Meals on Wheels

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Since 1977 St. Joseph Community Service has been providing nutritious meals and support services to elderly and disabled individuals over 60, who are home bound and need assistance to help them preserve long term health, wellness, and independence.

Senior Luncheons are available Monday through Friday at various locations and are a great way to get out of the house, be with your friends and enjoy other activities. In addition to Meals on Wheels, St. Joseph Community Services also provides:

  • Community Dining
  • Nutrition and Health Education
  • Transportation
  • Information and Referrals
  • Social support services managed by a knowledgeable team of professionals and volunteers committed to serving those in need

For more information and a complete list of community dining locations visit, call 603.424.9967 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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January is National Blood Donor Month!

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Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your donation is important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply. You'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.

How to donate blood

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

REQ Helps Make Life Easier at Home for Caregivers

reqREQ (Rehabilitation Equipment Associates) is a family-owned and operated business providing the highest quality of care to their medical equipment patients. REQ has been in business for over 30 years. In 2013, REQ moved to their new showroom at 1015 Candia Road in Manchester, NH. They provide many services to pediatric, adult, and elderly patients for the purpose of maintaining or restoring health, minimizing the effects of illness, disability, and preventing unnecessary institutionalization.

Consider making a special trip to see what is available to make life easier and more comfortable for your loved one. Sheri Phelps is the lady to see for your homecare needs. Sheri let us know about some of the top selling products including bath safety products, hospital beds, lift chairs, manual wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power wheelchairs, ramps, stair lifts, and walking aids. Other products include compression stockings, kitchenware for those with dementia (making mealtime easier), adorable bags for walkers and wheelchairs to hold all of your loved ones carry-a-longs, and much more! Their biggest seller is high-end power chairs.

REQ offers high quality products that can take the pressure off the caregiver, whether that be a family member or hired caregiver. Customers can walk in and talk with Sheri or other staff members who are ready and willing to help you out. Visit their website to learn more at or at 603-645-5200.

Elliot Urgent Care in Manchester and Londonderry

Elliot Urgent Care at River's Edge and Londonderry

In recent years, a new option has emerged for urgent health care needs. Walk-in services at urgent care clinics offer care for many common injuries and illnesses elliotRIVERSEDGErequiring fast attention but which do not require going to the Emergency Room. At urgent care clinics, patients generally have less than a 30-minute window from the time they walk in to the time they are being seen a medical provider. Additionally, urgent care clinics have a lower co-payment for those paying with insurance. Urgent care clinics fill the gap between an ER visit and getting an office appointment at one's regular general practitioner.

With all the urgent care clinics to choose from in the area, what sets Elliot Urgent Care apart from the others? We met with April Toomey, RN, BSN, CEN and Manager Elliot Urgent Care at River's Edge and at Londonderry. We learned about some very unique and important advantages of the Elliot Urgent Care facilities, which offer the same services at both locations.

  • River's Edge is connected to the Elliot hospital which provides more comprehensive resources as needed.
  • All their providers are Emergency Board Certified and are in a work cycle that includes the Urgent Care facilities as well as the Emergency Room at the Elliot Hospital. "This rotation keeps them on top of their game," explains April.
  • They always has one physician as well as four to five mid-level support staff on premises.
  • The nurses are additionally trained to handle specialized pediatric care.
  • They are Joint Commission accredited.
  • Patients always get a follow up visit.
  • The patients' visit to the facility becomes part of their electronic medical record which is sent to their doctor(s).
  • They offer "Language Line" to handle communications for patients who do not speak English.
  • For deaf patients, they have an iPad device so that communication is no problem.

ElliotUrgentCareLONDONDERRYThe Elliot Urgent Care offers many services not mentioned here. The reader is encouraged to learn more about these valuable community resources. See their websites at River's Edge (185 Queen City Avenue in Manchester which is open from 7 am to 10 pm) and Londonderry (40 Buttrick Road in Londonderry which is open from 9 am to 8 pm).

Below is a quick reference list of WHERE SHOULD YOU GO when you are thinking of going to either the Urgent Care or Emergency Department. Thank you to April Toomey for allowing us to share this for your reference.

Urgent Care Info

Nitty-Gritty Training

We are proud of our stellar onboarding process. New caregivers attend 30 hours of paid, classroom-style training including dementia education, hands-on bedbound hospice training, as well as other components. One of the liveliest modules is run by our most experienced caregivers to cover the nitty-gritty of being a caregiver.

No managers are in the room during the "nitty-gritty" module. The experienced caregivers come in and lead an open, honest, "anything goes" exchange with the new staff. They have an opportunity to bring up their fears and potential frustrations about caregiving. This format offers them a safe space to ask questions, express concerns, and receive a real-life perspective on their caregiver role of a non-medical homecare agency.

What can I do with my client who insists that I keep the lights off when you're trying to care for them?

How do I wake up my client who I need to get ready for their adult day program, who pretty much refuses to get out of bed?

What magic words can I use to get my resistant client to allow me to bathe them when they only have services once a week and they haven't bathed themselves since we did this last week?

How do I redirect my client when he insists...

What do I do when my client yells at me as I'm helping her in the shower and...

Their questions aAshley OLearyre authentic and these folks need solid advice from caregivers who have been in the trenches for a while and are successful in their profession.   

Nitty-gritty training is different than the other modules. With all the caregivers are trying to take in, this component of the training is unique and very refreshing. It is also a time of bonding, sharing of sincere concerns, and often bumping up against internal belief systems. New caregivers openly share their feelings and the seasoned caregivers can address each and every concern offering tips, tricks, last-resort ideas, and reassurance that it will all be okay.

Ashley, one of our seasoned caregivers, responds to a new caregiver's inquiry of a very difficult situation, "You take a deep breath, pull up your 'big girl pants', smile, and say calmly to the client..."

Valerie, another one of our seasoned caregivers, has another great response to a new caregiver who brings up a challenge she is having. Valerie Valerieassures her, "I know how it is, to go in for the first time when you've been told your new client is a tough case. As I go in, I have a big smile on my face, I know to stay calm, no matter what, and I keep smiling. It may sound corny but being calm and having a smile on your face goes a long way."

The seasoned caregivers review how important the care plan is and what to look at right away. Ashley tells them directly, "Ambulation, transfer information, meals, and driving.  Also, when we're coordinating with other agencies like the VNA or a private caregiver, it is important to know who else you are going to encounter in the home or who just left which may have a big effect on what you're walking into." Valerie adds to that, "I always try to make light of it. Stay calm and keep smiling!”

This portion of the training fills the gap between theory (the regular training) and practice (actually being in the client's home).  A couple funny moments are shared openly from the seasoned caregivers to the new employees.  The group roars with laughter.  Valerie ends the meeting with a story of an incredibly rewarding moment with a client. This is the reason caregivers do what they do.

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