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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

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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.

White Dragon Martial Arts to host 26th Kick for Cancer and raise awareness about hospice care

In 1990 Grandmaster Dr. George Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament.  The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at some point in their lives we will all know someone who will need the services provided by hospice.  Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

Over the last 20 years, Kick for Cancer has raised an impressive amount totaling over $150,000,” states Vinnie Baiocchetti, Tournament Director and owner of the White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire.

What a great event,” says Brian Winslow, past Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, “I was lucky enough to attend the Kick for Cancer last year and was surprised not just by the number of participants but also by the fact that competitors were coming from all over the country to be part of this event.”

This years’ Kick for Cancer is being held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire located at Gilmanton Elementary School, 1386 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Ironworks.

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

Tournament to begin at 10:00 AM

For more information call (603) 387-0779 or (603) 545-2781

 

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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