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Category Archives: Home Health

November is National Home Care & Hospice Month

Each November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our healthcare system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate…

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Angels Walking This Earth

In 2020, during the height of COVID-19, Dr. Barbara Stibler, a former general surgeon and Space Coast resident, was diagnosed with anal and rectal cancer and required abdominal perineal resection surgery with a permanent colostomy. After discharge, she was sent to a rehabilitation hospital to recuperate, but didn’t stay long. “They let me go home after 16 days,” recalls Dr.…

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Spiritual & Pastoral Care Week

Spiritual Care Week aka Pastoral Care Week was founded in 1985 by the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS) to “recognize spiritual care providers as well as the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities” – not only within the United States, but throughout the world. Specifically, the objectives of COMISS are: To celebrate…

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October is Long-Term Care Planning Month

When we’re young, we don’t think about planning for long-term care. Many people don’t even understand what long-term care is, probably because it can mean different things to different people. But according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), long-term care is defined as a multitude of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness is an annual campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to raise awareness about the disease and to raise money for research for a cure. In addition, it’s an opportunity to provide the public with information on how to prevent the disease and better treat it. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one of the best…

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Twice as Thankful for Choosing VNA Home Health

Last winter, after retiree William Denton was discharged from a hospital where he was treated for a serious gland infection, he went to Sea Pines Rehabilitation near his winter home in Melbourne, Florida, to convalesce for a few weeks. “He got real weak from the (gland) infection, he was very ill,” recalls Williams’s wife, Anne Marie. When he was strong…

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Fall Prevention Awareness Month

September is Fall Prevention Awareness month, an ideal time to assess your home and ensure it’s fall-proof. Are you wondering if you really need to be concerned? If you’re 65 or over, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’ According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors, and they often result in fractures and brain injuries.…

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September is Self-Care Awareness Month

In these stressful times, self-care is more important than ever. And we’re not talking navel-gazing – self-care isn’t narcissistic. Quite the opposite, in fact. You know when a flight attendant explains the emergency procedures on a plane and advises parents to put their oxygen masks on first, before placing them on their children? That, in a nutshell, is why self-care…

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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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