Category Archives: Jennifer Laramie

“Thank You” to the dedicated Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Volunteers

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.

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.