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Following Surgery, Injury or a Disabling Disease, Occupational Therapists Provide a Bridge to Normal Life—and Hope

From: The Huffington Post
Occupational Therapists (OTs) play an important role helping patients regain their ability to perform essential daily tasks following a stroke or other disabling disease or injury, or operations such as joint replacement or spine procedures. VNSNY OTs go directly into the homes of patients, providing a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with patients to improve activities of daily living (ADLs) right in the patient’s daily environment. Read how VNSNY Occupational Therapists Gigi Harris and Siomara Heron have helped patients reconnect with their daily lives and regain independence.
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PEARLS of Hope: How a New, Targeted Treatment Program Helped a Senior Move from Depression to Dating

From: The Huffington Post
It is estimated that nearly 20% of the 65+ population suffers from some form of depression. VNSNY’s PEARLS program, a new in-home treatment program for NYC senior citizens suffering from depression, is having remarkable success reversing the downward cycle. This story highlights how VNSNY’s PEARLS program has helped a senior in Queens overcome his depression and enjoy life again.
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Frontline Homecare Professionals Make a Difference in Keeping Diabetes In Check

From: The Huffington Post
With type 2 diabetes rates continuing to rise, understanding how to prevent and control the condition through lifestyle changes and proper medical care is more important than ever. VNSNY’s EVP and Chief of Provider Operations, Marki Flannery, discusses the important work nurses, home health aides, diabetes educators, and community-based clinicians do to combat the diabetes epidemic. By visiting people in their homes, frontline homecare professionals, including those from VNSNY, come to understand the less obvious, real-life barriers that exist, and can help patients bridge the gap between advice they receive from medical professionals and taking steps to apply this advice to their daily lives.
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At End of Life, “Home Is Where the Heart Is”

From: The Huffington Post
Rosemary Baughn, SVP of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, shares the story of Fazil Khan and his family, who were cared for at the VNSNY Haven Hospice Specialty Care Unit. The Haven is a warm, welcoming facility providing short-term pain and symptom management for patients at the end of life, in a homelike environment designed to promote dignity, comfort, and quality of life. The Khan’s story exemplifies the expertise and compassionate care the VNSNY Haven Hospice team provides, and their commitment to meeting patients and family where they are—physically, emotionally, spiritually.
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Supporting Home Health Aides in Their Vital Work Assisting America’s Seniors

From: The Huffington Post
VNSNY’s EVP and Chief of Provider Operations, Marki Flannery, discusses the invaluable role that home health aides (HHAs) play, particularly in caring for the elderly and infirm. Supporting HHAs in their essential – and challenging – job so that they can deliver consistently high-quality care to patients and clients is one of VNSNY’s top priorities. Specifically, VNSNY’s private care affiliate, Partners in Care, provides comprehensive skills training, up-to-date technology and administrative support, schedules to optimize earning potential, and opportunities for career advancement.
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Caring for LGBTQ Older Adults with Dignity and Respect

From: The Huffington Post
It is estimated that there are more than 3 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans age 55+, with that number expected to double in the next 20 years. Susan Northover, SVP of Intake and Patient Care Services at VNSNY, highlights the key ways in which VNSNY is working to ensure inclusive, respectful, and culturally sensitive care for LGBTQ older adults. This includes recent recognition from SAGE at the highest credentialing level (Platinum), and completion of SAGECare training in cultural issues, sensitivities, and best practices.
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