Keeping People at Home is Goal of Christiana Care VNA

Photo: Ruth Ann Beideman (Milford Senior Center), Luanne Holland (Delaware Hospice), Victor Luaces (Delaware Hospice), Carol Smith & Frances Currence (Christiana Care VNA), Cheryl Stover (The Heritage at Milford)

By jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director

Over twenty people attended the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford February Power Breakfast, held at the Delaware Hospice Center. The breakfast was hosted by Frances Currence, Home & Community Services Account Executive, and Carol Smith, RN, BSN Health & Community Service Nurse Liaison from the Christiana Care Health System Visiting Nurse Association.

Carol informed the group the main goal of their organization is to keep people at home and out of the hospital. Carol explained that Christiana Care VNA works with all ages to insure they get the medical assistance they need, yet are able to do it in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

Christiana Care VNA employees over two-hundred people just in Kent and Sussex County, and provide state-of-the-art technology, including equipment that monitors blood pressure, the heart and weight and much more.

The company offers services for both clients and caregivers. Some of those services include nursing and therapeutic care, Physician communication and collaboration assistance, arranging respite care help and education on managing medications and home safety. They also provide a caregiver support group that meets monthly to discuss challenges, encourage all caregivers and share ideas and resources.

Carol says they are experts in patients with Dementia, and that by the age of 80-85 years old, one in two people will suffer from some form of this illness. She says there are three stages of dementia, and during the stages routine is the most important thing for patients. Carol says too many times caregivers try to move their family or friend, change their lifestyle and make too many changes that are not good for dementia patients.

Christiana Care VNA offers an Adult Day Care Center, that provides planned activities that promote independence, encourage socialization, reduce stress and anxiety and increase self-confidence for people with Dementia. The Adult Day Care also provides individualized care plans for each client, supervised activities, exercise and physical programs and hot, nutritious meals and healthy snacks.

The Adult Day Care also houses the Evergreen Memory Program for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia diagnoses, where they offer a low staff-to-participant ratio with 1 staff member to 4 clients. This guarantees that your loved one will get the care and attention he or she deserves.

Many of the services offered are for adults; however the company also provides private duty to homes that have children with special needs. During the presentation Carol mentioned CCGM members, the Milford Senior Center and the Heritage at Milford, saying they are wonderful places for seniors to stay active. She added the Heritage would be the next step for clients who suffer from stage 3 dementia and can no longer live at home at take care of themselves safely.

For more information about Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association, contact Frances Currence at 302.698.4300 or fcurrence@christianacare.org.

Christiana Care VNA is hosting the March Business Mixer Thursday the 31st.

For more about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford at 422.3344 or email milford@milfordchamber.com.

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