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Guess Who Was Born in 1918?

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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

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).

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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

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Honors Veterans

lrvna, lakes region, franklinMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States of America. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. A day of observance, Memorial Day is a day to remember what President Lincoln termed “the last full measure of devotion.” On the other hand, Memorial Day is also an opportunity to remember and honor those Veterans who are still with us.
Many Americans do not realize that 1 in 4 of all deaths in the United States are Veterans. As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service, it’s important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with a serious illness. 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. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. As a “We Honor Veterans” partner, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice provides specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.
Moultonborough, Moultonboro, One of the first agencies in New Hampshire to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice realized quickly the benefits of the “We Honor Veterans” program. Peter Cassell, Hospice Volunteer and Army Veteran himself, is quick to point out how beneficial the relationships are between “We Honor Veteran” volunteers (who are veterans themselves) and the veterans who are receiving care from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.
Peter describes how veterans have gone through many of the same experiences, and because of this relate to each other very quickly. Peter also tells stories about visiting veterans who are surrounded by their family, sometimes three and four generations, and when asked about their service to our country start talking about witnessing and being a part of some very important history. Sometimes this is the first their families have heard these stories…but Peter explains it is because of the common bond held by veterans. The We Honor Veteran program is also an important tool in providing good care. It allows for volunteers who have been veterans themselves to make frequent visits to Veterans in our care. These visits provide socialization, respite for family members and can even help to make sure Veterans in our care have needed resources and benefits. Caring for Veterans, being able to honor them, listen to their experiences, give them a certificate of appreciation for their service, a lapel pin, a warm red, white & blue quilt, and a salute is something Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to do.

ABOUT Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.

100 Years of Changing Children’s Lives

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, NH will be celebrating 100 years of Kiwanis.  Please join in on the celebration between 6 – 8pm at the Belknap Mill. For ticket information visit www.laconiakiwanis.com.

For years the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, NH has supported Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s pediatric programs.  Their generous support has helped to improve the quality of life for many Lakes Region children and their families. Their contributions help us connect children with health care providers, make sure kids have immunizations, provide pediatric nursing care for sick children at home, teach prenatal care to expectant mothers and parenting skills to young families. You’ve helped us identify and work with kids with special developmental needs and allowed us to assist families who have children with chronic illnesses like cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, genetic disorders, and many more. Our Pediatric Program goals align nicely with the Kiwanis Young Children Priority One project goals of: maternal & child health, child care & development, parent education & support and safety & pediatric trauma.

Join us in celebrating 100 Years of Changing Children’s Lives.

We Honor Veterans

Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Volunteer Peter Cassell

support at the end of life. While our mission may be straightforward, fulfilling it is anything but simple, as each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs. And when it comes to the needs of America’s Veterans, if we are unprepared, our mission can be challenged or even made impossible.
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. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to be able to step up, and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.
Not too long ago client and decorated WWII Veteran Jim Ferriman was honored for his Service by Hospice Volunteers and Veterans John Walker and Peter Cassell. The two gentlemen presented a “We Honor Veterans” certificate and lapel pin to Jim who lives in Gilmanton, NH. Jim is a veteran of World War II, having served in the Italian campaign where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal, which he was wearing at the presentation.
Jim is a member of a family in which four generations have served in the Army throughout our Country’s history, fighting in major wars. His great-grandfather fought in the Civil War; his father fought in World War I; Jim fought in World War II and his son, Jim, fought in Vietnam.
Jim and his wife Alice (better known as Bernie) have been married for almost 70 years. When he deployed to Europe in WW II, he missed the birth of his daughter Joan and did not return home until she was almost 2 years old.

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Volunteer John Walker with James Ferriman during one of their visits

Family and friends were witness to the wonderful presentation. Jim was “thrilled” that he was being presented with the certificate and pin. Hospice Veteran Volunteers John Walker and Peter Cassell are part of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s Veteran to Veteran Program that seeks to honor Veterans who are in Hospice care and thank them for their service to our Country. They were privileged and honored to have been able to make the presentation, and proudly rendered him a well-deserved salute.
ABOUT Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.

Dr. Sanders Burstein Addresses Packed Crowd at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Annual Meeting

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Dr. Sanders Burstein

Addressing a crowd of over 115 friends and supporters of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tuesday evening at Church Landing in Meredith, Dr. Sanders Burstein, Medical Director-Dartmouth-Hitchcock spoke about his experiences starting difficult conversations and then “Honoring Care Decisions.”

During the program staff recognized individuals that have gone above and beyond the expected this past year in their service to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. The Millham Leadership Award was given to Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director of Foundation for Healthy Communities for his efforts with Advanced Directives and for helping to bring POLST or “Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment to New Hampshire.” The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician Award was given to Physical Therapist Jeff Carpenter for his continued excellent service to our clients, and the Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Valerie May for her volunteer work in bringing music therapy to our clients.

L-R: New Trustees Kristen Gardiner and Bill Johnson are welcomed by Treasurer Jared Price

L-R: New Trustees Kristen Gardiner and Bill Johnson are welcomed by Treasurer Jared Price

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice continues to be a leader in providing quality care to those in need throughout the Lakes Region. The Annual Meeting also featured the recognition of retiring Trustees Sylvia Countway, Pam Clemons-Keith, Lisa Garcia, John Giere and Headley White. New Trustees voted onto the Board included Bill Johnson, Kristen Gardiner and Chief Leonard Wetherbee. Officers elected included President: William Schwidder, Vice President: Susan John, Treasurer; Jared Price and Secretary: Fredda Osman.

Kiwanis Club of Laconia’s 4th Annual Home Run Derby…Don’t Miss It

Colby Field at the Laconia Middle School will be hosting the 4th Annual Laconia Kiwanis Home

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Kiwanis Club of Laconia’s Home Run Derby Helps Children in Need Throughout NH’s Lakes Region

Run Derby on Saturday, July 19th, with registrations starting at 10 AM, and opening pitch at 11 AM. Three divisions will compete; Juniors, aged 14 and under, Seniors, aged 15 to 18, and Masters over 18.

If last year is any indication, competition is going to be fierce. Come participate and show off your batting skills or just to relive your glory days and take a few swings for the fence. Prizes for the winners of each division include batting practice with the Laconia Muskrats followed by a game on July 25th, a $100 gift card for T-Bones/Cactus Jack’s, two seats at a Winnipesaukee Playhouse production this summer, 4 tickets to a Manchester Fisher-Cat game, and $10 Funspot tokens for all participants.

If interested visit http://www.laconiakiwanis.com/06.23.14/signupsheet..pdf to download a registration form. Each participant is required to donate or raise $25 to compete, limited scholarships are available.

For years the Kiwanis Club of Laconia has supported Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s pediatric programs.  Their generous support has helped to improve the quality of life for many Lakes Region children and their families. Their contributions help us connect children with health care providers, make sure kids have immunizations, provide pediatric nursing care for sick children at home, teach prenatal care to expectant mothers and parenting skills to young families. You’ve helped us identify and work with kids with special developmental needs and allowed us to assist families who have children with chronic illnesses like cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, genetic disorders, and many more. Our Pediatric Program goals align nicely with the Kiwanis Young Children Priority One project goals of: maternal & child health, child care & development, parent education & support and safety & pediatric trauma.

Come check out the Home Run Derby, you won’t be disappointed.