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

guest March 28th, 2016, 7:00 AM
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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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5 Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day

guest February 8th, 2016, 11:52 AM
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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

guest February 8th, 2016, 10:16 AM
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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

guest January 13th, 2016, 10:18 AM
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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

guest December 7th, 2015, 8:00 AM
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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

guest November 2nd, 2015, 9:26 AM
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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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An Interview with Hing Lin (Helen) Sit, Manager of VNSNY’s Chinatown NNORC

guest September 17th, 2015, 8:53 AM
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	 Hing Lin (Helen) Sit joined the Chinatown NNORC in 2007 and has managed the program since 2009.

Hing Lin (Helen) Sit joined the Chinatown NNORC in 2007 and has managed the program since 2009.

Since 2009, Hing Lin (Helen) Sit, LCSW, has managed VNSNY’s Chinatown Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC). The program, based in VNSNY’s Chinatown Community Center at 7 Mott Street, provides health, social, educational and recreational services to seniors in a 24-block area of Chinatown in lower Manhattan, to help them age in place successfully.

How did you come to the Chinatown NNORC?
I was doing social work at another home care company when I heard VNSNY was looking…

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A Letter from a Manhattan Caregiver

guest September 8th, 2015, 10:00 AM
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thank-youI am writing to highly commend physical therapist Andrew F. and occupational therapists Rhonda K. and Betty Y. They all have a sense of humor, are cheerful, professional, personable, caring, conscientious, flexible, and take initiative. I am extremely grateful for their knowledge, information, experience, and support in the care of Mr. W.

Personally, I was feeling quite overwhelmed at the beginning of the month. In this short time, however, I am feeling relieved in the support that we are receiving.

An Interview with Devon Bandison, Director of VNSNY Community Mental Health’s Children’s Services

guest August 10th, 2015, 8:36 AM
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devonDevon Bandison, MPA, Director of Children’s Services for VNSNY Community Mental Health Services (CMHS), has been with VNSNY since 2001. A Day in the Life spoke with him about his work and his recent experience as a TED Talk presenter.

What services does CMHS provide for children?
Most of our children’s services are delivered through our FRIENDS programs, based in the Bronx. They include our Children’s Mobile Crisis Team (MCT), which responds within two hours when a child is experiencing an acute mental health crisis; a crisis stabilization program that responds to less-acute problems within…

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A Letter from the Husband of a Manhattan Patient

guest August 3rd, 2015, 7:22 AM
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thank-youFollowing my wife’s surgery, she has been under the care of nurse Neely B.

Neely is a caring person and has satisfied all of my wife’s needs during that time. She is highly motivated professionally, with superior nursing skills.  Neely has always been pleasant and accommodating. She was sensitive to my wife’s physical and emotional needs, as well as acknowledging and addressing her cultural differences.

I appreciate all that Neely has done for my wife. She has made this experience as pleasurable as possible, and if the need ever arises we will…

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