Teams unite to offer broad support throughout COVID-19 pandemic

Working quietly behind the scenes, members of our Spiritual Care, Hospice and Bereavement teams have been supporting patients, families and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In observance of Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we salute their compassionate work and share this look at some of what they’ve done,...

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Breathe in, breathe out: How to manage COVID-19 stress

By Natalie Robison and Evy Smith Nowadays, it seems the only thing people are talking about is the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Whether surfing social media or turning on the news we can’t seem to escape it. This topic brings up a lot of strong feelings of worry and anxiety. Especially as we all practice social distancing, we need...

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Hospice, home care continue during pandemic

At a time when Vermont’s health care delivery system is being tested, home health, hospice and other medically necessary services provided by The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, only two agency programs are closed — adult day...

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Caring for a loved one with a heart condition?

Expert offers tips for you and those in your care during American Heart Month By Joe Haller, RN As a caregiver, the prospect of helping someone with a heart condition may feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to make this important role easier for you and the cardiac patient in...

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Staff Reflection: On Being a Hospice Nurse

By Marty Machia, RN Editor’s note: Marty prepared these comments to honor those who died at the McClure Miller Respite House in 2019. I want to begin with a short quote by Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher who sat at the bedside of many during their dying process: “Working with...

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Home remedies that may help you feel better when you have the flu

By Sarah Spengler, RN Infection Prevention and Patient Safety coordinator UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice There are many traditional and non-traditional home remedies people use to feel better when they’re sick. Home remedies won’t shorten the duration of flu, but can make you more comfortable as the...

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Do I have flu, and how can I feel better?

By Sarah Spengler, RN Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Coordinator UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice With flu season under way in Vermont, you may be wondering how to best take care of yourself or a loved one with flu. Most people with flu can manage the illness...

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