Thank you to the Barss Staff

Dear Ted & Staff,

Since my Dad’s funeral, I have had a chance to think more about his life and particularly the last 3 years since our mom passed and he has been at Barss.  I can’t thank you enough and tell you how blessed I feel that he spent his last years with you.  The wonderful staff always treated him with compassion and empathy, while respecting his dignity.  You all became his “second” family.  It was difficult being so far away, but after each visit I always left secure in knowing that he was receiving the best care possible and that he was in loving/caring hands.  Although it must get very frustrating working with residents that are irritable or non-compliant, I never observed a member of the staff treat people with anything other than kind, professional care.  The happy, cheerful disposition of the staff creates an atmosphere that is calming and comforting.  Not only for the residents but for families like myself.  The frequent “out-of-your-way” efforts made it clear that Barss gives the mental and physical health of its residents the highest priority.

The careful selection of personnel with the requisite skills and temperament for setting such high standards is evident.  You are all doing an exemplary job.

All of my love, thanks and appreciation to you and your exceptional staff.


The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee Symposium

Dr. Henry Paulson, MD, PhD is the Director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Michigan.  He will be leading a Community talk at the Port Huron Municipal Office Building.  It is for social workers, nurses, and anyone else interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia.

CEU’s will be available for Social Workers

When:  Thursday May 11, 2017

Time:  1:30 PM

Where:  Municipal Building @ 100 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron, MI

Questions please contact Marcy Cameron @ 810.966.7814


Letter to the Times Herald

We are writing this letter as a great big thank you to Barss Inc. and Seasons Hospice.  Their interest and true compassion were witnessed by all of us who were there daily to see our mother, Marie, perparing to enter into her Savior’s realm.

Marie was a classy lady right up to the last breath.  The compassion shown by the staff was truly an inspiration that there are still people who care about other people.  In this day of anger carried out in various forms, it was truly an uplifting experience for the entire family.

We would highly recommend the Barss environment to anyone who truly cares about his or her loved ones.  Thanks again and may God bless each and every one of you for all you did to comfort our mother as well as us.

Defend the Preservation of No-Fault Insurance

No-fault insurance was established in 1973. A unique feature of this legislation was the creation of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.

The MCCA is a private organization that assesses fees to Michigan auto insurers companies to provide, among other things, lifetime coverage to those badly injured. Insurers pass this cost directly to consumers. The actual loss to the insurance carrier is capped at $500,000 per individual.

Currently, no fault provides funds to care for more than 13,000 people who suffered catastrophic injuries. The next person needing Michigan no-fault coverage could be you, your child, your spouse or another cherished family member.  Many of you already know this.

Without no-fault insurance, many of these victims and their families would end up bankrupt, on Medicaid and in nursing homes paid for by Michigan taxpayers. No- fault insurance, on the other hand, is paid for by drivers to protect other drivers and their passengers.

The MCCA argues this model is not sustainable, but it refuses to open its books for public review.

Michigan drivers rank 16 in national costs for vehicle insurance coverage for personal injury protection, yet have the best injury coverage in the country.

Without this coverage, their lives would likely be very different. If you want to put a face on persons that have benefited from personal injury protection, simply visit Barss Residential and look around.

I know every insurance premium dollar is precious. If you or a loved one is injured,
however, it is priceless.


Fight the Flu at Work

Most individuals report washing their hands after using public restrooms, which helps prevent some transfer of infectious agents. However, it is no surprise that bacteria and viruses live and reproduce on surfaces other than in the restroom. Many employees neglect the surfaces of their desk space, thinking since the space is theirs, no harmful germs may be lurking about. However, any surface touched in the office by an employee can then transfer its germs to other touched items such as the employee’s drawers, keyboard and mouse. An employee can then transfer the germs to his or her eyes or food, and cause an infection such as a cold or flu. Influenza costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion annually. Accordingly, disease transmission prevention is vitally important for employers. Hand contact with germs is the primary cause of all infections. However, cold and flu can often also be transmitted through air droplets by coughing, sneezing or talking.

Sneezing into one’s shoulder instead of the hand will prevent several forms of virus transmission. Take the simple steps of proper hand washing and covering your sneezes to prevent diseases and infections this winter.