April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of excessive drinking.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  •    Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  •    Keep track of how much you drink.
  •    Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  •    Don’t drink when you are upset.
  •    Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
  •    Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  •    Make a list of reasons not to drink.

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Getting Ready for Spring
With the arrival of spring and the Farmer’s Almanac calling for cooler than normal temperatures, thoughts of the season’s activities come to the fore, and it is worth thinking about some seasonal health concerns that may arise.

Budding trees, bushes and flowers release pollen into the spring air. Moreover, a rainy spring can promote mold growth, leading to symptoms that last well into summer. You can combat spring allergies with medicines. So start your allergy medicines about two weeks before you expect symptoms, to get your defenses geared up, and follow pollen counts online or through your local weather forecast.

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11 Breakfast Smoothie Bowl Recipes
Smoothie bowls are what they sound like, but they're better. You can create pretty much any combo of flavors that you want and then top it with your favorite fruits and other crunchy things like cereal and nuts. This means it's more satisfying than a regular smoothie because you can't down it 10 seconds.

Smoothie bowls are a huge thing on Instagram and are super trendy because they are so pretty. If you've gotten hooked on açai bowls at your local juice shop, these are basically the same thing. A smoothie bowl is just an açai bowl without the açai.

PRO TIP: If you want to make a pretty design, add the heaviest ingredients last.

For more information, click here. Content credit: Buzzfeed
Take a Break - We Can Help!
Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while their loved one continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver .

Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It's a good way for you to take time for yourself.

Respite care can provide:
  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax.
  • Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor.
  • Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual.

For more information about respite care, click here . Content Credit: Alzheimer's Association

If you or someone you know needs non-medical homecare services, call Lower Valley Care Advocates at (860) 767-2695 or click here for more information.
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We're Hiring!
Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley
is Hiring: RN + LPN Per Diem Positions

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practicing Nurses to work per diem week days. Must be a graduate of an accredited or approved school of nursing, licensed to practice in the state of CT, have a minimum of one year med-surg clinical experience. Home health care/OASIS experience preferred. Please submit resume to info@visitingnurses.org.

Please submit resume to: info@visitingnurses.org .
Lower Valley Care Advocates
is Hiring: PCA/HHA/CNA Positions

LVCA is always looking for caring, compassionate, reliable caregivers to join their team, including:
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Homemaker/Companions

For more information, call Dena LaRosa at 860-767-2695 .
Let's Stay Connected!
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  Questions? Call Us! 860-767-0186