Archives for February 2016

Hannaford program to benefit Cornerstone VNA

ROCHESTER — Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit organization providing home, health and hospice care, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of February at two Hannaford locations.
Hannaford Helps Reusable Bags

This program has been designed to support local nonprofits like Cornerstone VNA. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma messaging purchased at 833 Central Ave., Dover, and 290 North Main St., Rochester, Cornerstone VNA will receive a $1 donation in order to help fulfill its mission to promote the optimum level of well-being, independence and dignity of those living in the community by providing trusted, compassionate and expert care.

“We are so pleased that Cornerstone VNA has been selected as a beneficiary of this great program,” states Erika Lee, director of advancement at Cornerstone VNA. “In addition to raising money for our organization, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the important programs and services we provide in the communities we serve.”

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

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Bereavement & Grief Support Group

Cornerstone VNA will be hosting an eight-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.

The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday from March 1 through April 19, at Cornerstone VNA, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester.

To register, contact Nikki Hopewill, BC, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 332-1133 ext. 119 or email

Bereavement Support Flyer 3-2016

T.J. Jean Appointed to Cornerstone VNA Board of Directors

head-shot-lores-tjCornerstone VNA welcomes Thomas J. (TJ) Jean to the Board of Directors. Jean currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Gafney Home in Rochester, and brings with him a wealth of expertise in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources and strategic planning.

“His current strategic initiative at Gafney Home includes a commitment to quality resident care and enhanced patient services which gives him a unique prospective on the importance of our mission,” states Julie Reynolds, CEO.

Jean received his degree in Business Administration from McIntosh College in Dover and Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. His previous experience includes management of the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Center for Cancer Care in Rochester, and Practice Manager for HCA Physician Services in Portsmouth.

His distinguished community service includes Frisbie Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Directorships at Federal Savings Bank, Rochester Rotary Club and Rochester Main Street. He serves on the St. Mary’s Church Finance Committee and most recently was the mayor of the City of Rochester.

Aging in Place – A Six Part Series

Aging in Place - Home Modifications article - ImageWhat is aging in place?  According to AARP, “‘Aging in Place’ is simply a matter of preserving the ability for people to remain in their home or neighborhood as long as possible.”  In a recent AARP survey, “at least 80% of older adults report that they want to remain in their homes and communities rather than move to retirement communities or supportive housing environments.”

In order to address this increased desire to age in place, Janice Howard, Life Care Private Duty Director, has initiated a six part Aging in Place series.  Her goal is to help individuals understand “aging in place” and what they may need to consider.  Through her research, Howard identified six areas of concentration:  Self, Home, Care, Finances, Transportation and Advanced Care Planning.

The first Aging In Place article addresses home modifications.  Thank you to Pam Manes, Director of Service Development, Community House Calls, for her important contribution to the Aging in Place Series.  Stay tuned for additional Aging in Place articles.

Introduction:  Aging in Place Series by Janice Howard, Life Care Private Duty Director, Cornerstone VNA

Part 1:  Home Modifications by Pam Manes, Director of Service Development, Community House Calls

Click here to learn more about the Life Care-Private Duty program at Cornerstone VNA.