Category Archives: VNA

Thanksgiving Blessings

The Thanksgiving season offers us the opportunity to take a minute, sit back and think about those things for which we are truly thankful. Continue reading

Boots-on-the-Ground Perspective

Social worker, case manager, advocate, friendly face, interested listener, teacher, health care provider. Saint. These are but some of the “faces” of the two providers I followed during the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties’ Community Visits program. Continue reading

Being a Dad

My partner, Dana, and my son, Ezra, and I were sitting around at my mom’s house eating dinner. My cousin had just had a baby, so the discussion moved to how hard it is to transition into the role of being a parent, even if it is something you have planned and wanted and dreamed of for a long time. Being a dad to Ezra has intensified every aspect of my life – I have reached levels of joy, love and peace I had never imagined possible. Continue reading

The Art of Nursing

This is a great week to say thank you to all the nurses in your life. National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6, is a time to honor, celebrate and say thank you to those who work countless hours and with multiple patients to provide a safe and caring environemnt in which to heal. This national recognition runs until May 12, which also marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Continue reading

Running for a Cause

On Saturday, May 10, the VNA holds its annual 5K Fun Run and Jiggety Jog at Williston’s Allen Brook School to benefit Vermont Respite House. For as many participants as there are each year, there are just as many reasons for why they participate. So, we asked a few of this year’s fundraiser’s: Why are you participating in the Vermont Respite House Fun Run? Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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