February is American Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 3 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

The American Heart Association helps lead the fight through awareness, education and funding of medical research. The AHA began in 1924, and the tradition of American Heart Month began in 1964. Amazing progress has been made since that heightened awareness. Still, cardiovascular disease account for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Get active and eat healthy. Exercise daily and lower your sodium and sugar intake
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your daily stresses. Monitor cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Limit alcohol consumption

#americanheartmonth #heartdisease #loweryourrisk #AHA #goredforwomen

High FIVE for Visiting Angels!



As one of only two homecare agencies nationwide, Visiting Angels Receives fifth consecutive 2016 Best of Home Care®Leader in Excellence Award!

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For the fifth consecutive year, Visiting Angels in Auburn has announced it has received the distinguished Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for private duty home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is given to the select home care businesses that consistently ranked among the highest in 18 or more quality metrics assessed by Home Care Pulse. As a Leader in Excellence we are one of only two homecare agencies that continue to be ranked among the best home care providers in the nation.

This accomplishment demonstrates our long-term dedication to excellent care and quality improvement. To qualify for this award, a handful of our clients and caregivers were interviewed by Home Care Pulse. Over a 12-month period we received high client and caregiver satisfaction ratings in areas such as caregiver training, compassion of caregivers, communication, scheduling, response to problems, overall quality of care, etc.

“Receiving this award for the fifth consecutive year is an incredible honor.” says Debra Desrosiers, CSA, CADC, Director of Visiting Angels. “To have such wonderful, hard working and dedicated caregivers providing services for so many wonderful families is truly a blessing to be a part of.”

The Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award highlights the top-performing home care businesses in the nation. Home Care Pulse believes that by honoring these providers, families looking for in-home care for a loved one will be able to recognize and choose a trusted home care provider.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to reach their goals and deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize Visiting Angels in Auburn, NH as a Leader in Excellence. We’ve been impressed by their commitment to their clients and caregivers, as well as the quality of the overall care they provide. They really stand out in their market as a top home care provider.”

2016 BOHC Provider of Choice2016 Employer of Choice


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Preventing Winter Slips and Falls!

Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy.  During these cold winter months we are all at risk for slips, trips, and falls and in icy and snowy conditions the incidence of injuries increases.

Injuries from falls can lead to limited activity, reduced mobility, loss of fitness, as well as human suffering, medical expenses, and even lost wages. The Good News is falls are preventable andsome of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as untreated walkways and uneven surfaces, can be improved.

These recommendations can help reduce the number of slips and falls or reduce injury if a fall occurs:

  • Look before you step. Concentrate on your path in front of you. Take your time and walk slowly in small steps. Avoid slippery surfaces such as icy areas and snow banks. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Don't hurry and be observant of conditions.
  • Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes or boots with a good tread or non-slip soles. If necessary, bring your shoes in a tote with a shoulder strap and change when you arrive at location.
  • Try to keep hands free and use hand rails if available.
  • Once at your destination place your wet shoes/boots where melting snow and slush can’t create hazards for others.

Using common sense is the key to protecting our seniors from falls. If the above tips are used regularly, many accidents with our senior population can be avoided.

#fallprevention #winterworries #slipandfall

Health Care for the Homeless

The Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program of Manchester is also known as the Mobile Community Health Team (MCHT) at Catholic Medical Center. HCH Manchester conducts a primary care clinic at two locations: At the New Horizons for New Hampshire Shelter; and at the Families in Transition Housing Program. All persons who are experiencing homelessness (or who are at risk of being homeless) are welcomed to come to HCH Manchester Clinic.

The mission of HCH Manchester is: “To guarantee access to high quality comprehensive health care for all people who are homeless in Manchester, in a way that respects their dignity. HCH believes that access to health care is a right not a privilege.”Outreach healthcare is central to HCH philosophy and practice. The HCH Manchester program is sponsored through generous support and grants from Manchester Health Department and Catholic Medical Center.

HCH Manchester offers clinic sessions daily at New Horizons Shelter. Appointments are not necessary. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Clinic services include:

  • Primary medical care
  • Mental health care
  • Addiction counseling
  • Nurse case management
  • Health education
  • Social services
  • Assistance with entitlements such as Food stamps, Medicaid and Disability applications
  • Dental care and eye care is available on a limited basis

The HCH clinic team includes two physicians, three nurse practitioners, one psychiatric nurse practitioner, three nurses, one social worker, health educator and one front desk clerk/program assistant. HCH Manchester also employs a street outreach nurse who conducts tours four days each week to meet people at the Homeless Services Center, smaller shelters in town, and at various other locations to assist people who would like to visit or enroll in the HCH clinic for care.

For more information please call the HCH Manchester clinic team directly at: (603) 663-8718.

Help for the Homeless

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH), a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Manchester, NH, was founded in 1990. As homelessness increased throughout the state, individuals and organizations began working on solutions to house and serve this growing population. In response, the NHCEH organized leaders in the state to research solutions on ending homelessness, educate providers on best practices, and empower people to advocate on behalf of the homeless. Our belief is that having a home is a basic human right and is fundamental to becoming an engaged and contributing member of our community.

122 Market Street, Manchester, NH

(603) 641-9441

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