Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Hospice Volunteer Trainings

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, is offering free trainings for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. For as little as 2-4 hours per week, volunteers can offer companionship, respite care and their own unique skills to patients and family members in their community. The first Hospice Volunteer Training is a comprehensive 8-week program, which will take place at the Portsmouth Public Library on 175 Parrott Avenue in Portsmouth, NH. The training will begin on Tuesday, September 12th from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm and will continue every Tuesday until October 31st. Join us for this program that focuses on how to provide comfort, support and a reassuring presence to Hospice patients and their families. No medical or volunteer experience is necessary to make a positive difference.

In addition to hospice volunteering, Cornerstone VNA is also pleased to offer a unique volunteer opportunity that involves caring for the pets of hospice patients. As a new partner with the national Pet Peace of Mind Program, Cornerstone VNA is recruiting volunteers with an interest in offering pet care, such as dog walking, clean-up and other helpful tasks. With support from Pet Peace of Mind volunteers, patients are able to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. To become a Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer, Cornerstone VNA is offering 3-week training programs in two different locations. There will be a training at the Newmarket Public Library on 1 Elm Street in Newmarket, NH, which will begin on Monday, September 11th from 2:30pm – 5:30pm and will continue every Monday until September 25th. Another training will be held at the South Berwick Library on 27 Young Street in South Berwick, ME, which will begin on Thursday, September 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and will continue every Thursday until September 28th.

To register for any of these trainings or for more information on the hospice volunteer program, please contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-332-1133 x239 or NNicolazzo@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 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 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

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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’

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 July 11 and 12 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. Visit www.cornerstonevna.org for registration details or contact Janice Howard, Life Care Director at 800-691-1133 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 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 Chosen As Non-Profit of the Year By Somersworth Chamber of Commerce

On May 12, 2017, Cornerstone VNA was presented with the Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Greater Somersworth Chamber of Commerce.  Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO, accepted the award during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Recognition Event at Spring Hill in South Berwick, ME.  Thank you to Fosters for this feature article: Somersworth Honors its Citizens.  Visit the Greater Somersworth Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to view photos from the event.

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Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO (left) with Patty Coffin, Service Credit Union and Greater Somersworth Chamber Board Member.

 

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.

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 April 11 and 12 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 800-691-1133 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 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 Hospice Director Selected to Serve on NHPCO’s Quality & Standards Committee

Cornerstone VNA is proud to announce that Andrea Patrick-Baudet RN, CHPN, CHPCA, Hospice Director, has been selected to serve on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Quality & Standards Committee. Her two-year term runs through December 31, 2018.  Patrick-Baudet also serves as President of the Board of the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  andrea-patrick-baudetCornerstone VNA CEO Julie Reynold’s, RN, MS remarks, “Under the highly skilled guidance of Andrea, Cornerstone VNA is well renowned as a leader in exemplary hospice care in this region and we are most proud that her expertise has been recognized on a national level in this manner.”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

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.