Archives for July 2017

Cornerstone VNA Selected as the August Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Beneficiary

Cornerstone VNA  has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of August at Hannaford in Dover.

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 during August at 833 Central Ave, Dover, 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.  “Hannaford has been wonderfully supportive of our organization and this reusable bag program is yet another example of their ongoing commitment to giving back to the community,” states Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA.

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home, health and hospice agency currently serving 35 towns in 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 Looking for Volunteer Coaches for Balance Program

Cornerstone VNA is looking for volunteer coaches to assist in a new program called A Matter of Balance. This program is designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Thanks to generous grant from the McIninch Foundation, Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L of Cornerstone VNA, completed a two-day training session to become a Master Trainer to train coaches in A Matter of Balance. Once Katie has trained volunteer coaches, Cornerstone VNA will start offering 8-week classes to community members. Volunteer coaches will help participants become more confident about managing falls, help to identify ways to reduce falls, and lead exercises to help increase strength and balance.

No previous experience is needed to become A Matter of Balance Volunteer Coach and training is minimal. The training involves a two-day, 4-hour training session, with coach mentor, Katie Michaud. Once trained, volunteers will be assigned in pairs to facilitate community Matter of Balance programs that will take place over an 8-week period for 2 hours each week. Volunteers are asked to facilitate at least two Matter of Balance programs per year.

Cornerstone VNA Rehab Manager, Karen Krause, PT remarks, “Falls are on the rise as our aging population grows and it is something that goes undetected until it is too late. I am very excited about Katie becoming certified as a train the trainer for A Matter of Balance.” Krause adds, “Katie and I have started a community falls initiative and this will be a great adjunct to our program. A Matter of Balance is used widely in many other states and areas of NH and we are excited to be able to bring more classes to the communities we serve. With a drive to reduce falls in the community, we are excited to have a part in making this happen.”

If you are interested in joining this important volunteer team, please contact Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L at kmichaud@cornerstonevna.org or 603-332-1133 x186. You can also find additional details at www.cornerstonevna.org/volunteer/.

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.

Palliative Care Director Receives Vocational Award

Kelly's Award

l to r:  Julie Reynolds, CEO, Kelly Doherty, Palliative Care Director and Katherine Berger, Transition Care Manager/Business Development Coordinator

Congratulations to Palliative Care Director, Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, who received the 2017 Vocational Award from the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.  Four individuals were honored at the club’s luncheon on June 15th and Kelly was honored in the Health Care Category.

According to Katherine Berger, Transition Care Manager/Business Development Coordinator at Cornerstone VNA, “I was proud to nominate Kelly for this award and recognize her for her commitment to providing high quality palliative care as well as for her dedication to developing a successful program at Cornerstone VNA.  Since joining Cornerstone VNA in 2014, she has worked diligently to collaborate with local area hospitals, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities in order to educate staff on the benefits of Palliative Care and how it can meet the complex needs of their patients.”

According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO at Cornerstone VNA, “Kelly is truly passionate about her work and has certainly found her calling.  She has a special way of having honest conversations with patients and their families and providing exceptional guidance to them when having difficult conversations related to end of life decisions.  She often says that this is her dream job and has done a tremendous job growing her team and providing exceptional care to our patients and educating the community about the benefits of palliative care.”

Since the development of our Palliative Care program at Cornerstone VNA, many lives have been impacted in a positive way.  Kelly and her team work to ease concerns and guides patients and their families to identifying programs that are best suited for them, such as Hospice Care, Home Care or remaining on Palliative Care.

Click on the link below to read the full article about the Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s annual Vocational Awards ceremony,

Rotary Club honors those who put ‘service above self’