Miscellaneous Health Information

RAVNAH Travel Health Clinic for International Travelers

If you’re planning a trip to relax and recharge your batteries or to do business in the global marketplace, make sure you’re protected against the host of life-threatening diseases that are common in many countries around the globe.

For most travelers who stay in resort areas, simple preparation and taking precautions can eliminate any risks. However, if you’re traveling outside North America or Western Europe, more preparation may be needed to protect your health. Planning a trip abroad will become a lot easier with a call to the RAVNAH Travel Health Clinic. The Travel Health Clinic provides a customized individual disease prevention plan, including travel immunizations and travel advice to international travelers 18 years of age or older.

The World Health Organization advises travelers “to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician 4-6 weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.”

 Who can benefit from travel health services?

People who would benefit from travel health services include those traveling abroad on business, student trips, vacationers, church groups, adventure clubs and service organizations. The clinic’s staff is able to instantly link to ever-changing health requirements, CDC updates and travel recommendations

What vaccinations are provided?

Yellow Fever, Rabies, Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis, Tetanus, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Chicken Pox, HPV, Pneumonia, Flu

What to expect

The travel consultation includes:

  • A one-on-one consultation with a travel health nurse.
  • A review of vaccination requirements for the region being visited.
  • Personalized travel recommendations for the region based on current health and safety precautions.
  • Referral to your physician for any prescriptions, or further health assessment.
  • Vaccinations are available and may be initiated at the time of the initial consultation. Many international travelers are unaware of the latent health threats awaiting them at their destinations. RAVNAH is pleased to be the area’s resource for this vital, potentially lifesaving service to our community’s international travelers. For more information about RAVNAH’s Travel Health Clinic, please call 802.770.1536 or email Community Wellness

Veterans Voices Recorded to Share Over Generations

HistoVeteran's Voicesry has carried the heavy burden of war. Those who have chosen to serve their country through the military bear a heavy emotional burden when they come home. For many, unpleasant memories resurface again and again – despite the fact that they have returned to a safe place. These internal wounds often go unhealed for a long time, and for some it never heals. Many veterans who had been deployed to war-ravaged regions of the world return as different people, frozen by the horror of traumatic losses.

In any traumatic experience, our body shuts down, unable to process what has happened. In time the body can re-adjust itself, realizing that the event is in the past, and can focus on the future. Those who have experienced endless traumatic events in war, however, often can’t recover internally; their body continues to react as if the event was still happening.

The military has a unique culture, one that is very different to civilian culture. Some discharged members may experience ‘culture shock’ as they try to adjust to civilian life and a civilian workplace. Some may find it hard to accept the difference between living as a private citizen and life in the military. Talking about an experience as a service member can be daunting. Not just because the individual may have to relive traumatic events, but because now those events are being shared with the others.

Memories are signposts depicting where we are in life, and – in relation to grief – where we are in our own healing process. Some memories simply dissipate because we no longer have need of them. Others remain to provide comfort, a sense of history, or a personal lesson.  If, after a significant amount of time following a loss, difficult memories still evoke overwhelming emotions, our body may be asking us to address how the relationship affected our life in an adverse way.

Sharing memories can do just that – help address those influences in our lives so that we can begin healing.

To assist veterans in their journey toward healing, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) is proud to offer a new program called Veterans’ Voices. Veterans’ Voices is a program that honors those who have served in the military, as well as active duty members – and the families who support their service. The program gives veterans, service members and military families a chance to share their stories about their lives and their experiences – and leave an enduring legacy behind.

Veterans’ Voices interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator from RAVNAH Hospice guides participants through the interview process. Participants receive a CD copy of their interview and, if desired, a copy will be archived at the Folk Life Center in Middlebury, VT.

RAVNAH believes that the simple act of listening tells veterans how much they matter, and by preserving that conversation for future generations, we assure them that they won’t be forgotten.

If you are interested in more information about our Veteran’s Voices program, or bereavement services available at Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, contact John Campbell at 770.1683 or email John at jcampbell@ravnah.org



VNAHSR Recognition Dinner

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region celebrated its outstanding staff at a recent Employee Recognition Dinner recognizing all the employees from Rutland, Bennington and Dorset offices. Another successful year of caring for those who count on us in our communities.

Family Photos

Tips to Keep Seniors Safe While Aging in Place

The National Safety Council has designated June as National Safety Month. So now is a good time of year to conduct those important safety checks to help your senior loved ones age in place safely. Whether you live close by or you oversee caregiving from a distance, spending time now in preparing your loved one’s home for safety and for any possible emergencies is time well spent and will bring you and your family peace of mind.

The National Safety Council recommends the following steps to keep our senior loved ones safe:

  1. Do a walk-through of your senior’s home. Check safety locks, first aid supplies and smoke alarms replacing worn out batteries. Correct anything you see that is malfunctioning or install it if missing.
  2. Make a family emergency plan listing where your senior can go in an emergency, what they should bring with them (such as medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids and extra batteries, oxygen, or assistive technologies), how they will get there, and who they should call for help. Everyone should know in advance what will happen in case of emergency.
  3. Stay informed of weather conditions and potential emergencies in your senior’s area.
  4. Make an emergency supply kit which includes:
  • One gallon of water for each adult for three days
  • Three day supply of non-perishable foods and manual can opener
  • Battery powered radio or NOAA radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and medications
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and ties
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container
  • Cash, change or travelers checks
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to treat contaminated water
  • Change of clothes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in dry storage container
  • Paper and pencil, paper cups/plates

Here’s more you can do to be prepared

  • Learn CPR
  • Put the poison control center number near the phone — 1-800-222-1222
  • Take a first aid class
  • Create or update your senior’s personal first aid kit throwing out expired products and getting new ones ready
  • Make your senior’s home safer to prevent falls – install grab bars and railings, eliminate scatter rugs, place often-used items within easy reach.
  • Learn about your senior’s drinking water to be sure it is safe from contamination
  • Ensure your senior gets all the necessary vaccines, including seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, and any recommended by the doctor
  • Test your senior’s home for radon using a home radon kit; if the level indicates, take steps to reduce toxic radon levels

While you are assuring the homes of your loved ones are prepared, take a look at your own. After all, your safety is important too!

For more helpful information about how to keep your senior’s home safe, give us a call at 802.775.0568.

Kate Lawrence – VNAHSR Employee of the Year

Rounding out VNA week was the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) annual employee dinner. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, on being selected by agency staff as Employee of the Year! Kate has been involved with RAVEmployeed YrNAH services for nearly 20 years, and has been an employee of the agency for three. Currently VNAHSR is the only home health agency with a certified wound ostomy and continence care nurse serving Rutland and Bennington Counties. Congratulations, Kate!

VNAs of VT seeking new ED

The VNAs of Vermont is looking for an experienced and forward thinking individual to fulfill the needs of Executive Director. Please click on the image to read more details, and to find out how to apply. For more information about the VNAs of Vermont visit www.vnavt.org.

VNAs of VT Executive Director Job Ad

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