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VNA Caregiver Spotlight: CNA Pat and Client Vincent

November 13, 2019

  Vincent and his wife Lynne have lived in Florida for 27 years. They relocated from Philadelphia, PA, after retiring from their respective professions as a teacher and shoe manufacturer. They chose their home in Florida because it’s in a community with two golf courses, and Vincent and Lynne both enjoy playing golf. A little over a two years ago, Vincent fell and broke his ankle. He spent time in a rehabilitation center before receiving a recommendation for home healthcare services from the VNA of Florida. Although they hadn’t used VNA services before, Lynne and Vincent followed the recommendation from the rehabilitation center staff members and used the VNA’s skilled nursing, therapy, and personal care services to help Vincent’s broken ankle heal. When he was almost recovered, however, he suffered another unfortunate setback—a stroke. After spending an additional four months in a rehabilitation center, Vincent was able to return home yet again. Right away, Lynne requested home health services from the VNA. Patricia “Pat” Weir became their certified nursing assistant (CNA), spending five days a week at their home caring for Vincent.

“I couldn’t do it alone. Now I’m able to go out and do things and I have no worries. We can trust Pat completely,” said Lynne.

Every day, Pat helps Vincent with bathing

October 1, 2019

  Within the past year, numerous provisions related to the regulation of healthcare facilities by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) were amended, as per Florida Senate Bill 622, with several of the amendments directly affecting nurse registries. To understand how the provisional amendments affect in-home healthcare, it’s important to note that nurse registries and home health agencies are two separate business entities with different regulations. For example, both businesses provide healthcare services to patients in their homes, but home health agencies (like the VNA) are required by Florida law to employ their caregivers, whereas nurse registries use independent contractors. The reality is nurse registries do not have employees, they do not carry workers compensation insurance, nor do they carry liability or malpractice insurance. Independent contractors working on behalf of nurse registries are also not covered by the registry for injury, damages, or criminal acts, such as theft. Home health agencies like the VNA provide full workers’ compensation, liability and malpractice insurance, as well as take full responsibility for all employees’ conduct and behavior. As per the latest legislative changes, nurse registries are restricted from

August 7, 2019

vna care manager lauren and client pattyPatty is happy to be a client of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA). Her children, grandchildren and extended family members live out of state, so Patty relies on her VNA Certified Care Manager, Lauren Fischesser, R.N., to help her remain active and independent. She also relies on Lauren to keep her family informed about her health and well-being.

In addition to managing Patty’s medications, accompanying her to doctors’ appointments, making sure she has any medical equipment she may need, and keeping her family informed, Lauren also provides companionship and brightens Patty’s day in heartwarming ways.

“We have dinner together and spend holidays together,” Patty said. “And we tease each other a lot.”

”We really are good friends,” said Lauren.

Patty was a client of Lauren’s in the past when Lauren worked for a different home healthcare agency.

July 1, 2019

woman experiencing caregiver stressA caregiver is anyone who aids another person in need, such as a disabled spouse, ill child, or aging parent. However, family members caring for senior adults is becoming more common in the U.S., as baby boomers grow older. In fact, one out of every three adults in the United States provides care to an aging adult. Despite the large percentage of family members providing care, many don’t recognize their role as a caregiver, and even more are unable to recognize when they’re feeling stressed.  

Caregiver Stress is a Real Thing

Providing in-home care to an aging parent or other family member can be rewarding for many reasons. For most caregivers, being available when a loved one needs someone is an important part of providing care. However, having to balance work and life responsibilities with care-giving can cause high levels of physical and emotional stress. Signs of caregiver stress include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or sad
  • Feeling abandoned by others, such as family members or friends
  • Worrying often
  • Feeling tired
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Feeling irritated or angry
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Losing interest in activities you once e

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