Health and Wellness

Two LRGHealthcare volunteers honored by president

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare recently honored its volunteers at a brunch held at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford.

The event was an occasion to recognize all the efforts of the 170 volunteers, who provided 21,000 hours of service.

In recognition of these outstanding achievements, volunteers Richard Guerin and Nancy Paterno were presented with the President's Call to Service Award.

To be eligible to receive the President's Call to Service Award, awarded by the president of the United States, individuals must have completed 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over the course of their lifetime.

The President's Call to Service Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to our nation.

The brunch was provided by Contigiani's Catering. And, in the spirit of the holidays entertainment was provided by the Rockin' Daddios.


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Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Peary, left, and Sandy Marshall, right, director of volunteer services for LRGHealgthcare, congratulate Nancy Paterno on receiving the President's Call to Service Award. (Courtesy photo)


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Sandy Marshall, left, director of volunteer services at LRGHealthcare, and Darcy Peary, right, volunteer coordinator, congratulate Richard "Scrooge" Guerin on receiving the President's Call to Service Award at the annual LRGHealthcare Volunteer Recognition Brunch. (Courtesy photo)

Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary hosts annual Lights of Memory

FRANKLIN — Members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary held the 32nd Lights of Memory celebration at FRH on Sunday, December 4, bringing together community members and hospital employees for a very heartfelt evening.

The event, which is also an annual fundraiser for the group (for a $3 donation the name of a loved one is read), included a short ceremony, the reading of names, holiday music and refreshments.

Auxiliary members also took the opportunity to reflect on the group's many accomplishments in 2016.
The inaugural Mom Prom was held in April at Mojalaki Golf Club in Franklin. 120 women from several surrounding towns attended the prom, all dressed up in an array of formal wear and gowns. The evening featured dinner, dancing, raffles, and contests (including Prom Queen!). A fabulous time was had by all and the event raised $2,400 for the Franklin Regional Hospital Emergency Department Crisis Closet. Members are already making plans for the April 22, 2017 Mom Prom, to be held at Steele Hill Resort.

The Gift Shop at Franklin Regional Hospital continues to thrive as volunteers stock its shelves every month with new and unique gifts. The shop offers everything from flowers and cards to beautiful jewelry and gifts for every occasion. Each purchase supports important initiatives at Franklin Regional Hospital, ultimately benefitting patients and staff.

Each year the Auxiliary supports community initiatives through events such as the Red Dress Gala, the Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K, the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic and Senior Safety Day. The group holds a Christmas in July sale to supplement support of these important events and programs.

In addition, in 2016 members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary donated nearly 200 hand-made pillowcases and lap blankets to children and adults alike that come to Franklin Regional Hospital for medical care. These volunteers held bake sales throughout the year to raise funds to supplement the purchase of fabric.

The Auxiliary is always looking for enthusiastic new members. If you're interested in learning more, call 603-934-2060, ext. 8780, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary members and community members recently celebrated the 32nd Lights of Memory. From left are FRH Auxiliary Director/Scholarship Chairman Pam Hannan; Director/Lights of Memory Co-chairman Carolyn Morrill; Director/Gift Shop Committee member Leanne Hamilton; Director/LOM Co-chairman and Pillow Case Chairman Cynthia Langevin; FRH Auxiliary President/Gift Shop Manager Christine Dzujna; and LRGHealthcare President and CEO Kevin Donovan. (Courtesy photo)

Ask Kelley - How can I support someone with a drug addiction?

Dear Kelley,
I recently learned my friend's daughter has a heroin addiction. I'm doing everything I can to support my friend. However, I have no experience with addiction and I'm not sure if I'm saying the right things. I don't really know what to say. Is there anything I can do to better support her during such a difficult time?
Supportive Friend

Dear Supportive Friend,
It can be very challenging to support the family and friends of an individual living with an addiction. One simple thing you can do right now is to think about the way you talk about addiction and individuals with substance use disorders. Using nonjudgmental, "person first" language will help to reduce the stigma associated with this disease. That stigma is often what keeps people from reaching out to get the help they need. Words like addict or druggie can perpetuate negative perceptions. Instead, you would want to say, person with a substance use disorder. See below for more examples:
Say this, not that:
Person living in recovery, not ex-addict
Person living with an addiction, not battling/suffering from an addiction
Person arrested for drug violation, not drug offender
Positive drug screen, not dirty drug screen
Language really matters. A simple shift in language can help offer a more supportive response for your friend and her daughter. For more information on "person first" language check out the Nation Council For Behavioral Health at Additionally, the New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line is available to anyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That number is 1-844-711-HELP or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Putting your loved one's affairs in order

By Martha Swats, Owner/Administrator, Comfort Keepers

There are several legal papers and documents that should be addressed by your loved one before a life-threatening situation arises. Once a healthcare emergency strikes, it may be too late to prepare these documents. That's why you should talk to your loved one about getting his or her affairs in order and to put their wishes regarding healthcare in writing while they are still healthy and able.

Selecting a Healthcare Proxy
If you have siblings or other relatives, you and your loved one should determine together who will be the proxy. Think about who shares the same views and values about life and medical decisions as your loved one. It can be a family member, a friend, a lawyer, or someone who shares the same religious faith. It's a good idea to also name an alternate proxy. It is especially important to have a detailed living will if your loved one chooses not to name a proxy.

Your loved one can decide how much authority the proxy has over his or her medical care, and if he or she is entitled to make much of the crucial decisions, or only a few specific ones. Check with the chosen proxy and the alternate before they are officially named to make sure they are comfortable with this responsibility.
Making It Official
Your loved should talk with the doctor and have an idea of the types of decisions that could come up in the future, especially if certain health problems are present. The next step is to fill out the legal forms detailing your loved one's wishes. A lawyer can help, but is not required. If your senior wants one, don't depend on the lawyer to help him or her understand different medical treatments. That's why it is wise to start the planning process by talking with the doctor. If your loved one wants a lawyer, find an elder law attorney.
Not planning in advance means that you might not be able to gain access to the information you need, or act on your loved one's behalf if he or she is unable to do so. In a worst-case scenario, you might be forced to fight in court for guardianship, a time-consuming and costly process. You can avoid this scenario by working with your loved one to prepare these documents.
Important health care documents include:
A medical directive: Also known as a living will or advance health care directive, this document specifies the kind of care your loved one wants to receive if and when he or she becomes ill or incapacitated. This must be handled while your loved one is able. It is crucial that the person who is named health care proxy knows the senior's wishes in the event that he or she needs life support, a feeding tube, or intravenous fluids to survive. That is why this is a very important document for family caregivers to have. You can also have an Advance Directive Wallet Card for your loved one to carry in his or her wallet, indicating that an advance directive exists, and where it is kept.
A durable power of attorney for healthcare: This document allows you to make healthcare decisions for your loved one.
A durable power of attorney for finances and HIPAA release: This gives you permission to manage your loved one's financial affairs, pay bills, sell property, and so on. A HIPAA release gives you access to his or her health records and physicians.
A revocable living trust: This allows your loved one to retain control over his or her estate while making transfers of assets to beneficiaries. They designate what property (home, investments, jewelry, and so on) goes into the trust and to whom it will be granted. During their lifetimes, they act as executors of their own living trust. The most important advantage: it allows the estate to avoid probate at the time of death.
A will: A will makes clear who will receive your loved one's assets and personal property. A properly written will helps to avoid disagreements over the estate after his or her death.
Additional documents: These can include life insurance and long-term care policies; an end-of-life instructions letter (regarding wishes or items not covered in the will); or an existing organ donor card.
It's not enough to merely have these documents − they must be accessible. Experts recommend that seniors or their loved ones keep all of these important documents in one master folder or box. It should be placed in a safe place at home such as a safe deposit box or fire safe.

Nobody can predict the future. Your loved ones may never face a medical situation where they are unable to speak and make their wishes known. But having an advance directive may give your loved one and those close to you some added peace of mind.

Get your "go bag" ready before emergency strikes

by Kathleen Merriam and Diane Monico

Community Emergency Response Team


The Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team would like to help our community to become better prepared for a disaster.
We all know that power outages due to severe rain storms, heavy winds or snow and ice storms, can last from a few minutes to several days or possibly longer. You may have to either shelter in place or evacuate. Every member of your family, including the elderly, children and pets, should have a "go bag" if evacuation becomes necessary. The go bag should provide the items that you would need to survive for the next 72 hours. Store the go bag in a convenient place so you can access it easily. Below is a list of items that you should consider for your go bag. Please feel free to add your own special items.

  • Flashlight, batteries, light sticks
  • Portable radio
  • Keys for house and car
  • Money (coins and bills)
  • Glasses/contacts/solutions
  • Medications, at least a one week supply
  • Comfortable shoes, two pairs socks
  • Comfortable clothing, including extra underwear
  • Jacket
  • Whistle
  • Paper and pencil
  • Emergency phone list with out of state contact numbers
  • List of people to notify if you are injured
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance, ID, social security, deeds, etc.
  • Toiletries
  • Small first aid kit
  • Drinking water, food, snacks

Each family will have unique needs. If you have an infant or toddler, provide a special bag including:

  • Formula, disposable bottles
  • Diapers, wipes, instant baby cereal
  • Bowl, spoon
  • Several changes of clothes
  • Thermometer, medicine dropper, medications
  • Toys, books, blanket

Seniors or individuals with disabilities will need special items in addition to a regular adult Go Bag:

  • Food for special dietary needs
  • Batteries for hearing aids, wheelchair, etc.
  • Special supplies: oxygen, catheters, etc.
  • Prescription for glasses
  • Personal sanitary items

Pets require special Go Bags as well. Some things to consider are:

  • Pet carrier or crate with owner's information
  • Name and number of veterinarian
  • Medical records. Keep inoculations current.
  • Pet Owner's identification pet, license and name tag
  • Blanket, towel or newspaper for warmth
  • Pooper scooper, bags
  • Treats, toys
  • Collar, leash, muzzle
  • Non-spill bowls
  • Food and water for three days

We hope that you use these suggestions and begin to become more prepared for any disaster. For more information on personal preparedness, please visit or