Influenza Vaccination Week







December 2 - 8 is Influenza Vaccination Week.

Influenza, or flu, is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. We are all at risk for getting and spreading the flu. If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu.

Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination each and every year. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about influenza and annual vaccination.

For more information, click here.
It's not too late! If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, call Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley at 860-767-0186 .
We are here to help you stay healthy.
Keep Warm with This Chili
From the-e-list:

"I adapted my favorite Turkey Chili recipe to the instant pot, and it saves an hour and 10 minutes of cooking time. Prep is about 20 minutes, sauté for about 10 minutes, and then cook for 20. I normally make chili on the weekend to see us through the first few days of the week, but this option works midweek, too."

For the full recipe, click here.
Stay Healthy For the Holidays
This is a season of parties, gathering with family and friends, traditions, celebrations and shopping. This is also prime season for germs to interrupt your fun! You can do some simple things to prevent germs from spreading. The Henry the Hand Foundation has declared the week of December 2nd as National Handwashing Awareness Week. This is a great time to teach your children, protect yourself, and spread the word not the germs!

Follow these tips to decrease your chances of getting sick this winter:

1.   Wash your hands every time you come home.
2.   Wash your hands before you eat.
3.   Do not touch the “T-Zone” (eyes, nose and mouth).
4.   Clean surfaces in your home like doorknobs, countertops and water faucet handles and children’s toys.
5.   You can use common household cleaning products containing hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, or soap.
6.   Wash your hands after touching a sick person’s tissue, or laundry.

Check out the video from Dr. Sawyer of the Henry the Hand Foundation : Healthy Holiday Tips
Melatonin as a Sleep Aid: Is it Safe?
In all, U.S. consumers are expected to spend more than $425 million on melatonin supplements in 2018, up from $259 million in 2012, according to Nutrition Business Journal. More than 3 million adults and close to a half-million children take it, and that number is expected to grow as more sleep-deprived families clamor for cheap “natural” remedies and companies roll out everything from melatonin teas to mouth sprays to animal-shaped gummies.

To learn more, click here to read the full article.
Meet Susan Barringer, RN, MSN, MPH
Staff & Community Educator
Susan Barringer joins the VNLV team as an experienced nurse and health educator.
Susan has worked in hospitals and community settings in New York and Connecticut and has also followed her passion for health education around the globe.

Susan returned to Old Lyme last Spring to be near family and to enjoy all that this area has to offer. She looks forward to working with the towns and communities to engage people in healthful and fun activities!

Welcome, Susan, to the VNLV team!
News from Lower Valley Care Advocates
We're Hiring!
V isiting Nurses of the Lower Valley

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. Flat fee per day plus.

*New Fall 2018 competitive per visit rate*.

For more information, call 860-767-0186 or email smaxwell@visitingnurses.org.
Lower Valley Care Advocates

LVCA is always looking for caring, compassionate, reliable caregivers to join our team including:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Homemaker/Companions

Join us for:
  • Flexible schedule
  • Competitive pay
  • All shifts available
  • Many southeastern CT areas available.

For more information, call Jen Martinez at 860-767-2695 or
RN Per Diem Positions

Registered nurses to work per diem week days. Responsible for providing skilled nursing care to patients and families in their home or community. Duties include but not limited to client assessment, HHA supervision, and overall monitoring of client care. 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/revisit documentation preferred.

For more information, call 860-767-0186 or email smaxwell@visitingnurses.org.
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