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Local Rotarians Treat RVNAhealth to an Upgrade

RVNAhealth staff and Rotary Club members gathered in appreciation of a grant recently received by RVNAhealth, made collectively by the Ridgefield, Stamford and Danbury Rotary Clubs, and matched by Rotary District 7980. Funds allowed RVNAhealth to replace outdated computers with new laptops for better efficiency, portability, security, and improved access to the agency’s electronic medical record.
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Julissa Garcia-Perez, Director of QAPI and Compliance, and Sally Santana, MHA, Hospice Director

New Directors Appointed to Our Growing Team

We are pleased to announce two additions to our leadership team: Julissa Garcia-Perez, Director of Quality Assurance/Process Improvement (QAPI) and Compliance, and Sally Santana, MHA, Hospice Director.
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Point, Click and SHARE! Photos From an RVNAhealth Travel Client

It’s always a treat hearing about the places that RVNAhealth Travel Services clients are off to… and even more fun when clients return and share their travel stories -- and photos! Enjoy this gallery of photos taken by a client during her trip to India.
An RVNAhealth StayWELL client enjoys a game of checkers with a caregiver outside on a patio.

Evaluating Caregivers and Caregiver Agencies

Not all non-medical caregiving agencies are created equal. There is a significant difference in quality across agencies, and there are significant differences in the qualifications and expertise of individual caregivers.
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Give Where You Live – Support RVNAhealth on Fairfield County’s Giving Day!

Fairfield County's Giving Day, on Feb. 27, is dedicated to unleashing generosity and supporting more than 400 nonprofits doing good work to make our community a vibrant place for all. This year, RVNAhealth will be directing contributions to ComfortWELL: Hospice Care to Provide Comfort and Peace.
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A Tale of Two Diets – a Primer on Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet

On Jan. 25, RVNAhealth Registered Dietitian and nutrition educator, Ava Safir, JD, MS, RDN, presented A Tale of Two Diets at Fit Club in Ridgefield, offering education and information on Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet. The presentation was fascinating, covering the science behind the diets as well as benefits and pitfalls of both. Following is key information from the presentation.
The exterior of Fairfield County Bank in Rowayton on a partly sunny day

Cast Your Ballot for RVNAhealth!

Fairfield County Bank has selected RVNAhealth as one of four charity contenders for their February 2020 Charity of the Month program. This honor is in addition to their decades-long support of our organization and our mission. Cast your ballot for RVNAhealth!
A clock showing increments when an individual on the Intermittent Fasting diet should and should not eat

A Day in the Life of an Intermittent Faster…

RVNAhealth registered dietitian and nutrition educator, Ava Safir, JD, MS, RDN, shares her experience with the Intermittent Fasting diet.
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Essential Health and Travel Safety Precautions

There is currently no vaccine for the 2019-nCoV infection. During this Novel Coronavirus situation, as always, you should practice essential safety and travel precautions, as advised by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Basics

The 2019-nCoV is a novel strain of a common family of viruses called coronaviruses. Coronavirus infections are most prevalent during the winter months and range in severity from the common
An American Heart Association infographic with recommendations for understanding your blood pressure and getting an accurate reading.

Tips for Understanding and Tracking Your Blood Pressure

Did you know that one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure? By 2030, it is expected that over 41 percent of U.S. adults will have this condition. The
Jessica Spears and Danielle Taibi, RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services Home Health Aide Supervisors

RVNAhealth Introduces Expanded Home Health Aide Supervisory Team

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.
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.