Archives for November 2015

Cornerstone VNA Offers Holiday Grief Support Group

Holiday Bereavement Support Flyer 2015Holidays are time spent with loved ones. They are part of the traditions we share with each other and with family. They bring meaning to our lives. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when a loved one has died? For many people, this is the hardest part of grieving, when we miss our loved ones even more than usual.

Cornerstone VNA will be hosting a 4-week Holiday 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 no need for advanced registration. Light refreshments will be served.



Dates & Times:

Every Tuesday 4:00- 6:00 PM

December 1, 8, 15 & 22


Cornerstone VNA Home Health Hospice Headquarters

178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH 03867

Grief is a process. Our Bereavement & Grief Support Group helps people with the process of healing after the loss of a loved one. Getting through the holidays are clearly some of the most difficult challenges we navigate after a loss and the ways we handle them are as individual as we are. If you feel the need for support during the holiday season please join us.

If you would like more information please contact:

Nikki Hopewill, Bereavement Coordinator at 603-332-1133

Cornerstone VNA Launches a Community E-Newsletter

Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce that we have recently launched our new quarterly community e-newsletter called Well-Connected!  Our e-newsletter will include information about our programs and services, upcoming special events, health tips from our clinical experts, community clinics, and more!

Click here to view our first e-newsletter and to sign-up to join our email list!

Well-ConnectedThank you very much and we look forward to keeping you Well-Connected!


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

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Hospice & Palliative Care Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life

Cornerstone VNA Makes More Meaningful Moments Possible

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.  Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.

Cornerstone VNA focuses on Quality of Life in its Hospice & Palliative Care Programs

Hospice is not a place-it is a concept of care that can be provided anywhere that a patient calls home. Hospice is a holistic approach to caring for people with a life limiting illness….its focus is on providing the greatest quality of life until the end of one’s life. The goal of our hospice program is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to the patient as well as grief support and bereavement counseling for their family and caregivers.


Cornerstone VNA is committed to providing patients and their families with trusted, compassionate and expert care and in the last year added a new program to improve the care for patients living with chronic disease or a serious illness. In addition to Hospice program, Cornerstone VNA provides palliative care and pain management to help patients manage the symptoms of their disease. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. Its focus is on providing patients relief from the pain and anxiety of a complex illness, regardless of the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease. Palliative care is different from Hospice care in that it may start at diagnosis, and patients receiving palliative care may also receive curative treatment for their disease. The primary goals of the Palliative Care Program are to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family and decrease the need for emergency room visits or re- hospitalizations.

Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, and ARNP-BC has the lead role in managing the Palliative Care Program. She is ANCC certified as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Pain Management Specialist. In her role, Ms. Doherty works directly with a patient’s physician, the patient and their family as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance a patient’s care and provide relief from the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease or a life limiting illness. “The ultimate goal,” states Kelly Doherty, “is to relieve pain and suffering, and improve the patient’s quality of life.”

Throughout the month of November, Cornerstone VNA will be joining organizations across the nation to help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.   Click on the following links to learn more about Hospice and Palliative Care.