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VNA of Florida offering free screenings for Alzheimer’s, dementia

June 15, 2016

JENSEN BEACH—Memory lapses can happen to anyone at any age. But persistent bouts of confusion may carry more serious health connotations.

To help individuals and their loved ones better understand what lies behind their frequent forgetfulness, the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida is providing free memory screenings for anyone exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

 “The signs may be subtle, or they may be overt, but caregivers and family members are often the first to notice that something’s not quite right,” says Jennifer Crow, VNA’s director of marketing and communications. “But as with any serious illness, early intervention is key. These screenings might make a real difference for someone in getting help much sooner than they would otherwise.”

Nicolette Christie, a nurse practitioner with extensive neurological experience who also staffs VNA’s mobile medical clinic The Florence Nightingale Express, will perform the free screenings. Each session will include a memory assessment using best-practice screening tools, followed with a questionnaire if the caregiver is present.

Christie will make recommendations for a

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February 26, 2016

CHEERS TO FORTY! Four decades ago, VNA of Martin County, before it became Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, established its roots in our community. It was founded on the belief that anyone recovering from illness or injuries deserved in-home professional nursing care, regardless of their ability to pay. Celebrating its 40th year in operation, VNA of Florida has conducted more than 2 million patient visits and received multiple national awards for quality of patient care and satisfaction. The nonprofit has built its brand on professionalism and putting the patient first while continually adapting to the ever-changing healthcare industry. “More than anything,” says CEO Don Crow, “the credit for our success could not be achieved without the dedication of our clinical staff and key employees that have been with the company for over 20 years. The work they do is just incredible.” In 1976, Patricia Quinn Crow took a bold stand to save Martin County’s only option for home healthcare. Initially just a small3 satellite office of the much-larger Palm Beach Regional VNA, the Martin County branch faced closing its doors when the parent operation suffered financial strain. P

September 15, 2015

STUART—The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the first-ever results of its new star-rating program measuring performances of regional home-health agencies. Visiting Nurse Association of Florida’s service in Martin County (this is all of district 9 – Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Okee) received a 4.5 rating—out of a total of 5 stars. “Receiving such a high rating really affirms the sincerity and professionalism that VNA nurses and home-health aides are known for,” said Don Crow, CEO of VNA of Florida. “We’re so proud of them and appreciative of them—and we have full confidence that as the star-rating reports come in each quarter, VNA will continue to show high numbers.” All Medicare-certified home-health agencies are eligible for the ratings, based on data dating as far back as October, 2013 and drawn from claims involving no fewer than 20 “complete quality treatment episodes.” (Such episodes must also encompass the patient’s discharge, ensuring a full measure of treatment.) Launching the star-rating system in December to present “quality of care information in a way that is easy for consumers to understand,” CMS promised the first wave of results—which will be released quarterly—by July.

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July 8, 2015

MARTIN and OKEECHBOEE COUNTIES—Many of today’s high school graduates face rough roads in affording college and forging careers. But for the eight winners of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida scholarships, hardship is as familiar as an old friend. Having given more than $60,000 in scholarships over the years, this year VNA of Florida awarded $8,000 in scholarships to graduates from Martin and Okeechobee high schools seeking careers in the medical field. In addition to financial needs, recipients are selected on the strength of personal essays describing their life experiences. From losing a sibling to fleeing an abusive parent to working in the fields at age 6, several recipients overcame harrowing and hardscrabble circumstances to achieve stellar accomplishments—academic and otherwise. “These young people are amazing in what they’ve overcome and what they’re poised to achieve,” said Jennifer Crow, marketing and communications director for VNA of Florida. “We’re thankful for the chance to provide a small investment in their future careers—which are headed for greatness.” Juliet Sharpe Palm City resident and South Fork High School graduate finishing with a 3.94 GPA; No. 24 out of 417 seniors Attending: University of Central Florida Major: Nursing, considering becoming a doctor The abuses of her alcoholic fathe

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March 3, 2015

STUART—The silent suffering of Alzheimer’s patients found a powerful voice in Glen Campbell’s courageous decision to share his life after-diagnosis on tour, on record and on film. CNN recently announced its plan to premiere the beloved country music legend’s acclaimed documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” in June and November. But Treasure Coast residents will get to see it for free in a theater in March thanks to Kibbey Wagner Attorneys at Law and the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida—a leading healthcare provider and advocate for people suffering with Alzheimer’s. Both are cosponsoring the showing of the film at 7pm, March 18 at The Lyric in downtown Stuart. Prominent criminal defense attorney Richard Kibbey served on the VNA’s board of directors for over ten years. Also a well-known patron of the arts who’s sponsored several speakers at The Lyric and even wrote a biography on Pat Boone, Kibbey caught a special showing of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” in Georgia. Deeply moved, Kibbey realized the film’s potential in complementing the VNA’s ongoing efforts to treat and comfort Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones—so he arranged the Stuart showing. “We’re very grateful for the chance to partner with the Kibbey Wagner law firm and bring this important story to Stuart,” said Don Crow, CEO of VNA of Florida. “And we’re gratefu

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August 29, 2014

STUART – Remember when doctors would visit you in the comfort of your own home? “House calls,” which were once popular in the early 1960s, are now making a comeback with the help of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida. VNA of Florida continues to expand its services to accommodate those in need of medical care. Now, through its newest company the Visiting Physicians of the Treasure Coast (VPTC), patients who are not ambulatory can receive personalized care without the inconvenience of having to leave their home to go to a doctor’s office. “Patients who are sick and need medical attention shouldn’t continue to suffer simply because they are immobile,” said Donald Crow, CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida. “Through our partnership with Visiting Physicians of the Treasure Coast, patients can now be evaluated by a physician in their home and continue to receive medical care until they are able to return to the office setting.” Home health patients of the Visiting Nurse Association are required to see a primary care physician (PCP) in person within 30 days of receiving care. Unfortunately, many patients do not have a PCP and do not receive the necessary medical care. Doctors with Visiting Physicians of the Treasure Coast can now meet face to face with th

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July 14, 2014

STUART – Fear follows every disease diagnosis. But finding out you have Alzheimer’s or dementia is uniquely frightening, leaving people not only worried about losing their future, but also losing all connection to their past. Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers with the Alzheimer’s Association project cases to nearly triple, impacting 14 million Americans by 2050. To help people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones enjoy quality time and better prepare to provide care as the condition worsens, Visiting Nurse Association of Florida has launched “VNA Memory Café.”   In recognition of June being Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and as a precursor to the Memory Care Center, VNA of Florida will offer when its assisted living community Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach opens in August, VNA Memory Café meets bimonthly in Jensen. The support group invites participants to share personal stories, practice brain-training exercises and enjoy social engagement outings around town as part of its Travel Troupe.   A recent Memory Café activity is sure to provide encouragement to a group of Americans whose service will never be forgotten. Support group participants recently wrote thank you letters to veterans going on the June 5-7 Honor Flight. The three-day Southeast Florida H

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April 30, 2014

STUART – Before traveling abroad it’s important to ensure your health will be protected. Getting the required vaccinations for your region of travel is the first step and the VNA of Florida can help with that. The main office in Stuart, FL is now offering travel vaccinations and is currently the only entity in Martin County providing these vaccinations. After an initial consultation with an ARNP, a customized inoculation plan will be set up. Consultations should be booked 4-6 weeks prior to your departure. For more information or to schedule your consultation call 772-286-1844..

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December 5, 2013

STUART – The holidays are known for bringing tidings of comfort and joy, but they can also cause deep depression in those suffering from loneliness. Realizing how vulnerable seniors remained to loneliness—and its serious, even reportedly potentially fatal, effects—the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida recently founded the Silver Socialites. The Martin County-based program fosters and fascilitates healthy socialization among seniors with activities that get them out enjoying life and making friends. And that can prove a real lifesaver. At 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, the Silver Socialites will enjoy—courtesy of VNA of Florida—a live performance by the Rockettes. The world-renowned dancers known for their high kicks and couture costumes are a centerpiece in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. VNA of Florida created the Silver Socialites after learning of a study by the National Institute of Aging where researchers discovered that loneliness exposed seniors to an “increased rate of death and functional decline.” The study found that seniors most vulnerable to loneliness faced a 59 percent greater risk of decline and a 45 percent greater risk of death. “The Silver Socialites program is one of the most important prevention measures we offer—plus, it’s just a lot of fun for everyone involved,” said Donald Crow, CEO of th

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June 14, 2012

LADY LAKE—The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida is holding its first-ever career fair today and Friday, seeking to staff the newest branch of its expansive organization, which already serves 17 counties across Florida. “Thanks to the dedication of our nurses, caregivers and support staff, we’ve built a strong reputation for patient satisfaction on both coasts of South Florida as well as among the counties separating them,” said Jennifer Crow, communications director for VNA of Florida. “We’re excited about coming to Lake County and we’re confident our career fair will attract the talent that will grow into the team that serves as the foundation and future of the operation.” The VNA of Florida Career Fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 and from 8 a.m. to noon June 15 at the 117 N. Highway 441 in Lady Lake. For information, applicants should call (352) 205-7585 or visit www.vnaflorida.org. VNA of Florida is hiring both certified, seasoned medical personnel as well as novices with little experience. Available positions include registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, medical social worker and home-health aide, as well as sales representative, scheduler and therapy assistants. Both contract and full-time positions with

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