Northwoods Home Health and Hospice earns high scores (308 Words)

LANCASTER – Northwoods Home Health and Hospice recently exceeded the national average scores in 21 out of the 22 indicators detailed on Home Health Compare. Home Health Compare showcases information about the quality of care provided by "Medicare-certified" home health agencies throughout the nation. "Medicare-certified" means that the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain federal health and safety requirements.

Northwoods earned top 100 scores in many categories including, but not limited to:

• How often the home health team checked patients for pain.
• How often the home health team treated their patients' pain.
• How often patients' wounds healed or improved after an operation.
• How often the home health team checked patients for the risk of developing pressure
• How often the home health team included treatments to prevent pressure sores in the
plan of care.
• How often the home health team took doctor-ordered action to prevent pressure sores.
• How often the home health team checked patients' risk of falling.
• How often the home health team checked patients for depression.

"These superior scores are a testament to the outstanding caregivers of Northwoods Home Health and Hospice," stated Gail Tattan-Giampaolo, executive director. "Our commitment to delivering high-quality, compassionate care is always at the forefront of our efforts."

The information on Home Health Compare provides information to help people to choose a  home health agency that has the skilled services they need. The information:

• Helps people learn how well home health agencies care for their patients.
• Shows how often each agency used best practices when caring for its patients and whether patients improved in important areas of care.
• Shows what patients said about their recent home health care experience.

Northwoods Home Health and Hospice provides services throughout Coos County. For more information about available services, please call Ms. Tattan-Giampaolo at 788-5057.


WMCC Berlin LNA class gratuates

The White Mountains Community College Berlin licensed nursing assistant class completed a 120-hour LNA course on April 24. The theory classes were held at the Berlin campus and the clinical component was held at the Coos County Nursing Home. The students were recipients of a North Country Health Career Initiative Program Scholarship through the Health Careers Opportunity Program Skills Training and Health Workforce Development for Paraprofessionals. For the next three years, this grant offers scholarships to future LNA and MNA students that meet economic or certain educational requirements. Anyone interested in applying for a program scholarship should contact Tamara Roberge at (603) 342-3062 at the White Mountains Community College. 


LNAPictured from left are: Claudette Eames; Andrea Boucher;LNA InstructorSarah Baillargeon, MSN, RN; Clarisa Haas; Phillip Fagan and Michelina Rogers.

DHHS releases new tick disease prevention plan (483 Words)

CONCORD — The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services has released a Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan that provides detailed information about the tickborne diseases encountered in New Hampshire and methods to prevent them. The intent of this plan is to describe preventative measures and actions that are recommended by DHHS for individuals in New Hampshire to prevent tickborne disease.

"Lyme disease is a major public health issue in New Hampshire. The Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan provides a collaborative and comprehensive approach to staying safe from the type of tick that carries Lyme disease," said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. "Blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. These ticks even cause other infections besides Lyme disease. This new plan highlights the many ways that we can prevent tick bites."

In 2014, there were an estimated 1,415 cases of Lyme disease in New Hampshire. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 36,000 cases in the United States in 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available), and New Hampshire had the second highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the country.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick). The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between the months of May and August when the blacklegged tick is in the nymphal stage.
The nymph is about the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to see, so individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. Ticks that transmit Lyme disease can also transmit other diseases, such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus. Although not as common as Lyme disease, these have been documented in New Hampshire.

Symptoms of Lyme disease in the early stages can include fever, headache, fatigue, and most often a red skin rash that is round and may look like a bull's-eye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to complications of meningitis (inflammation of the lining around the spinal cord), pain and swelling in large joints, and heart complications.

DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:
– Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter.
– Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks.
– Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin).
– Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets, especially after being outdoors.
– Consult with your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets.
– Shower soon after returning indoors to wash or rinse off any unattached ticks.
– Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf litter, and minimizing habitat or food sources for deer and rodents, which can carry ticks.
– Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash.


Memorial Butterfly release June 28

GROVETON — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a division of Northern N.H. Healthcare Collaborative, will hold its fourth annual Memorial Butterfly Release on Sunday, June 28, at noon. This event is open to the public and will be held at Speedway 51 in Groveton, during the Blessing of the Bikes weekend. Releasing live butterflies for a loved-one is a unique way to honor and remember them.

In support of their Hospice mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care, grief support and education of the highest quality to patients, families and the community, Northwoods Home Health and Hospice is offering this Memorial Butterfly Release as a time of reflection and celebration of loved ones we have lost. It will also be a time when people come together for a common purpose: To honor the lives of loved ones who have died.

For a donation of $15 for a single butterfly or for orders of three or more for $13 each, participants will receive a live Monarch butterfly in memory of a loved one. Envelopes containing the butterflies will be passed out at 11:30 a.m. — just prior to the butterfly release. The names of loved ones will be read aloud during the memorial. The Monarch Butterfly is nature's ultimate symbol of change, transformation and beauty.

Due to the nature of ordering live butterflies for this event, butterflies need to be reserved and paid for ahead of time. If you are unable to attend the butterfly release but would still like to purchase butterflies, a Northwoods Hospice representative will release the butterfly. Orders to reserve Monarch butterflies may be placed at Northwoods Home Health and Hospice Office at 278 Main St., Lancaster or by calling 788-5020: ask for Marissa Rexford. Butterfly orders are due by May 29.

AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament Raffle

The Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament Committee is hosting its 27th annual golf tournament in June.

The tournament includes a raffle with chances to win three prizes: a Red Sox getaway, Red Sox tickets, or rocker recliner by England. Proceeds from this drawing will help purchase a new Sorna eXpedo Vertex 25ei CD-Burning System for the imaging services department.

The grand prize is a Boston Red Sox getaway with overnight stay for two. The package includes two tickets to the Saturday, July 11, Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees 7:15 p.m. game and an overnight stay for two at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston following the game. Seats are in Loge Box 140, Row CC, Seats 3 and 4. The tickets are donated by Gilcoine & Burke Insurance Agency, Inc., and the overnight stay is donated by Russ and Edwina Keene.

The second prize is four tickets to the Sunday, June 14, Boston Red Sox versus Toronto Blue Jays 1:35 p.m. game. Seats are in Section 12, Row 2, Seats 5 through 8.
The third prize is a rocket recliner by England. The contemporary style recliner is American-made in Tennessee, comes with more than 50 fabrics to choose from, and is donated by Top Furniture.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5, at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club. You do not need to be present to win.

Tickets may be purchased at the AVH Switchboard or by mailing a check made payable to the "AVH Auxiliary" to AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin, NH 03570. Ticket stubs and a photocopy of the completed tickets will be mailed to the purchaser.

For questions or information about becoming a tournament sponsor, golfing in the tournament, or making a prize, goodie bag or food/beverage donation, call Beth Isaacson-Dupont, golf tournament chairperson, at (603) 326-5661 or Donna Godin, AVH public relations and marketing assistant, at (603) 326-5607. Visit AVH on the web at and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest.