The We Honor Veteran’s team at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice recently joined with the Taylor Community to honor those residents that served our country. Veterans from all branches of the United States military were represented. The Hospice Acapella Group, Tides of Harmony sang three wonderful military style songs while Chaplain, John Davies led the group in a prayer. Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Legassie announced the names of those selfless residents while they were presented with certificates honoring them for their service. A salute from one veteran to another solidified the respect and importance of this special event. Many of the residents also shared stories from their times of service which filled the room with powerful emotions of pride and gratefulness. To learn more about our We Honor Veteran’s Program tune in to our blog on July 3rd or the Meredith Bay Colony Club sponsored weekly radio show ‘Aging well’ on WEZS 1350AM.
Since the Hospice movement was started by volunteers, it is only fitting that Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice celebrate and thank our amazing volunteers who help serve our patients, families and community. On Tuesday, May 23rd, the annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner was held at the Taylor Community, Woodside. Over 50 volunteers along with Volunteer Coordinator, Randy Macdonald; Interim CEO, Christine Long; Chaplain, John Davies and Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Legassie enjoyed a wonderful dinner along with entertainment and education by bear enthusiast, Ben Kilham.
This event helps the agency honor those amazing people who continue to give of themselves to help those in need. Awards were given for 5, 10 and 15 years of service as well as the “Essential Piece of the Puzzle” award that recognizes the one volunteer who has gone above and beyond by taking on several volunteer roles to help complete the puzzle of patient and family needs. This year the award was presented to Ginny Caple who is on the Bereavement team, the Spiritual Care team as well as the We Honor Veteran’s team.
Come enjoy the music of local bands Clark Hackett and “Just Plain Country” and The New England Country Boys on Saturday, June 17th at the Tuftonboro United Methodist Church, 129 Mountain Road. There will be a BBQ prior to the concert starting at 3:30 PM with the concert to follow around 5 pm. Other refreshments will be available and there will be raffles in the fellowship hall to participate in as well.
This is a yearly benefit spearheaded by Harold Chamberlin with all of the proceeds generously being donated to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in thanks for the volunteer care that they provide to the loved ones of this tight knit community.
The evening will culminate with both bands joining forces on the last set for one big jam session. Come enjoy this community event and support the volunteers that give their time to your community and other communities around Central New Hampshire. For more information about the event call 603-569-4296.
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 […]
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 […]
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”.
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.