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Advanced Healthcare Inspired by Keeping Families Together at Home

By Kelly Church

Since 1913, Cornerstone VNA has been serving Rochester, NH's elderly community with 24-hour care with a "trusted, compassionate" staff that provides "expert care." Formerly known as Rochester District VNA, the home, health and hospice service acts on a firm code of ethics, which includes loyalty, due diligence, accountability, professionalism and honesty.

The staff specializes in caring for people with a wide range of health issues including cancer, diabetes, palliative, gerontology, behavioral health, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, pain management, maternal health, long term care planning and advance directive planning, to name a few. Susan Paquette, RN and Director of Advancement for Cornerstone VNA believes that her practice allows people the privilege of being comfortable in their own home while they continue to receive care.

"The greatest benefit to having private care in the home versus nursing home/assisted living care is the ability for someone to be in the comfort of their own home and surrounded by all things that are familiar to them," Paquette says. "Given a choice, home is where you want to be, for people of all ages. But if you're faced with the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illness or require end-of-life care, you need to count on the very best in home health care."

Part of providing the standard of care for the elderly community that Cornerstone VNA stands by is ensuring that the entire staff is committed and educated. Each team member is required to complete training and become certified in chronic care management. Additionally, clinicians are certified in diabetes education, hospice, palliative care, behavioral health, wound/ostomy and incontinence care, maternal health and lactation, and IV infusion therapies, which include chemotherapy administration.

"At Cornerstone VNA, we recognize the importance of on-going education and certification of our employees," Paquette says. "It is often what sets us apart from other home health care organizations and it is an integral part of our growth. Our clinicians are responsible to not only insure quality care but also to educate the patients, their families and the community on how to achieve and maintain optimal health."

While the focus at Cornerstone VNA is on elderly care, they provide community services for people of all ages that include diabetes and cholesterol screenings, blood pressure monitoring, and medication and nutritional counseling. They set up at a handful of locations around New Hampshire and Maine, at each location for just one day per month. Most services are free to the public.

"As a full service home health care organization, Cornerstone VNA offers specialized programs designed to restore patients of all ages to their optimum level of health, improve their sense of well-being and quality of life and help them achieve the highest level of independence to live safely within their home," Paquette says. "We offer specialized services for people- from birth to advanced age."

For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been dedicated to promoting healthy living in the most comfortable way possible. Their inherent values keep them operating with integrity, passion and high standards.

"At Cornerstone VNA, we are committed to providing trusted, compassionate and expert patient centered home care delivered by a dedicated team of professionals who take the time to know the patient and their family," Paquette says. "Being mission driven, we are committed to bringing services to people of all ages regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home."

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