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Category Archives: Hospice

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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Hospital Prevention Program Keeps Patients At Home

In June, VNA launched the Hospital Prevention Program (HPP), a new patient-centered home health service. It’s geared toward helping high-risk patients with severe diagnoses, like end-stage respiratory disease and congestive heart failure who are susceptible to hospitalization or rehospitalization, remain safely at home. Not only do patients benefit physically and mentally, but they avoid high costs associated with hospitalization.   And the service is excellent. “This program will enhance what the VNA excels in, which is stellar…

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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

At 10-years old Caitlin Kennedy had dreams of being writer, then a nurse. She didn’t know she wanted to be a hospice nurse until her grandfather became ill and, eventually, received hospice care, “When I saw the way the nurses cared for my grandfather, I just knew I wanted to do that for someone else.” Being a hospice nurse, first…

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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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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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Hospice Facts Everyone Should Know

Hospice care provides patients with life-limiting conditions the opportunity to live their highest quality life. With a focus on pain and symptom management, a plan of care includes emotional, physical and spiritual support. Although many people think of hospice as a last resort, a place you go to die, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the earlier…

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Making Plans in the New Year

2020 was unprecedented. We made plans, changed them, cancelled them and made new ones. We found telehealth for doctor’s appointments, Zoom for socially distanced family gatherings. This year, you may have a necessary project on the back burner calling for your attention which doesn’t involve any social distancing…creating a living will. A living will, a type of advance directive, is…

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Congratulations, Abaco Binkley! Here You Grow Again!

Abaco Binkley, an Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) for VNA, recently received her Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner certification. She is now one of only 1,000 individuals nationwide to earn this certification. An integral part of the advance care planning team, she helps patients understand all the options available to them for their care, including hospice care,…

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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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