Caregiver cafes are back, ‘A’ grade for safety : Seacoast Health News
Cornerstone VNA Caregiver Cafés return in person
ROCHESTER – Cornerstone VNA has announced that its monthly caregiver cafes are once again meeting in person. The Caregiver Cafés are a collaborative effort between Cornerstone VNA and four local libraries in Farmington, Newington, Dover and Strafford. Caregivers and their loved ones are invited to attend an hour of support, conversation and education.
In the spring of 2020, Caregiver Cafés transitioned to a virtual format, allowing local family caregivers to stay connected and supported throughout the pandemic. The monthly virtual caregiver cafe provided a sense of camaraderie, especially during a time of extreme isolation in an already extremely isolated sector of the community. In the words of one participating Virtual Caregiver, “I always feel less alone after one of our coffee sessions.”
Janice Howard, Director of Cornerstone VNA Life Care-Private Duty, says, “It’s so important for caregivers to meet socially to share and validate their experience on their journey of caring for a loved one or friend. We are very excited to announce the return of in-person caregiver cafes to better support caregivers in our communities. »
The Goodwin Library in Farmington was the first Caregiver Café launched in 2017 and now meets on the third Friday of each month at 1 p.m. The Langdon Library in Newington was the Caregiver Café’s second location established before COVID-19 and has now resumed in-person meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
The newest additions to the Caregiver Cafés are the Dover Public Library in Dover, which will meet every third Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Joining Dover with a new cafe is Hill Library in Strafford. Their cafe meets on the second Wednesday of each month, with the next meeting taking place on December 14 at 10:30 am.
Full details and any changes due to holidays or weather can be found at www.cornerstonevna.org/calendar.
Wentworth-Douglass Awards $25,000 Grant to Address Youth Homelessness
Dover — Wentworth-Douglass Hospital awarded a $25,000 community grant to Waypoint to help establish a drop-in center in Rochester that will allow the nonprofit organization to reach more homeless youth. shelter in the Seacoast area.
Homelessness is a growing problem in the communities served by Wentworth-Douglass and can have a wide range of negative health outcomes.
“We believe that these important programs will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of youth and vulnerable young adults experiencing homelessness within our community, and that the development of these services is well aligned with the needs identified in our most recent community health needs assessment,” said Michelle Hanson, RN, Director of Strategic Planning and Community Benefits at Wentworth-Douglass.
Waypoint seeks to limit the time young people remain homeless by offering interventions and prevention. The Rochester Drop-In Center will provide young people with a safe, non-judgmental place to access their basic needs while building trusting relationships with staff. Youth at the center will have access to food, clothing, technology, educational resources and connections to multiple support services.
“With the increase in youth homelessness in our community, more services are needed. We are so grateful to Wentworth-Douglass for joining us in this effort to open a new drop-in center in Rochester, which means more young people will be able to access the support they need to get out of homelessness,” said said Mandy Lancaster, Senior Program Manager of Youth Services at Waypoint.
The Rochester Drop-In Center is located at 3 Wallace Street and Waypoint expects an average of 125 young people to access the center each year.
In addition to the drop-in centre, Waypoint offers outreach services in areas where young people are known to congregate and provides crisis response. Services are designed to help young people get off the streets, make healthy choices and build trusting relationships.
Waypoint provides on-street outreach services in Rochester, Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Hampton – the five most populated communities in the service area and areas known to have higher numbers of homeless youth. In the largest remaining Seacoast area, Waypoint provides service via a Street Outreach Van, in areas where young people are known to congregate, such as train stations and parks, enabling outreach in less populated communities.
Donated funds are approved by the Wentworth-Douglass Community Benefits Funding Disbursement Committee and do not come from public or private donations.
HCA New Hampshire Hospitals Receives “A” Hospital Safety Rating of the National Group for Patient Safety
ROCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH — Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital each received an “A” Hospital security level from the Leapfrog group. This national honor celebrates the achievements of hospitals in protecting hospitalized patients from harm and preventable errors.
“Patient safety is always a top priority at our hospitals,” said Beth York, vice president of quality for Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. “Our medical staff and support teams have an unwavering commitment to patient safety and to our mission of caring for and improving human life. Receiving an “A” grade in Leapfrog Hospital Safety for our three New Hampshire HCA Healthcare hospitals is a validation of the commitment of all of our staff to the communities we serve every day and shows how we continue to be a leader in patient safety in New Hampshire. .”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals across the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm. to patients. The rating system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Score results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.
“I applaud hospital management and staff for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety rating is a sign that hospitals are continually evaluating their performance to better protect patients. Your hospital teams should be extremely proud of their dedication and accomplishments.
To see full details of Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital and to access patient advice on staying safe in hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow the Leapfrog group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.
Wentworth-Douglass gets an “A” grade for safety
Dover — Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ grade for safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit watchdog. The announcement was made on Wednesday.
“Nothing is more important to Wentworth-Douglass than patient safety and this is a testament to our staff’s unwavering commitment to it,” said Jeff Hughes, President and CEO of Wentworth-Douglass. “I’m proud that our culture of safety is reflected not just in this award, but in everything we do. »
For 10 years, the Leapfrog Group has assigned letter grades to general hospitals across the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The rating system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
“Patient safety is at the center of everything we do, so I’m grateful that this award reflects our culture,” said Dr. Gregg Meyer, president of the Community Division of Mass General Brigham. “This is a testament to the exceptional people at Wentworth-Douglass and their consistent and unwavering commitment to patient safety, no matter the challenges.
Security Score results are based on more than 30 national performance metrics and are updated each fall and spring.
“I applaud hospital management and staff for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety rating is a sign that hospitals are continually evaluating their performance to better protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and accomplishments.
Full details of grades for hospitals are available online at HospitalSafetyGrade.org.