There are so many acronyms in our daily conversations that sometimes we can misunderstand what they mean. As a society we also make a lot of generalities. An acronym that is so often misunderstood and generalized are the letters VNA. Sometimes they are misconstrued for a group that is related to the VA which refers to Veteran’s Affairs and the services that Veterans are able to access as a benefit from their years of service. Often there is also a generalization in the community that all VNA’s or visiting nurse associations are part of the same larger group. This is not the case. Our agency, the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a non-profit, 501c3 agency that has been servicing members of the community since 1918 which means it is our 100th year Birthday! Our nurses and therapists live in your community. They could be your neighbors and they may even be your friends. Our visiting nurses are a rare breed of caring individuals with a unique set of skills that provide nursing care, rehabilitation, pediatric care, and hospice care in homes across Central New Hampshire so that you or your family members can be at home after a health crisis or hospitalization and everyone can rest easier knowing they are supported. We look forward to being that VNA for you!
Healthcare continues to change at a rapid rate in this country and that can make it challenging for you, the patient and consumer. As hospitals continue to upgrade their medical records to more sophisticated electronic systems, we need to be willing to learn how those new systems can benefit us. Doing so will allow us to be better advocates for our own healthcare. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice can help you with this advocacy.
Many of the residents within our service area communities seek medical care from hospitals throughout New Hampshire and from several medical facilities in the Boston area. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has recently signed on with a new technology that Concord Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital is using that will help you, the patient, as you move from these hospitals back to your home.
Helpful and easy, Silver Search is a tablet application that hospital staff use to help patients transition to the kind of care they will need when they are discharged. The Silver Search application allows you to search for enrolled post-acute care providers (long-term facilities, rehab facilities, skilled nursing facilities or home care agencies) based on the specialized care that you need. Once you select your preferred home town provider listed by zip code on the tablet, you are able to see how that provider is quality rated by Medicare. The tablet even allows information to be emailed to friends and family members so that they can help you choose a transitional care provider. You can be assured that you can choose to transition to home from an out of area hospital using Silver Search and access the care of a community home care agency like Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. You can also be assured that your participation in your care planning will help you be more confident and less apprehensive about your transition which will contribute to your success once you are home.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is participating in this technology because it makes provision for patient choice. If the level of care needed upon discharge happens to be Home Care or Hospice services, we want the members of our community to know that we are here to provide the high quality, post-acute skilled care services necessary for your recovery.
This summer’s Alton Centennial Rotary Paint a Butterfly Contest/ Fundraiser is in full swing! All proceeds from this Contest/Fundraiser will benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Purchase your butterfly by Monday, August 7th at the Profile Bank on Main Street in Alton, NH (a personal entry is $25 and an entry with a sponsor is $75). Butterflies should be treated with a coat or two of latex paint or Gesso for the best results. Once treated paint or adorn your butterfly in your own unique way (gluing, and/or attaching items such as plastic flowers, beads, sparkles, metals, glass ceramics, cloth and more is acceptable and you may do so beyond the outside dimensions of the butterfly). All entries must be returned to the Alton Profile Bank by Monday, August 14th. The culmination of this contest/fundraiser will be on August 19th at the Butterflies in the Park Bash from 12 -3 pm at B&M Railroad Park in Alton. All of the butterflies will be judged and awards will be given. Cake & Ice cream will be served as well. You can pick up your butterfly after the event at 3:30 pm, or let them know when you arrive for the event that they can auction it off to benefit the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to announce Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Legassie (formerly Laramie) has been appointed to sit on the Board of Director’s for the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The NHHPCO is a charitable, non-profit organization with a mission to help the people in New Hampshire have access to excellent care that is valuable and meaningful to them when facing life-threatening conditions. This is accomplished through: education of healthcare professionals and caregivers; raising public awareness and expectations for quality hospice and palliative care; providing meaningful networking opportunities for the members; as well as, engaging other organizations around the state to participate in their vision and mission.
Legassie has been with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for 12 years and sits on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Legassie has made Hospice and Palliative Care her passion and when asked about this new role, Legassie stated she is “looking forward to expanding her role on a state level in order to further the mission of quality end-of-life care for all who so greatly need Hospice”. Legassie’s new position on the board will be further testament to the commitment she has for a hospice patients’ quality of life, dignity and respect.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a proud member of the We Honor Veterans (WHV) Program. In collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, our hospice team is working hard to improve care available to dying Veterans and their family caregivers.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has achieved its level four recognition as a WHV partner. This is the highest recognition possible. Countless hours of education to the community, as well as staff, on the various needs and concerns of veterans at the end of their lives has been done and is an ongoing mission.
Attendance by our Veteran Volunteers and staff at veteran events throughout the communities we serve is pivotal in continuing this mission of recognizing those veterans in need of specialized care and their caregivers in need of special support.
Our veteran hospice patients receive a personalized certificate and pin along with a unique red, white and blue handcrafted blanket to recognize their service to our country. Each presentation is done by a veteran volunteer within the same military branch the patient belongs to. Another important goal of the We Honor Veterans Program is to assist veterans in understanding and gaining access to valuable resources through the VA system.
Over the past year, we have been able to erect a flag pole at the Laconia branch location to truly celebrate and recognize our country and those who have and are serving in our armed forces.
Starting in November each year, a celebration in Wolfeboro and Laconia occurs that is titled the Tree of Heroes. The WHV team decorates trees in red, white and blue and leave ornaments for loved ones to write the names of their military heroes on to be hung on the tree. It has become a much loved event at both locations.
At Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, quality end of life care for our veterans is not only a mission but a passion and we will continue to strive to serve this patient population with honor, respect, dignity and quality. They deserve nothing less.
Jennifer Legassie, RN, Hospice Director, Chief Clinical Nurse
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
This years Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Home & Garden Tour on Wednesday, July 12th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM showcases 4 homes from very different era’s. The farmhouse built during the time of the Revolutionary War dates 250 years earlier than the exquisite lake home just completed. In addition to these two homes, you will also visit two homes built in the 1950’s. One is a charming country cape and the other the lakeside home of a master builder and his artist wife. All the homes are either located in Wolfeboro or Tuftonboro. Tickets for this popular event are $40 and are available at Black’s Gift and Paper Store in Wolfeboro and at the Hospice offices in both Wolfeboro
and Laconia. While purchasing your tour ticket, consider purchasing an additional luncheon ticket for $15. This year’s luncheon will be held at O Bistro at The Inn on Main from 11:30 to 1:30. Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance. There will also be a Dine Around Raffle. Purchase raffle tickets the day of the event or Saturday mornings at Harvest Market in Wolfeboro and you could win a gift card to various local restaurants. Come enjoy a summer day appreciating the architecture and unique qualities of these beautiful homes, meander through their gardens and enjoy a view of the lake and you will be supporting your community hospice as well.
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.