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Patients, Donors, Volunteers, and Staff Share Their Stories

VNA Care's mission is to provide the right care with kindness and compassion every day for every person we serve. We'll be sharing stories here about the ways our mission has made a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones, and what it means to our staff, volunteers, and donors who make this important work possible.


Couple learns to manage chronic condition, remain together at home

There wasn’t a dry eye the day VNA Care’s home health care team helped Harold and Judy St. Denis achieve a victory over Parkinson’s Disease. (read more


Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Specialists Work Towards Goal of Helping Patients Get Better, Faster

Alyssa Gray, RN, BSN, WCC, discovered her true passion as a visiting nurse when she began caring for a patient whose wounds would not heal, putting the patient at risk for a potentially life-threatening infection. Alyssa was determined to find a solution. (read more


Hospice Team’s Attention to all the “Little Things” Makes an Enormous Difference to Retired Priest, Family During Last Months Together

Diane Savarese, MD, will never forget the day her uncle, retired Catholic Priest Father Robert Gariepy, was transferred from a hospital to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. “The visible look of relief on his face was just absolutely amazing,” said Diane, an oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (read more


Home Health Patient Finds Hope in VNA Care’s Compassionate Clinicians

Steven Racki thought he finally had complications from diabetes under control. Then the pandemic came and “blew everything right off.” (read more


Hospice Nurse’s “Gentle Way” Enables Patients to Live Fully at End of Life

Edoualda Chrispin-Lovaincy, RN, BSN, discovered her calling as a teenager while caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. (read more


Social Workers Help Patients, Families Navigate Challenges that Arise During Illness, Injury or Advancing Age

Long before starting her career in social work, Shannan Martins, LICSW, admits that she believed one of the many misconceptions about social work — that the field was primarily focused on child welfare. (read more


Volunteer Devotes Retirement to Giving Back

Ask Fred Gay the secret to his longevity and good health, and the almost 98-year-old will tell you to stay off the couch, keep moving, and keep doing things. “If you’re blessed with good enough health to be around, do something with it,” said Fred. (read more


VNA Care Clinicians “a Light in a Very Dark Tunnel” for Family After Stroke

There were no signs of the brain tumor that caused Scott Granados to have a stroke nearly one year ago. He was left bedbound and spent months in rehabilitation facilities without making any progress in regaining his strength and mobility. (read more


Hospice Helps Family Matriarch Live the Way She Wanted at the End of Life

Debra Haire was known for saying exactly what she thought. So when her physician broke the news that she had stage four cancer, she didn’t waste any time telling him how she wanted to live during her last months of life. (read more


Volunteer Gives Back the Love, Care Given to her Sister by Hospice Team

Debbie Bisson doesn’t think of the Rose Monahan Hospice Home as simply the place where she volunteers. “It’s my family away from family,” she said. (read more


Physical Therapist Turns to VNA Care Colleagues When Husband Needs Rehab, Nursing After Knee Replacements

Deborah Tanner, PT, has helped many people recover from knee replacement surgery during her nearly two decades at VNA Care. But she knew she needed support for own husband’s two knee replacements. (read more


VNA Care Helps Fulfill WWII Vet’s Wish to Return Home

When so many families were kept apart, VNA Care’s hospice program gave the Scarsciotti family a tremendous gift — the chance to bring their father Joseph home so his last days could be filled with family and love. (read more


Great-grandmother Overcomes COVID-19 with VNA Care

Mary Cameron doesn’t remember much about the day Lindsay Cavalieri, RN, of VNA Care, insisted she go to the hospital by ambulance for a suspected case of COVID-19. (read more


Hospice Team Helps Mother and Daughter Deepen their Relationship During Last Months Together

Holly Rossignol knew the value of hospice long before her mother, Anne Orser, needed end-of-life care. “Hospice is about getting the most out of the time you have left,” said Holly. (read more


VNA Care Nurse Specialist Helps Patient End Five-year Health Crisis 

Patsy Juliano gets a bit misty-eyed when she talks about Carol Jones, RN, BSN, CWOCN. “She worked a miracle for me,” said Patsy. (read more


No Slowing Down for 84-Year-Old with VNA Care’s Nurses in his Corner

Richard “Dick” Vaughan has relied on VNA Care during some “very tough stretches” over the past three years. When the pandemic hit Massachusetts, he didn’t hesitate to welcome VNA Care’s clinicians into his home. (read more


Philanthropist Leaves Important Legacy to Benefit the Community

When people remember the late Genevieve Wyner, they are sure to have a heartfelt story about how she helped them that her devoted husband of 64 years, Justin Wyner, has never heard before. (read more


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