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Category Archives: Hospice Services

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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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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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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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Chaplain

The role of a hospice chaplain is multi-faceted and every visit is different; however, it always involves meeting people where they are both spiritually and emotionally. When there is opportunity for a conversation, it involves helping patients and/or families process their beliefs and feelings through active and empathetic listening. Resonating with emotions is important as well as giving someone permission…

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Surf, Sun and Savoring Moments

Project Wish is just one of the many ways patients and families experience how hospice care is about quality of life, living every day to the fullest and sharing important moments. It’s wholistic in the sense that hospice cares for the whole person­—body, mind and spirit. Karen Shaw was recently asked to make a wish, “I just want to hug…

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Innovative Solutions

Music Therapy Finding Innovative Solutions to Serve VNA Patients Guest blogger: Mabel Ortiz, Music Therapist Many things have changed. Our routines have been disrupted. Normalcy looks different now. Connecting with others also appears different, and this is especially true at this time when we are faced by the unique limitations during the current pandemic. In addition to washing our hands…

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Collective Grief: How to process grief during public tragedies

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? ~from It’s A Wonderful Life   Guest Blogger: Mabel Ortiz, Music Therapist Many of us have been impacted by the news about Kobe Bryant’s passing and we are trying to make sense of our feelings. We are trying…

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