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Presentation by Carolyn Crosby, MD and hospice medical director of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Provided Pertinent Information for National Healthcare Decisions Day

Franklin Lakes Region Central New HampshireOn Monday, April 9th at the Meredith Community Center, residents from the Greater Lakes Region had the pleasure of hearing Carolyn Crosby, MD and hospice medical director of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice speak about Palliative Care and Hospice. This presentation preceded National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16th with the intent of helping people be better prepared to complete their Advanced Care Directives, or at least to start the conversation with their families.  The idea was to inform people about the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care as well as some important decisions families and patients need to make when receiving these different types of care.  In order to be an advocate for yourself or a family member and get the care you want, you have to understand what options are available.  Dr. Crosby eloquently explained the options for end of life care and the care of someone with a chronic illness through stories of the patients she has cared for over the years.  Although the topic of the evening was not one that most people feel at ease discussing the attendees expressed gratitude that such important information was shared. If you have not planned for your Healthcare future start the process now.  Give your family the gift of knowing how you wish to be cared for at a time when you may no longer be able to tell them.

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LEGASSIE APPOINTED TO NHHPCO BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to announce Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Legassie (formerly Laramie) has been appointed to sit on the Board of Director’s for the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The NHHPCO is a charitable, non-profit organization with a mission to help the people in New Hampshire have access to excellent care that is valuable and meaningful to them when facing life-threatening conditions. This is accomplished through: education of healthcare professionals and caregivers; raising public awareness and expectations for quality hospice and palliative care; providing meaningful networking opportunities for the members; as well as, engaging other organizations around the state to participate in their vision and mission.

Legassie has been with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for 12 years and sits on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Legassie has made Hospice and Palliative Care her passion and when asked about this new role, Legassie stated she is “looking forward to expanding her role on a state level in order to further the mission of quality end-of-life care for all who so greatly need Hospice”. Legassie’s new position on the board will be further testament to the commitment she has for a hospice patients’ quality of life, dignity and respect.

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will hold its 20th annual Tree of Memories Celebration on Saturday, December 10th at five locations throughout the Lakes Region. The ceremony provides an opportunity for people to remember the lives of family, friends and neighbors in a serene setting as they honor a life well lived or a life missed.  Everyone is welcome to attend. All ceremonies begin at 11:00 am and will be held in Alton at the Alton Town Hall, Wolfeboro at the Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Building, the Wakefield Town Hall, the Main Street Building in Ossipee and Moulton Farm in Meredith.

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Tree of Memories at Moulton Farm in Meredith

Twenty years ago, long time Hospice supporters Bob and Shirley Richardson were introduced to a similar event on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  The event was such a great experience they decided to start what we now know as our Tree of Memories that would benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  The event was quickly adopted and has grown to include the five different locations throughout the Lakes Region. A dove was selected as a symbol of serenity, peace and tranquility and a touching ceremony was created involving the lighting of a tree, music, prayers of remembrance, the reading of names and the placing of doves on the tree.

Over 500 doves are requested each year to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. While the ceremonies all take place on one day, the doves remain on the trees throughout the month of December for all to see. Proceeds from the Tree of Memories are used to improve the quality of life for people living in Belknap and Southern Carroll County who are served by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

. The hospice philosophy recognizes that the dying process is part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. To purchase a dove in the name of a loved one or friend, contact the Hospice office at 603-569-2729. In order to ensure that your dove will be ready for the ceremony, please do so by December 5th.

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

Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting

Insider September 16.inddJoin Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice 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.

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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).

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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