Local Rotarians Treat RVNAhealth to an Upgrade

Pictured here are several area Rotarians with members of the RVNAhealth leadership team and the newly purchased laptops

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 Funds allowed RVNAhealth to replace outdated computers with new laptops for better efficiency, portability, security, and improved access to the agency’s electronic medical record.

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Evaluating Caregivers and Caregiver Agencies

An RVNAhealth StayWELL client enjoys a game of checkers with a caregiver outside on a patio.

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.

At RVNAhealth StayWELL non-medical services, caregiving is provided primarily by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs).  “It is absolutely critical to us to offer the highest quality, and most consistent care to our clients,” says Melissa Woodhouse, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL services. “By hiring trained and licensed caregivers, we know that they have education and experience behind them even before we begin our own screening and orientation processes.” 

In addition to standards of caregiver training and experience, it is also important to understand an agency’s hiring and screening processes when considering hiring a caregiver with that agency. RVNAhealth directly employs its non-medical caregivers, ensuring all are background checked, bonded, and insured.  Additionally, all caregiver work is under the supervision of an RVNAhealth licensed nurse and occupational therapist, who develop and actively manage a client’s plan of care. 

Unlike RVNAhealth, many agencies provide caregivers as independent contractors.  In independent contractor scenarios, caregiving may not be supervised, and families may also assume risk of caregiver wages, taxes, and personal injury. 

There are many decisions to make when considering having a caregiver at home. In a world with vast differences in non-medical caregiver experience levels and agency quality, seek experienced and agency-employed caregivers to ensure quality care for you or your loved ones.

A Tale of Two Diets – a Primer on Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet

Nuts, salmon, avocado, eggs and other high-fat and protein and low-carb food choices

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.

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Cast Your Ballot for RVNAhealth!

The exterior of Fairfield County Bank in Rowayton on a partly sunny day

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!

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Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Basics

A graphic showing the CDC's recommendations for reducing risk of being infected with coronavirus

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 cold to more virulent strains.

The Coronavirus presents as a mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness like the common cold. Symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, headache, sore throat, and a general feeling of being unwell. 

Coronavirus information and updates are being released up-to-the minute by such global health organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization

These sources offer timely, measured information, recommendations for prevention and treatment, information for travelers  and recommendations for action

In addition to staying informed, follow standard health and travel safety measures
(with increased rigor), and stay up to date with all recommended vaccines (include flu and travel-related immunizations).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact RVNAhealth Community Nurse Manager, April Rodriguez, RN.