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“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.

CONCERT IN TUFTONBORO TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CENTRAL NH VNA & HOSPICE

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.

 

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

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.

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