With our roots firmly planted in the community, NVNA and Hospice has always offered education and support to the public, either in anticipation of a need (e.g. Emergency Preparedness Education) or in response to an issue or concern (e.g. support groups for Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Brain Aneurysm). Our programs are offered to all the communities we serve, from Milton to Plymouth, and include blood pressure clinics, support groups, disease-specific education, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.
In addition, we have specialty programs designed for people with chronic diseases. The goal for each is to motivate and empower the person to manage their condition, live the best possible quality of life, safely and independently at home. These are taught by clinicians trained and certified in the respective areas of expertise.
Included among these programs are:
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program – taught by a Certified Diabetic Educator and Medicare reimbursable.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - developed by Stanford University Medical Center researchers and taught by program-certified clinicians. A six-week program offered to all South Shore residents living with the challenges of one or more chronic conditions either themselves or someone for whom they care. The program teaches strategies to improve quality of life, communication with doctors, and ability to handle stress. Trained program leaders help participants set and meet personal goals, make good choices about one’s health and identify simple techniques that increase energy level.
Click here for all our ongoing weekly and monthly programs or call 781.659.2342 for more information
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Program - evidenced-based program taught by certified clinicians and professionals. Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Offered weekly over an eight (8) week period; designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have sustained falls in the past
- Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
- Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve
StoryCorps Legacy Program is offered to our patients, families and caregivers through a partnership with the national oral history project, StoryCorps.
NVNA and Hospice is a Community Partner with Honoring Choices® Massachusetts to help patients and families initiate and develop a healthcare plan that reflects their values, wishes and choices for healthcare and living needs throughout their adult years. Incorporating Honoring Choices’ Who’s Your Agent?SM kit, we help adults understand and exercise their right to appoint a health care agent in a Health Care Proxy, design their own specific plan, and explore and discuss other initiatives such as Power of Attorney, Personal Directives and other healthcare guidelines.
Click here for programs for people inpacted by cancer, or call Cancer Support Community at 781.610.1490
For Alzheimer’s Caregivers only
Caregivers of all stages of Alzheimer’s Support Group – meets the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am -12:00 noon at Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA.
This group is open to all South Shore caregivers who are specifically caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related form of dementia. Facilitated by trained professionals.
Caregivers of Early to Mid Stage Alzheimer’s Support Group - meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at Village at Proprietor’s Green, 10 Village Green Way, Marshfield, MA. Offered in collaboration with Welch Healthcare & Retirement, this group is open to all South Shore residents caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Meetings are cofacilitated by trained, certified Alzheimer’s professionals and offer information and resources, education and support, strategies and techniques for caring and coping with caregiving issues.
For individuals dealing with a specific disease and their caregivers:
Early Stage Alzheimer’s and Care Partners Support Group - meets monthly - to be determined - at 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell. This group is open to individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Co-facilitators who are trained in Alzheimer’s care offer support, education, caring and coping strategies and techniques, and information about available resources.
Diabetes Support Group – meets the first Monday of the month from 10:00 to 11:00 am at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, September - May. Open to all South Shore residents, the group includes both people with diabetes and caregivers and provides support, information and networking opportunities. Facilitated by a certified diabetic educator, each monthly meeting features a different topic to help persons with diabetes manage their condition.
Brain Aneurysm Support Group – meets the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA. Open free to South Shore residents, the group provides patients, survivors and family members with educational tools and emotional support. The goal of support group meetings is to help alleviate fears and concerns through education and group discussions. Discussion topics include origin of brain aneurysms and AVMs, treatment and prognosis, recovery, and coping with the “new” you. Trained clinicians facilitate the group.
For individuals coping with a loss:
Bereavement Support Group – is an eight-week program open to all South Shore residents who have suffered a loss within the past year. (Not limited to families of Norwell VNA and Hospice patients) A licensed Bereavement Coordinator, who can be reached at 781-659-2342 leads the program. Program is offered at Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA.
Community Support Resources
NVNA Works nvnaworks.org
Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org
Alzheimer's Association Virtual Library Alzheimer's Virtual Library
Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org/MA/
Brain Aneurysm Foundation www.bafound.org
Cancer Support Community Massachusetts South Shore www.cancersupportcommunityma.org
Geriatric Care Managers of New England www.gcmnewengland.org/
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers www.caremanager.org
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts www.hospicefed.org
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization www.nhpco.org
National Family Caregivers Association www.thefamilycaregiver.org
Old Colony Elder Services oldcolonyelderservices.org
Bridges by Epoch www.BridgesbyEPOCH.com
Welch Healthcare Assisted Living www.welchhrg.com
Mass ALFA www.massalfa.org