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VNA Patient Spotlight: Meet Kate

February 26, 2019

  vna-home-health-care-patient-kateKathleen, or “Kate” as her friends call her, has been a patient with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) for over 3 years. Originally from New York City, she grew up acting and performing in the city’s theaters. It was while walking through New York City that she first felt a sharp pain in her leg. The following morning, she awoke to find that her leg was bright red. Having previously had knee replacement surgery, Kate thought her pain was directly related to her knee implant. But the next day, when her other leg began displaying the same symptoms, Kate knew it was something else. Eventually, she decided to relocate to Florida to be closer to her family while trying to gain control of her health. Ultimately, she underwent 21 different surgeries to try to alleviate her symptoms. While she healed, she employed the home health care services of the VNA.

“Everyone at the VNA goes above and beyond to make their patients feel like more than just a number,” said Kate.

Now, over three years later, Kate has employed many home health care services offered by the VNA

January 31, 2019

VNA Patient Spotlight: Meet Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, Judge

Judge G., a retired Air Force Master Sargent and Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) home health patient, recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. When asked what his secret is for longevity, he replied with a smile, “Always eat your vegetables.” Judge, who was born in Louisiana, began his military career in Virginia in 1940. The World War II veteran recounted his experiences following his enlistment in the Air Force. “I flew my plane right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” he said. While stationed at Bowman Air Field in Kentucky, he met his late wife, Ann. They were married for 52 years and have two children and four grandchildren. Judge began using the VNA’s home health services after severe chest discomfort landed him in the local hospital. Thankfully, his pain was attributed to a non-life-threatening issue and he was released from the hospital with orders to begin using home health services. A friend of Judge’s son recommended that he use the VNA because they had a very positive experience with the agency and their staff. “A friend of ours had been using the VNA’s services for their parents and they were very satisfied,” said Judge’s son, David.

July 13, 2018

VNA Care Management: Why You Need This if You’re Caring for an Aging Loved One

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) understands firsthand that care management is a full-time responsibility. It’s not uncommon for family members who are caring for a loved one at home to find themselves handling more than just their loved one’s immediate healthcare needs. Oftentimes, family members must manage their loved one’s financial obligations, doctor’s appointments, caregiver scheduling, medication refills, and so much more. When the demands of caring for a loved one become too challenging to manage alone, family members need someone to turn for trusted care management services—someone like the VNA. Care management by the VNA connects medical professionals with family members who are caring for an aging loved one at home. Our care management team assists family members with managing their loved one’s health conditions and associated responsibilities, including:

  • Handling and monitoring basic financial transactions
  • Patient transitions to and from hospital stays
  • Coordination of home healthcare services
  • Providing resource referrals for elder law, financial planning, and bill paying

  If you worry about the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one becau

July 5, 2018

ball-to-raise-awareness-about-alzheimersRecently, Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach Assisted Living by the VNA hosted the First Annual Purple Ribbon Ball, a prom-inspired event that helped raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related disorders. The ball was a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer’s Association and the Memory Café program at Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach. Many members of the local community and the Alzheimer’s Association were in attendance, including Audra Apalino, Chief Executive Director of the S.E. Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Donna True, Program Service Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Memory Café is a fun and uplifting event for both care partners and those with memory changes, and the Purple Ribbon Ball is a wonderful example of that,” said Donna True. The Grand Oaks activity room was festively decorated for the occasion, with a large purple and white balloon archway, purple and white balloon centerpieces, and purple tablecloths. Guests received purple corsages or boutonnieres when they arrived and got their picture taken in front of a purple backdrop embellished with golden “prom king” and “prom queen” crowns. The event kic

June 29, 2018

waves-hurricane-preparednessIn March, 2018, Governor Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living facilities in Florida. The new regulations require all facilities to have a backup generator and detailed Evacuation and Emergency Plan (EPP) in place. Governor Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center in Broward County perished from heat exposure following Hurricane Irma in September of last year. The residents’ deaths raised serious questions of whether emergency preparedness measures were adequate in senior care facilities throughout Florida. After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and Louisiana in 2017, stricter federal emergency planning requirements were put in place. However, because nursing homes and assisted living communities are primarily under state regulation, the newly-implemented federal guidelines were not sufficiently adopted by all senior care facilities in the U.S. We feel it’s important for everyone to know that all Grand Oaks assisted living communities in Palm City, Jensen Beach, and Okeechobee, as well as all facilities managed by the Visiting Nurse Management Com

June 13, 2018

senior-care-by-drinking-waterDuring the hot summer months, one of the simplest yet most overlooked necessities is proper hydration. This is especially true when it comes to senior care. The elderly or those suffering from certain health conditions are particularly susceptible to dehydration. While it’s no surprise that drinking plenty of fresh water can help keep dehydration at bay, drinking more water also has additional health benefits that may make that boring glass of water seem a little more exciting! Did you know that adding an extra glass or two of cool ice water a day can help: Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness. Water lubricates and relaxes joints. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis or chronic joint discomfort, increasing your water intake can help relieve daily aches and pains, and in turn, improve your quality of life. Maintain a Comfortable Temperature. If you suffer from extreme highs in body temperature or excess sweating during the summer months, drinking more water can help keep you cool by lowering your body temperature. Water works as a regulator to help balance your system and cool you down if you get too hot. Try keeping a glass of ice water with you wherever you go to maintain a co

June 6, 2018

couple-with-alzheimers-and-dementia-on-beachJune is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach is helping spread the word about brain-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to a recent study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 47 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. While most people recognize the symptoms of these disorders, like forgetfulness, impaired speech and confusion, many people are unaware that dementia and Alzheimer’s are not the same disease. Dementia is a generalized medical term used to describe brain-related symptoms like memory loss and impaired cognitive function. Dementia can be caused by various disorders or conditions, including:

  • Brain Injuries and Tumors
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Alzheimer’s disease

While dementia is characterized by damage to the brain cells, Alzheimer’s disease involves deposits of tangled protein fragme

May 21, 2018

vna-golf-tournamentThe Visiting Nurse Association of Florida’s charitable organization, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, recently held its 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Florida. The event commenced with a cocktail reception and silent auction on Thursday, May 10th followed by a 20-team golf scramble on Friday, May 11th. The events were sponsored by several distinguished organizations, including Dunn Capital Management as the Title Sponsor, Martin Health System as the Lead Auction Sponsor, and Medline as the Lead Golf Sponsor. “I’m so pleased that a very strong segment of our community showed support for our events and raised significant funds for our charity. This allows us to continue providing the highest level of medical care to the communities we serve,” said Greg Wheeler, the Executive Vice President of the Foundation. Both the silent auction and golf tournament brought in record attendance and donation amounts this year. In total, over $60,000 was raised by the generous community

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March 22, 2018

Stress can become a boulder that keeps you from being productive. It gets dragged around from place to place, and sometimes it seems to be never ending. It is critical to find ways to relieve the stresses caused in life. Whether it be from anxiety, your surroundings or just a new occurrence that has you flustered, making time for yourself will prove to be an immense positive step in your overall health. Here are four ways you can relieve your stress and live a happier more productive life.

  1. Meditation- Meditation is a wonderful tool in not only relieving stress, but has also been proved to prevent it from returning in the future. This can be practiced in a multitude of ways. One very helpful strategy is taking a moment to start each day with a positive thought before you get out of bed. You can also try sitting in a calm, quiet setting and taking in the peace. Calming music is another key form of meditation that will help you find a sense of tranquility in your life. In the end, it ultimately comes down to what makes you feel at ease and comfortable.
  2. Yoga- Yoga is great for your body and mind. It will create more flexibility in muscle’s that

September 27, 2017

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida has been dedicated to serving the community since 1976. During that time, we’ve learned a lot about our patients and what aspects of their homes make them truly feel like home. In 2011 we opened our first assisted living community, with two additional communities following that. Our understanding of both home health care and senior care management led us to start the Visiting Nurse Management Company. The VNMC helps senior living community owners and investors manage their communities as efficiently as possible with assistance in all aspects of community development from pre-opening funding and design to community operations. Our team helps owners and investors build communities from the ground up and assists communities under duress solve existing problems. Our goal with every community we manage is to improve the quality of life for residents and to ensure their continued safety and wellbeing. senior care managementOur team can assist companies with everything from conception to completion. Whether the community is up and running or a mere idea, our expertise can come in handy. Some of th

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