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Category Archives: Caregivers

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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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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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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A Day in the Life of A Hospice Aide

November marks both National Home Care and Hospice Month and National Home Care Aide Week. VNA is proud to recognize the certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) and home health aides (HHA’s) whose compassionate care improves the lives of their patients, caregivers and family members. Because each patient’s plan of care is unique, responsibilities could include assistance with bathing and hygiene, activities…

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The Benefits of Private Care for those with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease can cause even the most social individuals to shy away from activities, family and friends. It’s vital to maintain interests and foster relationships; however, this new responsibility can be daunting. Though it means being available 24/7, you are not alone. Resources and support like supported independent living are available. Q: Can private care make a difference in the life of…

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An Ounce of Fall Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure

Every year one in three adults, aged 65 or older, has a fall. Less than half may talk to their health care provider about their fall. Understanding why falls occur, creating a safe home environment and staying active are critical to staying safe. There are many reasons why falls occur, including side effects from medications or accidentally skipping a dose.…

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­­It’s Hurricane Season – Are You Ready?­­­­­­

Hurricane season officially began on June 1st and ends November 30th. It’s the same every year. The best time to plan for hurricane season is when the weather and your thoughts are clear. Consider a trusted source to get a comprehensive emergency supply list and make your plans now whether you live near the water or inland. If you live…

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Recognizing Our VNA Family Members

In these unprecedented times we’d like to thank our ever-faithful VNA staff who are helping serve our community and patients in a less than usual role for themselves. We are so grateful for the work you’ve been doing ‘above and beyond’ your regular duties to help meet the needs of so many. Richard B., on the finance team, is a…

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Connecting Caregivers with Local Resources at VNA’s Caregiver Conference

The Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) award-winning Caregiver Conference is returning to First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach on Tuesday, April 2 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The free event will be held at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Space is limited, so attendees must RSVP in advance at www.vnatc.com/care or call 772-978-5515. VNA’s Caregiver Conference will highlight healthcare and…

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