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Facebook Chat Supporting Caregivers

stav July 1st, 2013, 11:20 AM
Stav Birnbaum
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On June 27th, we had our first, live Facebook chat on https://www.facebook.com/vnsny about dealing with the stresses associated with caregiving. VNSNY’s Director of the Family Caregiver Support Program, Judy Santamaria, posted typical questions that point to caregiver stress and gave advice on how to spot trouble and solve problems.

For our first question, we asked: How are you sleeping? Is your sleep broken up because your loved on is wandering around at night?

Judy: It’s very common for family caregivers, especially those caring for someone with dementia, to struggle with getting a good…

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Exams and Anxiety

smcternan June 10th, 2013, 3:47 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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The end of the school seems like a happy place to be if you are between the ages of 5 to 18 years. Nothing but summer and fun to look forward to. But before that can happen there are final exams and projects that need to be completed. Pressure to perform well and ontime can send some children into a downward spiral. They cannot sleep, eat or cope with all the pressure put on them.  So what is a parent to do to ease this worry. First and…

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Hiding from Responsibility

smcternan March 4th, 2013, 9:05 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Photo by Michele Mieklejohn

Responsibilties at any age are important. They teach us the value of taking something to completion. Yes, even your two year old can handle some responsibilities, such as putting clothes in the hamper and making the bed. It is a great way to instill routines that can make life easier later. But what if your child runs from responsibility, what then? I have a ten year old who seems to hide whenever his name is called! Granted, at times, he thinks it is funny, but is it? We have had…

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A Conversation About Being Alone

adrouin August 16th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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photo-2It was after 8pm and the phone rang. When the phone rings in the after hours call center it could be a patient, a caregiver, a home health aide, another nurse giving report about her day, or a physician from an emergency room requesting a list of medications on someone in our care.

This time it was a gentlemen in his sixties. His medical history isn’t pertinent to the story, but he had a slew of medical conditions.

“I’ve not been feeling well,” he told me. “I’ve been having diarrhea and weakness.…

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Take a Breath

adrouin July 24th, 2012, 11:16 AM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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Take a breath.

Do it now.

Take another one. A deep breath.

How are you feeling?

Need one more? Do it again.

Be in the moment. It’s ok to feel. Just take a breath.

Take a breath to help decrease your stress right now.