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Memory Palace

It was more than a year ago when I met with VNA staff Ann Irwin and Christine Werneke for lunch. They proposed the idea of commissioning me to write a play for The Full Circle Festival, a story about aging, about sisters, about the stories we tell about each other. The goal was to highlight the work of the VNA. Continue reading

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Heart Healthy February

February is known as the month of love with its famous heart-friendly holiday. But, did you know that February is also American Heart Month? This is a great reminder that we need to learn how to stay “heart healthy” for our friends and family. Continue reading

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Neither Snow Nor Rain…

No matter what the weather conditions are, VNA caregivers find a way to get you the care you need. They spend a lot of time in their vehicles, sometimes even skiing, snowshoeing and boating to get to client’s homes. Our caregivers take extra precautions to stay safe on the roads, especially during weather like the recent ice storm and the dangerously frigid temperatures. Continue reading

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A Reflection of 2013

As the 2013 calendar year draws to a close, the VNA is only halfway through their current Fiscal Year. This is a perfect time to reflect on the extraordinary care you and others in our community helped make possible to our relatives, neighbors and friends through generous support of the VNA Annual Fund. Continue reading

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A VNA Reflection Garden

On a sunny fall afternoon, team members from the VNA End-of-Life Care programs gathered in a circle around a smattering of differently-sized stones laid out on the grass behind the VNA’s main building in Colchester. Each team member brought with them a stone that meant something to them personally to contribute to the team-building exercise – they are building a semi-circle seat-height stone wall that will be surrounded by garden beds. A VNA Reflection Garden. Continue reading

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Hands-on Experience in Home Health Nursing

Three new nurse graduates have been hired as residents at the VNA as part of an internship and residency program developed by Vermont Nurses in Partnership (VNIP). “This is a great experience,” says Jamie Livingston, one of the graduates. “I’m learning so much and getting to know my clients and develop relationships with them. It’s such an amazing feeling to see the difference you can make in the lives of individuals in the community.” Continue reading

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Summer Planning with the VNA

The summer months are a time when many people look forward to a relaxing vacation, a break from day-to-day responsibilities. But if you are caring for a loved one, this can be an especially stressful time. You may worry about leaving your loved one alone when you go on vacation or you may worry about loved ones traveling themselves. Continue reading

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A Career Adventure at the VNA

I came to Vermont to attend the UVM Nursing Program. I knew that I really wanted to find employment in the health care field. I was thrilled when I applied and was hired to become a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) at the VNA. Continue reading

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What Camp Knock Knock Means to Me

On December 15, 2004, my Mom and best friend died from lung cancer. Two months later we had to put our dog down. And after a long two-year struggle with a brain tumor, on April 17, 2005, just four short months after Mom died, my sister died. Camp Knock Knock helped our family in the grieving process. Continue reading

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Learning the “Language of Dementia”

I always tell people that one magical aspect of working with people with dementia is that you can still communicate, even if the affected person has lost the ability to speak coherently. I think that people with dementia develop a gift, which is the ability to communicate in a nontraditional way. Continue reading

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