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The VNA of Florida Helps Nursing Students Educate Seniors about Local Home Healthcare Options

March 27, 2019

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) participated in a community outreach event at the Kane Center recently to help promote awareness about local home health services that are available to senior citizens and their families. The event was coordinated by Thaysha Dutes and Natalie Darling, two South University nursing students who regularly work with seniors at the Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital. “The number one thing I hear from patients getting ready to leave the hospital is that they aren’t sure who to turn to or where to go,” said Thaysha. “I wanted to let the community know there are resources out there that they may not be aware of.” The event highlighted local Alzheimer’s, stroke, and home healthcare organizations and the services they provide to those who have become immobilized due to their current health condition. Representatives from Encompass Health, Alzheimer’s Community Care, Total Home Health, the Kane Center, and the Coalition for Independent Living Options also spoke at the event. Andy Palacios, VNA Administrator, and other staff members were on-hand to discuss the home health services provided by the VNA that can be of great benefit to seniors and their families, such as Alzheimer and dementia monitoring, in-home doctor visits through Visi

March 26, 2019

This year, the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida’s charitable organization, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, held its 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction on May 9th & Friday, May 10, 2019, at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Florida.

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

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

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