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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.

Guess Who Was Born in 1918?

Physical Therapy, Home, Laconia, Meredith, Glford

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be entering it’s Centennial Year!!!  Please join us for our Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting on September 28th at The Inn at Mill Falls Church Landing, Meredith, NH.  Cocktails and hors d’oeurves starting at 5:00pm, Welcoming remarks and A Year in Review at 5:45 then a presentation by Professor Molly Girard Dorsey of the University of New Hampshire, followed by a Buffet Dinner.

RSVP is required.  Please inform Brian Winslow at 603-524-8444 or you may register online by clicking here before September 21st.

Professor Dorsey will help us look back on the last 100 years with her presentation titled, “Major Events in Medicine and their Relationship with Community Healthcare.”  Molly Girard Dorsey is an associate professor of History and core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire.  She teaches classes on the history of medicine, legal history, and war & society.  She has published a book on chemical warfare in World War I and is working on a project on the integration of civilian professionals, including nurses and doctors, into the modern American military.

The event is sponsored by:

Hospice, Homecare, Physical Therapy, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough Therapy, VNA, Hospice, Healthcare, Laconia, Wolfeboro, Wakfield

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Attains Highest “We Honor Veterans” status.

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.

Over the past three years, the We Honor Veterans team at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has worked diligently to promote a Veteran-centric culture in our community. By educating ourselves on how to best serve Veterans in our community, we have been able to educate others on the multi-faceted care of the Veteran population. Building strong working relationships with key VA resources to better provide access to benefits provided by the VA administration was a vital piece of this project. Outreach started in small groups within our organization and expanded to community groups and facilities. Spreading the knowledge of how to best serve our Veterans has been an eye opening experience as well as an honor.Meredith, Gilford, Laconia, Center Harbor, Moultonboro, Belmont

We are extremely proud of the Veteran certificate presentations that our Veteran Volunteers and other hospice team members present to acknowledge our Veteran patients who have given selflessly to our military in order to protect our country and its citizens. A certificate, pin and hand knitted red, white and blue throws and a much deserved salute are key components of these heartwarming presentations.

Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

New Hampshire (NH) continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and about 60% of deer ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (2014, Medscape).

Lakes Region, Visint Nurses, VNA, Central New Hampshire Hospice, Pediatrics

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Additional preventative measures can include:

 

  • Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.
  • Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.
  • Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin. Other repellent options may be found here: Outdoor workers in NH are at particular risk of tickborne diseases and they should be reminded about methods of prevention.
  • Do daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, the groin, and the back and neck.
  • Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Performing tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets will minimize this occurrence.
  • Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour effectively kills ticks. A recent study suggests that if clothing is not wet, shorter drying times (minimum of 6 minutes) may effectively kill ticks.
  • Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent disease.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

References
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825419
http://nhpr.org/post/things-you-should-know-about-ticks-infographic

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse partners with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to produce a serious comedy.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Professional Company Presents: Grace and Glorie by Tom Ziegler March 17th – 20th in Meredith, NH.

Grace and Glorie

A comedy about two women from very different walks of life brought together by the circumstances life throws at us all. When Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient in the backwaters of Virginia, checks herself out of the hospital, the last person she expects to spend her days with is Glorie, her volunteer hospice worker who is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted from New York.  As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and insight into life’s highs and lows.  Grace and Glorie is the best kind of play: one that will have you laughing through your tears.  Starring Barbara Webb and Molly Parker Myers.

Meredith, NH

Barbara Webb

Meredith NH

Molly Parker Myers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice encourages all to attend, “This is a heart-warming story about real-life people with real-life flaws, there truly is a lot to learn from Grace and Glorie,” states Brian Winslow, Director of Development at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. “In addition to getting the word out about this play, we are providing technical expertise to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and will be attending Talkback sessions after the performance for people who are interested in the play subject matter.”

For more information you can check out the Winnipesaukee Playhouse website or you can purchase your tickets here.

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives

You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?

  1. Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children are no longer common in the United States – primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. Polio is one example of the great impact that vaccines had in the United States. Polio was once America’s most feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.
  2. Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and health care professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection, but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
  3. Immunization protects others you care about. Children in the United States still get vaccine-preventable diseases. In fact, we have seen a resurgence of measles and whooping cough (pertussis) over the past few years. For example, more than 28,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the United States in 2014. From 2000 through 2014, there were 277 deaths from whooping cough reported in the United States. Almost all of the deaths were babies younger than 3 months of age, who are too young to be protected against whooping cough by getting the shots. Unfortunately, some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons. To help keep them safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.
  4. Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work and medical bills. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance or the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families.
  5. Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. For example, smallpox vaccination eradicated that disease worldwide. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists. By vaccinating children against rubella (German measles), the risk that pregnant women will pass this virus on to their fetus or newborn has been dramatically decreased, and birth defects associated with that virus are rarely seen in the United States. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.