Archives for November 2016

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

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 is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psycho social support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

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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, many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

During the month of November, Cornerstone VNA has been joining other organizations across the nation to raise awareness in the community about the importance of hospice and palliative care through e-newsletters, social media and website postings.  Additionally, the Hospice Care Program at Cornerstone VNA has been recognizing hospice patients, who are veterans, as part of the We Honor Veterans program.  Throughout the month, veterans receiving hospice care are being recognized with a framed certificate and an American flag lapel pin.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by calling Cornerstone VNA at 603-332-1133 or visiting www.cornerstonevna.org.   Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

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 Holiday Drop In Grief Support Group

Cornerstone VNA will be hosting a 5-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. The Holiday Grief Support Group will take place Mondays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on November 21, 28 and December 5, 12 and 19 at Cornerstone VNA on 178 Farmington Road in Rochester, NH. This is a drop in grief support group and registration is not required. For more information, contact Nikki Hopewill, Hospice Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator at NHopewill@cornerstonevna.org or 603-332-1133 x 119.
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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 Selected as Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Beneficiary

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 November at Hannaford in Rochester.hhrbp

This exciting program has been designed to support local nonprofits like Cornerstone VNA. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma messaging purchased in November at 290 N Main St, Rochester, NH, 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 health care.

“Cornerstone VNA continues to receive generous support from Hannaford and we are grateful to have been selected as a beneficiary of their reusable bag program once again,” states Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA.  “We truly appreciate their ongoing commitment to giving back to nonprofit organizations in our community.”

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.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Event for Caregivers at the Portsmouth Public Library

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Cornerstone VNA is proud to announce the second installment of the popular Caregivers Connect series, underwritten by Federal Savings Bank.  This free event will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library from 2pm – 5pm on November 10th and will focus on caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  “We had a tremendously positive response to our first event this spring and are pleased to be able to bring this series to the Portsmouth area,” states Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA.  Lee adds, “The goal of Caregivers Connect is to connect caregivers through support and education and provide them with important tools that will assist them in their caregiving roles.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to support and be part of an organization that continuously helps improve the quality of life in the Seacoast region,” said Sharla Rollins, Federal Savings Bank AVP, Branch Administrator and Cornerstone VNA Board Member. “The ability to provide such comprehensive health care and lifestyle resources to individuals and families in our community is invaluable – and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver seminar is just one example the agency’s dedication to making a positive impact,” she added.

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.  The keynote speaker is A. Michael Bloom, Author of The Accidental Caregiver’s Survival Guide: Your Roadmap to Caregiving without Regret. There will be special presentations by Ann Marie Olsen-Hayward, LICSW, Geriatric Psychiatry, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Jenna Arsenault, RN, MSW, Behavioral Health Nurse, Cornerstone VNA. The event will conclude with a panel discussion with Michael Bloom, Ann Marie Olsen-Hayward, Jenna Arsenault and health experts from Cornerstone VNA.  Registration is available online at cornerstonevna.org/event/caregivers-connect/ or contact Suzan by email at sleone@cornerstonevna.org or by phone at 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.