"John"* was an elderly male patient who was being cared for only by his elderly wife up until his admission to VNA's services. He suffered from long-term anemia and osteoarthritis, making ongoing treatment of his conditions vital for maintaining his health and the ability to live independently. When his wife suddenly died, be was left taking care of himself. Being that he could not drive, the prospect of him remaining healthy and living independently in his home seemed dim. He began to experience depression, weight loss, and dehydration.
when VNA caregivers stepped in, he was helped with both his medical and mental health needs. The mental health nurse facilitated a depression screening and consultation with a psychiatrist for appropriate medication. Another nurse worked on designing a care plan for the treatment of his anemia and osteoarthritis.
The patient was educated and encouraged to actively participate in his medicine management. And his grandson started helping out and learned the importance of fluids and nutrition to his grandfather.
Both "John" and his grandson now speak with pride about what they have learned and how they now actively monitor these health markers. Thanks to the help of United Way dollars, "John" was able to remain healthy and independent in his own home.
Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED™.
*"John" is not the patient's real name