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  • Real people.
    Real hope.

    As you view our site, you’ll see the faces of real people – the people we serve. They are our faces of hope.

     

  • Advocating for others

    “I transitioned to a Patient Experience Liaison in 2016, but what I have always valued the most during my entire time with Wellspring are the relationships I build and maintain with residents and families.”

     

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Now that summer fun is finally in sight for kids in Michigan, we thought it would be a good time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about sunscreen.

Q: What does SPF mean?

A: SPF is an acronym for sun protection factor. The rating system is used to evaluate how effective the product is at preventing sunburn. What that means is if your child typically can only be in the sun for 5 minutes before they begin to experience sunburn, an SPF of 15 will allow them to be outdoors 15 times longer or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15.

Q: What type of sunscreen is better to use a stick, spray or cream?

A: That depends on which part of the body you are covering. For the most part, a cream or spray can be used anywhere from the neck down. For the face, especially around the eyes, a stick is best. They help you cover the curves and contours in their face without getting sunscreen in the child’s eyes. Creams and sprays are equally effective if they contain the same ingredients. 

Q: Is there a difference between UVA and UVB?

A: Yes. UVA refers to ultraviolet A rays and UVB to ultraviolet B rays. It is UVB rays that cause the skin to burn, but both can be equally damaging to the skin. UVA rays are more common and penetrate the skin more deeply. 

Q: At what age should you begin applying sunscreen to a baby?

A: Experts generally say children under the age of 6 months should be kept out of the sun and not covered in sunscreen. The chemicals generally aren’t safe for a baby’s delicate skin. If that isn’t possible for some reason, talk with your pediatrician about what baby-safe sunscreen product they might recommend. 

Q: How often should sunscreen be re-applied?

A: That depends upon what activities your children are engaged in while they are outside. For the most part, the rule is every 2 hours.  If they are swimming or working up a sweat, re-apply more frequently. 

Remember, it only takes one burn where a child’s skin blisters to double their risk for deadly melanoma later in life. To learn more about children and sun safety, visit The Skin Care Foundation.

 

 

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Eva is a resident at our Senior Living Campus in Saginaw. She enjoys helping out our housekeeping team a couple of times a week with folding laundry. It's so important that our residents know that this is their home and we encourage them to do what they love! In this case, Eva, all in her own asked if she could help fold laundry - and our housekeepers love the company! Thanks, Eva!
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Congratulations to Ben Palmretuter, 16, for earning the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Ben is officially an Eagle Scout! * * To earn the Eagle Scout, Ben had to accomplish an Eagle Scout Service Project to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. * * Ben chose a project to benefit Camp Hope, Wellspring's free grief camp for children. Ben wanted to make blankets for the campers so that each child would receive a blanket the first day at camp to use at camp and take home. * * He planned and organized the project all on his own. Ben made and sold "survivor bracelets" to raise money for the materials needed to make the blankets, then he organized a group of volunteers that consisted of fellow scouts to help make the blankets. It was a success and each of our campers this summer was given a blanket - and each blanket was unique. * * Thank you so much, Ben for thinking of our campers and congratulations on earning your Eagle Scout! * * Ben is a junior this fall at Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw.
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