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“I Can Take Care of Myself!”—When Patients Who Need Home Care Say “No!”

From: The Huffington Post
In a recent study, 28% of 495 eligible patients refused post-acute care services (including home care) when they were offered, in most cases to their own detriment. Susan Northover, SVP of Patient Care Services at VNSNY, reflects on the study, led by Kathryn Bowles from VNSNY’s Center for Home Care Policy and Research and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The study is part of a report by the United Hospital Fund and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, exploring the under-examined issue and ramifications of eligible adults who refuse prescribed home health care.
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Community Outreach Programs Make a Big Impact on the Health of Vulnerable Populations

From: The Huffington Post
Community outreach and programs like VNSNY’s Rockaway Wellness Partnership not only improve people’s physical and mental health, but also lead to substantial savings in overall health care expenditures and can reduce the cycle of dependency. Marki Flannery, VNSNY’s EVP and Chief of Provider Operations, explains the benefits and cost-effectiveness of these programs, as well as the importance of securing ongoing funding for them so that vulnerable and at-risk individuals continue to get the support they need.
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What Bereavement Can Teach Us About Life

From: The Huffington Post
While grief is one of life’s most universal experiences, it can, paradoxically, feel isolating. VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care offers bereavement services to family members and loved ones after a death, helping them develop perspective and coping skills to grieve and live at the same time. In this article, Rosemary Baughn, SVP of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, shares valuable insights about bereavement and the important role bereavement counselors can play.
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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, 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 has helped a senior in Queens overcome his depression and enjoy life again.
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