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Sep

26

Small Solutions Lead to Big Impact in Fighting Cancer

nanobotWe’ve been waging a war against cancer for decades, but the current winners of the fight might be smaller than the human eye can see. New developments in nanotechnology may transform our ability to treat this illness.   (more…).....

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Sep

19

Do You Know Your Eligibility for Medicare Hospice Benefits?

nurse or doctor pushing a wheelchair outdoorsWith a presidential election looming, there are many factors to consider when evaluating the candidates. Foremost among these is each candidate’s stance on healthcare reform, Medicare and other health benefits. Thinking about life-affirming policies such as access to hospice care is just one aspect of making your choice this election season.   (more…).....

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Sep

13

Juggling it all: How caregivers can find support

jcp-3466-juggling Patients in long-term home care or nursing homes are the focus of elderly care, but the stress on a caregiver often gets overlooked. The burden of looking after a loved one who has limited independence can effect a caregiver's physical and mental health and keep you from providing adequate care. The stress of decision making and physical demands can take a toll on caregivers, and often doctors are not trained to provide the answers or support that caregivers need. "Caregivers don't have a natural place to go," said Dorothy Davis, executive director of the.....

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Sep

9

Uncompensated care in our community

fotosearch_k15621880 Last year, Visiting Nurse Health System provided $3.4 million in uncompensated care for uninsured patients and families with special needs. But the needs are great and there's more to be done. Here's how Visiting Nurse, which delivers care to more than 6,000 patients each day across 26 metro Atlanta counties, is helping patients in need — and needs your support. Evolving to meet needs Like all healthcare providers nationwide, Visiting Nurse is facing an unprecedented shortage of qualified nurses available to deliver healthcare in Georgia. In addition, with patients being discharged from hospitals faster following.....

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Aug

29

Thinking of Starting a New Career in Health Care?

shutterstock_151335668 man with nurse (Career) Now that the kids are back in school, it's time to think about YOUR education. It's never too late to make a career change or start a career health care, a growing profession in high demand. Georgia's nursing profession is growing and needs trained, caring workers. Registered nurse jobs are expected to rise 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, with 2,980 job openings expected per year, according to data for Georgia from the U.S. Department of Labor. Nurse practitioner jobs, which require a graduate degree, are projected.....

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Aug

22

Pay It Forward: Volunteer Opportunities with Hospice Atlanta

DSC_0011(pay forward) With Labor Day approaching, it's a great time to remember that not all important and meaningful work comes with a paycheck. Volunteering for a local organization is a good way to give back to your community by enriching the lives of others and yourself. With kids back in school, you may have time to dedicate to volunteering as well. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in and around the Atlanta area, look no further than Hospice Atlanta Center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. Hospice Atlanta Center, operated by Visiting.....

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Aug

3

National Immunization Awareness Month: Get Ready to Go Back to School

Fotosearch_k2622232(1) Back-to-school season is a great time for people of all ages to remember to get up-to-date on vaccinations. National Immunization Awareness Month in August helps draw attention to how vaccinations can help prevent kids and adults from getting diseases, especially life-threatening illnesses. Vaccines have almost completely eliminated some diseases, such as polio, diphtheria, measles and mumps, in the United States. They are also necessary for children to enter school and go to college and for anyone to travel abroad. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month in August, here are some helpful facts about vaccines.....

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Jul

25

Social Justice for All

In 1893, 123 years ago, the Visiting Nurse movement began in New York City. It was then that Lillian Wald, the first public health nurse in the United States, began seeing vulnerable people on the lower east side of Manhattan. Back then the Lower East Side was full of immigrants from all over the world. It was the most densely populated place on the earth at the time. More than 1,000 people per acre were living in tenements — just horrid conditions. Today, while most Visiting Nurse organizations across the U.S. focus on home health care, they.....

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Jul

19

It is Easier Than You Think to Leave a Meaningful Legacy

Fotosearch_k1259077 When you make financial plans to build a legacy, the assets you built over a lifetime can continue to work for causes that are important to you. Many of Visiting Nurse's donors are grateful patients or family members who have experienced firsthand the exceptional care we provide to everyone in the community. "We serve those who need our care, meaning we don't discriminate based on ability to pay or diagnosis – and that means a lot to the people who give to us," says Sarah Matthews, Director of Individual Giving for Visiting Nurse Health.....

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