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Jim Bobotas paddles his kayak under the bridge at the Winnipesaukee River while Making Strides for Breast Cancer participants walk over the bridge on Sunday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice looks to technology to help patients transition from hospital to home

LACONIA — Health care continues to change at a rapid rate in this country and that can make it challenging for you, the patient and consumer. As hospitals continue to upgrade their medical records to more sophisticated electronic systems, we need to be willing to learn how those new systems can benefit us. Doing so will allow us to be better advocates for our own health care. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice can help you with this advocacy.
Many of the residents within our service area communities seek medical care from hospitals throughout New Hampshire and from several medical facilities in the Boston area. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has recently signed on with a new technology that Concord Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital is using that will help you, the patient, as you move from these hospitals back to your home.
Helpful and easy, Silver Search is a tablet application that hospital staff use to help patients transition to the kind of care they will need when they are discharged. The Silver Search application allows you to search for enrolled post-acute care providers (long-term facilities, rehab facilities, skilled nursing facilities or home care agencies) based on the specialized care that you need. Once you select your preferred home town provider listed by zip code on the tablet, you are able to see how that provider is quality rated by Medicare. The tablet even allows information to be emailed to friends and family members so that they can help you choose a transitional care provider. You can be assured that you can choose to transition to home from an out of area hospital using Silver Search and access the care of a community home care agency like Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. You can also be assured that your participation in your care planning will help you be more confident and less apprehensive about your transition which will contribute to your success once you are home.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is participating in this technology because it makes provision for patient choice. If the level of care needed upon discharge happens to be Home Care or Hospice services, we want the members of our community to know that we are here to provide the high quality, post-acute skilled care services necessary for your recovery.

Summit on substance misuse, suicide and behavioral health set for Nov. 2

TILTON — Partners in Community Wellness in collaboration with the Winnipesaukee Public Health Council will host the third annual Summit on Substance Misuse, Suicide and Behavioral Health on Thusday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton.

The tentative agenda includes a keynote, mindfulness activity, "Both Sides of the Door" presentation, breakout session, lunch/networking, and more.


Registration is required by Oct. 23 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A pizza lunch will be provided.

Confusion and hearing loss

Hearing is a partnership between your ears and your brain. When a person speaks, your ears receive the sounds and send them to the brain, which understands the sounds. Cognitive load is the mental effort of understanding.
When your ears don’t hear properly, the sounds sent to your brain are not clear. Your brain has to make more effort to understand the sounds. Your brain has a limited amount of energy (like the rest of you) and, when it has to work harder to understand speech. This extra effort means other tasks as not performed as well; such as memory.
A Johns Hopkins study found that seniors with hearing loss experienced significantly more cognitive decline than peers with normal hearing. These researchers found that the brains of people with untreated hearing loss shrink faster than those who do not have hearing problems.
Thus, hearing loss is not just an ear issue, it’s a quality of life and health issue. Untreated hearing loss can have serious and wide-ranging consequences which include:
• Increased mental fatigue and increased stress
• Memory problems and difficulty focusing
• Social withdrawal and depression
• Increased risk of falling
Using hearing aids can lessen the effort your brain requires to understand conversations and sounds around you. Reducing the cognitive load improves memory, as well as communication. People who find it easier to communicate are more able to enjoy social interaction and maintain connections with friends and family. This helps you remain mentally active, reduces feelings of isolation or depression and leads to better, overall health.

Genesis Behavioral Health to hold 51st Annual Meeting Oct. 24

LACONIA — The Board of Directors of Genesis Behavioral Health will hold their annual meeting, “Bold Moves Require Strong Leadership” on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Steele Hill Resort, Sanbornton. Robyn Parker, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Business at Plymouth State University and will be the keynote speaker. Parker earned her master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Boston University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit and her research and consulting focuses on communicative and cultural aspects of change.

“Leading an organization through times of growth and change can be as exciting as it is challenging and we are delighted to have Robyn speak at our Annual Meeting,” said Deb Pendergast, president of the board of directors.

“This has been a year of thoughtful preparation, planning, and transformation which could not have been achieved without strong leadership. Through the efforts and leadership from many individuals over the years, this organization has made the bold move of purchasing a property that will allow us to consolidate clinical operations and enhance the quality and expand the services we offer our patients and our communities.” said Maggie Pritchard, executive director of Genesis Behavioral Health. “Community care is better care and we must be ready to respond to the increasing and very complex needs of our patients and the communities we serve.”

Genesis Behavioral Health will present the 2017 Helen Holbrook Leadership and Service Award and the Dr. George “Pete” Harris Community Service Award at the Annual Meeting. The Holbrook Award is given to an individual in the community who leads by example and gives of themselves to strengthen the cause of mental health in the Lakes Region, while the Harris Award is presented to an individual in the community who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region through educating the public.

Members of the community who wish to attend the Annual Meeting should RSVP to Ann Nichols at 524-1100, ext. 445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, nonprofit corporation, Genesis serves nearly 4,000 children, families, adults and older adults each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603-524-1100 or visit the website at Find Genesis Behavioral Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates and information.