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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, i

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 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

October 11, 2017

JENSEN BEACH—Memory lapses can happen to anyone at any age. But persistent bouts of confusion may carry more serious health connotations. To help individuals and their loved ones better understand what lies behind their frequent forgetfulness, the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida is providing free memory screenings for anyone exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia. “The signs may be subtle, or they may be overt, but caregivers and family members are often the first to notice that something’s not quite right,” says Jennifer Crow, VNA’s director of marketing and communications. “But as with any serious illness, early intervention is key. These screenings might make a real difference for someone in getting help much sooner than they would otherwise.” Nicolette Christie, a nurse practitioner with extensive neurological experience who also staffs VNA’s mobile medical clinic The Florence Nightingale Express, will perform the free screenings. Each session will include a memory assessment using best-practice screening tools, followed with a questionnaire if the caregiver is present. Christie will make recommendations for any needed follow-ups. The Alzheimer’s Association will be on hand to counsel families on the various local resources available to address their concerns. The first three screening dates and locations include: Grand Oaks o

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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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July 27, 2017

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida has provided expert nursing care since 1976. The company was originally founded to address the unmet healthcare needs within Martin County, and initially had one office manager, one nurse and one part-time physical therapist. In its first month of operation, the staff performed 30 home health visits. Now, VNA of Florida has 7 offices across the state serving 19 counties with over 700 employees. Our award-winning nursing care is a reflection of the hard work and dedication put forth by our exceptional field staff. For over 40 years, we have continuously exceeded national benchmarks in patient outcomes, most recently receiving a risk adjusted rehospitalization rate ranking us in the top 7% in the nation for preventing rehospitalizations.* This statistic is a positive reflection of our nursing care and its impact on the lives of our patients. nursing care Our nursing care services range from disease management to rehabilitation to palliative care, and aim to address the many and varied needs of the community’s seniors. Our services include:

  • Post Surgery Care
  • Wound Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Fall Prevention
  • Joint Replacement Program
  • Cardiac Care
  • Heart

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