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Celebrating 30 Days of Care

There are many awareness months in November including National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Home Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In order to raise awareness and recognize our patients, caregivers and staff, we’ve gathered this collection of stories and resources Celebrating 30 Days of Care.

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National Family Caregivers Month
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National Family Caregivers Month
Caregivers — take Stress Awareness Day to heart and take care of yourself. 

Read 5 practical ways to reduce caregiver stress.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
There are many myths about hospice that can keep people from getting the care they need. Learn more about hospice and how this specialized, comfort-focused care can help individuals with advanced or life-limiting illnesses.Read 5 myths about hospice care.

National Family Caregivers Month
It’s Sandwich Day, which, at VNSNY, means an opportunity to send a shout out to all of the Sandwich Generation Caregivers. Keep up the great work!

Read 5 tips for sandwich generation caregivers.

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Home Care Month
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American Diabetes Month
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American Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Home Care Month
Public health nurse Connie E. sees her work as more than a job, “My mission is give someone a little extra hope that they didn’t have before, and let them know they are not alone in their journey.”
American Diabetes Month
One third of VNSNY’s patients have a diagnosis of diabetes and our nurses treat thousands of patients on any given day. Diabetes nurse specialist Yael steps in to help nurses, patients and caregivers learn how to manage this chronic illness.
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Memory Loss: Is It Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or Normal Aging?
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COPD Awareness Month
Watch the video How to Make Living with COPD Easier for your Spouse or Parent.

National Family Caregivers Month
Caregiving is not an easy task. To help support family caregivers, VNSNY has built a library of caregiving resources.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Receiving hospice care is not “giving up.” Instead, hospice seeks to improve quality of life through relieving pain and distress—physical as well as emotional, spiritual, and mental. Read about hospice as an option for end-of-life care.
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Home Care Month
Sunitha is a physical therapist who has seen the value of providing care to patients in the comfort of their own homes. As she says, in the home environment she can be, “much more involved in improving my patients’ quality of life in home care.”
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Honoring Veteran’s Day. VNSNY is proud to be a part of We Honor Veterans as a Partner Level Four status, the highest level a hospice provider can achieve. Read how VNSNY Veterans hospice care salutes those who served.
Home Care Month
The daughter of a Bronx patient sent an email praising nurse Cleo M. for her outstanding duty as an “amazing nurse and human being” in providing care during her mother’s final days. “I believe now that if it was not because of your visit to the house last Sunday, she would’ve died sooner at home,” she added. “Thanks so much for everything you did for her, and for keeping my mom in your prayers. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Day 13Caregiver Appreciation Day Day 14World Diabetes Day Day 15
Home Health Aide Week
National Family Caregivers Month
Today is Caregiver Appreciation Day, but at VNSNY we appreciate caregivers every day as our partners in helping loved ones heal or age at home.
World Diabetes Day
This VNSNY self-care guide is designed to help teach individuals with diabetes how to manage your condition and take control of your health.
Home Health Aide Week
“I love the people that I care for,” says Earlene J. who has been a home health aide at Partners in Care for 18 years.
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Home Health Aide Week
A grateful family member sent a letter commending Cecilia M., a home health aide with VNSNY’s private care affiliate, Partners in Care, who cared for her aunt 24 hours a week over a four-year period. “She did an excellent job in caring for my aunt at all times,” wrote the niece, “as well as taking care of the cooking and cleaning. I knew I could rely on her completely.”
Home Care Month
Gale S. is the Education Manager with VNSNY’s private care affiliate, @Partners in Care, and it’s the feeling of community at VNSNY and Partners in Care that Gale finds deeply satisfying. “The fact that our workers want to stay in their jobs for years and years speaks volumes,” she says. “We’re family.”
Home Care Month
Nurse Huda S. knew that her patient  was struggling with diabetes, needed more than nursing care but understanding and empowerment. Read Huda and Carlos’s story of care.
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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Home Health Aide Week
In recognition of Home Health Aide Week, thank you to VNSNY’s 10,000 home health aides who work hard every day.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Home for the holidays – together with family, friends and VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care.

The holiday season is a time of year when patients with advanced illness want and need to be home. Quality of life actually improves when they are among the people and surroundings that bring them comfort. You can count on VNSNY Hospice and Palliative care to provide physical care and emotional support.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
“I always tell patients that in hospice we work as a team. The nurses help them with the stress inside their bodies, and I help them and their family members cope with the stress outside their bodies. I help them adjust to what’s going on and give them a sense of control.” Read more about Marilyn and the role she plays as a hospice social worker.
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American Diabetes Month
As the holiday season begins tomorrow, learn how to navigate the buffet table on a restricted diet.
Home Care Month
From our family to your family, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
National Family Caregivers Month
In addition to the physical rehabilitation, one of the benefits physical therapy can provide is helping to rebuild confidence and reduce fear.
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Home Care Month
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Home Care Month
Daniel D. is a Substance Abuse Counselor with VNSNY’s Community Mental Health Services. “I realized many of these people don’t have any family or support except for us… It’s such an awesome feeling—I’m so honored to work with VNSNY in this capacity, because we provide such an important service to people of New York.”
Home Care Month
Russell M. is a Telecom/Mobility Specialist at VNSNY: “I’m not visiting patients,” he says, “but knowing that our clinicians are using phones and tablets with cellular connectivity that we’ve worked to coordinate—and that these tools are integral to the experience of care and fulfilling VNSNY’s mission statement, and that they’re making a difference—being part of that focus on the patient is something I’m really proud of.”
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Lauren D is a Project Manager for VNSNY Hospice, and she expresses one reason why she loves working at VNSNY: “I’m so inspired by the dedicated, diligent people at VNSNY Hospice who go above and beyond every day. Yes, it’s why we’re here, but it’s still amazing to see the sincere and genuine commitment that our team members have for their patients.”
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Giving Tuesday
It’s Giving Tuesday, and our Board of Directors is matching all gifts made to VNSNY up to $100,000!Your support today will make a difference for patients like Shauna, who suffered a sudden stroke at 19 years old. Living in poverty and without health insurance, Shauna and her mother didn’t know where to turn. Her mother was caring for her, but she was unable to provide the expert care Shauna needed.

Thankfully, VNSNY was able to help Shauna and her mother — free of charge. And with your Giving Tuesday gift today, VNSNY will be able to impact DOUBLE the number of patients like Shauna who desperately need our help

Donate today.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
VNSNY’s Gifts of Gratitude allow individuals to dedicate their donation to someone at VNSNY who has touched them deeply. Hospice Nurse Selena C. proves her compassion by being one of the top three people in VNSNY’s family to receive Gifts of Gratitude. From a patients daughter: “I am writing to thank you for one of your visiting nurses who were a godsend to my mother in the last 14 months of her life. She died in November at age 98. Selena C. was her VNSNY Hospice nurse. It’s amazing to me that she walks the streets of New York with a backpack, giving personal time and attention to her ailing patients. Selena is a treasure, just want you to know that.” You can double your impact with a Gift of Gratitude today.
Home Care Month
“I am writing to thank the VNSNY team who treated my 96-year-old father after he came home from the hospital in early January of this year,” noted the daughter of a Manhattan patient. “Leslie C. RN, Ling-Wai F., MSW, Levi E., PT, and Dina K, OT, are an exceptional crew who treated my dad with professionalism and gave him expert care. My dad was impressed by their warmth and kindness. I cannot speak highly enough of this team and I hope they know how much we appreciate their effective care and attentiveness.”
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