July 2, 2020
Concord Regional VNA Fosters Community Support and Togetherness Through Virtual Wellness Programming
Concord Regional VNA, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, is reimagining its wellness programs for a virtual setting as Granite Staters continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. New programming was developed to support families facing limited or no in-person contact with loved ones due to visitation restrictions at skilled living facilities. Existing programming on topics related to aging, caregiver support and education, and bereavement, have been adjusted to accommodate virtual gatherings.
“Social distancing can lead to isolation and loneliness, especially among our most vulnerable populations,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “Staying connected to others is more important than ever and adapting our wellness programs to a virtual format is one way we can support our community during this challenging time.”
All of Concord Regional VNA’s virtual programming is available at no cost to participants. For a complete list of virtual wellness and support programs, visit Concord Regional VNA’s events calendar at www.crvna.org/calendar.
CURRENT VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:
Supporting Families through Facility Restrictions connects people with loved ones in assisted living, retirement communities or skilled nursing facilities. Many healthcare facilities are either limiting or not allowing visitors during the pandemic, leaving the families and loved ones of residents feeling worried, lonely and helpless. Each Wednesday, Concord Regional VNA social workers and spiritual care counselors provide an online conversation platform for participants to gain ideas for coping and to share their experience with others facing similar challenges.
Life after Loss: Adult Grief Group is a seven-week adult grief discussion group led by trained grief facilitators who provide grief support and education to participants who have suffered a recent loss. Facilitators and participants will share the tools they have learned that have been helpful in their grief journey. Morning or afternoon sessions are available on Mondays beginning July 6, and pre-registration is required.
Spousal Loss Group is a seven-week adult grief discussion group that helps people who are coping with the death of a spouse or significant other. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and challenges associated with grieving. Morning or afternoon sessions are available on Tuesdays beginning July 7, and pre-registration is required.
Capital Area Memory Café is a monthly gathering of individuals living with memory impairment, and their family and friends. This safe, supportive and engaging environment provides an opportunity to connect and learn from others who understand and embrace the challenges of living with memory impairment. The next virtual gathering, which requires pre-registration, is scheduled for August 19. This program is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, and Granite Ledges of Concord.
Better Choices, Better Health™ is a six-week interactive workshop for adults age 18 and older living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension or any other ongoing mental or physical health condition. Facilitators provide valuable tools and information to help manage disease symptoms, maintain proper nutrition and exercise, communicate with healthcare providers and more. The summer session is currently underway and the fall session begins September 15. People interested in this workshop are encouraged to check the events calendar regularly for updates, as space is limited.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week, evidence-based educational program offered by health care organizations nationwide. Concord Regional VNA is the only organization in New Hampshire to offer this program, which provides family caregivers with tools on how to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or a friend. Concord Regional VNA offered the program virtually in March, and will offer it again later this year. Details on how to register for the program are on our web site.
Through Concord Regional VNA’s wellness services, patients, families and the larger community have access to programs that address aging, healthy lifestyles, advanced care planning, grief and bereavement, falls prevention and guidance for caregivers. More than 2,700 people in the region benefit from these programs each year.
“When in-person gathering was no longer an option, finding a way to continue offering our wellness services to the community was incredibly important to us,” Slepian said. “The community counts on us to provide education, support and guidance, and now with remote offerings, this resource is available to people in the comfort of their homes.”
Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes and leading the way in population health since 1899. Concord Regional VNA’s more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members provide unmatched care across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs, to more than 8,000 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year.
Earlier this year, Concord Regional VNA and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice announced the two agencies’ intent to merge – a move that would meet the growing demand for home and community based health care in the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire and bolster the agencies’ future sustainability. More information on the proposed merger is available at www.vnaforthefuturenh.com.