January 25, 2021

Concord Regional VNA Helps Community Members Stay Engaged Through Online Wellness Programs and Support Groups

CONCORD, N.H. – Concord Regional VNA, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, has reimagined several of its popular wellness programs and support groups for a virtual setting as Granite Staters continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“After nearly a full year adhering to physical distancing guidelines, the isolation is taking a toll on some, especially older adults, caregivers, and others who are vulnerable,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “Staying connected with people in similar circumstances is more important than ever and adapting our wellness programs to an online format is one way we continue to support our community during this challenging time.”

A Matter of Balance is a nine-week series that provides participants with tools and techniques to help them gain confidence and teaches simple fall prevention strategies. The next session begins February 18, 2021.

Better Choices, Better Health™ is a six-week interactive workshop for adults age 18 and older living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension or any other ongoing mental or physical health condition. Facilitators provide valuable tools and information to help manage disease symptoms, maintain proper nutrition and exercise, communicate with healthcare providers and more. The next session begins February 22, 2021. 

Aging Mastery Program® is a 10-week, comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity. Topics include exercise, sleep, healthy eating, financial fitness, advance planning, falls prevention and more. The next session begins March 16, 2021.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week, evidence-based educational program offered by health care organizations nationwide, which provides family caregivers with tools and techniques to care for themselves while caring for a relative or friend. The next session begins April 5, 2021.

Other popular programs and groups available online include “Wellness Wednesdays,” held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Topics such as memory loss and aging, managing stress, talking with your health care provider, vaccines, and others are presented by health educators. People interested in joining are encouraged to check the current schedule at www.crvna.org/onlineprograms.

All of Concord Regional VNA’s virtual programming is available at no cost to participants, and all programs require pre-registration. Participants must have a computer or mobile device with a camera and microphone. Technical support is available to help people set-up and log-in.  For a complete list of virtual wellness and support programs, visit www.crvna.org/onlineprograms

Through Concord Regional VNA’s wellness services, patients, families and the larger community have access to programs that address aging, healthy lifestyles, advanced care planning, grief and bereavement, falls prevention and guidance for caregivers. More than 2,700 people in the region benefit from these programs each year.

Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes and leading the way in population health since 1899. Concord Regional VNA’s more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members provide unmatched care across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs, to more than 8,000 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year.

Earlier this year, Concord Regional VNA and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice announced the two agencies’ intent to merge – a move that would meet the growing demand for home and community based health care in the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire and bolster the agencies’ future sustainability. More information on the proposed merger is available at www.vnaforthefuturenh.com