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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.

 

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

 

Social Worker Finds Hope and Resiliency in End-of-Life Care

Jaya Asthana, MSW, LICSW, is seeing a welcome change in the community. The anxiety that enveloped so many during the pandemic is turning to hope. (read more

 

RN Sees Strength and Compassion in Home Health Nursing

For some, it takes years into adulthood to find your calling. For Heather Lambert, RN, she knew her calling was to be a nurse for as long as she can remember. (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

 

Empty Nester Finds Second Act as Hospice Nurse Caring for Terminally Ill

After raising four children, Maureen McCartney found herself with an empty nest and time to take her life in a new direction. She was all set to start law school when her sister sat her down for a pep talk. (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

 

Nurse Reflects on Caring for Home Health Patients During the Pandemic

As Massachusetts began reopening the state, Maryanne Palizzolo, RN, noticed a big change among the patients she’s caring for at home. (read more

 

RN Shares the One Constant COVID-19 Can't Change

Although the pandemic has brought sweeping changes to health care, there’s one very important constant to Melisa Mantha, RN, a visiting nurse with VNA Care for seven years. (read more

 

Former Visiting Nurse Experiences What it's Like to be a Home Health Care Patient

Linda Haddad was taken completely by surprise when she had a heart attack three years ago. The longtime volunteer and former visiting nurse for VNA Care knew just what to do when it was time to transition from hospital to home. (read more

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