Our programs include wound care, cardiac care and Parkinson’s disease management. We engage patients through the use of self-management support techniques, motivational interviewing and health literacy best practices.
Our experienced cardiology nurses offer care for many reasons including:
- After cardiac surgery
- When a patient is on new cardiac meds or on a new low fat/low salt diet
- When a patient has a new cardiac diagnosis
- When a patient has a post myocardial infarction, stent placement or CABV/valve surgery
- When a patient has Coronary Artery Disease
- If a patient’s treatment plan changes.
As part of our chronic illness support program, our nurses are also available for patients with congestive heart failure.
Our cardiac visiting nurses conduct patient assessments, teach self care and medication management and monitor the patient using our telemonitoring system. An easy-to-use wireless telemonitor gives you and our nurses daily insight into your cardiac health changes. Our cardiac nurses update your physician on your condition and work with him or her to change your treatment plan as needed. Cardiac nurses provide one-on-one training for you and your family on the equipment and check your weight, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level regularly through the telemonitor to help prevent a trip to the hospital.
Healing at Home
Our Healing at Home wound care program is available for patients with post-operative wounds, venous stasis wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, would vacs, absesses post-drainage, skin tears and lower extremity arterial ulcers. We provide individualized assessments an use evidence-based advanced wound products to achieve faster and effective healing. We provide comprehensive diabetic foot would assessment and care, give venous ulcer care and compression therapy and teach the patient and family caregivers would management and prevention.
According to our data, our patients’ wounds improved or healed 94 percent of the time. Our staff includes nationally certified wound care nurse consultants and wound care certified nurses with advanced wound vac training. All nurses receive ongoing training and our monthly wound care committee discusses high-risk patients and identifies staff training needs.
Parkinson’s disease management
Through this program, our clinicians certified in LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD deliver physical, occupational and speech therapy. Standardized treatment sessions are intense and complex with repetitions of core movements used in daily living. We conduct sixteen sessions in one month.
This research-based treatment leads to documented gains in motor functioning, trunk rotation, balance and quality of life. Long term improvements can be expected in speech and voice quality as well.
With the help of the M.J. Petretto Foundation, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice also offers exercise classes twice a week (nominal fee to attend – $6), a weekly dance class (sponsored by Rehab Concepts) and free support groups for those living with this disease and their family caregivers. For full information, click here.
Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that impacts the lives and well-being of millions of Americans.
If you are, please consider joining VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice for our program Dodge Diabetes. Join VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice for this life changing year-long program that focuses on healthy eating and increasing activity to help you lose weight and cut your risk of developing diabetes in half. Creating lasting health changes is not easy, but we are here to coach you through your journey to wellness. Dodge Diabetes follows the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Prevent T2 successful, evidence based program. Join us to learn how to: make healthy food choices, add physical activity into your day, cope with stress, handle obstacles and overcome barriers, get back on track when you stray, track your progress to stay motivated and set goals. Contact Kathleen Eagle at 203.458.4284. or email to learn more.
More information you can use:
CDC information on Prediabetes