TEMPLE B’NAI ISRAEL IN LACONIA TO HOST TWO IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

Temple B’Nai Israel in Laconia, an integral part of the Laconia Community and a supporter of the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice for different events over the years, is hosting 2 important events over the next two weeks: On Saturday, May 27th at 7:45 pm one of America’s top vocal impersonators, Jay Gates, will […]

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Thousands of individuals throughout Central New Hampshire benefit from the highly skilled nursing staff at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Each of the 50,000 home visits made last year brought compassion and a calming presence to those in need. May 6th to the 12th is National Nurses Week. This year is designated as “The […]

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Spring Service of Remembrance

Every year come springtime, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has its Service of Remembrance to honor those who have passed under the care of hospice in the preceding year. It is also a pivotal time for friends and family to come and re-connect with hospice staff they know while sharing memories of their loved ones.

This year, the service was held at The Congregational Church in Wolfeboro. The Tides of Harmony Choral Group of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice sang lovely and comforting melodies while the names of those who have passed were read aloud and a candle was lit in their honor.

Staff members took time to talk with families and offer support and comfort while inviting them to enjoy some of the many baked goods provided by generous Hospice Volunteers.

In Laconia, the Service of Remembrance is held every November and also honors those who have passed in the preceding year.

Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse Jennifer Laramie speaks of the service as “A truly moving experience as names are read and loved ones come to light their candles. It is a form of healing while also still mourning. It is one of the many ways we connect with loved ones within our Hospice program”.

Jennifer Laramie, Hospice Director, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Shares a Story

Do you ever wonder why all of us in Hospice do what we do every day? Let me share a few stories and you will wonder no more. 

A hospice nurse visited a frail middle aged woman this week who has severe lung disease. She is very independent and very much in charge. Well, in charge of everything except this disease that has rendered her essentially helpless. They talked for over an hour and a half about her fears, quality and goals. Through tears, that she reports she has not shed since her husband died in the late 1990’s, she was able to tell the nurse that she just wanted to be able to breath well enough to go out and finish her banking and funeral plans before she died. With much teaching and some medication adjustment, she went out today, the first time in months and finished that banking and those funeral plans. She shared this with the nurse as she shed more tears, this time they were happy tears.

Ever visit a patient who is certain they do not need help from anyone, especially someone who thinks they are going to help bathe them? We do all the time.

One of our very talented nursing assistants met a pretty cantankerous gentleman who gave her a run for her money. He refused to have her help him with anything until about the fourth visit where they started talking about race cars. Before they both knew it, she was giving him a nice back rub and trimming his toenails, which were in dire need of care. He now allows help with showering and the ulcers he had on his skin are healed due to her good care and resilience. We never know what will be that one small thing that opens a person up, but we sure keep trying to find it.

These are just two of so many stories I could share with you. I am so proud of all we do in hospice and as an agency and am so thankful for all you do to give exceptional care, compassion and companionship to our patients and families.

My Best,

Jenn Laramie, RN, Hospice Director, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Hospice and Alton Rotary Club Teaming up for Hospice Fundraiser

The Alton Rotary Club and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice are teaming up to raise money to offset costs for charity hospice care and other expenses not reimbursed by insurance. Paint a Butterfly is a creative and exciting fundraiser that allows individuals and businesses to purchase a large wooden butterfly silhouette with a stake for display in gardens and yards. The butterflies are then painted by the individual or business in any manner and on any topic they would like. Go crazy and express yourselves! Feel free to be creative and unique.

The cost of the butterfly silhouettes are $25.00 without a sponsor and $75.00 with a sponsor per entry and can be picked up and paid for at Profile Bank 145 Main St, Alton. LaValley/Middleton Lumber Company will be helping with the supplies but the cost of the silhouettes will offset the remainder of supply costs.

The fundraiser will come to a conclusion on Saturday August 19th at B&M Railroad Park, downtown Alton when a cake and ice cream bash along with judging and awards for the most creative butterfly will be given. Three different awards will be awarded with prizes totaling $325.00.  An auctioning off of the painted butterflies will be held as well with the proceeds going to hospice.

Please join us in this creative fundraiser so that we can continue to provide care for those who are at the end of their lives and are without insurance coverage.

Hospice and Alton Rotary Club Teaming up for Hospice Fundraiser

The Alton Rotary Club and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice are teaming up to raise money to offset costs for charity hospice care and other expenses not reimbursed by insurance. Paint a Butterfly is a creative and exciting fundraiser that allows individuals and businesses to purchase a large wooden butterfly silhouette with a stake for display in gardens and yards. The butterflies are then painted by the individual or business in any manner and on any topic they would like. Go crazy and express yourselves! Feel free to be creative and unique.

The cost of the butterfly silhouettes are $25.00 without a sponsor and $75.00 with a sponsor per entry and can be picked up and paid for at Profile Bank 145 Main St, Alton. LaValley/Middleton Lumber Company will be helping with the supplies but the cost of the silhouettes will offset the remainder of supply costs.

The fundraiser will come to a conclusion on Saturday August 19th at B&M Railroad Park, downtown Alton when a cake and ice cream bash along with judging and awards for the most creative butterfly will be given. Three different awards will be awarded with prizes totaling $325.00.  An auctioning off of the painted butterflies will be held as well with the proceeds going to hospice.

Please join us in this creative fundraiser so that we can continue to provide care for those who are at the end of their lives and are without insurance coverage.

White Dragon Martial Arts to host 26th Kick for Cancer and raise awareness about hospice care

In 1990 Grandmaster Dr. George Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament.  The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at some point in their lives we will all know someone who will need the services provided by hospice.  Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

Over the last 20 years, Kick for Cancer has raised an impressive amount totaling over $150,000,” states Vinnie Baiocchetti, Tournament Director and owner of the White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire.

What a great event,” says Brian Winslow, past Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, “I was lucky enough to attend the Kick for Cancer last year and was surprised not just by the number of participants but also by the fact that competitors were coming from all over the country to be part of this event.”

This years’ Kick for Cancer is being held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire located at Gilmanton Elementary School, 1386 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Ironworks.

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

Tournament to begin at 10:00 AM

For more information call (603) 387-0779 or (603) 545-2781