A Working Family Caregiver’s Day in the Life of Elder Care

guest July 27th, 2015, 10:00 AM
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Carol cropped 1This guest blog is by Carol Marak, aging advocate and editor at Seniorcare.com. She is an experienced family caregiver and writes about aging issues, senior care concerns, and the family’s role throughout the journey. She’s passionate about ending society’s barriers that obstruct aging with dignity. Her work appears in senior health outlets.  Follow her at @Carebuzz and @SeniorCareQuest.

My elder care advocacy launched from the experience of helping parents while working full-time. I did what could be done from a distance while my sisters did the bulk of everyday tasks. Our…

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A Letter from a Manhattan Patient

admin July 6th, 2015, 9:30 AM
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thank-youOver the past 16-plus months, I’ve been impressed by the professionalism of all of your nurses, especially my latest (and last) nurse, Hope B. One task the nurses had to perform was to flush and apply dressing to a wound on my lower back. I wasn’t always a good patient, often feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t see the wound to handle the task myself.

Then along came Hope (!), who first worked to rid me of that negative “can’t do it” attitude, and then patiently informed and trained me…

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An Interview with NFP Nurse Lisa Connors

guest July 1st, 2015, 6:07 PM
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nurse-lisaA Day in the Life spoke recently with Lisa Connors, RN, who works with VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program in the Bronx. The NFP pairs nurses with low-income, first-time mothers, starting in pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday, in order to promote life-long health and wellness for mom, child and future generations. Clients receive ongoing health and parenting guidance and are also encouraged to continue school and start a career.

How long have you been with our NFP program?
Four-and-a-half years. Before that I was working with a foster care program for medically fragile…

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Helping a Patient When Fear Is the Greatest Obstacle

admin June 15th, 2015, 6:23 AM
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VNSNY Physical Therapist Steven S.

When Joan (not her real name) came home from the hospital after being treated for a small subdural hematoma—a bleeding in her skull due to a fall—the doctors agreed she had suffered no lasting neurological damage. But that diagnosis couldn’t dispel her overwhelming fear of falling again. “She was petrified and could barely move,” noted Steven S., the VNSNY physical therapist assigned to her case. Steven, who served for two decades in the military before coming to VNSNY, including a stint as squad leader in Iraq,…

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A Letter from a Manhattan Resident and Medical Doctor

guest June 1st, 2015, 8:30 AM
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thank-youJust a word of praise for your services, and in particular for the care given by nurse Laura D. My mother passed away on Monday night, four weeks prior to her 97th birthday. For much of the past five years, she has been under the nursing care of your service.

My wife and I have been extremely impressed with the care my mom has received. Being in the health care profession, we are both familiar with all levels of care. Laura in particular was amazing: She helped care for my mother…

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June is Men’s Health Month

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The facts:

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Heart Disease, Cancer, and unintentional injuries are the leading causes of death among men in the U.S. according to the CDC website.

18% of men under the age of 65 do not have medical insurance.

34.6% of men 20 years of age and older are considered obese.

31.6% of men 20 years of age and older have hypertension.

12.1% of men 18 years of age and over are in fair or poor health.

(Data retrieved from CDC Website.)

It makes sense to talk about healthy activities that inspire change in some of these trends during Men’s Health Month.

I asked some…

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Thank You, VNSNY Nurses!

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nurse-thank-youIt’s National Nurse Week and to show our appreciation to the 1,388 nurses and LPNs at VNSNY, we’ve rounded up a few letters of praise from our patients.

Bronx — A patient discharged after being hospitalized for head injuries wrote, “After I arrived home, nurse Sheryl J. immediately made me feel that I was in excellent hands.”

Brooklyn — A patient who required wound care after being discharged from a Brooklyn hospital wrote: “The nurses that visited me were amazing to say the least. Each nurse was so caring and concerned for my health,…

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From a Young Mother Graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership

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The following is from a young mother who completed VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program:

I found out I was pregnant in October 2011. I was 19 and a sophomore in City College. I felt as though my world had come crashing down. I couldn’t bear the thought of being considered a statistic who didn’t finish school and got pregnant at a young age.

I initially heard about the NFP program during my second trimester, through my prenatal visits at Morris Heights Health Center. Within a week of calling the program, I was…

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Celebrating Service: VNSNY Honors Our Volunteers

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Susan Potter (third from right) and the Social Needlers Group

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is a chance to demonstrate to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

At the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, volunteers make a real difference by helping with a wide range of activities. In 2014, 600 volunteers offered our organization 38,000 service hours valued at $1,005,259! Our volunteers are among the 63 million Americans who volunteer each year across the country—all of whom are a…

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A Letter from a Brooklyn Patient

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thank-youIn the letters, emails, and phone calls we get from grateful VNSNY patients and their families, they often mention how much they appreciate both the skill and the consistently outstanding personal qualities of our frontline staff. The importance of our patience, kindness and professionalism are expressed in the following letter:

During my recent recuperation for a badly broken ankle, I had the good fortune to have Mr. Jigar P. as my physical therapist. I would like to take a minute to tell you how very pleased I am for having had…

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