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January is Music Therapy Advocacy Month!

January is Music Therapy Advocacy month and VNA Board Certified Neurologic Music Therapist Lauren Meeks couldn’t be happier. “Having an official music therapy month gives music therapists a chance to spotlight ourselves and educate the world about who we are and what we do with such a unique focus,” she says. But what exactly is music therapy? Simply put, it’s…

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Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month

November is Home Care & Hospice Month, the perfect time to recognize VNA home health and hospice team members. These nurses, social workers, home care aides and therapists make such an incredible difference to patients and their families throughout Indian River and Brevard counties. Just last year, VNA home health care workers made multiple visits to nearly 5,300 patients –…

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Phil & Sally Savage On Hospice

  By Siobhan F. Austin 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…

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Hospital Prevention Program Keeps Patients At Home

  By Siobhan F. Austin 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…

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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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