Scholarships Available to Nursing Students

2017 Nursing Scholarship Application

The Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is now accepting applicants for its 2017 Nursing Scholarships. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to two qualified Morris or Somerset County students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). Each year since 1991, the VNA has awarded college scholarships to students from Morris or Somerset County planning to enter the nursing profession. The scholarships are financed by proceeds from the VNA’s bi-annual Rummage Sale and other fundraising efforts.

“We encourage all members of the community considering the nursing profession to apply, including graduating high school students and those adults entering the health care field during a career change. As a community-focused organization, the VNA is pleased to support the education of men and women considering a rewarding future dedicated to caring and making a difference in the lives of others,” said Daniel Powell, VNA of Somerset Hills President & CEO.

Scholarship applications are available from the VNA of Somerset Hills’ website at www.visitingnurse.org or by calling (908) 766-0180 X 127. Applications must be received by April 14, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee of the VNA of Somerset Hills Board of Trustees.

Chair Yoga at Adult Day Center Benefits Older Adults with Dementia

NJ VNA yoga program aims to improve quality of life for adults with Alzheimer’s disease

The Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, NJ, has introduced a chair yoga program for all members. A recent study shows that chair yoga may provide an enjoyable activity to help improve balance control in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. Expanding the Center’s slate of exercise and wellness activities designed to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia and functional impairments, this valuable program is made possible through monetary donations made to the nonprofit facility, a service provided through the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills.

“I believe everyone of any age can benefit from the integration yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit,” said instructor Patricia Haines, who currently teaches Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga classes at Ride + Reflect studio in Bernardsville, NJ. She notes that most of the Center members seem open to trying a new activity, and their attentiveness and willingness to participate has increased through each session. Each member follows along to the best of their abilities, and the sense of calm cultivated by Haines during the class continues through the day for most participants.

Although performed while seated, chair yoga helps cultivate an increased body awareness that can help improve balance control. The posture, breathing and meditative aspects of the class, specially designed for individuals unable to engage in traditional yoga due to factors including physical weakness and fatigue.

A life-long yoga practitioner, Haines became a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher in 2007 following an Inner Quest Intensive experience at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. She has over 300 hours of training including Restorative Yoga, The Chakra System, Chair Yoga, and is also a Reiki practitioner.

The Adult Day Center provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s, moderate dementia, or functional impairments due to stroke or chronic illnesses. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Center may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

NJ Community-based Home Care Agency Receives Monetary Donation from the Sanofi Foundation for North America

Funds will support VNA Hospice Care and Adult Day Center programs

BASKING RIDGE, NJ (December 7, 2016) – The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA), a New Jersey nonprofit providing home health, hospice, and community wellness services, has received a $10,000 donation from the Sanofi in Our Communities, Celebrating Diversity (SOCCD) program. Funds will be used to support hospice care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and art and music therapy programs at the Adult Day Center. The VNA is also honored to have been chosen by the Sanofi US Employee Resource Group for Caregivers, CareGIVE, as a benefiting organization for an employee community service project.

“We thank the Sanofi Foundation for North America, along with all Sanofi employees involved with the Sanofi in Our Communities, Celebrating Diversity program, who participated in the volunteer activities at the VNA headquarters and Adult Day Center, for their generous support of our programs and mission,” said Daniel Powell, President and CEO of the VNA of Somerset Hills. “Their commitment to community, inclusion, and social services is a model for all civic-minded businesses.”

During their community service day at the agency, Sanofi employee volunteers assembled care packages for hospice patients. The large totes contained a variety of personal care products and other items, all generously donated by the Employee Resource Group. At the Adult Day Center, the volunteers assisted with a planting activity, and played games while socializing with members.

Through the VNA of Somerset Hills Hospice Care program, patients with life-limiting illness live as fully and comfortably as possible through pain and symptom management. A specially trained Hospice Care team supports the medical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their family members.

The Adult Day Center provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s, moderate dementia, or functional impairments due to stroke or chronic illnesses. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident while their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Center may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

Led by Sanofi North America Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Sanofi Foundation of North America, SOCCD is an opportunity to commend the positive impact generated by select New Jersey-based non-profit organizations and to acknowledge the important work of the company’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care.

26th Annual Cookie Walk on Dec 10th Benefits Adult Day Services

VNA Community tradition benefits family caregivers and members at Adult Day Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ (December 2, 2016) – Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 for the 26th Annual Cookie Walk at the VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge. Proceeds from the sale of homemade cookies and baked treats benefit the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills. Hosted by volunteers from the Friends of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, this festive event has become a much-anticipated community tradition.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on homemade cookies for holiday entertaining while supporting a program that provides valuable services to so many members of our community,” said Sandy Smith of Basking Ridge, co-chair of the event. The sale takes place at the Adult Day Center, providing an opportunity to see the excellent facility and gain a better understanding of how dollars raised are helping local residents and families.

In addition to the baked goods, shoppers can enjoy the holiday boutique and purchase boxwood Christmas tree centerpieces sold by members of the Basking Ridge Garden Club.

The Adult Day Center provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s, moderate dementia, or functional impairments due to stroke or chronic illnesses. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Center may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

26th Annual Cookie Walk

Cookie Walk 017Purchase homemade cookies, baked goods, holiday boutique items, and handcrafted boxwood Christmas trees during this unique and delicious fundraising tradition sponsored by the Friends of the VNA of Somerset Hills!

Proceeds benefit the Adult Day Club of the VNA of Somerset Hills.

 

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

dreamstime_xl_33292003During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we are highlighting some resources to help patients and families learn more about the care, support, and benefit hospice and palliative care provide to those coping with a life-limiting illness.

Understanding Hospice
The Hospice Journey
Understanding Palliative Care
Myths and Facts About Hospice Care
Understanding Hospice Spiritual Care
Create a Free Private Website

Basics of Hospice Care Video Series, courtesy of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and National Hospice Foundation:

Holiday-themed Gift Boutique to Benefit Adult Day Center

Holly Day Market takes place at the VNA on November 5th and 6th

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA) is pleased to announce the premier of The Holly Day Market, a gift boutique that will raise funds and awareness for the Adult Day Center (ADC) at Somerset Hills, an adult day services program run by the nonprofit healthcare organization. The holiday-themed shopping event will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the VNA of Somerset Hills, located at 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge, NJ.

“We are thrilled by the palpable excitement for the Holly Day Market already shown by the community,” stated Mona Gibson, Market Chairperson and VNA Trustee. “Our boutique features exclusive vendors from across the country who will be showcasing unique items such as custom shoes for women, fine jewelry, monogrammed gifts, clothing for men, women and children, table linens, sweets, treats, and much more. We welcome everyone to this special venue to help the VNA ensure that the Adult Day Center can continue provide services that help ease the stress and worries that caregivers may experience when caring for their loved one.”

“We are proud to debut this exciting new event at the VNA headquarters, which is also the home of our Adult Day Center,” said Daniel Powell, President and CEO of the VNA of Somerset Hills. “By hosting the market onsite, shoppers will have an opportunity to see, first-hand, the excellent facilities that their purchases will support. Proceeds will benefit our ADC programs and clientele, including those who face the challenges of moderate dementia, stroke-induced functional impairments, and other chronic illnesses.”

A partial list of shops scheduled to appear at the Holly Day Market include: A & J Designs; August Designs; Bay Head Bags; Basking Ridge Garden Club; Calvert Life; Cherry Daydream; Coming Up Roses; Creative Designs and Gifts; Dagny Scout; Friends of the VNA of Somerset Hills/Cookie Walk; KK’s; Margaux NY; Meg Carter Designs; Nantucket Sweaters; Peaceable Hill Paperie; The Personalized Party; The Posh Shop; Ride and Reflect; Secret Garden Soap; Silver Oaks Organics; Stanton Sweets; Tassot Apiaries; Ward Vintage; Windswept; and Zwikker and Zacher.

The Adult Day Club at Somerset Hills provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Members enjoy a fulfilling day outside the home including a variety of engaging activities, lunch and snacks, daily exercise sessions, and personal care services. Experienced and nurturing staff are focused on supporting the individual health, emotional and recreational needs of each member. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident while their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Adult Day Club may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

For additional information about the Holly Day Market:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vnahollydaymarket
Instagram: @vnahollydaymarket
Web: http://www.visitingnurse.org/2016/08/holly-day-market/

Holly Day Market: A Holiday Boutique Shopping Event

Our inaugural Holly Day Market is a holiday themed gift boutique featuring exclusive vendors from across the country. Take care of your holiday shopping with a selection of unique items.

HDM flyerNOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2016
VNA OF SOMERSET HILLS
200 MT. AIRY RD, BASKING RIDGE

Sat  10:00am-5:00pm
Sun  10:00am-4:00pm

Admission $5.00

Your purchases will benefit the Adult Day Club of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, where the warm and welcoming setting is like a home away from home for people who will benefit from companionship during the day.

A & J Designs
August Designs
Bay Head Bags
Basking Ridge Garden Club
Calvert Life
Cherry Daydream
Coming Up Roses
Creative Designs and Gifts
Dagny Scout
Friends of the VNA of Somerset Hills/Cookie Walk
KK’s
Margaux NY
Nantucket Sweaters
Meg Carter Designs
Peaceable Hill Paperie
The Personalized Party
The Posh Shop
Ride and Reflect
Secret Garden Soap
Silver Oaks Organics
Stanton Sweets
Tassot Apiaries
Ward Vintage
Windswept
Zwikker and Zacher

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Local Students Volunteer for VNA Rummage Sale

Mendham Country Day School students learn the value of community service

Students volunteering at VNA Rummage SaleStudents from Mendham Country Day School in Basking Ridge, NJ spent several hours at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills bi-annual Rummage Sale, learning first-hand about the importance and enjoyment of community service. After taking a tour of the sale, the hard-working and enthusiastic students assisted VNA Rummage Sale volunteers sorting and organizing donated merchandise in the sporting goods, housewares, costume and book departments.

Proceeds from the sale help the VNA give all families equal access to the agency’s full range of home health and hospice care services, regardless of their ability to pay. Funds raised also ensure that all members of the community can benefit from important and innovative programs uncompensated by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

The VNA Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7, 8 and 9 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds, located at the corner of US Route 202 and Peapack Road in Far Hills, New Jersey.  The sale is open 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.  More information about the sale is available at http://www.visitingnurse.org/news-and-events/rummage.