“I get by with a little help from my friends.” Or so the words from the Beatles song say. However, we may face a time in our lives when we need more than “a little help from my friends.” That’s where Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine (VNHCH) comes in. Based in North Conway, VNHCH provides assistance to the older population who want to remain in their homes, post-surgical or post-injury patients recovering at home, new mothers, and those facing their final journey in life.
Bruce and his brother, Oscar, are happy to be in their homes and aging in place…at ages 98 and 100. Both brothers were unsure of having assistance at their homes. Bruce realized the benefits of VNHCH when he received medical services at his home following a hospitalization. Today, he has a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) who comes to his home twice a week to help with light housework and even help him by setting up his photos on his tablet. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened,” explained Bruce. “I realized how helpful it is to have the LNAs come here. My house is always neat and I like having them here for the company. They are all awfully nice.” Bruce then convinced Oscar to have an LNA from VNHCH come in to help in the same way. “If they don’t do a thing but talk to me,” recounted Oscar, “it’s all very helpful.”
“We see so many spouses and adult children, who take on the role of caregiver, experiencing high levels of stress,” said Sandy Ruka, Executive Director of VNHCH. “Everyone’s needs are different,” Ruka added. “We are here to help people remain in their own homes with comfort, safety and confidence whether they are recovering from an injury or surgery or to age in place.”
VNHCH offers a wide variety of services to meet their clients’ needs at many levels. Care is coordinated with the client’s physicians, hospitals, and other area healthcare agencies to ensure the overall health plan is in harmony with the client’s best interests. VNHCH’s Skilled Services provide professional care by Registered Nurses and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists. The Chronic Disease Management Team works with clients and their healthcare providers in creating a plan to help the client reach his/her own life goals. VNHCH offers a range of specialty care services such as wound care, ostomy care, behavioral health, and more. Licensed Nursing Assistants are available for help with daily living activities and personal care services and homemakers provide assistance with routine household tasks. For the end-of-life journey, VNHCH offers compassionate Hospice care to clients and their families with support from physicians, nurses, spiritual caregivers, social workers, home health aides and specially trained volunteers.
VNHCH also offers support groups such as the Loss and Recovery Group for those who have lost a loved one and the Crossings peer support group for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The Care for the Caregiver is an important support group for those caring for a loved one.
For more information on services, programs and support groups, please visit the website at VNHCH.org or call 603-356-7006 or 800-499-4171. VNHCH is there for you as your healthcare partner when you need more than “a little help” from your friends. Passionate people. Compassionate care. ###