clients to Alaska Legal Services Corporation for help with wills, and legal aide.
Supports for home-bound or terminally ill patients
We make arrangements with local caregivers such as personal care assistants (PCAs), chore and respite providers as well as their employing agencies such as Willow PCA, Access Alaska, Immediate Care, and Ready Care. Caregivers can be also obtained through the Alzheimer’s Association which often has grants to cover costs.
Home Health Care Services
Home Delivered Meals
Durable Medical Equipment
Medication and Supplies Delivery
Arrangements can be made for medications and supplies to be delivered to both the Willow and Talkeetna sites of Sunshine Clinic, through Three Bears Pharmacy and Geneva Woods Pharmacy.
The systems (State, Federal, PCA agencies, etc) can be complicated. We are always learning and trying to keep up with changing information. We may not always know the answers, but we are pretty good at finding someone who does.
Feel free to run something by us and we can let you know if we can help out or not.
Patient Advocate Talkeetna Clinic
907-733-2273 ext. 222
Patient Advocate Willow Clinic
907-495-4100 ext. 416