Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering Free Blood Pressure Clinics in many communities in Central New Hampshire and around the lake over the coming months. These clinics are an important outreach initiative for our agency to make connections with people in all of the communities we serve. Please take the opportunity to come and meet your community visiting nurse and take care of your health!
Currently you can attend a Free Blood Pressure Clinic at the following locations:
Center Ossipee at the Concerned Citizens at 3 Dore on the first and third Thursdays of the month
Wolfeboro Senior Center (located in the All Saints Church on Main Street in Wolfeboro) on Monday, January 15th from 10-12PM
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice spends a great deal of time doing many different kinds of Outreach: from partnering with churches for bereavement sessions and memorial services, to educating our community healthcare partners and providing free blood pressure clinics to radio broadcasts with pertinent home care and hospice information.
Recently; however, I’ve had the pleasure of a different kind of Outreach. I am working with Dr. Marianne Jackson, a retired OBGYN from Northern New Hampshire who is dedicating her retirement to speaking with people all over Belknap and Carroll County about the changes in medicine over the last 100 years and why it is more important than ever to plan for the future. Coincidentally, her presentation titled, “What Ever Happened to Natural Causes? Historical Perspectives on Death and Dying Across 100 Years” coincides with our agency’s 100th Birthday. The clarity with which Dr. Jackson communicates her desire to help the community embrace this difficult conversation is refreshing and incredibly important. We are dedicating 2018 to reminding the communities in Central New Hampshire and the greater Lakes Region that our involvement and support in the local community is much more than home care and hospice services. Partnering with Dr. Jackson has given us yet another way to make a difference in the lives of our local communities. Please call us at 524-8444 if you are interested in scheduling a presentation. By Angela Smith, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Community Liaison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.