On November 9, 2017 Richard Lounder of Lempster was honored at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his home, offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice to patients who served in the military. LSRVNA became a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner in 2011, the first home care agency in New Hampshire to do so. As such, the agency has made a commitment to train staff and volunteers to better meet the unique needs of home care and hospice patients who are veterans. With family members by his side, Mr. Lounder was presented with a “We Honor Veterans” certificate, pin and memory book.
Mr. Lounder served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH and at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He worked on landing gear, remembers the pilots being friendly, and that he served with good people. While in Alaska, where temperatures could go as low as -68 degrees, he recounts seeing polar bears and eating salmon that he was fortunate to catch. When asked about the food in general he responded, "Don’t ask!" Mr. Lounder and his family were deeply touched and thankful for this special recognition.
(Left to right) Daughter Molly Berry, granddaughter Diane Berry and partner Louise Richards at the ceremony for Richard Lounder.Read More
Be a Sponsor of the Kids’ Christmas Project
Once again, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) is coordinating the Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project, and there are two ways you can help bring joy during the holidays by supporting local families in need:
- Make a cash donation to help fulfill the wish lists of area children and families this year by mailing a check payable to LSRVNA Elf Fund to: LSRVNA, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.
- Adopt a family and fulfill their wish list.
For more information or to help in either of these ways, call the “Elf Line” at 603-526-4077 ext. 356 by November 17.Read More
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.Read More
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.
- October 11: Claremont Savings Bank Community Room, 145 Broad Street, Claremont
- October 17: Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon
- October 26: Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot
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 603-526-4077Read More
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 email@example.com.
- 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
- 1/4 page ad in program book
- Name in thank you ads
- 4 complimentary tickets to use as you wish
- 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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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:
603-526-4077 x 231