A Community Newsletter from Cornerstone VNA - March 2017
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We invite you to join us for a free screening of Nine to Ninety, a brilliant short film about what it takes to live, love and die with dignity and grace in the modern age.
                    Date:           March 21

                    Location:    Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth
                    Time:          Doors open at 6:00 pm
                                        Film will begin at 6:30 pm
                                        Discussion from 7-8:00 pm

Nine to Ninety is a half-hour film, which will be followed by a full hour of thoughtful conversation guided by our clinical and professional staff.  Snacks and light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend this special event.
Please RSVP to Ann Vennard at 603-332-1133 x109 or 800-691-1133, or register online here
It's a new phrase. Aging in place.  The alternative to assisted living facilities. That's what the Life Care program is all about at Cornerstone VNA.  It gives you peace of mind, as you receive the services you need in the comfort of your home.  Life Care offers private duty services 24/7, with flexible scheduling to meet your specific needs, from as little as once a week to round-the-clock care.  Our staff and services includes light housekeeping, errands and meal preparation by our homemakers, to assistance with personal care from our LNA's or personal care service providers.  Keeping a loved one at home as long as possible is a priority for many families, which is why we also specialize in Alzheimer's Care.  Whether you are a caregiver looking for a little break or you have a desire to age in place, our highly trained staff are ready to help. Call us at (800) 691-1133 or click here to learn more about our Life Care Program.

Featured Life Care Staff - Paula Carr

Paula is one of the Life Care Program's Personal Care Service Providers (PCSP).

Paula shares, "Working as a PCSP, after being in a clerical position my entire career, is so rewarding.  I really enjoy listening to stories of their life and hearing them relive some of the happiest times in their lives.  I have more passion and enthusiasm for what I do knowing I am making a difference."  
What does "Home" mean to you? The words that often come to mind are security, comfort, safety, warmth, family and good memories. All of these words reinforce our love for our home and our dream to stay at home for as long as possible; especially as we age.

Staying healthy will give you your best chance of aging in place in your home. In order for you to remain as healthy as you can, it will require you to make a conscience effort in looking at your life internally and externally to find where your life may be unbalanced. It is never too late to improve your health or situation, but the earlier you begin leading a healthy lifestyle, the better the chance you have of reaping the positive benefits, which will carry you well into your later years...(read more here.)
On Air
The C. Diff Foundation* invited Jenna Petelle Arsenault, RN, MSW and Janice Howard, Director of Life Care - Private Duty to be guests on the CDIFF radio show called "C. Diff Spores and More" to do a segment on Alzheimer's. Jenna and Janice discussed the importance of the Caregiver and description of a Caregiver's role. Listen to their segment here.

*C. Diff stands for clostridium difficile, which is a common bacterium of the intestine.

Jenna Petelle Arsenault, RN, MSW
Behavioral Health Nurse 
Janice Howard 
Director of Life Care - Private Duty

Erika Lee, MHA, Director of Advancement, and her son Cameron were at 98.7 The Bay last month to record a radio show with Ron Poulin for Country Tire Sunday Shuffle. They spoke about the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund at Cornerstone VNA and Cameron's efforts to raise money for the Fund with his classmates at Northwood School. Click here to learn more about the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund. 
Community Presentations

Palliative Care Director, Kelly Doherty RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC gave a presentation to the Rotary Club in Dover in February. Kelly's presentation focused on our clinical programs and Palliative Care. Assistant Director of Advancement, Ann Vennard, presented community education offerings as well as details about our volunteer program. 

Our staff is available to present to your community group, office or facility on the topics listed below. Please contact Sandy Powers or 800-691-1133 x126 to schedule a presentation.  For professional development, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for certain programs.
Program Title
*indicates CEUs available
Living Well Series (with COPD, Heart Failure, Diabetes, etc.)
1 hour*
Blood Sugar & Diabetic Foot Inspection Clinics
1 hour
Skin Care as We Age: Basic Foot & Skin Care
1 hour
Fall Prevention & Balance Therapy
1.5 hours
Home Safety
1 hour
Wellness & Nutrition
1 hour
Cognition & Memory
1 hour
Behavioral Health (Depression/Anxiety)
1 hour*
Aging in Place
1.5 hours
Home Health Care & You
1 hour
1 hour
Advanced Directives
1 hour
Hospice Philosophy & Benefits
1 hour*
The Difference Between Palliative Care & Hospice Care
1 hour*
When Is the Right Time for a Hospice Referral? 
1 hour*
Assessing and Managing Common End of Life Symptoms
1.5 hours*
Palliative & Hospice Care for Patients with COPD:  A Case Study
1.5 hours*
Ethical Challenges in Hospice Care
1 hour*
Introduction to Hospice Care
1 hour*
Care of the Dementia Patient at End of Life
1 hour*

Seen here clockwise are Beth, Ann, Azele, Lillian and Jean.
We are pleased to share this touching story of kindness with you. Azele (center) enjoyed her visits with her Cornerstone VNA companion volunteer, Beth, so much that she asked if we could arrange for her good friend, Lillian (left), to have a companion volunteer as well. Last month, Azele and Beth introduced Lillian to her new companion volunteer, Jean. They are looking forward to many wonderful visits filled with conversation and sharing stories! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Ann Vennard at 800-691-1133 x109 or email AVennard@cornerstonevna.org.
Caregivers, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of support, relaxation and education! The next Caregivers Connect will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Governor's Inn on 78 Wakefield Street in Rochester, NH. Our goal with Caregivers Connect is to connect you with important information, resources and support to help you on your caregiving journey. More details coming soon on our website! This event is generously underwritten by Federal Savings Bank.

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