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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Living with Tension and High Blood Pressure

guest June 30th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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A VNSNY social worker with a client.

A VNSNY social worker with a client.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York received this touching thank you letter from a client.

During a recent meeting with my internist, I mentioned the stress that I live under at home. My husband died a few years ago and my son, who is in his sixties, still lives at home—he’s dependent on me financially. I live with a lot of tension, and had very high blood pressure, which is why I was in the doctor’s office. Psychologically, though, I was in an even…

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The Emotional Aspects of Parkinson’s Disease

guest June 24th, 2014, 6:18 AM
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A VNSNY behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

A Visiting Nurse Service of New York behavioral health nurse visits a patient at home.

As a Behavioral Health nurse, Amelia often enters someone’s life during a time of great crisis, illness, and distress. It is her job to help people transform over the course of just a few weeks and bring them from darkness into a better place. Daniel* is a perfect example of her caring approach. A resident of Flushing, Queens, Daniel struggled with symptoms related to his Parkinson’s disease. He was on disability and was depressed because his illness…

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Natural Ways to Help Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

admin June 19th, 2014, 7:35 AM
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By Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Recently, I’ve been working with a patient to manage his depression and anxiety symptoms. I suggested to Mr. B. that he try taking 15- to 20-minute walks two or three times a week with his home health aide as an experiment to see if this would help to improve his mood. Mr. B. decided to try my suggestion, and over the next few weeks I started to hear a real shift in how he described his life.

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Getting Outside for Your Health

guest June 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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prospect_parkBy Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

As the weather in New York continues to improve, there is no better time to take advantage of the health benefits one can experience from spending more of the day outside. Research has shown that there are numerous advantages, both for mental and physical health, to getting outside more often.

Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight can increase Vitamin D levels, which has been shown to help with a variety of ailments from depression to osteoporosis to cardiac disease. While…

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