Tri-County Center for Independent Living (TCCIL) is holding its 15th Annual Open House and Health Fair this Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the National Guard Armory Building at 201 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla. It's a free event that covers the basics like offering important health screenings as well as connecting the community with a myriad of health care professionals and vendors, from all over South-central Mo.

Health care professionals call high blood pressure “the silent killer,” because a person can seem to function well with it until warning signs appear that may signal a life-threatening health problem. The same could be said about abnormal glucose levels in the bloodstream. Fortunately, Tri-County Center for Independent Living (TCCIL) is holding its 15th Annual Open House and Health Fair this Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the National Guard Armory Building at 201 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla.

It’s purpose is to cover the basics like offering important health screenings as well as connecting the community with a myriad of health care professionals and vendors, from all over South-central Mo. Representatives from the local hospitals, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and Mercy will also be on hand to answer questions about their services. Representatives from The Centre, holding their own Health Expo with PCRMC on Saturday, will also be there to inform fair visitors about programs and services.

According to Amanda Childers, this is the place to be to get all of your family health care questions answered. Got an aging parent no longer able to do personal hygiene and you need options?  Do members of the family have transportation needs? Have questions concerning health insurance and Medicare? Hospice options? Need to explore the aids available for loss of hearing? Want to learn about TCCIL’s telecommunication access program for the hearing, sight and mobility impaired? Amanda said the Open-House Health Fair is a good place to start.
“If somebody just moved to the area, they may not know about all the health services offered—this will be a great place for them to go,” she noted. Vision, nutrition, skilled nursing . . . it’s all here.”

She adds that along with the wealth of health information to be garnered, the atmosphere is really one of visitors having fun. Rolla Fire and Rescue will be on hand for a fire prevention discussion and people can take a break to play bingo or get a free lunch of chili, hotdogs, fish sandwiches, drinks and funnel cakes for dessert. Door prizes will also be given away during the day.

There is a different twist to the health care event this year. Giving back to the community is a central theme of the day’s fun. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be present for those wanting to donate blood. Amanda says that due to federal budget cuts in independent care this year, TCCIL had to eliminate their Necessity Closet service, which provided personal care items to those in need. They are asking for donations of personal care items, such as toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste and tooth brushes. Visitors that donate items will be eligible to win a new BBQ grill in a drawing.

“Our consumers have disabilities and have limited income,” said Amanda. “They greatly appreciate these items as it helps them so much.”