By Flannery Hill for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care | Published on 11.12.2014
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, and in recognition Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care will celebrate the significant roles caregivers play in our community by flying its blue and yellow flags Nov. 14-24 along the State Street corridor.
The flag features its logo — a large heart symbolizing the compassionate care given by VNHC staff and volunteers throughout the community since 1908.
“Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is proud to provide our community with compassionate in-home and hospice care for over a century,” said Lynda Tanner, VNHC president and CEO. “We wish to recognize the work of all our dedicated employees and volunteers along with the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers being recognized throughout the country this November in honor of National Home Care and Hospice Month.”
More than 7.5 million Americans rely on home-delivered health care each day for treatment of acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability or terminal illness. Last year, VNHC helped over 15,000 people maintain their health, live independently, recover from illness, or transition at end of life with dignity and comfort.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive in-home health care. The mission of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is to provide high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents, including those unable to pay. It serves the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. Established in 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is one of Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations.
For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, click here or call 805.965.5555.
— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
This Veterans Day will be a special one for a local vet.
Paul Monge is a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran who has a roof over his head for the first time in ten years. He says he spent the past decade living in his car.
“It’s just night and day. You guys wouldn’t understand,” he said about being homeless. “You’d have to be out on the street at least for a couple weeks, let’s say. You’d get a taste, but not the real thing, especially weather. The weather is a lot to deal with out there.”
He said his new home is “…better. Way better. Warmer, cleaner. You get to eat hot meals. You don’t have to eat out of a cold can, just a number of things.”
Thanks in part to People’s Self-Help Housing, Monge moved in to a senior housing development in Arroyo Grande back in June.