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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 feeling that, ‘We are a family who does the right things!’ This year, however, our tradition was interrupted by the flu itself, which arrived in our home a week earlier.  My husband was diagnosed on October 29 and our eight-year-old daughter on Halloween morning. How rude is that!?   It’s been a while since we saw the flu up close and it was a good reminder that it’s not nearly as fun and relaxing as you might think.  I myself daydream of catching up on reading, cleaning closets, perusing catalogs, shopping for the holidays, and relaxing in a plump, clean, well-made bed.  Please note: This is a fantasy and couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is a glimpse of what
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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
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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.
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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
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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
Gigi Weiss (third from left) with members of the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation team.

RVNAhealth’s Gigi Weiss Earns Innovation Award

At RVNAhealth, we all know that Gigi Weiss, MSPT, CDP, CKTP is incredible. That opinion was seconded today when Gigi, RVNAhealth’s director of rehabilitation services, was selected for the Innovation
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Thank You for Making RVNAhealth’s 2019 Fundraiser a Success!

A big thank you to all who attended the 2019 RVNAhealth Autumn Dinner. Our annual fundraiser was a success! If you didn’t attend, check out our photo gallery below to
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RVNAhealth Hospice Services to Host Holiday Support Group

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day – the winter holiday season – can be especially challenging for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. From Nov. 19 through
RVNAhealth Board of Directors, Eileen Walker, Theresa Santoro

RVNA Welcomes Board Members to New Term

Above: Eileen Walker, RVNA Board of Directors Chair (left) with RVNA President and CEO Theresa Santoro. Dedication. Vision. Compassion. These are among the many traits that members of RVNA’s Board
RVNAhealth wellness programs for patients feeling dizzy

Feeling Dizzy? You’re Not Alone.

More than one in three Americans will experience dizziness at some point in their lives. If you’ve never heard the words “vestibular therapy” before, consider yourself lucky. And about to
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Elizabeth DeMassa Earns Marguerite Regan Nursing Award

From left, Theresa Santoro, RVNA President & CEO; Scholarship recipient, Elizabeth DeMassa;  MJ Heller, RVNA Director of Philanthropy There’s a saying, “When you’re a nurse, you know that every day
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Mind Those Curves!

Above: Students off to conquer the world! With the 2019-20 school year in session, it’s time to pay attention to one big test that many students today face. You might
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An RVNA Hospice Volunteer Shares Her Story

Above: Hospice Volunteer Julia Rothenberger (left) works with Hospice Program Coordinator Jennifer Zucaro RVNA had the pleasure and good fortune to work with Julia Hergenrother this past summer as a
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School Lunch Ideas

The Question: Help! I need creative lunch ideas for back to school. What do you recommend for a healthy school lunch?  Meg’s Response: Packing lunch for your child — every
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RVNAhealth Seeks Hospice Music Therapist

Throughout history, music has been used to bring people together and create a feeling of tranquility. Known to often have a calming effect on those who are agitated, reduce pain,