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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.

 

Hospice Team Brings Comfort and Peace to U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

At age 81, James Capenito discovered he’d been awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal for his service six decades earlier. VNA Care’s hospice team knows it’s an honor and a privilege to care for veterans and set out to recognize his service to the country. (read more

 

Home Health Care Team’s Collaborative Approach Helps Young Patient Begin Healing After Traumatic Accident Leads to Functional Quadriplegia

Mary received the phone call that every parent fears. Her 23-year-old son Eddie had been in a traumatic, life-threatening accident. (read more

 

Nurse, Home Health Patient Finds Excellence in Care at VNA Care

Christine Gauthier-Kelley, RN, has a passion and commitment to excellence in health care. Through her volunteerism and experience as a home health care patient, she found kindred spirits at VNA Care. (read more

 

Nurse Dedicates Career to Helping Patients Remain Healthy at Home

Delsye West Mason, RN, owes her nursing career to a meddling colleague. She was working as a secretary in a medical unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, taking liberal arts classes at UMass, and trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. (read more

 

Donor Gives Monthly in Memory of Aunt and to Support End-of-Life Care

The saying “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something” fuels Phyllis Roys’ charitable support for nonprofits that she sees making an impact close to home. (read more

 

Retired Professor has “Debt of Gratitude” to VNA Care

There was no question who Patrick Ireland would turn to when he needed highly skilled nursing services at home. His loyalty to VNA Care began nearly 30 years ago when the nonprofit provided end-of-life care to his wife Jeanettea. (read more

 

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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