Archives for September 2015

Monthly Alzheimer’s Cafe

The Durham Public Library and Cornerstone VNA are pleased to host a monthly Alzheimer’s Café.   The next Alzheimer’s Cafe will take place on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. 

Special Guest:

This month we welcome our special guest, Andy Settle, Tai Chi Instructor.  The art of Tai Chi can help reduce stress and offer other health benefits.  Join us and learn more about this centuries old Chinese practice of slow, fluid movements.

About the Café:

The Alzheimer’s Café offers an informal opportunity for individuals with dementia and their caregivers to socialize and relax with new friends who share similar circumstances.  The Café is open the first Friday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Durham Public Library. Participation is free and open to all; no commitment is required and drop-ins are welcome.  The Alzheimer’s Café is co-facilitated by Nicole Moore from the Durham Public Library (603-868-6699) and Cornerstone VNA (603-332-1133).

Durham Public Library

49 Madbury Road

Durham, NH 03824

Bereavement & Grief Support Group

Bereavement Support Flyer 10-2015Grief is a process. Our Bereavement & Grief Support Group helps families and their loved ones with the process of healing after the loss of a loved one.

Cornerstone VNA will be hosting a 6-week Grief Support Group for adults. The goal of the group is to help individuals cope with feelings of grief, loss and sadness in a safe and caring environment. There is no charge to participate in the group sessions and advanced registration is required.

Dates & Times:
Every Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
Beginning October 15 thru November 19, 2015

Cornerstone VNA Home Health Hospice
178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH 03867

To Register Contact:
Nicole Hopewill, BC, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 603-332-1133 ext:119.

Cornerstone VNA Hosts Healthy Living Expo

2015 Healthy Living Expo - with descriptionCornerstone VNA presents the 3rd Annual Healthy Living Expo at Tara Estates on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 3 pm-6 pm.  Admission is Free!

The entire community is invited to attend this special event that will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about health, nutrition and well-being. Exhibitors will cover a wide range of health care topics and health screenings. Also, immunizations will be available for the 2015-16 flu season!   Speak to a Certified Health Coach from Cornerstone VNA about ways to live a healthy, energized and passionate life by making gradual lifestyle changes to meet your future health care goals.

This event will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres, power foods to sample, give-a-ways and prizes. Come to the Healthy Living Expo and network with some of the region’s most prominent experts in ways to achieve and maintain good health.

We hope to see you there!  For more information, please call 603-332-1133.

Antiques & Collectibles Sale To Benefit Cornerstone VNA

Ye Olde Shoe Shop buildingOn Saturday, September 26, proceeds from the sales at Ye Olde Shoe Shoppe in Farmington will benefit Cornerstone VNA. Lorraine Meyer, Proprietor of Ye Olde Shoe Shoppe, a committed supporter and hospice volunteer at Cornerstone, will host a day long sale of antiques, collectibles, oriental rugs and furniture. Ye Olde Shoe Shoppe houses a wealth of local nostalgia with three floors of fabulous vintage finds! A wide variety of retro furniture, lighting and dishware; books, pictures and artifacts are just a small part of the unique and interesting collection that will be on sale. Ye Old Shoe Shoppe is located at 374 Main Street in Farmington, NH and will be open Saturday, September 26 from 10 am- 4 pm. Thousands of irresistible items will make your day a memorable shopping experience!

Kimberlyn Edgerly Appointed To Cornerstone VNA Board of Directors

Kim Edgerly (3)Julie Reynolds, CEO is pleased to announce that Kimberlyn Edgerly, RN, BSN, CFO has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Cornerstone VNA.

“We are so pleased to welcome Kim Edgerly as a member of our Board of Directors.   Kim will bring a vast amount expertise to Cornerstone VNA,” states Julie Reynolds, CEO. “For nearly fifteen years she has worked in a variety of leadership roles in health care. Her expertise in clinical nursing and acumen in finance allows her to bring valuable knowledge and insight to ensure Cornerstone VNA remains the preferred provider of home health care in the region.”

Ms. Edgerly graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.   She began her career at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, NH, specializing in pediatric nursing, soon advancing to Charge Nurse where she was responsible for the daily functions of the Pediatric Department. Later, she was a Registered Nurse in Day Surgery, facilitating the roles between physician, nursing staff, anesthesiologists and patients, ensuring effective communication and quality patient care. Ms. Edgerly is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Edgerly Funeral Home which has served the City of Rochester and surrounding communities for more than 175 years. She resides in Strafford NH, with her husband Morgan and children Connor and Mikayla.

Cornerstone VNA Welcomes Katherine Berger As Transition Care Manager And Business Development Coordinator

KatherineCornerstone VNA is pleased to welcome Katherine Berger as Transition Care Manager and Business Development Coordinator for the Greater Seacoast region.  In her role, Ms. Berger will collaborate with case management, patients and their families to assure that patients understand their home and hospice care benefits and the scope of programs and services available at Cornerstone VNA. She will be part of a multidisciplinary team including physicians, registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists to ensure the safe and appropriate care for all patients as they transition from acute care or rehabilitation to home care. As part of her effort to raise awareness of the extensive programs and services at Cornerstone VNA, Ms. Berger will provide community education and work to develop a strong network of relationships with health care partners, business leaders and members of the community.

“We are most fortunate to have Katherine become a part of our team at Cornerstone VNA,” states Julie Reynolds, CEO. “She will be instrumental in providing education to the community and raising awareness about the programs and services we offer to people of all ages. As an advocate for quality patient care, she will be a valuable resource for our patients, our intake team and our health care partners.”

Ms. Berger brings a wealth of experience to the position. Most recently she served as Director of Disability Services at University of New Hampshire in Durham, providing the overall leadership and management of a broad scope of services for diverse students with disabilities which including but are not limited to, physical, medical, chronic illnesses, learning and mental health disabilities. Working with her team, she served as a liaison advocating for individuals with disabilities within the campus community, as well as, through a variety outreach activities to the medical community including hospitals, orthopedic clinics and physician practices. Prior to that she held a position as the Disability Specialist and Testing Coordinator at Canisius College providing disability services to eligible students and a Counselor at Transitional Services, Inc., Amity House in Buffalo, NY providing recovery services and support in the community based residential setting. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and served as Vice President for Professional Services and Professional Development.

Ms. Berger received a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Services from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She also earned a Certificate in Business Leadership Development at Canisius College and a Woman’s Leadership Development Certificate from HERS Wellesley Institute in Natick, MA.



Volunteer And Join The Circle Of Caring At Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA is currently seeking individuals in the community to join their “Circle of Caring” by becoming a volunteer.  Cornerstone VNA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including companion, senior companion, and hospice and office volunteers and provides an orientation and training program to ensure a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

According to Erika Lee, Assistant Director of Advancement and Volunteer Coordinator, “Our greatest need at this time is to increase the number of Companion and Senior Companion Volunteers in order to support the growing number of volunteer requests from our patients and members of the community. Being a companion volunteer is a very rewarding experience and it enriches the lives of others as well as lives of our volunteers.”

Companion Volunteers provide much needed support, respite and friendship to patients, families and caregivers. This volunteer opportunity decreases loneliness for home bound patients and community members and allows them to remain within the comfort of their home. Lee explains, “Our volunteers can brighten someone’s day just by visiting as little as two hours each week. They can share a cup of tea, play a game of cards, or just share some conversation”.

Through a partnership with NH Senior Companion Program, Cornerstone VNA is also recruiting Senior Companion Volunteers, which is a federally-funded program.  The mission of the program is to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to active adults age 55 years and older serving home bound elders and adults. NH Senior Companions must meet income eligibility requirements and be willing to commit to serving 15 hours each week. In return, NH Senior Companions receive a small hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, and paid leave.

For more information on becoming a Cornerstone VNA Volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 603-332-1133, ext. 203 or e-mail Additional information can be found on-line at


Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Hospice Volunteer Training

Being a Hospice Volunteer is a rewarding and enriching experience. Would you like to be able to offer companionship and respite care to patients and families in your community, in as little as 2-4 hours per week?  No previous medical or volunteer experience is necessary to make this positive difference in the lives of others. Cornerstone VNA will be offering a free, comprehensive 8 week training program beginning September 22, 2015. This training will help you learn how to provide support to patients and their families. Hospice volunteers can offer to run errands, do light housekeeping and cooking or simply sit with a patient. Clerical volunteers may spend time at the office assisting with filing, making phone calls, organizing mailings and supporting public events.

To register or find out more information please call Nikki Hopewill at Cornerstone VNA at 603-332-1133 x119 or email

Training dates: Every Tuesday beginning September 22, 2015
Where: Cornerstone VNA 178 Farmington Road Rochester, NH 03867
Time: 2 pm- 4pm