Archives for April 2017

Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Event for Caregivers at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester

Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce the return of Caregivers Connect, a special event series underwritten by Federal Savings Bank. “Take Care to Give Care” is the theme of this event and will focus on providing support, relaxation and education for caregivers.  Caregivers are invited to attend this free event, which will take place at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester on May 4 from 1:30pm – 5pm.  During the event, trained staff and volunteers from Cornerstone VNA will be available to provide on-site respite care, in a safe and welcoming environment, for caregivers who wish to attend.  “We had a tremendously positive response to our Caregivers Connect events last year and are pleased to continue the series with support from Federal Savings Bank,” 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.”

caregivers-logo-for-website-homepage3“Federal Savings Bank is incredibly proud to continue our support of this important event,” said Sharla Rollins, Federal Savings Bank AVP, Branch Administrator and Cornerstone VNA Board Member. “I am most impressed with Cornerstone’s unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life in the Seacoast region. The ability to provide such comprehensive health care and lifestyle resources to individuals and families in our community is invaluable,” she added.

Special presentations include Crisis Management & Dementia “Preparing for the Unexpected” by Ann Marie Olsen-Hayward, LICSW, Geriatric Psychiatry, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, “Practical Tips for Caregiving” by Jenna Arsenault, RN, MSW, Behavioral Health Nurse at Cornerstone VNA, and “Relaxation Techniques for Caregivers” by Julie McCabe, MSW, LICSW, Licensed Social Worker at Cornerstone VNA. To register, contact Suzan at sleone@cornerstonevna.org or 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 Screening of Nine to Ninety

April 16-22 is National Healthcare Decisions Week, which aims to help people across the United States understand the value of advance healthcare planning. In recognition of the week and highlighting the importance of starting the conversation, Cornerstone VNA is pleased to offer a free screening of Nine to Ninety, a thirty minute documentary about a family struggling to make difficult decisions for their aging loved ones. The screening of this brilliant film on aging will take place on Tuesday, April 18 at the Cornerstone VNA office at 178 Farmington Road in Rochester, NH. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the film will begin at 6:00 pm.nine-to-ninety-flyer-4-2017

Following the short film, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a thoughtful discussion with members of the clinical and professional staff from Cornerstone VNA. The screening is open to the community and there is no cost to attend this special event. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Ann Vennard at avennard@cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133 x109.

About the Film: In this award-winning documentary directed by Alicia Dwyer and produced by Juli Vizza, we meet Phyllis and Joe Sabatini. At ages 89 and 90, they live at home with their daughter Sarah and granddaughter Jacqueline. But as the family struggles to make ends meet and the grandparents’ health problems escalate, they are forced to make a difficult decision. Determined to free Sarah from the burden of caring for everyone from “nine to ninety,” Phyllis decides to move 3,000 miles away to live with her other daughter, Angie. But this means parting from Joe, her husband of 62 years. The choice leads them all to consider: What does it take to live, love, and die with dignity and grace in the modern age?

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.