Shepherd scores high
Shepherd of the Valley’s Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services exceeds county and statewide averages.
Nursing homes and home health agencies receive star ratings on the Nursing Home Compare and Home Health Compare websites, each ranging from 1 to 5 stars.
Shepherd of the Valley’s Howland community has been rated 5 stars for Overall Quality. Shepherd of the Valley’s Boardman and Niles communities have been rated 4 stars for Overall Quality. At Home With Shepherd has been rated 4.5 stars, the highest in the tri-county area.
Blue Christmas service
Harbor Light Hospice, Shepherd of the Valley and Lane Funeral Home are offering Blue Christmas, a service to provide support, healing and encouragement during the holidays.
The event is Dec. 6 at Shepherd of the Valley-Poland, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland. Refreshments are at 5:30 p.m., and registration is at 6 p.m. Participants are requested to pre-register by Dec. 1 by calling SOV at 330-726-7110, ext. 0. For information, call Harbor Light at 330-759-5270.
A rabies-prevention clinic, sponsored by the Columbiana County Health Department and the Lisbon Veterinary Clinic, is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbiana County Career & Technical Center, 9364 state Route 45 South. The cost is $5 per dose for pets that are 3 months and older. All dogs and cats must be on a leash or confined in a cage. Rabies vaccination certificates will be issued.
A chronic headache relief seminar is offered by Dr. Ted Suzelis at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, Southbridge West Complex. For information and reservations, call 330-729-1350 or go to OhioND.com.
Flu season begins
Flu season has officially begun in Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu viruses.
In Ohio, flu season begins in October and runs through spring, with cases typically spiking between December and February. Ohio’s flu activity currently remains sporadic, meaning that there have only been a small number of confirmed influenza cases across the state.
“Influenza vaccination is the safest and most effective way to fight the flu,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio. “Flu vaccination is especially important for older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications,” she said.
It takes about two weeks for flu vaccination to take full effect.