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Category Archives: Caregivers

VNA Provides Compassionate Care in the Comfort of Home

After Thomas Terrell had a stroke last winter, he was referred to VNA Home Health services and was pleased with the compassionate care his team of nurses provided. “I became partially paralyzed on my left side, so they helped make sure my blood pressure and everything else was alright,” says Thomas. “I also had to have a walker so the…

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National Grief Awareness Day

Observed annually on August 30, National Grief Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness about how to cope with the loss of someone or something significant in your life or provide support for a loved one who has recently experienced an important loss. And loss is not relegated to a person or pet, but also things like the loss of…

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VNA Home Health Provides Hope for One Space Coast Resident

In the past year, retired Space Coast resident Warren Murray has been hospitalized a few times for various issues, a seemingly never-ending stressful ordeal. But there was one consistent bright light after every discharge, VNA. “Their caregivers were (always) very attentive in listening to all my problems and set up all my meds up with a dispenser and made sure…

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June Is Home Safety Month!

It seems like home should be the safest place on earth, but that is where most accidents and injuries occur. In fact, the home is the second most common location of unintentional fatal injuries. (Traveling via motor vehicles is number one.) Adults 65 and over are the highest risk groups for home injury, both fatal and nonfatal. As we age,…

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Learn More About Alzheimer’s During June, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s was diagnosed over 100 years ago in 1906 by its namesake, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German clinical psychiatrist and neuroanatomist. He discovered the disease during an autopsy of a former patient who had experienced acute memory loss, erratic behavior and language issues for several years prior to her death. During the postmortem exam, he noticed abnormal clumps in his…

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New Year’s Resolutions & How to Keep Them

It’s that time of year again, time to implement your New Year’s resolutions. January ushers in a great opportunity for a clean slate. Tabula Rasa. And who doesn’t like another chance at a fresh start, a chance to take that pottery class, shed those pounds, drink less alcohol, exercise more, find a job, find a partner or be a better…

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How to Cope with Grief and Loss During the Holidays

A TIME FOR CHEER, A TIME TO GRIEVE The holidays are typically a time of cheer, but when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, they can be anything but merry. Karen Mattern, LCSW and VNA Grief Counselor, has a list of suggestions (below) for how to deal with your grief that includes keeping an open mind about how…

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Coping as A Caregiver During the Holidays

Navigating the busy holidays can be challenging for the best of us, but for caregivers it can be particularly arduous. Dr. Wayne Creelman, Medical Director at UF Health Center for Psychiatry and Addiction in Vero Beach, who treats patients suffering from depression with talk therapy and medication (when appropriate), including a few caregivers, warns against holiday fatigue. “Caregiving is exhausting…

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Thank you, Veterans!

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to thank all VNA team members and volunteers who are veterans. VNA places a high importance on veterans and is a participant in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s ‘We Honor Veterans’ program. In this way, we meet the unique needs for veteran patients, whether that’s physical, psychological or both. We…

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Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month

November is Home Care & Hospice Month, the perfect time to recognize VNA home health and hospice team members. These nurses, social workers, home care aides and therapists make such an incredible difference to patients and their families throughout Indian River and Brevard counties. Just last year, VNA home health care workers made multiple visits to nearly 5,300 patients –…

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