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Category Archives: Hospice

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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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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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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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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