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VNA recognized as a ‘Top Agency’ by HomeCare Elite

The Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast (VNA) and VNA Space Coast were both recognized by HomeCare Elite recently as a Top Agency, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This is…

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VNA board members and staff attend VNAA Annual Meeting

The VNA has been a long-time and active member of Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) to leverage the national resources, best practices, collaborations and advocacy efforts for the benefit of our patients here at home. Last month, a group of VNA board members and staff leaders attended the VNAA annual meeting in Miami to take advantage of the professional…

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The VNA is a 5-Star agency!

As you may know, Medicare created the Home Health Compare website to help consumers choose which home health agency they would like to care for themselves or their loved ones. To help make this process easier, the website assigns star rating – both in quality and in patient satisfaction – to each home healthcare agency. The VNA is very proud…

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Are you ready for the responsibilities and rewards of becoming a family caregiver?

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario for millions of adults:  mom and dad are getting older, and need a little help with their day-to-day activities. Maybe they have a chronic illness and need care they can’t provide for themselves. Many seniors prefer to get in home care, but when a senior parent’s health declines suddenly and they need help, then you may…

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“TAKING CARE” – FAQ’s about the seasonal flu shot

As summer winds down we start to prepare for the fall and winter months. That can include getting ready for the holiday season, starting the school year, and protecting ourselves from flu season. This flu season, it is important for all persons aged six months and older to get their flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Basics in Hurricane Preparedness

  Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. According to the National Hurricane Center, a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Having an emergency preparedness kit ready before hurricane season begins will…

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VNA of the Treasure Coast Welcomes New President, CEO

  The VNA of the Treasure Coast is pleased to announce that it has selected Mary Linn Hamilton, RN, MPH, as its new President and CEO. Hamilton, who most recently served as President and CEO of the VNA of Rhode Island, brings extensive experience with home healthcare, hospice and palliative care, homemaker/companion services, and community wellness programming, all core services…

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VNA hosts successful caregiver event

Being a caregiver for a friend, neighbor, or loved one can be a demanding job. To help manage the challenging role of a caregiver, the VNA hosted an event, called “Caregiving with Confidence.” Two local, noted physicians, Dr. Deepti Sadhwani and Dr. Rebecca Rustine discussed the importance of caregivers staying healthy, both physically and mentally. They also shared their insight…

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