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.

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