November is COPD Awareness Month
November is National COPD Awareness Month, and a great opportunity to help educate yourselves and others about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

According to the American Lung Association, an estimated 15.3 million Americans suffer from COPD, and several additional millions likely have COPD and don’t even know it. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD improve their quality of life and health.

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Virus Spread During the Holidays
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply.

When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe for the Holidays
November Recipe of the Month:
Roasted Butternut Squash
This month's Roasted Butternut Squash takes an easy weeknight side—roasted butternut squash cubes—and transforms it into a dish that’s worthy of a special occasion, be it a holiday table or dinner at home with someone you love. Cubes of butternut squash roasted with maple syrup and cinnamon until caramelized and tender, then tossed with fresh rosemary, it’s elegant to eat and easy to prepare.

Whether you are looking for a simple side to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, or if you want to shake up your weeknight roasted vegetable routine, this roasted butternut squash hits the spot.

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Content Credit: Well Plated
Guidance from the CDC:
Get Your Flu Vaccine
Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu and from COVID-19.

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with young, healthy adults. This risk is due in part to changes in immune defenses with increasing age. While flu seasons vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In recent years, for example, it’s estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group.

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Flu Vaccines Available at VNLV
Flu season is here!
If you haven't already done so, now's the time to get your flu shot.

We are currently offering the flu vaccine by appointment only at VNLV's office in Centerbrook.


To schedule an appointment, call 860-767-0186.
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Full Time position – Responsible for providing skilled nursing care to patients and families in their home or community and coordinating activities of home health care. Duties include but not limited to client assessment, care planning, therapeutic intervention, and overall supervision of client care and outcomes. Provides functional support and supervision to home health aides.

Must be a graduate of an accredited or approved school of nursing, licensed to practice in the state of CT, and have a minimum of one year med-surg clinical experience. Home health care/OASIS/revisit documentation experience preferred.

We offer flexible scheduling and a competitive wage/benefit package.

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RN Per Diem Positions
Registered Nurses to work per diem weekdays. Duties include, but not limited to: client assessment, OASIS time points, HHA supervision and functioning as part of the team. 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.

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