Horticultural Therapy at Adult Day Center Benefits Older Adults

The Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, NJ, has launched a professionally-facilitated horticultural therapy program, expanding the range of innovative and unique enrichment activities offered to its older adult clientele. Nature-based techniques used in horticultural therapy aid in achieving rehabilitative, social and vocational goals. Benefits including improved mood, memory, cognition, language, muscle strength, coordination, and balance are valuable for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other functional impairments.

Members at the Adult Day Center have enthusiastically embraced the program. “The individual members are always eager and excited to experience the benefits of therapeutic horticulture. They are a delightful group and are always giving me recommendations and ideas for our future programs,” said Amanda Mammas, program facilitator. She also notes that the hands-on participation from Center staff has been wonderful, and enhances the overall experience for participants. To date, projects have included evergreen tabletop Christmas trees decorated with ornaments, herbal seed planters, and Valentine’s Day floral arrangements.

Mammas, certified in Horticultural Therapy from the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has facilitated programs at various locations in New York and New Jersey including NYU Langone Medical Center, the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, and Allies Inc. of New Jersey. She is also the 2016 Awardee of the Linda M. Ciccantelli Memorial Scholarship by the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network (MAHTN).

Gardening activities have been an integral part of the Adult Day Center program since the Center opened in 1988. The large, fully enclosed outdoor garden offers safe and frequent opportunities for socialization and activity. Features include pathways, raised beds, planting containers, and plants with a variety of colors and textures.

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Rummage Sale Donations

Huge variety of clothing, household merchandise, sporting goods, toys and other items is accepted.

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Proceeds from the volunteer-run sale will provide home health, hospice care and wellness services to community members and their families without adequate insurance or financial resources. In addition, dollars raised will help enable the VNA to offer important wellness services not covered by any insurance.

 

Appraisals by Nick Dawes on Wed. May 3rd

Nick Dawes, antiques and fine art expert and auctioneer

Renowned antiques and fine art expert and auctioneer, Nick Dawes, will be at the Far Hills Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 3rd from 10am-2pm. He will be offering informal appraisals of your personal items. The $10 per item fee (maximum two) will generously be donated by Nick to the VNA of Somerset Hills.

VNA of Somerset Hills Named as a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite

homecare elite top agencyThe Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate VNA of Somerset Hills on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

Daniel Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills, credits the highly qualified professional team and a commitment to providing every patient with a superior care experience with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “We are dedicated to providing patient-centered healthcare services that improve the quality of life of the individuals, families and communities we serve,” said Powell.

“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About VNA of Somerset Hills
The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries provide individuals and families with comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective home and community healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay, using partnerships where appropriate. The VNA is a charitable, tax-exempt home health agency and hospice certified by Medicare, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

About ABILITY Network
ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to HomeCareElite@abilitynetwork.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1 855 CALL DH1 or visit http://decisionhealth.com.

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.