Bereavement Support During the Holidays

In addition to its ongoing bereavement support groups, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) has planned two special programs for the holidays. One is a two-part informational and learning program on how to handle the holidays after a loss. The other is the annual “Time of Remembrance” celebration to remember and honor the lives of loved ones lost.

Holidays can lose their luster after the loss of a loved one. “Handling the Holidays After a Loss” is a two-part program that explores ways to proactively plan and maneuver through the holidays. It will be held at LSRVNA at 107 Newport Road in New London on November 2 and 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

“Time of Remembrance” is an annual event to celebrate the lives of individuals in the LSRVNA Hospice program and community who have died over the past year. This special ceremony will be held on November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 10 North Main Street in Newport and will include readings, music and refreshments.

Both of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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Community Health Forums in Claremont, Lebanon and Wilmot

Share your thoughts about the health of our region!

As part of its 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to attend one of its Community Health Forums, being held to help identify and address the health needs of our community.

All three forums will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. “We hope area residents will join us to share their thoughts and concerns about the health and wellness of our region,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO. “While Lake Sunapee VNA can’t address every need, we can work as an agency and community partner on those issues where we can have the greatest impact.”

RSVPs are appreciated by calling 603-526-4077

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Lake Sunapee VNA Hosts “Small Plates for a Big Cause”

The Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice annual summer party will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the New London Historical Society and will feature tapas (yummy small-plate selections from area chefs), a sangria bar, music and more.

Bring friends, family or colleagues to a festive, relaxed evening while helping to sustain vital home health care and hospice services for our community. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships (which include tickets) are available at several levels and are so important to the event’s success. If you can't attend the event, consider being a sponsor instead (see sponsorship information below).

For tickets and information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

 

SPONSORSHIPS

LUMINARY:  $1,500   

  • Half-page ad in program book
  • Name displayed at event
  • Name in thank you ads, press releases
  • 6 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

STAR:  $500    

  • 1/4 page ad in program book
  • Name in thank you ads
  • 4 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

BENEFACTOR:  $250   

  • Name listed in program book
  • 2 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

Although sponsorships are accepted at any time, please notify us by August 25th in order to be included in the Program Book.

Tickets not being used by Sponsors will be offered to Lake Sunapee VNA staff!

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“Widow to Widow” Grief Support

Embrace a New Chapter in Your Life

If you are a woman grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other, “Widow to Widow” may be just what you need to help embrace a new chapter in your life. This ongoing bereavement support group meets on the first Monday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lake Sunapee VNA, and participants may attend as much or as little as they like.

In the words of one participant, “This group provides an opportunity for women to come together and share their unique stories, laughter—and sometimes kleenex—in a safe place of compassion and confidentiality.”

For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief

Five-session bereavement support program to begin July 13

Lake Sunapee VNA will offer a five-session bereavement support program called “Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief” beginning on July 13. This five-session program is designed to help people experiencing grief gain insight into the challenges of loss that can help one “grow through grief.” It will be held on July 13, 20, August 3, 10 and 17 (all Thursdays) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon Public Library, 9 East Park Street, Lebanon.

There is no fee and no registration necessary. For more information, call 526-4077.

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Free Screenings of “Being Mortal” on June 6 and 21

Film Explores End-of-Life Care

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is holding two free community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal”:
Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Buckley Room at Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont
Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Summercrest Senior Living Community, Newport.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of planning ahead about end-of-life decisions, and delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so that our true wishes can be known and honored at end of life. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at atulgawande.com.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about this event or to RSVP, call Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077.

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Dr. Donald Eberly Named Chair of Lake Sunapee VNA Board

Donald A. Eberly, MD, FACS, has been appointed Chair of the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Board of Directors for 2017-2018. Eberly, a long-time resident of New London, retired in 2016 after 36 years as a general surgeon at New London Hospital. He also served on the New London Hospital Board from 1990-1998. Eberly received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and attended medical school at the University of Florida. He brings not only a great depth of knowledge and experience in health care, he also has an exceptional commitment to the wellness of our community. Joining Dr. Eberly on the Executive Committee are Deanna Wilson, Vice Chair; Maynard Goldman, Treasurer and Bo Quackenbos, Secretary. The agency also welcomed three new members to its Board: Lisa Richmond of Claremont; Daniel Junius of Sunapee; Dr. Gregory Curtis of Etna. “We are proud to have such strong Board leadership and membership. Our Directors’ diverse backgrounds are vital as we continue to meet the challenges of caring for our region,” shared Jim Culhane, President and CEO of LSRVNA. For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

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Don’t miss the annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon!

May 17th Luncheon Details

SAVE YOUR SEAT for the 18th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon on May 17, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. $40 per person. Call or email today to reserve your seat!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER, Dr. Marion Hardy, an osteopathic physician and retired US Air Force Colonel, who will provide us with her inspiring message of "Empowering Women at Every Stage of Life."

BE A SPONSOR and help the event raise vital funds for the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Pediatric Program. Sponsorship opportunities.

NOMINATE an area woman you know for her extraordinary volunteer community service. Nominations due no later than April 14, 2017.

For reservations or questions, contact:

Cathy Raymond
craymond@lakesunapeevna.org
603-526-4077 x 231

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Awards and Presentations Given at Annual Meeting

Two very deserving individuals were honored at the Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting held on March 7 in Newport. Claudia Lewis was announced as the winner of the 2017 “Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award” for her incredible dedication to The Renaissance Shoppe since 2005. The 2017 “Imagine the Possibilities Staff Award” was presented to Beth Eldridge, RN Case Manager, who has been quietly, competently and compassionately caring for members of the community and supporting her fellow staff for more than eight years.

beth eldridge

Members of the Board of Trustees were also recognized at the meeting. Newly appointed members include Dr. Gregory Curtis, Dan Junius and Lisa Richmond. Sheldon Boege is stepping down as Board Chair, but will still remain on the Board. He was thanked for his leadership and guidance by Jim Culhane, President & CEO, and Dr. Donald Eberly, incoming Board Chair.

claudia lewis

The more than 80 attendees were also treated to an engaging presentation by Dr. Alan Kono of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Kono spoke on “The Role of Palliative Care in the Treatment of Advanced Cardiac Disease.” He stressed the importance of discussing and including palliative care measures much sooner in an individual’s disease process, which is a strength of the Lake Sunapee VNA’s Palliative Care Team. For more information about palliative care, call 603-526-4077.

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Good Day Respite

Are you caring for someone with memory loss?

Good Day Respite is a day program run by Lake Sunapee VNA that supports adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their caregivers. A Licensed Nursing Assistant oversees the program, which meets throughout the year on Mondays and Thursdays at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London and on Fridays at United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Participants are dropped off by their caregivers at 10am, and throughout the day, enjoy discussion, games, lunch, crafts, entertainment and more. Volunteers help facilitate these activities, all of which provide stimulation and socialization for the program participants until their caregivers return to pick them up at 3pm. During the program’s five hours, caregivers of the participants have time for errands, activities and a much needed break, knowing their loved ones are in a safe and supportive place.

Each location can take up to 12 participants, and there is a nominal fee with scholarships available for those in need. If you care for an individual with memory loss, let Lake Sunapee VNA determine if the program is right for you. For more information, call 603-526-4077.

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