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Author Archives: Sue Gallagher

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

At 10-years old Caitlin Kennedy had dreams of being writer, then a nurse. She didn’t know she wanted to be a hospice nurse until her grandfather became ill and, eventually, received hospice care, “When I saw the way the nurses cared for my grandfather, I just knew I wanted to do that for someone else.” Being a hospice nurse, first…

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Self-Care is Not Selfish

Our mothers taught us to always think of others and put the needs of others first. This may sound strange, but it’s OK to put yourself first! If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t be fully present to care for others. Write a prescription for your well-being. Consider the things you enjoy and tailor activities to meet your…

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Living Your Best Life with Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month and now is the perfect time to bring to light some facts many may not realize about the disease. The Mayo Clinic tells us Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Patients living with Parkinson’s Disease will tell you there’s more to it and that no two days are the same.…

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National Health Care Decisions Day

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day. In the past, this may have been an article you skimmed; however, due to the way our lives have been affected by COVID-19, we’re realizing how very quickly life can change in an instant. Families and young adults are realizing the importance of making end-of-life plans, taking the time to figure out…

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Living Well

Mahatma Gandhi said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   As we age, we begin to realize the importance of living well. We learn to appreciate finding balance and developing a way of life that enriches our mind, spirit and body. Emotional well-being is a matter of finding that which brings us…

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Support Groups Provide A Bridge from Grief to Peace

Sandra Douglas told a story not for the faint of heart. After a devastating car accident as a young mom, she lost her entire family, including her children. She was left with life-long sustained injuries. That year she also had to bury her parents. Most would say she wasn’t just a survivor, she was a pillar of strength with unbelievable…

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A Day in the Life of A Chef

When Jason Venazio started working as a chef at VNA Hospice House, he realized quickly, it’s wasn’t a job, it was a passion. Coming from hotel and restaurant management, he’ll tell you, “It means so much to be here at VNA Hospice House. I know what I do really makes a difference.”   Being a chef means anticipating and meeting…

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A Day in the Life of A Social Worker

When we’re faced with circumstances beyond our control, when our lives have changed and we feel everything is upside down, we need someone who understands, who can help us navigate through the storm. There is hope, help and there is guidance.   March is National Social Work month and we want to thank you, the men and women, who are…

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Easing the Pain of Saying Goodbye

There is no right or wrong way to say farewell or grieve. The goal is to avoid regret and remorse; to manage what we can and let go of what is beyond our control. And when a loved one passes, to realize you are not alone, especially with the assistance of VNA hospice. From bereavement counselors to support groups, VNA…

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Answer Nurse – Heart Health

February is American Heart Month. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women; however, heart disease can be prevented and managed. Here are some answers to common questions related to heart health and heart disease. Q: Is it possible to prevent a heart attack? A: There are things you can do…

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