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Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Serves Your Healthcare Needs

By Marina Jokic

President/CEO Beth Slepian proudly points out that for many decades, Concord Regional VNA has provided a wide range of personalized services and programs in the convenience of people's homes.

"Maybe we helped one of your family members complete daily activities through Personal Home Services- perhaps, you have had a flu shot or are a frequent visitor to one of our many Senior Health Clinics," says Slepian.

Concord Regional VNA serves many patients with long-term health problems through offering home care that helps patients learn about their problems and manage them; hospice care that aids in managing a terminal illness as well as counseling for families; personal home services including homemaking, personal care, and companionship to help people remain independent and self-sufficient; and palliative care (in collaboration with Concord Hospital), a series of specialized services from an interdisciplinary team that help alleviate symptoms and stressors of a serious illness.

Concord Regional VNA employs professional workers to fill the various responsibilities at the agency and at people's homes. Nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, licensed nursing assistants, home health aides, spiritual care counselors, liaisons, and support staff are poised to respond and help.

The staff includes 78 employees who have on average more than 10 years of experience serving the community. Additionally, their experience and commitment to using the latest information technology enhances their ability to deliver the best possible care and treatment. Not only do patients have access to tailored programs, but they also can take advantage of free programs.

One particular example is Better Choices, Better Health- a free six-week self-management program that helps adults living with chronic health conditions regain control of their health, and start doing the things they love. Likewise, "A Matter of Balance" is a free eight-week falls prevention program centered on helping patients change their attitude about falling and transform their environment to reduce fall risk factors. Strength-building exercises that also promote balance are a cornerstone of the program.

As a nonprofit organization, Concord Regional VNA further invests in the community by providing services, education and health prevention programs to meet the needs of all individuals, regardless of a person's ability to pay. The agency recognizes the value and responsibility that each individual has in creating and sustaining a strong community.

To that end, they support the community by serving on boards and committees for many local, state, and national organizations such as the Capital Area Public Health Network, CATCH Neighborhood Housing, Concord Housing and Redevelopment, Home Care Association of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind among others.

Most notably, in 2015, Concord Regional VNA provided more than $3.6 million in community benefits consisting of subsidized health care, charity care, community health education, senior health clinics, health professions education, baby's first homecoming visits, immunization clinics, and bereavement services.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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