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March is National Nutrition Month…”Put Your Best Fork Forward”

Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Celebrating National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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A nutritious, well-balanced diet – along with physical activity and refraining from smoking – is the foundation of good health. Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Eating in this manner helps you maintain your body’s everyday functions, promotes optimal body weight and can assist in disease prevention.

Too much or too little of certain nutrients can also contribute to health issues. For instance, a lack of calcium in your diet can predispose you to developing osteoporosis, or weakening of your bones, while too much saturated fat can cause cardiovascular disease, and too few fruits and vegetables in your nutrition plan is associated with an increased incidence of cancer. Consuming foods from a wide variety of sources helps ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to avoid these health problems.

Parents are the most important role models for their children. For National Nutrition Month® the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages parents to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by modeling healthful eating habits – one forkful at a time.  If you are not used to eating a healthy diet that promotes your well-being, making gradual changes can help you improve the way you eat in the long run.

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Shirley Richardson named Citizen of the Year

The Wolfeboro Lions Club is pleased to announce that Shirley Richardson has been selected to receive its Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.

Richardson is the 43rd recipient of the Award, which recognizes individuals who have made “above and beyond” service to the towns of Wolfeboro and/or Tuftonboro or its residents.

Shirley moved to Wolfeboro from up state New York in 1965 when her husband Bob accepted a faculty position at Brewster Academy; nine years later Shirley also joined the Brewster faculty. While Shirley was busy impacting countless students’ lives as Dean of College Placement, she still found time to share her talents, spirit, and ideas to serve the community.

Shirley has been very active for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice having served on the Board of Directors for many years. She founded the Hospice Tree of Memories, a major celebration each Christmas honoring loved ones. It began with one fir tree in front of Huggins Hospital and is now celebrated in five surrounding communities. Shirley has been a long time organizer and leader for the Hospice Home & Garden House Tour as well.

Music is a major part of Shirley’s life, and she serves on the Wolfeboro Friends of Music Board of Directors as Vice President of Programming. In addition, Shirley is also a member of the Wolfeboro Garden Club and the Hikers’ organization. She has taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church and was president of the Wolfeboro Co-operative Nursery School and Kindergarten where she started the very first Ski and Skate Swap, predecessor of the annual expanded Ski and Skate Sale. Later she was co-president of Carpenter School PTA.

For a time, Shirley served as a board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. One of her most continuing commitments to our community is her dedication to the Huggins Hospital Street Fair where she has served for 45 years as chairperson of the Book Tent.

Although she retired from Brewster in 2004, Shirley continues to be involved in campus traditions. Following seven years of research in the archives, interviewing, and writing, in 2011 Shirley and her husband Robert published The Brewster Story: the Definitive History of Brewster Academy which weaves the rich history of the Academy and the town’s partnership beginning with the time when the Indians first settled in the Wolfeboro area. A second printing of the book is in the works.

The Wolfeboro Lions Club would like to invite the public to celebrate Shirley Richardson as its 2016 Citizen of the Year recipient at the Award Dinner on Tuesday, March 28 at the Wolfeboro Inn. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $27 per person. Make your reservation by sending your payment made out to the Wolfeboro Lions Club to Wolfeboro Citizen of the Year, P.O. Box 325, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 by March 25.

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Shirley Richardson Citizen of the Year

 

Governor appoints Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Staff Member Jennifer Laramie to New Hampshire Board of Nursing

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Jennifer Laramie RN, CHPN Hospice Director Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to announce that Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Laramie RN has been appointed to sit on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

There are 11 members of the Board of Nursing:  5 Registered Nurses (RN) one of which must be an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), 2 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), 2 Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA), and 2 public members. The Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve a 3-year term.  Each member may serve a total of 3 consecutive 3-year terms, or a total of 9 consecutive years.

The purpose of the Board is to:

……….Safeguard life, health, and the public welfare of the people of this state and ….. to protect the people of the state of New Hampshire from the unauthorized, unqualified, and improper application of services by individuals in the practice of nursing…….”

Jennifer Laramie has worked at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for 12 years and says, “I really enjoy taking care of people….the patients are what keep me coming back everyday.”  She is excited about representing RN’s on the Board of Nursing and looks forward to serving on the Board for the next three years.

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Occupational Therapy Turns 100!

In 2017 the profession of Occupational Therapy turn 100! This is a time to celebrate where we have come from, and consider how to advance occupational therapy into the 21st century. On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice…Happy Birthday OT!

The History of Occupational Therapy

 

 

 

Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Honoring our Country’s Heroes

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

We Honor Veterans, Lakes Region, Wolfeboro, Alton, MeredithAs our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wants to share its commitment to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status. Through We Honor Veterans, we are ensuring that our organization is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.  A generation of World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.

Moultonborough, Moultonboro, We Honor VeteransThe liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women. Let each of us make sure we do our part to recognize and support them throughout their lives.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the services that hospice and palliative care can provide. Contact us at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to learn more about the ways we support our nation’s heroes.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

Lakes Region Homecare & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will hold its 20th annual Tree of Memories Celebration on Saturday, December 10th at five locations throughout the Lakes Region. The ceremony provides an opportunity for people to remember the lives of family, friends and neighbors in a serene setting as they honor a life well lived or a life missed.  Everyone is welcome to attend. All ceremonies begin at 11:00 am and will be held in Alton at the Alton Town Hall, Wolfeboro at the Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Building, the Wakefield Town Hall, the Main Street Building in Ossipee and Moulton Farm in Meredith.

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Tree of Memories at Moulton Farm in Meredith

Twenty years ago, long time Hospice supporters Bob and Shirley Richardson were introduced to a similar event on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  The event was such a great experience they decided to start what we now know as our Tree of Memories that would benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  The event was quickly adopted and has grown to include the five different locations throughout the Lakes Region. A dove was selected as a symbol of serenity, peace and tranquility and a touching ceremony was created involving the lighting of a tree, music, prayers of remembrance, the reading of names and the placing of doves on the tree.

Over 500 doves are requested each year to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. While the ceremonies all take place on one day, the doves remain on the trees throughout the month of December for all to see. Proceeds from the Tree of Memories are used to improve the quality of life for people living in Belknap and Southern Carroll County who are served by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

. The hospice philosophy recognizes that the dying process is part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. To purchase a dove in the name of a loved one or friend, contact the Hospice office at 603-569-2729. In order to ensure that your dove will be ready for the ceremony, please do so by December 5th.

Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has announced her intentions of stepping down in December of 2016

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Margaret Franckhauser, CEO Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has announced her intentions of stepping down in December of 2016 to become the Executive Director of the Next Fifty Initiative – a Colorado- based grant making foundation dedicated to seniors.

Franckhauser states, “Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is in a strong position both clinically and financially.  The agency is forward thinking and responsive to the needs of the community. This is the right time to step aside to allow someone else to take the helm.   She adds, “I have been given the opportunity to lead a grant making organization in Colorado which will allow me to combine my passion for philanthropy with my deep interest in aging. It is an incredible opportunity to do work that has a lasting impact on seniors and their communities.”

Franckhauser began working with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice over 20 years ago when it was known as Community Health & Hospice. After serving as a Board Member, Margaret accepted the position of Associate Director, then quickly moved into the Executive Director position when her predecessor Alida Millham retired.  Margaret first moved to the Lakes Region in 1985 and has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Belknap Family Medicine, a Nurse Consultant for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Program Chief for the Bureau of Disease Control, and as Director of Ambulatory Programs for LRGHealthcare.  She has played a significant role in shaping New Hampshire’s Healthcare system.

Margaret will continue to serve in the role of CEO until early December.  The Board of Trustees is launching an executive search and has appointed Christine Long, COO, as the Interim CEO until a new executive is hired. Board Chairman, Jared Price, commented “Margaret has done a wonderful job leading the agency in service to the community.  She skillfully managed a recent merger and has become a leading voice in New Hampshire’s healthcare environment.  She leaves behind a legacy of sound leadership and community commitment. We thank her for her many years of service and wish her well.”