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    Emily Dubyoski

    Emily is the Marketing & Communications Specialist at VNA of Ohio.

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    6 Signs You are Ready for an At-Home Caregiver

    Could it be time to hire an at-home caregiver for yourself or a loved one? An at-home caregiver can significantly improve your physical, emotional and social health. With their help, you can live independently in your home and not have to move to assisted living. To get the most from a caregiver, it’s important to know when it’s the right time to hire someone.

    Below are six signs that you are ready to welcome an at-home caregiver into your life.

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    How to Alleviate Concerns About At-Home Health Care

    Home health care encompasses various types of clinical care all from the comfort of your house. As you evaluate your options for senior home care in Ohio, it’s normal to have concerns about what the process is like and what level of care you can expect. Doing your research and asking the right questions will alleviate your concerns and help you feel more confident about utilizing this personalized care.

    If you have concerns about at-home health care, here are some of the ways that you can cross these worries off your list.

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    3 Signs You or a Loved One May Need Bereavement Support

    Feeling sad after losing someone is a normal response. Each person is unique and there is no single way to grieve. However, if your symptoms persist and disrupt your ability to have a normal life, you may benefit from bereavement support. Grief counseling in Ohio is available through numerous treatment facilities, support groups and counseling.

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    Staff Say it Best: Why VNA is a Great Place to Work

    In June, 2019, Great Place to Work Institute recognized Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, under the umbrella of VNA Health Group, as a Great Place to Work. The certification process considered more than 1,000 employee surveys from across the organization. More than 60 elements were considered, including, the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do. Meet a few staff members and learn about what brought them to VNA. 

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    Give the Gift of Hope and Healing

    As the year draws to a close, many of us can be grateful for family, friends and good health as we celebrate the holidays. But, for so many others who are facing health challenges like a chronic illness, disability or a terminal condition, this is not the case. Fortunately, however, for many of them, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is providing hope and support during a difficult time. 

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    Cleveland Donor Spotlight: Bob Solich

    Our donors have chosen to invest in the health and safety of those living in our communities. Their gifts allow us to expand critical services, offer new programs and support the needs of patients and families aging or recovering at home. In a new series, we’re excited to introduce you to a few of these very generous and selfless donors. 

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    Fight against Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic

    Self Care at the Core of Counseling

    What began as a six-month pilot program, the Ambulatory Withdrawal Management Program is now in its ninth month. We talked to one client, Carl, who has been at the rehabilitation facility Stella Maris for a month. At Stella Maris treatment center, clients are initially admitted to the detox center to receive skilled nursing care as the drugs completely leave their system.

    After the detox period, participants may be admitted to the Stella Maris dorms where they begin their residential treatment program through group therapy and other activities. At that point, so soon after the initial detox, many patients are still suffering from the effects of withdrawal such as severe anxiety and depression.

    That’s where the Ambulatory Withdrawal Management Program comes in.

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    Best of the Blog 2017

    In 2017, we've told you about some of our amazing patients, clinicians and volunteers to bring stories about home health care to life. These are stories of real-life heroes who work every day to make our community better. As we close out the year, we wanted to share our top five stories. We hope they inspire you to read more, volunteer, inquire about Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio's home health care and hospice services or donate today. Enjoy!  

     

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    Season of Giving: Meet Our Compassionate Volunteers

    Community health nursing was a relatively new concept in 1902 when 13 pioneering women set out to provide in-home care for those in the Cleveland area. The concept grew into the Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland and eventually into Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. Currently, VNA of Ohio serves over 7,000 patients a year in 17 Ohio counties, providing comprehensive home healthcare services to those who need it most.

    How did VNA of Ohio become what it is today? Volunteers. 

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    Patient Emergency Fund: A Critical Safety Net for Recovery

    In July, we asked a few of our caregivers to talk about our emergency assistance program known as the Patient Emergency Fund. Caring for patients at home, our home healthcare caregivers are better able to address true patient needs. They told us incredible stories of how the Fund has made a real difference for patients in the past and continues to be an important safety net for patients that we serve. The goal of the emergency assistance is to help our patients focus on healing, recovery and regaining their independence.

    [Make a donation to the Patient Emergency Fund]

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    Working through Opiate Withdrawal [Video]

    In June, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, in partnership with the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, launched a six-month pilot program to assist recovering opioid addicts manage their withdrawal symptoms following the initial week of detox. We talked to a few patients in the program and with Jackie, a detox nurse at the Stella Maris treatment facility. Thom Huggins, RN, is the psychiatric nurse leading the program and has been at VNA of Ohio for over 25 years.

     

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    Depression is Not a Normal Part of Aging

    New blog post courtesy of Carol A. Clark, Publisher/Editor of Los Alamos Daily Post and courtesy of the Center for Disease Control

    Depression is a real but treatable mental illness and not a normal part of aging. However, older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

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    Chicks with Sticks: VNA of Ohio Volunteer Spotlight

    Yarn, yarn, yarn. For the group that call themselves “Chicks with Sticks,” it’s all about the yarn. “It’s an addiction,” one member told us. This group of energetic and extremely talented women meets about once a week to knit and crochet. A few members of the group also sew. The group has been around for over 10 years. They started as a yarn-trading group of three women who met at the library and expanded into this group that has about 10-15 members who come regularly to their meetings in Sheffield Lake.

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    An 83-Year-Old Bilateral Amputee Shares Her Story [Video]

    “Determined.” That’s how Ruth, an 83-year-old bilateral amputee describes herself and that is certainly how she has led her life. As a bilateral amputee who has lost both of her legs above the knee, she uses a wheelchair to get around most of the time. She also does exercises, “wheelchair push-ups,” throughout the week to strengthen her arms to be able to do small tasks. But, she still practices walking on two full-leg prosthetics at least three times a week. 

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    The Cavalry Arrives: Life as an In-Home Hospice Social Worker

    The caregiver-patient relationship is what really makes home healthcare work. There needs to be a mutual trust, respect and understanding between both parties. Not to mention, the home healthcare professional needs to have a solid relationship with the patient’s families and other caregivers.

    At Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, no one models this better than Laura Camp-Smith, a hospice social worker.

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    The Role of Homecare Professionals in Fight against Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic

    In 2016, the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office estimated that the opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of over 600 people just in Cuyahoga County. That’s more than double the 2015 death toll due to opioid overdose.

    Homecare professionals – nurses, home aides, social workers, counselors and other home health professionals – are in a very unique position to help curb this staggering statistic. Early intervention may be possible for many patients who suffer from opioid addition with the help of homecare professionals.  

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    Living with Lymphedema: A Patient’s Story

    Tom is a former CPA turned business executive at the paint company, Glidden. This past year has been a tough one for Tom and his wife, Barb. Last October, Tom learned that he had to have surgery and reacted badly to the treatment. So badly that he was diagnosed with lymphedema – chronic swelling in his legs and arms. By May, he wasn’t able to walk due to the swelling.

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