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Jessica Spears and Danielle Taibi, RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services Home Health Aide Supervisors

RVNAhealth Introduces Expanded Home Health Aide Supervisory Team

Above: Jessica Spears (left) and Danielle Taibi, RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services Home Health Aide Supervisors There’s no place like home. Indeed, according to AARP, three-quarters of Americans 50 and older hope to stay at home as they age. With swelling demand for personal care and household assistance, RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical services enters the new decade with the expansion of their Home Health Aide (HHA) supervisory team to include two seasoned clinicians, Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP and Jessica Spears, LPN.   Taibi and Spears will work collaboratively to conduct client needs assessments, develop and manage customized care plans and oversee a team of approximately 100 live-in and hourly caregivers. Meet the team!  Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP Danielle Taibi joined RVNAhealth in 2014 as an occupational therapist and was promoted to her current role in September 2019. Following a career start in the entertainment industry, Danielle shifted gears to health care in 2009,
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Irene Holt, one of the original District Nursing Association of Ridgefield's earliest nurses, stands with nurse's bag in hand by the agency's first car, an old-time black vehicle.

Then and Now: How Homecare Has Changed Over 20 Years

A lot has changed in homecare since 1999 - the year our President & CEO Theresa Santoro (NOT pictured above) joined our agency as a per diem RN.
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Sponsor Spotlight: Adam Broderick Salon & Spa

Adam Broderick Salon & Spa has supported RVNAhealth in various ways since 2002. His business’s generosity has spanned from donating raffle and auction packages to sponsoring our Spring Breakfast, Southbury Spring Breakfast and Health Fair.
A daydream believer. This year .. this decade ... remember to consider your happiness with your resolutions.

Happy New Decade!

Several years ago, one of the New York City daily papers published the responses of passers-by in response to the question, “What is your New Year’s Resolution?”  Many of the
On a tour of his boyhood in Danbury, Ed Siergiej look out the window of an ambulance at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where he, his parents and brother were parishioners.

A Hospice Patient Revisits His Boyhood Past

Above: Edward Siergiej looks out the window at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where he, his parents and sister had been parishioners since 1925. World War II paratrooper. Educator. Grandfather.

Hospice Social Workers: Advocates for Patients and Their Families

When an individual diagnosed with a life-limiting illness becomes an RVNAhealth Hospice patient, Cynthia Merritt, LCSW, is often the first member of our hospice team to meet and welcome the patient and family.
Joshua Weinshank, who leads the Ridgefield office of Cramer & Anderson, with RVNAhealth President & CEO Theresa Santoro.

Sponsor Spotlight: Cramer & Anderson, Attorneys at Law

Cramer & Anderson is a member of our Governor Society and has been a sponsor of RVNAhealth events ranging from Spring Breakfast to Autumn Dinner; and from our annual (much bee-loved!) Spelling Bee and Health Fair.
Theresa, Katelyn, Gladys and Michelle hoist RVNAhealth's Thanksgiving donations for needy families in Ridgefield, Southbury, Danbury and Wilton!

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the RVNAhealth team put together plentiful Thanksgiving baskets and took to the road, partnering with local community organizations to deliver meals to those in need.

It’s a Beauty, but is it Safe?

According to the CDC, handling poultry (chicken and turkey) incorrectly and undercooking it are the most common problems that lead to foodborne disease outbreaks linked to poultry. These outbreaks increase
RVNAhealth Hospice Music Therapist Tammy Strom strums her guitar.

Hospice Music Therapy Provides Comfort and Memories

Above: Tammy Strom, MA-MTBC, plays her guitar at RVNAhealth’s headquarters on Governor Street in Ridgefield. When Tammy Strom, MA-MTBC, visits RVNAhealth hospice patients, she’s equipped with a distinctive set of
A middle-aged man is in bed with the flu, sneezing into a tissue.

Why You Really Don’t Want to Get the Flu

It’s been a short-standing family tradition to get our flu shots together at Vote & Vax© on Election Day.  So efficient and fun! We leave the polls with the rare
Multi-generation Female members of a family looking at a photo album together with their grandmother, family time

Hospice is for Living

The following essay was written by Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPCA, Chief Clinical Officer of RVNAhealth.  Keri is, has been, and always will be a hospice nurse — in
Hospice chaplain holding hands with hospice patient

How Spiritual Care Providers Help Hospice Patients and Their Families

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice is a service that helps keep those diagnosed with a life-limiting condition and prognosis of six months or less – and
Sharon Danosky with RVNAhealth President & CEO Theresa Santoro at the 2019 Autumn Dinner

Sponsor Spotlight: Danosky & Associates

Sharon Danosky, president and founder of Danosky & Associates, is a strategist and thought leader who partners with nonprofit organizations and their boards to build strong organizational capacity.
Happy Multigenerational Family

Brand New Day. Brand New …

Effective Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) has changed our name to RVNAhealth. The name change reflects our breadth of services and regional reach, both of
Joint replacement therapy

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Let’s talk about that dreaded moment … when knee pain prevents you from getting into the car. Or your hips are so sore that putting on socks seems impossible. If