COVID-19 Update from VNLV
In light of the current situation, we understand that you may be feeling anxious and even uncertain about having anyone in your home. While in-home care may not seem ideal, it's probably the best way to keep you safe at home. Hospitals and Urgent Care Centers may be reaching maximum capacity with the acutely ill. Many doctors' offices are closed or operating at limited capacity with telehealth visits. Homecare brings you the help you need, right where you are. We are here for you.

Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is committed to keeping you safe at home. Our staff is trained in infection control and fully prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances. Rest assured, we will continue to provide care you can count on.

We are in close communication with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where our team is continuously updated on this evolving situation.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov . Thank you for your patience and trust in us.
Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
  •    Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  •    Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  •    Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  •    Worsening of chronic health problems
  •    Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

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National Public Health Week
April 6-12
Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. In the workplace, let’s partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there.

During each day of National Public Health Week, we focus on a particular public health topic. Then, we identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.

Note: The events have been adapted to comply with social distancing. There are still ways to get involved remotely.

For more information, click here.
Daily Themes
Monday: Mental Health - advocate for and promote emotional well-being

Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health - ensure the health of mother and babies throughout the lifespan

Wednesday: Violence Prevention - reduce personal and community violence to improve health

Thursday: Environmental Health - help protect and maintain a healthy planet

Friday: Education - advocate for quality education and schools

Saturday: Healthy Housing - ensure access to affordable and safe housing

Sunday: Economics - advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life

For more information, click here.
Cook at Home!
Crustless Spinach Quiche
Ingredients:
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  •  5 eggs, beaten
  •  3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
 
In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

To read the full recipe, click here.
We're Hiring
Weekend On Call RN: Hiring Bonus!
Registered nurse to work every other weekend on-call Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Monday 8:00 a.m. Candidate to triage calls, and make scheduled and unscheduled visits.

BSN preferred. One year of med surg experience required; previous homecare experience and computerized documentation experience required.
RN Per Diem Positions
Registered 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 resumes to info@visitingnurses.org .
Let's Stay Connected!
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To learn more about Lower Valley Care Advocates, click here.
  Questions? Call Us! 860-767-0186