Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month

During November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, Cornerstone VNA is pleased to join the Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month.

With 10 thousand Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. This is where home care comes in.  As the preferred choice for most patients, it also offers the greatest cost savings. For example, Medicare pays nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and $450 per day for a typical nursing home stay. Meanwhile, home care costs less than $100 a day and helps many U.S. seniors remain independent at home, enrich their lives, and keep in touch with those they love.

“It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration.”  – Val J. Halamandaris, former NAHC President

Celebrating National Hospice and Home Care Workers

In 2007, Val Halamandaris, Editor and Publisher of CARING and former president of NAHC, wrote an excellent article celebrating Hospice and Home Care workers.  Cornerstone VNA is proud to share this great article, which highlights the history of hospice and how the perception of end of life care has changed over the years.  Ten years after this article was published, these sentiments still ring true today

I am proud of the fact that most people understand what hospice is about today. This is a far cry from 1972 when I produced the first U.S. Senate hearings on hospice and helped write the first legislation to cover hospice under Medicare. There was at that time a fair amount of confusion. The New York Times, for example, went so far as to blast the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging in an editorial on the grounds that we were pushing euthanasia. 

By 1982 when this legislation was finally enacted, there was still was a fair amount of misunderstanding. Congress was asked to enact a form of medical care which was palliative, not therapeutic. Many physicians did not understand. They viewed this as giving up on patients. Many said this behavior made them uncomfortable and put them in violation of their Hippocratic Oath. They argued that the certification that someone was in the last six months of his or her life was anything but an exact science. They said they were being placed in an impossible position which would make them targets for wrongful death suits, because they did not do everything in their power to extend life. They said this was true even if the patient and his or her family consented to withholding tests and heroic medical procedures.

With every passing year, hospice has found increased acceptance. Members of the public have come to understand that it means helping patients live until the very end of their lives. It means helping them to manage their pain, to finish their unfinished business, and to help the families of the deceased cope with the loss of a loved one.

In 25 short years, hospice has come to be associated with life and not with death. Death, which gives life its definition, has come to be viewed as a normal part of life rather than as a failure of the medical establishment. Those near the end of life and their families have learned that they have options. They can take control over their final days on earth and choose how and where to spend them. They have the option to remain at home where most of us would prefer to be well or sick or to remain in a hospital or institutional setting.

The percentage of Americans who know about the existence of hospice has now topped 80 percent. The percentage of those who have experienced hospice either directly or through friends and relatives is almost as high. The percentage who have a positive view of hospice based on their experience tops 90 percent. Similarly, the overwhelming majority of Americans would like to see hospice services expanded in both public programs and those covered by private health insurance.

Seemingly everywhere I go, people come up to me when they learn about my role in helping make hospice available, and thank me for the positive experience they have had with hospices nurses who have helped them through the death of a loved one. While this is very gratifying, the credit of course, goes to the hospice workers on the front lines. These workers are indeed angels temporarily assigned to earth. How they do what they do, which is giving unlimited support to one dying person after another and to their families, is something of a mystery. I once asked Mother Teresa how she and other hospice workers avoided burning out. Her response was enlightening.

“Mind is everything,” she said. “What matters is why you do what you do. If you care for the sick and dying out of duty and obligation, it will deplete you. If you do it out of love, it won’t; it will energize you. The real test is to put as much love as you can into everything you do.”

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. This gives us the opportunity to say thank you to the thousands of hospice workers who care for those at the end of life. It also gives us the opportunity to thank their counterparts who work in home care helping Americans with infirmities and disabilities, to function at home with a maximum of human dignity. Home care and hospice nurses are the very personification of caring, which Mother Teresa said was the one word summary of the Golden Rule. “Caring is love in action,” she said.

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Care at Home

Norma Snow

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, was founded over 100 years ago and continues to honor and celebrate a long history of providing care at home.  In 1913, a visionary woman by the name of Norma Snow made her dream of caring for others a reality with the establishment of the Visiting Nurse Association.  Thanks to her leadership as president of the Rochester Women’s Club, and with support from the Ladies Aide of the First Church Congregational, Cornerstone VNA was founded to provide medical care to local community members in the comfort of their home.  Today, Norma’s passion for helping others continues to inspire us as we advance our mission of providing high quality patient care, clinical excellence and advanced technology.  Currently serving 35 communities in New Hampshire and Maine, Cornerstone VNA has over 160 professional and clinical staff who provide care to over 3,000 patients each year through five distinct programs:  Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care.

Celebrating the Power of Caring

National Home Care and Hospice Month is an opportunity to celebrate the power of caring and recognize the many caregivers who share both a passion for helping others and their clinical expertise to provide the best care to the patients and families they serve.  Nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, and volunteers work together every single day to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire knows it’s the people working in home care that make it such a special setting to receive quality, compassionate health care.  In recognition of National Home Care and Hospice Month, the HCANH is celebrating professional caregivers with a “Love Your Job? Share Your Story” campaign.

Anne Carle, RN, installs a Telehealth unit for a patient.

Karen Krause, Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Manager at Cornerstone VNA, shares her story about working in Home Care. “I love Home Care because it gives us an opportunity to keep people in their homes and keep them safe.”  Anne Carle, RN, Clinical Coordinator at Cornerstone VNA adds, “I love my job because of the Telehealth program.  It allows me to stay connected with patients in their homes and to closely monitor them on a daily basis, which helps prevent re-hospitalizations.”

The dedicated team at Cornerstone VNA continues to support and deliver trusted, compassionate and expert health care, which is at the core of our mission.  Our clinicians are responsible to not only ensure quality care, but also to educate patients, their families and the community on how to achieve and maintain optimal health.

As we work to advance our mission, we recognize the importance of ongoing education and certification of our employees.  It is often what sets us apart from other home health care organizations and it is an integral part of our continued success.  Clinicians at Cornerstone VNA are certified in Diabetes Education, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Behavioral Health, Wound/Ostomy and Incontinence Care, Maternal Health/Lactation, and IV Infusion Therapies including the administration of chemotherapy.  The entire team of nurses and rehabilitative staff also complete training in Chronic Care Management, which vastly improves the quality of life for our patients living with a chronic illness and assists in controlling the rising costs of healthcare.

Today, the role of the VNA is more important than ever as patients spend less time in the hospital and return home with more complex issues than ever before.  To meet the demands of the 21st century, Cornerstone VNA’s highly trained team are anticipating and responding to the current trends in health care including the need for new programs and services in preventative care, palliative care and technology in the home setting.  Cornerstone VNA, through our unique programs, services and technology aspires to be the preferred provider of home health care in every community we serve and will lead the way in helping to shape the future of home health care delivery.

At Cornerstone VNA, it is an honor to be trusted with providing home health and hospice care to the residents in the communities we serve. We appreciate the opportunity to provide care, wherever a patient calls home, and will continue our efforts to always provide the highest quality health care our community deserves.  As we celebrate Home Care and Hospice Month, we would like to express our appreciation to our professional caregivers and volunteers as well as our local businesses, foundations and individuals who generously support our programs and services throughout the year.

For more information about the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Home Care & Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week (November 12-18, 2017), visit NAHC.org.

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Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation for Telehealth

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, recently received a $32,000 E3 Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve health outcomes for high-risk patients. Specifically, the grant supports the implementation of a new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program at Cornerstone VNA. The telehealth program uses 4G-enabled Samsung tablets, which are portable disease management systems that are placed in patients’ homes to closely monitor chronic illnesses. Telehealth units offer video conferencing, medication reminders and monitoring of vital signs. Patients take and track their vitals daily while Cornerstone VNA clinicians monitor them through the web and mobile application. The goals of this new Community Telehealth Paramedicine program include improving communication between services (e.g. Hospitals, Physician Practices and Home Care Agencies) and standardizing chronic disease management in the community.

The new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program is the result of extensive collaboration between Cornerstone VNA and Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) to address a need in the community to further support high-risk patients. It brings clinical expertise in telehealth technology and merges it with the community outreach efforts of a major area hospital.  According to Gary Brock, Director of EMS, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, “We could not be happier with the partnerships we have developed in our emerging Mobile Integrated Health program. Cornerstone VNA has been a key partner, and their vision in population health management, is nothing short of amazing.  Their partnership is essential in creating integrated models of healthcare that result in better outcomes for at risk patients. We are grateful for their willingness to remove traditional barriers to care and the partnerships they are building.”

Currently, FMH paramedics from the Mobile Integrated Health program (MIH) make home visits to patients who may not qualify for home care or who decline services. With the new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program, telehealth units will now be available to FMH paramedics to use with these patients. For example, FMH paramedics will identify a patient in need and contact Cornerstone VNA with a telehealth referral. Cornerstone VNA will then deploy units to those patients and provide installation, daily monitoring and training. Ongoing patient support will be provided by the Cornerstone VNA Telehealth Clinical Coordinator.

Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, Cornerstone VNA Clinical Director states, “This program is the first of its kind in the state and will assist our organization and FMH in continuing to address the needs of at risk patients in the community by utilizing available technology and equipment. We are most grateful to the Cardinal Health Foundation for generously supporting this important new endeavor.”

About Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit 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.

 

 

Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on October 27

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Cornerstone VNA is pleased to invite you to be a part of this year’s memorable fundraising event, “There’s No Place Like Home” on Friday, October 27 at 6:00pm at the Cochecho Country Club in Dover. The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction featuring over 70 items including locally made products and gift certificates from your favorite restaurants and businesses…all close to home. There are also travel packages for those looking for a home away from home experience.  In-kind donations from Cornerstone VNA staff include themed baskets filled with items specific to various rooms in the home for the silent auction as well. Proceeds from this event will support Cornerstone VNA’s efforts to continue providing high quality care at home by investing in staff development, new technology, as well as providing access to care for patients regardless of their ability to pay.

As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA strives for excellence in every aspect of their work so that their patients receive access to high quality care and advanced technology.  This unforgettable dinner event is a wonderful opportunity to visit with Cornerstone VNA clinical staff, leadership team and board of directors to learn more about their impressive history and innovative and exciting future.

Supporting sponsors of this noteworthy event include; Frisbie Memorial Hospital, LTC Partners, Bellamy Fields and Watson Fields, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Laars Heating Systems Company, Turbocam, D.F. Richard, Medline, Daystar, Dead River Company, HBL Group LLC, Health Recovery Solutions, Insight Performance, Inc., Patty B’s, Profile Bank and Waste Management.

A special Cornerstone Award will be presented to longtime Cornerstone VNA board members, Jean Corvinus from Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Frank Smart from Dead River Company.  First introduced in 2013, the Cornerstone Award recognizes individuals for their dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.  “I am tremendously grateful to Jean and Frank for their significant contributions to our board for over a decade,” states Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer.  Reynolds adds, “I am proud to honor them at our event and recognize their outstanding leadership and support of this organization.”

Mike Pomp of WTSN will MC the evening’s festivities. Early bird tickets are $65 per person and tables of 8 are $500. For tickets and information visit www.cornerstonevna.org call 603-332-1133 x109.

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 Awarded For Superior Performance in Hospice Caregiver Satisfaction

Cornerstone VNA has been awarded the Strategic Healthcare Programs Best Superior Performer Caregiver Satisfaction Award for the 2016 calendar year. This award is given for superior performance in Hospice Caregiver Satisfaction and reflects a top 20% overall score. “We strive for excellence in every aspect of our patient services and to receive this validation from the families we serve is extremely rewarding.” States June Gallup, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, BCHH-C, Quality Improvement Director, Cornerstone VNA.

Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) is a leader in performance improvement for post-acute care providers, according to Gallup. Their healthcare data analytics and benchmarking provide real-time, actionable performance metrics that drive daily decisions. Since 1996, SHP has helped organizations nationwide, from small rural entities to public companies, raise the bar for healthcare performance.  SHP headquarters are in Santa Barbara, CA.

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’s health expo offered ideas for all ages

Foster’s Daily Democrat featured a great article about our Healthy Living Expo, which took place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center, Rochester, NH.

Thank you to our exhibitors who joined us at our Rochester expo location! Bridging the Gaps, Clear CaptionsCornerstone VNAdoTerra Essential OilsFrisbie Memorial Hospital: Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition ServicesGirls on the Run NHLakeside Mobility & ScooterNikoe Natural TherapiesServiceLinkAndrea J. Sutcliffe, Certified Rolfer, Newma (Tai Chi), Northeast Passage, Protection for a Purpose, Senior Companion Program of NH, Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Thrive Family Chiropractic, and Tri-City Consumer Action Co-op.

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Cornerstone VNA Achieves Record Low Hospital Readmission Rate For Poly-Chronic Patients

Cornerstone VNA is proud to share this article from Health Recovery Solutions.  The full article is below or you can click here.

Cornerstone VNA Achieves Record Low Hospital Readmission Rate For Poly-Chronic Patients

by Richard Curry, Health Recovery Solutions

Cornerstone VNA of Rochester, New Hampshire, has again set the mark for excellent care with their highest-risk patient populations. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, Cornerstone VNA achieved a readmission rate of 3.4% over 146 of their high-risk, poly-chronic patients. This number far surpasses both the New Hampshire state readmission rate benchmark of 18.2% and the national benchmark of 16.7%.*

Jennifer Gullison, Clinical Director, attributes their incredible success in maintaining a low rate of hospital readmissions to the quality of care provided by Cornerstone clinicians in addition to the use of Health Recovery Solutions’ (HRS) advanced telemonitoring. “We have been using the HRS telemonitoring solution to help manage our chronic disease patients. The videos, custom education, and daily reminders helps have been extremely beneficial in allowing us to provide quality care.”

Cornerstone VNA, which is consistently rated as a top agency by patients for its quality home health care, has achieved a 4-Star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is recognized as a Top Agency in the Home Care Elite, incorporated HRS’ innovative telemonitoring software into its leading care management programs in 2016, to support their heart failure patients. In the program, patients are provided with 4G Samsung tablets and FDA-approved Bluetooth® devices for vital biometric monitoring. Patients take and track their vitals daily while clinicians monitor them through the online portal and mobile apps. The HRS software gives clinicians the ability to monitor patients who are at high-risk for hospital readmissions and it allows seamless communication between patients and clinicians through text, phone, and video calling.

With over 85% of patients being poly-chronic, Cornerstone VNA leverages the communication tools in the HRS software, especially the video calling feature, to help their telehealth clinicians gain a more timely insight on the patient’s condition and visual inspection without having to make additional visits to the home. Anne Carle, Telehealth Clinician at Cornerstone VNA, adds “my passion is to stay connected with patients. HRS telemedicine allows me to do this daily and keep patients out of the hospital.”

“We are so fortunate to work with an incredible provider like Cornerstone VNA who serves as great example for how to deliver exceptional care daily,” stated Jarrett Bauer, CEO of HRS. “Their team has fully embraced the advantages of what the new technology found in telehealth can bring to improve the experience for their patients and the clinical experts. Combined with their well-managed clinical processes, Cornerstone VNA should be a model that all post-acute providers look to emulate.”

About Cornerstone VNA
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 http://www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

About Health Recovery Solutions

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) supplies leading home care agencies with the most advanced remote monitoring platform focused on changing patient behavior to reduce readmissions and improve clinical outcomes. HRS’ disease-specific engagement kits are customized with educational video, care plans, medication reminders while integrated with Bluetooth peripherals to engage patients. For clinicians, HRS’ software allows for the management of high-risk patients and provides seamless communication with them through video chat, wound imaging and text messaging. For family members and caregivers, HRS’ software gives them the ability to be fully involved in their family member’s care and well-being. To learn more about Health Recovery Solutions, visit http://www.healthrecoverysolutions.com or call (347) 699 – 6477.

*New Hampshire and National readmission rate benchmarks from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Home Health Compare Data Sets, July 2017

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’

Caregiving for your loved one during the holidays

A caregiver is simply defined as a person who gives help and protection to someone.  Although caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it can also be challenging, especially around the holidays.  This holiday season, we want to celebrate caregivers and share some helpful tips, as caregiving can be the most gracious and wonderful present that your loved one could ever receive.

Preparing for the holidays can be stressful and tiring even under the best of circumstances. However, with acceptance and planning, they can be sources of great pleasure. Traditional holiday activities, which have been celebrated every year, may have to be changed to some degree.  It is important to recognize and adjust expectations, which may include starting some new traditions.  For example, if you typically host family gatherings, suggest that someone else host this year. If your home is the most convenient for you, your loved one and your family, enlist the help of friends and relatives.  From decorating and wrapping to meal preparation and cleaning, the holidays can be more enjoyable when you can spread the workload.  Try to maintain a sense of familiarity for the one you are caring for and include them in your holiday preparations as well.

Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. As a caregiver, it is important to cultivate and sustain a support system. Making lists of specific tasks that your support system can help you with enables them to tap into their strengths and skill sets while assisting you.  When someone asks; “Is there anything you need?” be prepared to reply “Yes” and offer some ways they can help you.  This may include picking up holiday items, shopping for groceries, shoveling snow or spending time with your loved one so you can run errands or exercise.  Exercise is even more important as it gives you a break, combats depression and helps you maintain your overall health and well-being.  And don’t forget to schedule regular check-ups with your health care provider(s) for preventative care.  Making healthy choices and taking care of you will help you succeed as a caregiver, not only during the busy holiday season, but throughout the year.

Setting limits is important and may include saying “No” to requests that are too draining. Remember this is your holiday too.  Let your family know that a little quiet time for yourself could be a gift beyond measure. Something this simple can be very refreshing and help you enjoy the holidays that much more.

After celebrating the holidays, take a moment to reflect on your time with family and friends and consider reaching out to them throughout the year to help you in your caregiving role.  You can also attend workshops, support groups, and visit caregiving websites.  These resources are not just for emotional support, but will provide you with helpful tips that will lead you on the path to success on your caregiving journey.

 Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit organization providing home, health and hospice care to people of all ages living within thirty-five communities in Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine.  Cornerstone VNA provides support for caregivers through their Life Care-Private Duty program as well as through their Caregivers Connect Educational Programs, Companion Volunteer Program, and Bereavement Support Groups.  For more information, call 800-691-1133 x108 or visit www.cornerstonevna.org/caregivers-connect.

This article was written by Cornerstone VNA and included in the December 2016 edition of Seacoast Seniors, a publication by Seacoast Media Group (Link to article on seacoastonline.com)

Cornerstone VNA Launches Kiddie Cornerstone Fund

Kiddie Corner Logo 2Cornerstone VNA is proud to launch a new initiative called the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund. The fund was established by Cornerstone VNA Board Member, Archana Bhargava, MD, who is also a Hematologist Oncologist at the Frisbie Center for Cancer Care at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. Dr. Bhargava identified a need for the fund when she discovered that the pediatric nurses at Cornerstone VNA were generously purchasing small gifts for their patients, especially patients with chronic illnesses. “When I realized that our nurses were buying gifts for patients with their own money, I approached the Board and Staff at Cornerstone VNA about establishing this special fund,” explains Dr. Bhargava. “I am so proud to support the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund,” she adds. “Money raised will not only be used to purchase gifts for pediatric patients, but we will also be able to provide support to parents, siblings and families in need.”

According to Erika Lee, Director of Advancement, “many of our smallest patients have chronic illnesses and see our nurses on a regular basis.” Lee adds, “our nurses enjoy being able to give gifts to their patients because it helps to develop positive relationships, ease anxiety and bring smiles to their faces.” Gifts may include stickers, coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, bubbles or other items to help brighten their day. Parents with newborns will also benefit from receiving gifts, such as bibs, washcloths and cold/hot packs. Siblings of newborns will be excited to receive a toy or activity book that they can use while our nurses visit with mom, dad and baby.

Throughout the year, Cornerstone VNA nurses will identify families who are unable to afford gifts for their children during the holidays. In such cases, gifts will be purchased with available Kiddie Cornerstone funds or a special donation drive will be organized in collaboration with local businesses or schools to help families in need. Cornerstone VNA plans to distribute gas cards to families as well to assist with travel expenses to and from hospitals for medical appointments.

To make a cash gift or in-kind donation and to learn more about the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund, visit www.cornerstonevna.org/kiddie-cornerstone-fund/ or contact the Advancement Department at 603-332-1133 x203.

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 Personal Care Service Provider Training and Certification

Cornerstone VNA is offering a two-day training program for certification as a Personal Care Service Provider (PCSP).   A PCSP is a person who performs and assists with the routine tasks of daily living for people with disabilities and special health needs.  In general, a PCSP is someone who helps people live as safely and independently as possible.

The training will be on September 20 and 21 from 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Class instructors include Sandy Powers, RN, Donne Marchetto, Physical Therapist and Janice Howard, Director of Life Care-Private Duty.  The cost is $40 and will take place at Cornerstone VNA, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH.   Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of this training program and are welcome to apply to be considered for a position at Cornerstone VNA as a PCSP.  Registration is required.  Contact Janice Howard, Life Care Director at 603-332-1133 x108 or e-mail jhoward@cornerstonevna.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, 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.