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Author Archives: Jamie Masterson

Flu Season Is Back

Fall has officially begun, and flu season is back. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have forgotten about the many other common illnesses we face, including the flu. While you’re masking up and getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, you should also receive the flu vaccination. Get ahead of the curve and get your flu shot now! Influenza (commonly…

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week

The Fall Season is a time to appreciate and give thanks to your loved ones. One of the ways you can show your love is through support and protection against falls. More than 1 out of 4 older adults falls each year. It is the number one cause for hospital visits for older adults. We need to protect our elders…

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Phil & Sally Savage On Hospice

When someone suggested to Sally Savage that she put her husband, Phil, on hospice, she was upset. “My heart dropped because I thought ‘well he’s not terminal.’” “No, I’m just old,” quips Phil, with a wry smile.  “But Phil’s mind is fantastic, his body’s not so great,” Sally banters back, adding more seriously. “He’s not able to walk by himself…

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Hospital Prevention Program Keeps Patients At Home

In June, VNA launched the Hospital Prevention Program (HPP), a new patient-centered home health service. It’s geared toward helping high-risk patients with severe diagnoses, like end-stage respiratory disease and congestive heart failure who are susceptible to hospitalization or rehospitalization, remain safely at home. Not only do patients benefit physically and mentally, but they avoid high costs associated with hospitalization.   And the service is excellent. “This program will enhance what the VNA excels in, which is stellar…

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