What's New

This section highlights current news, recognitions, awards, and partnerships shared by the various programs of Community VNA.

 

6-Week Bereavement Support Series

This 6-week series for adults offers information and support on the experience of loss and guides participants beginning their journey toward healing. Meetings are held once a week for 6 weeks and are facilitated by trained bereavement counselors.

Registration by March 3, 2017 is required.

Call: 508.222.0118, ext. 1372

Email: khenderson@communityvna.com

Free Dental Screening Clinic For Seniors

Dental Professionals Will: Diagnose dental problems, check for oral cancer, talk about taking care of teeth, gums, and dentures, discuss nutrition choices, and provide specialized denture cleanings. The Clinic is open to anyone aged 60 years and older, living in Massachusetts.

Saturday May 6, 2017 8:45am—1:00pm

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ATTENTION: Nursing Assistants & Home Health Aides

Community VNA is holding a Career Fair! Join us in making a positive impact in the lives of others. Flexible schedule, continuing education, supportive work environment, sign-on bonus, and much more!

Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:30 to 6:30pm

595 Pleasant Street Norwood, MA 02062

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Surviving The Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. For most people just thinking about these special days with family and friends can bring back a flood of happy memories. For others, happy memories are dulled by the pain and sorrow of experiencing these celebrations without a loved one.

As we approach the holidays, it is important to take care of ourselves physically. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

  • Get adequate rest...
  • Take a walk
  • Eat a properly balanced diet
  • Limit the use of drugs or alcohol, and
  • Communicate with others.

Remember, there is no single script on how to cope best with the holidays. We need to listen inwardly to what is best for us.

Community VNA is here to help. Should you need additional resources, please contact Katherine Henderson, Spiritual and Bereavement Care Coordinator at 508.222.0118 ext. 1372

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

At Community VNA, we treat each and every one of the health services we provide as a top priority - every day of the year. However, as National Physical Therapy Month, October is a special moment to highlight our physical therapy services.

Here’s why (and how) you can celebrate with us:

Why celebrate National Physical Therapy Month?

In October 1992, the first National Physical Therapy Month was celebrated. For the last 24 years, October has been a month to recognize and celebrate physical therapy as a safe and productive method of healing and strengthening the body.

Our physical therapy program

In our physical therapy program, our primary goal is to help you to meet your goals. Most generally, this means helping you to increase your functional mobility through a program of strengthening, balance and endurance activities.

How we help you to get stronger:
  • Increase your ability to move and walk safely
  • Teach you to safely use walkers, canes, or wheelchairs
  • Teach you exercises to build and strengthen your muscles and joints
How we ensure your safety:
  • Conduct home safety evaluations
  • Teach you fall-prevention methods

At Community VNA, our goal is to provide each and every patient with a physical therapy regime best suited for his/her needs. Community VNA’s Rehabilitation Team consists of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and Social Workers. Our staff are experts in their fields and work hard to improve their patients’ function in the home.

We understand that physical therapy is vitally important for you - it’s about regaining and/or maintaining your strength. And physical therapy is important for us too. As with all of our health services at Community VNA, our team takes pride in providing you with the best quality care.

Our services include evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, including:

  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Complex Medical History

Bristol County Savings Grant Presentation to the Community VNA

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF), recently presented a $1,500 grant to the Community VNA. The grant will be used for telehealth monitoring equipment. Those representing BCSB in the photo are (from left to right): Edward Pariseau, Jr., Board Member, BCSCF; Susan Withers, Board Member, BCSCF; Lou Ricciardi, Board Member, BCSB & BCSCF; Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF; and Marge Largey, Board Member, BCSCF.  

 

Local Leaders Partner to Help Caregivers

Bristol Elder Services and Harmony Adult Day Health Center join together to host an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take care of themselves.   This 6-week program will be held at Harmony Adult Day Health Center in Taunton each Wednesday from March 2, 2016 through April 6, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  Lead by two experienced Class Leaders, attendees will learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their loved ones’ lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.

The six sessions held once a week.  conduct the series.  Interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming will help you take the tools you choose and put them into action for your life.    You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.  

Classes are sponsored by Bristol Elder Services and Harmony Adult Day Health Center.  For more information or to register, contact Jody Sousa 774-627-1424 or Jody.Sousa@bristolelder.org.  Respite care is available.  There is no charge for the program, but class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
 

Dr. Mark Stone, co-founder of Community VNA’s Elder Dental Program, recognized by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation


Robert Kraft recognized Dr. Mark Stone for winning the Patriots Difference Maker Award on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

Dr. Mark Stone, co-founder of Community VNA’s Elder Dental Program, was recognized by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation as a “Patriots Difference Maker” on December 20th at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots halftime ceremony for his extraordinary volunteer efforts over the years on behalf of low-income elders in need of dental care. For more details on the award.

Christina Dugan, the Coordinator of the Elder Dental Program nominated Dr. Stone for this award. Elder Dental Program is a free service that connects low income older adults with local dentists who provide care at drastically reduced rates. Twice annually, the program hosts a free dental clinic in Norfolk and Bristol County communities. Dr. Stone contributes his time and dental expertise, volunteering regularly at the clinics.

Recognizing Mansfield Bank for their support

In the true spirit of community, Mansfield Bank was recently recognized for their support of safety enhancements at Mansfield Adult Day Health Center. Gathering at the Center for a tour which included viewing the newly installed call light system funded by Mansfield Bank Charitable Foundation were (right to left) John R. Korona, President and CEO of Mansfield Bank, Carie Ann Bailey, Vice President and Branch Administrator of Mansfield Bank, Kathleen Trier, Executive Director and CEO of Community VNA and Karen Amado, Program Director at Mansfield Adult Day Health Center.

Ever since Community VNA opened the Mansfield Adult Day Health Center six years ago, Mansfield Bank has been generous in underwriting the cost of a defibrillator, a handicapped accessible ramp, outdoor benches for participants to enjoy, call lights at key locations throughout the Center and numerous corporate event sponsorships.

Generous donation from The Village at Willow Crossings

A generous donation of $920 was presented by The Village at Willow Crossings to Mansfield Adult Day Health Center, a program of Community VNA. The funds were raised from their annual Holiday Wreath Stroll held on December 4, 2015.

Gathered for the presentation from left to right are: Karen Amado, Program Director at Mansfield Adult Day Health Center , Anne DeMinico, Executive Director of The Village at Willow Crossings, Kathy Trier, Executive Director and CEO of Community VNA, and Cherie Allen, Director of Community Relations at the Village at Willow Crossings.

Community VNA is honored to have been the recipient of funds raised in this effort for the last eight years. To date The Village at Willow Crossings has contributed over $6300 to support the programs of Community VNA. We are grateful for the history we share and for the generosity bestowed on us.

Community VNA named top agency of the 2015 HomeCare Elite

Community VNA has been named a top agency of the 2015 HomeCare Elite. The 2015 HomeCare Elite™ is the compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States. Now in its tenth year, this market-leading review names the top 25% of agencies based on performance measures.

This year those measures include quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation, and financial management. The top 25 percent of home health agencies includes 2,431 that are Elite out of 9,718 considered this year.The data for this study is based on publicly available information.

Patients rate Community VNA TOPS in satisfaction

This is the 3rd consecutive year Community VNA has received the prestigious Home Health Care CAHPS Survey for patient satisfaction recognition.

This national survey, conducted by an independent surveyor, is designed to measure the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health agencies.

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