At VNA, we are passionate about all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Beyond hospice and palliative care, we are proud to offer wellness services, like flu vaccinations and wellness scans, to help keep our St. Louis community happy and healthy! Particularly as kids return back to school, we stress the importance of helping kids stay healthy. Studies have shown that healthy students are also better learners. Eating well and participating in regular physical activity not only hav
Throughout the #shareandprepare series, we’ve stressed the importance of writing down end-of-life care wishes. These written instructions, called Advance Directives, are legal documents that communicate wishes in the event that a patient is unable to speak for themselves.
“The Advance Care directive is the combination of the durable power of attorney and the living will,” say Deb Schuster, an elderly law attorney practicing in both Illinois and Missouri. “The reason why we
It is no surprise that nurses play an important role in the health service experience. Whether in a hospital, a primary care facility, or a nursing home, nurses are often key caregivers and can significantly influence the quality of care given. Their behaviors, demeanors, and actions have been shown to greatly affect patients, families, and outcomes. As it relates to hospice and palliative care, however, the nurse’s role takes on a different form of significance. Caring for p
A recent study, published in Psychiatric Services, has shown that more Americans are stressed, anxious, and depressed than previous years. According to data analyzed from the U.S. Center for Diseases Control, as many as 8.4 million Americans, or 3.4% of the population, suffer from psychological distress, an umbrella term that covers a range of conditions, from common stress and nervousness to diagnosable depression and anxiety. This estimate has increased from previous estima
Current trends in food intake show that most Americans do not have healthy eating patterns. About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity, according to the USDA. The number of adults, children and youth that are overweight or obese are also high across each age. Tonya Stacy, VNA’s Director of Vaccine and Wellness Services, explains that
Advanced Illness Management is a collaboration between a patient’s primary care physician and a VNA physician. Dr. Mary Fox, VNA’s Advanced Illness Management Director, explains how AIM works as a consulting service to a primary care physician for a patient with a chronic illness. VNA often will receive a call from a referring physician, a home health network or a patient asking for a consultation with VNA to help a patient dealing with a chronic illness. Fox explains that a
Ginny Lawton has been volunteering at VNA for the past four years. Ginny was a former marketing consultant for VNA, and after retiring in 2011, she started volunteering and assisting with health/vendor fairs, administrative projects, recruitment of volunteers and marketing events. She’s pictured at the VNA booth at the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Walk which was held in September 2016. Ginny is one of VNA's greatest champions in promoting the work that VNA provides in our community.
Karen Proffitt has volunteered for VNA since October of 2001. For the past 15 years she has donated her time and talent as a bereavement volunteer assisting families after their loss and has also provided respite and companionship to hospice patients. Karen is retired. She is currently a Licensed Massage Therapist and also holds a Masters in Counseling. Karen currently provides massage therapy to VNA patients and caregivers on a volunteer basis. She is an excellent and eff
Helen Rockman has volunteered for VNA since 2005. She volunteers at VNA by leading Karaoke singing sessions for our VNA clients at nursing homes. The residents have so much fun participating and singing their hearts out. Helen is a retired School Counselor for the St. Louis City schools. She has also worked as a performer at the St. Louis Muny several years ago. Helen enjoys singing and encourages the nursing home residents to sing their old favorite songs. Thank you Hel
“Sister Marje” who passed away on January 6, 2016. Sister was a professed Religious Sister for 70 years. In her memoir, she said, “Life has become more of a matter of each present moment. I am grateful for my religious call. I am grateful for my family and all my life’s experience. I am grateful that a time will come, perhaps soon, when I receive my final summons. I praise God for everything.” When Sister Marje was diagnosed with #Alzheimers Dementia in 2005, she wrote the