A Mediterranean Dinner for Mother’s Day

marthaschueneman May 4th, 2016, 9:38 AM
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Dinner on Mother’s Day is tricky—families want to give Mom a break from the kitchen, but they might lack the skills to prepare a festive meal. You could go out to eat, but it’s the busiest day of the year for restaurants, which doesn’t always make for an enjoyable occasion. If you’re looking for a show-stopping entrée that can be on the table in an instant and is easy enough for novice cooks, your search is over. This dish is pretty, it smells fabulous, and it’s intensely flavorful, but the…

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The Secret to a Long and Happy—and Healthy—Life

marthaschueneman April 13th, 2016, 8:47 AM
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"I love volunteering because I really enjoy spending time with the clients.  They are interesting and funny.  Each week when I leave the center I'm in a great mood." - Jessie, Adult Day Care Center Volunteer

"I love volunteering because I really enjoy spending time with the clients. They are interesting and funny. Each week when I leave the center I'm in a great mood." – Jessie, Adult Day Care Center Volunteer

You might think that the healthiest, happiest older people eat plenty of vegetables or exercise regularly. You might think they live near loving family or sleep soundly every night. You might think that they are active in their place of worship.

And they might. But study after study has shown—even when researchers control for age, gender,…

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In VNSNY Hospice, Social Workers Help Patients and Their Families Find Peace at the End of Life

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VNSNY Hospice social worker Marilyn Dos Santos with Lydia, one of her patients.

VNSNY Hospice social worker Marilyn Dos Santos with Lydia, one of her patients.

“I just came from the house of a patient with end-stage liver cancer,” says Marilyn Dos Santos, a social worker with the Queens North team of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care. “The patient’s sister is helping to care for him, but they have a love-hate relationship. He’s angry that she’s trying to take over his life, and he wants to make own his decisions.”

The patient also has hepatic encephalopathy, she adds, leaving him confused and agitated. This…

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Safe at Home: A Social Worker Sets Her Patients’ Minds at Ease

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Kenia Alcantara, SW, with another patient Hilda. “As medical social workers, we help our patients and their families adjust to the impact of illness on their daily lives,” explains Kenia, “and help put the appropriate services and supports in place so they can have the best quality of life possible.”

Social worker Kenia Alcantara remembers being surprised when she arrived at the home of a newly assigned patient and found the elderly woman waiting for her outside the front door. “We stood talking for 15 minutes before she finally invited me…

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day

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Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Looking for healthful alternatives for a sweetie with diabetes? Give your special person one of these instead of a box of chocolates:

  1. A healthy dinner. Skip the dinner reservations (and temptations on the menu) and make a fast, easy, healthy and elegant (really!) dinner. Start with Flavorful Pumpkin Bisque, then serve Spice-Glazed Salmon as an entrée and roast your favorite vegetables as an accompaniment.
  2. A bouquet of beautiful flowers. Or, if cut blossoms aren’t your thing, opt for a plant. Choose one that…
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The Blizzard of 2016: A Flurry of Care

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Above, Nurse Ewa Diarrassouba navigating the blizzard. The photographs in this issue were taken by and of VNSNY staff during the height of the storm as well as on the following day. Many thanks to the staff who submitted photos for this special issue of Frontline VNSNY. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we were unable to include all of the photos we would’ve liked.

Above, Nurse Ewa Diarrassouba navigating the blizzard. The photographs in this post were taken by and of VNSNY staff during the height of the storm as well as on the following day.

When Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered New Yorkers to stay off the roads as the Blizzard of 2016 brought near-record snowfall to the area, the dedicated staff at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York got right to work protecting those in need: the elderly, the ill and injured, the homebound. Our seamless response…

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An Interview with VNSNY’s Jodi Feinberg

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Jodi Feinberg, RN, BSN, was awarded a grant from the University of Pennsylvania to develop a home rehab program for cardiac patients. Jodi is now partnering with VNSNY and NYU Langone Medical Center to pilot the program.

Jodi Feinberg, RN, BSN, was awarded a grant from the University of Pennsylvania to develop a home rehab program for cardiac patients. Jodi is now partnering with VNSNY and NYU Langone Medical Center to pilot the program.

Last year, while still a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, Jodi Feinberg, RN, BSN, was awarded a grant from the office of University of Pennsylvania’s president to develop a rehabilitation program that cardiac patients could do in their own homes with the help of a visiting nurse or therapist. Jodi is now…

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A Letter from a Bronx Resident

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thank-youI would like to take this opportunity to express how Eric S., LMSW, Psychiatric Social Worker with your Child Mobile Crisis Team, has made a positive impact on my son’s life, and my life as well.

Eric made his first home assessment when my son was in crisis mode, and devised a plan for my son by setting up a Contract for Safety. Not only did Eric treat our family with dignity, consideration, and respect, he also went above and beyond to locate other resources from my son and my family…

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A Letter from a Sister of a Hospice Patient

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thank-youThe following letter is from the sister of a patient who was cared for at VNSNY’s Haven Hospice inpatient facility:

I write with heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your kind assistance and support for my sister during her recent illness with cancer. She passed quietly back in July at Bellevue Hospital’s Haven Hospice Unit with my brother-in-law, niece, and me at her bedside. I wanted to take the time to let you know how much I appreciated your effort and care coordination for my sister. Each encounter left her with full…

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A Letter from a Nassau County Resident

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thank-youA great person, a great worker.

I had partial knee replacement surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. To my good fortune, VNSNY physical therapist Kelly R. was assigned to help me recuperate.

Kelly is a warm, kind, intelligent, caring person. I always felt that she was working for me and for my benefit. She made me feel at ease and gave me many insights into my physical therapy, she was always on time, and she gave me one hundred percent when she came to visit. I wouldn’t…

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