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VNACHCH works to keep people home for the holidays

 

Local nonprofit VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is focused this season and all year round on keeping people at home, where they want to be.

VNACHCH strives to help every person in the 35 communities the agency serves to stay out of the hospital and safe at home while facing a healthcare crisis.

Whether someone is recovering from illness or surgery, living with a chronic condition, or facing the end of their life, VNACHCH is beside them each step of the way. The agency also offers support and resources to caregivers, and wellness opportunities, education and advice to members of the community through clinics and classes.

“Our focus is on ‘Homecare for the Holidays’ as we want to help as many people as possible recover in the place they call home,” said VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice CEO Janine Fay.

The winter months can be particularly challenging for individuals and caregivers feeling isolated as the cold weather limits travel, opportunities for outdoor activities, and can keep friends and family apart.

It’s important for caregivers to focus on their own well-being during the holidays as well as the health of their loved ones. It’s important to remember that holidays don’t need to be perfect – be open to new traditions while holding onto some of the old.

It’s normal to feel sadness and grief as this year comes to a close if you’ve lost a loved one, if a loved one is ill or simply because you’re grieving the experiences lost this year. It’s essential to acknowledge those feelings and reach out to a professional for help if needed.

VNACHCH support groups are free to participants, as are many of the agency’s caregiver network and health and wellness programs. In addition, there are many shortfalls left by decreasing reimbursement rates for home healthcare services. As a nonprofit, the agency accepts donations and asks members of the community to consider supporting its mission during the year-end giving season.

For more information on VNACHCH programs and support groups, click here.

Ask the Nurse clinics help to ease healthcare journey stress

Managing a chronic illness, making healthy lifestyle changes as a preventative measure, or having unanswered questions about your health can be a stressful experience, but VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is working to help patients and caregivers to make things easier.

Many people often leave the doctor’s office and quickly think of questions they forgot to ask or realize they have follow-up concerns regarding the treatment or medications prescribed during their time in the exam room. Others may be told they are at risk for developing heart disease or diabetes, but remain uncertain about what to do next. Others still may be living with a chronic condition, knowing their quality of life is not what it could be.

In addition to offering standard checks of things such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice nurses are available at regular Ask the Nurse clinics throughout the community to help patients set healthy lifestyle goals and prepare for upcoming physician’s visits.

“Taking care of your health should be a priority, but we know everyone needs help sometimes to stay focused and to learn more about what they can be doing to live their healthiest life,” said VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice Health Promotions Supervisor Chris Corsi. “Our nurses are available to help you navigate whatever questions and concerns you might be having and make an action plan so you feel confident in working toward your health-related goals.”

Along with Ask the Nurse clinics, where a nurse can help individuals prepare for appointments, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice offers health screenings and a variety of wellness education programs, health and fitness classes and other community events.

Offerings include Dodge Diabetes, a Group Lifestyle Balance Program™, and Better Beats Heart Disease Prevention, a self-monitored blood pressure program which offers both 2-week and 90-day sessions aimed at helping those at risk for developing heart disease or those with diagnosed high blood pressure, uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension or other heart-related condition to aid in the reduction of blood pressure and the prevention or treatment of heart disease. Participants in both programs receive regular nurse coaching, education, and help setting individualized goals.

The nonprofit agency also offers chronic disease management programs for those living with conditions such as COPD, Chronic Heart Failure and Parkinson’s disease.

For more information, visit the Community Care section of our site here.

VNACHCH opens in-person exercise classes again

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is excited to announce its popular exercise and wellness education classes will once again be held in person this fall.

After more than a year of keeping its Guilford Wellness Center and Hamden program closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit agency will open its doors again, and its instructors will also be back in local senior centers offering exercise classes for all ability levels and informational talks on a variety of topics pertaining to living well.

The fall lineup includes Exercise for Better Balance, Fitness & Movement Basics, Functional Cardio & Fitness, Movement & Mobility, Senior Boot Camp, Zumba, and others.

VNACHCH will also bring back in person its exercise class tailored toward individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, and the agency’s popular Parkinson’s support groups for patients and caregivers, as well as the general caregiver support groups held in multiple locations.

All classes carry a small fee for a 12-week series.

“We are thrilled after so much time apart to welcome our loyal class participants as well as hopefully many new faces back into our Wellness Center and Program Room, and to be able to serve those throughout our territory,” said VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice Health Promotions Supervisor Chris Corsi. “Our exercise class participants depend on us to stay moving, stay fit, and stay healthy, and that remained the case throughout the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were fortunate that so many individuals stuck with us while our classes and groups remained in a Zoom format, and we are grateful to be back in person.”

To register for a class and for more information, including the day of the week and time of classes as well as cost details, click here.

The Perks of Staying Active

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by Stephanie Moscato, an RN on our Health Promotions team who focuses on wellness education and community health. Stephanie shares details on some of the less obvious perks of exercise, including boosting the immune system, delaying memory impairment and reducing your risk of falls.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Add a walk around the block into your daily routine. Start today!

To learn more about our Steady Steps fall risk reduction program, currently available virtually, click here.

 

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

 

Understanding Prediabetes: Could You Be 1 in 3?

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by our own Claudine Hagan, a population health expert who oversees our diabetes and heart disease prevention programs. Risk factors for prediabetes include simply being age 45 or older, being overweight, having a family history of Type 2 diabetes, being physically active fewer than three times per week, or having had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. Claudine shares an overview of what prediabetes is and what can be done to reduce that risk.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Swap out a sugary snack for a healthy protein. Start today!

To learn more about our Dodge Diabetes Program, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

The “Selfish” Side of Care

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by our own Molly Standley, a member of our community outreach team and one of the facilitators of our Caregiver Support Groups. With years of experience working with caregivers to navigate the challenges of caring for an ill or aging loved one, Molly shares her advice on the importance of caring for one’s self so you can be at your best for your loved ones.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Journal or draw for a half hour. Start today!

To learn more about our Caregiver Support Program, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

Protecting Your Joint Health

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by Dea Baldwin, a physical therapist and valued member of our therapy team that offers physical, occupational and speech therapy at home to our thousands of home healthcare patients each year. Today, Dea shares with us her expertise on joint health.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Learn a simple exercise to ease joint pain. Start today!

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

The Benefits of Meditation

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by one of our incredible volunteers Helena Dunn. Helena is an RN, massage therapist, reflexology therapist and Reiki practitioner. Today she offers insight into the benefits of meditation.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Incorporate 5-10 minutes of meditation into your day. Start today!

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

Numbers to Know for Heart Health

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by our Director of Marketing, Development & Health Promotions Abigail Storiale, who oversees our wellness education team and our diabetes and heart disease prevention programs. Today she offers insight into the five most important numbers you need to know to take control of your heart health.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Swap out salt for other spices in your cooking. Start today!

To learn about our Better Beats Heart Disease Prevention program, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage

Movement and Mobility Tips

Thank you for participating in our Spring Into Wellness fundraiser!

For today’s wellness education video we’re joined by one of our talented exercise class instructors Lisa Laing who is offering her expertise on movement for the body.

Today’s task to improve overall wellness: Incorporate gentle stretching into your daily routine. Start today!

To view our calendar and register for Lisa’s Movement and Mobility class or another one of our exercise programs, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event!

Prize Sponsors:
Smith Brothers Financial
Worker’s Compensation Trust

Living Well Sponsors:
RWC Attorneys at Law, LLC
BHcare
Byram Healthcare
OneDigital
GSB- The Only Bank You’ll Ever Need

Supporting Sponsors:
Artis Senior Living
Letizia, Ambrose & Falls
Principle Wealth Partners
AssuredPartners

Friendship Sponsors:
PASI
Legacy Retirement Group, LLC
The Landing of North Haven
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Print Sponsor:
Mosaic Marketing, Printing & Signage