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!
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
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.