October 4 - 10 is
Mental Health Awareness Week
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on October 4-10, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness and dispelling myths. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as MIAW, advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large and small, to educate the public about mental illness.

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, let's raise the voices of those with first-hand experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting the following events:

  • Tuesday Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
  • Thursday Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
  • Saturday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
  • Saturday Oct. 10: NAMIWalks National Day of Hope

To learn more and get involved, click here.
Let's Help Cure the Stigma
Fall Recipe: Homemade Applesauce
  • 6 pounds mixed apple varieties (Gala, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and cut into eighths
  • 1 cup apple juice or water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Throw the apples, apple juice and lemon juice into a pan and bring it to the boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the sugar and mix until melted. Add the cinnamon and stir through.
  • Puree the mixture in a food processor, blender or food mill. If not using right away, leave to cool and then refrigerate.
Content Credit: Food Network
Planning for a "Good Death"
My mother has been very clear, all of my adult life, about her end-of-life desires. “I don't want to linger,” she says. But as she moves closer to 90 years old in fairly good health, what does that mean? How can we help her achieve the kind of death she wants? I don't have those answers, but I've come to realize that the life force has a will of its own.

Some of what comes next means being educated, having conversations in advance, putting things in place. We hear this often when it comes to the end of life. But so much of this is beyond our grasp. In the end, no matter what we wish or plan or hope for, our loved ones will be largely bystanders. We should all be lucky enough to be there for the supporting roles, the touch and love, the reassurance and comfort.

To read more, click here. Content Credit AARP
Get Your Flu Shot Here!
Flu season is here!
Now, more than ever, it's vitally important to get the flu vaccine to reduce your chances of getting the flu.

We are currently offering the following flu clinics by appointment only at VNLV's office in Centerbrook:

  • Tuesday, October 6th from 4 - 6pm
  • Tuesday, October 20th from 4 - 6pm

To schedule an appointment, call 860-767-0186.
We're Hiring!
RN Case Manager - Hiring Bonus!
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.

Job Type: Full-time

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Please submit resume to info@visitingnurses.org.
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