May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is proud to participate in Skin Cancer Prevention Month. During the month of May, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

Take simple steps today to protect your skin:
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10am and 4pm.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes.

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Improve Bone Strength,
Help Prevent Osteoporosis
Dem Bones, Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around

Most people have heard this old spiritual detailing skeletal connections from the toes to the top of the head. The “hip bones connected to the back bone, back bone connected to the shoulder bone” and so forth. But how much thought do we give to our bone health?  May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men will break a bone due to this silent condition. There are things you can do to improve bone strength. The US Dietary guidelines for good health also promote healthy bones. The Vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K found in many fruits and vegetables help your bones stay strong in many ways. Here is what you can do:

•   Eat lean protein such as poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
•   Eat a least 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables daily.
•   Eat calcium rich foods: fat free or low fat dairy, dried figs, broccoli, sardines, kale
•   Exercise regularly
•   Check with you healthcare provider about calcium and Vitamin D before taking vitamin supplements.

Step up and stay strong and lean!

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The Power of Green Juice
Green Juice and It's Health Benefits
Green juices are a great way to get in your recommended servings of fresh produce, especially if you have a hard time fitting in loads of broccoli, kale, collards, or cucumbers in your everyday diet. Most green juices pack two servings of fruits and veggies into each bottle, so they're a healthy way to sneak in nutrients if you've been slacking on salads lately.

   Green Juice Recipe
2 to 3 kale leaves, to taste.
large handful of spinach.
1 head romaine.
2 celery stalks.
1 small bunch of parsley, trimmed.
1/2 lemon, peeled, deseeded.
1/2 lime, peeled, deseeded.
1 1- inch cube of peeled ginger.
Note: All items are blended together in a juicer, not a blender.

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Create a Custom Respite Plan
Taking care of an aging or ill family member can be enormously rewarding and, at the same time, exhausting and emotionally draining. As a caregiver, you feed and read, clean up, make meals, change sheets, and offer comfort and good cheer. You manage your own life during the short, sometimes unpredictable lulls in your loved one’s schedule. Small wonder 38 percent of family caregivers rate their job as emotionally stressful.

Plowing through might feel doable in the short term, but too much time without a break can lead to caregiver burnout, depression and health problems. Short breaks help you make it through the long haul.

To learn how to create a custom respite plan, click here.

Take a break! Let Lower Valley Care Advocates help you and your family. To get started, call LVCA at (860) 767-2695 or click here for more information.
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!
To learn more about Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, click here .
To learn more about Lower Valley Care Advocates, click here.
  Questions? Call Us! 860-767-0186