VNSNY and National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

guest September 25th, 2014, 1:17 PM
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ot-weekOn September 22nd, VNSNY marked National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (September 21-27) with an event honoring our own rehab therapists. Occupational therapist Siomara Heron spoke at the event.  Her words reflect the importance of the personal connections that our therapists make with their patients at the same time they are providing them with essential therapy, and how these connections help sustain and support the individuals they work with:

“At the age of 23, my first job was in skilled nursing facility. I loved working with so many seniors, and hearing all their…

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Encouraging Patients to Go Outside When the Weather is Nice

guest September 24th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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This guest blog was written by Constantine Checa, a nurse in VNSNY’s Behavioral Health Program for the past three years. She has her psychiatric-mental health nursing certificate and is going to Hunter College to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Most people I’ve met while working at VNSNY–the vast majority of them well into their 70s or older—face multiple obstacles that prevent them from going outside. And most everyone I’ve ever known, no matter what age, hates to be told what to do. So when a person has physical or mental…

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Coordinated Care Saves Lives!

lheller September 11th, 2014, 3:06 PM
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As a VNSNY Population Care Manager, I work to coordinate care of high-risk patients and ensure that all the clinicians are on the same page in regard to the treatment plan. Shortly after I took on this role, I met an elderly couple I’ll call Steve and Rose. Steve was chronically ill and had recently experienced multiple falls, and his care team was concerned that he was no longer safe at home. Steve didn’t want to go to the hospital or another facility for an extended period, however, because he…

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Flu Season is Coming

stav August 27th, 2014, 9:00 AM
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Overcoming Loneliness through Personal Connections

guest August 20th, 2014, 8:48 AM
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165997881Ivriia was receiving home care from VNSNY for a variety of medical conditions, but the care she received from a VNSNY social worker addressed her deepest pain.

“Ivriaa was intelligent and proud,” recalls Shoshana A., the social worker who helped Ivriia deal with the psychological pain and anguish. “She had conflicts with her husband, her family lived out of the country, and she was home bound. She stayed home except to go to the doctor. She felt stuck, lonely, and helpless to change her unhappy state.

“I provided her with perspective and encouragement—resources…

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Too Hot to Cook

marthaschueneman August 12th, 2014, 8:24 AM
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toohotMy house was built in the 1880s. Over the years, it’s been renovated and updated to include such modern conveniences and indoor plumbing and electricity, but neither I nor any previous owners have installed the ducts necessary for central air conditioning.

For most of the summer, this isn’t a problem. Plenty of tall trees shade the house, and several industrial fans and strategically opened windows keep the air moving.

When the temperatures soar, though, there’s only so much that trees and fans can do. During a heatwave, I’m not about to turn…

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The Importance of Compassion in Providing Care

guest August 6th, 2014, 8:06 AM
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Caring for our patients goes far beyond seeing to their medical needs. Nurses work to create an attitude of calmness and listen to patients and caregivers with respect. This allows clinicians to provide the right care to every person in every setting.

Eno Onda is a nurse in VNSNY’s Children and Family Services in the Bronx. Recently, Eno received a home care nursing referral for a two-week-old baby, born to a 15-year-old mom. The baby was smaller than normal and had been diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” The mother wanted…

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Fun Ways to Stay Hydrated in Summer

stav July 25th, 2014, 8:10 AM
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Here is our summer drink round up for staying hydrated and healthy. Check out more hydrating summer drinks on our Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/vnsny/hydrating-summer-drinks/ and if you have any favorite drinks of your own, add the link to the comments and we will add them to the Pinterest board.

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Tools & Encouragement for Overcoming Diabetes

guest July 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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DiabetesJuan had diabetes. He had trouble managing his disease and he didn’t feel his medical professionals understood him, which lead to an antagonistic relationship and failing health. Juan was dealing with various complications, and had even undergone a kidney transplant. Luckily for Juan, VNSNY became a part of his care team, and through kindness and understanding, they established a great relationship. As Juan learned to trust his medical team, his health improved.

“Juan had been through a lot prior to coming to me,” remembers his nurse, Huda. “He’d had a kidney…

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Summertime Skin Protection: Sunscreen is Not Just for the Young

guest July 9th, 2014, 7:54 AM
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Adults and seniors need sun protection too. Wear sunblock!This guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for eight years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in administration at Adelphi University.

We are out in the sun a lot in the summer. My kids go to summer camp; we go to the parks, the pool and the beach; and I always make sure I am slathering my children with sunscreen to protect them from getting too much sun or a sunburn. But…

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