Archives for April 2016

Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from NH Charitable Foundation to Provide Alzheimer’s Education to Staff

Cornerstone VNA recently received a $5,000 grant from the NH Charitable Foundation through the Lisa Gelfand Family Fund to provide Alzheimer’s education to our Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA) and Personal Care Service Providers (PCSP). Two lead staff members, Jenna Arsenault, RN and Sandy Powers, RN attended an Alzheimer’s Association “train the trainer” program on April 13. Through this very comprehensive training, they received the tools they needed to bring the program back to Cornerstone VNA and train all current LNA and PCSP staff. Alzheimer's Education Photo for Press Release

“Cornerstone VNA has developed a strong staff education program to be sure that specialized training and best practices are continuously reviewed and shared with clinicians,” states Chief Executive Office, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS. According to Jenna Arsenault, RN, “many of our patients have been diagnosed with dementia and the more knowledge we have on the disease to bring into the homes and share with the families, the better our care will be.”

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was created in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire, and is dedicated to strengthening communities across the Granite State. The Foundation manages a growing collection of 1,700 philanthropic funds created by generous families, individuals and businesses, and awards more than $30 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving; supports critical work happening in New Hampshire communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.

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 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Cornerstone Celebrates National Volunteer Week with Breakfast

2016 BreakfastIn celebration of National Volunteer Week, Cornerstone VNA held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast April 12. Hosted by the Holiday Inn Express in Rochester, the breakfast was a celebration of the volunteerism of hospice, office, companion and senior companion volunteers and board members, totaling 49 volunteers! Stonewall Kitchen, Trader Joe’s, Calef’s Country Store, Woodticks, Ox Pond Press, Boyd and Doyle Giftware, NH Pins, Windjammers Seafood Restaurant and Granite Steak and Grill provided thank you gifts and door prizes for the wonderful volunteers! Big thanks to photographer John Huff at Foster’s Daily Democrat for being there and taking this fabulous volunteer photo! Visit our Facebook page here to read the full Foster’s article.

Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Event For Caregivers

Cornerstone VNA is proud to announce the launching of a new educational series titled Caregivers Connect, underwritten by Federal Savings Bank. The first session in the series will be held on May 5th from 2-5pm at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester and will focus on caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The afternoon will feature presentations from noted Alzheimer’s author A. Michael Bloom as well as Gerontologist, Dr. John Hopkins, owner and operator of Bellamy Fields and Watson Fields in Dover. “Our goal with the Caregivers Connect series is to connect caregivers through support and education and provide tools for them to use in their caregiver roles,” states Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA.Caregivers Connect - 5.5.16

The first 50 caregiver registrants will receive a free copy of Michael Bloom’s book. Trained staff and volunteers from Cornerstone VNA will be providing on-site respite care, in a safe and welcoming environment, for caregivers who wish to attend the event.

“We are so fortunate to have a nonprofit like Cornerstone VNA in our community,” said Sharla Rollins, Federal Savings Bank Rochester Branch Manager & Cornerstone VNA Board Member. “The Alzheimer’s Caregiver seminar is just one example of the agency’s unwavering commitment to community outreach and dedication to providing specialized care for thousands of people across the Seacoast,” she added.

For additional information and to RSVP, please e-mail sleone@cornerstonevna.org or call 603-332-1133 x115.

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 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Hospice Volunteer Training

Cornerstone VNA will be hosting a free, comprehensive 8-week Hospice Volunteer Training Program beginning on April 26, 2016. Being a Hospice Volunteer is a rewarding and enriching experience. For as little as 2-4 hours per week, volunteers can offer companionship and respite care to patients and families in the community. This training program will help volunteers learn how to provide support such as running errands, light housekeeping, cooking or simply spending time with a patient. No previous medical or volunteer experience is necessary to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

To register or for more information please contact Cornerstone VNA at 603-332-1133 x119 or email Nikki Hopewill at nhopewill@cornerstonevna.orgHospice Volunteer Training - April 2016

Training dates: Every Tuesday beginning April 26, 2016
Where: Cornerstone VNA, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH 03867
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

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 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.