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Lymphedema Therapy Now Offered at Cherry Brook Health Care Center

March 27, 2015 Health No Comments
Amy Krystofalski

Amy Krystofalski

The Rehabilitation Services Department at Cherry Brook Health Care Center is now able to offer lymphedema therapy for patients. Amy Krystofalski, RPT recently became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

Lymphedema swelling, typically in the arms or legs, is caused by trauma, injury or surgery that involved the lymphatic system. For example, it is common to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy or knee replacement because of the removal of lymph nodes during surgery. “Any disruption to the lymph system can be the trigger for lymphedema,” said Krystofalski. The condition can develop within weeks, or it may be years later that the symptoms first appear. … Continue Reading

Finding Courage through Change

Amla Mehta

Amla Mehta

By Amla Mehta

My name is Amla Mehta and I graduated from Canton High School in 1992.  On Valentines’ Day, 1990,  I was diagnosed with a rare eye disorder, called Gyrate Atrophy.  Gyrate Atrophy causes blindness between the ages of 45 and 55. 

I am writing about the struggles that I have encountered throughout my personal journey. In a series of articles for Canton Compass, I will write about the facing the diagnosis, other challenges and how I have learned to unconditionally accept myself despite the struggles. 

It was 1999; I was 25 years old working at the Hartford Life Insurance Company.  At the time, I was making my way up the ladder within the Human Resources Department.  I had an entry level position, and my goal was to become a recruiter.  I knew I would be a great asset for the team because I love helping people.  Nothing beats the feeling of seeing the priceless expression on a person’s face when they have been offered their dream job. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Hosts Sweetheart Tea and Treats

February 13, 2015 Community, Health No Comments
Mr. and Mrs. George Lind

Mr. and Mrs. George Lind

(Submitted Release) Love was in the air as ten couples from Cherry Brook Health Care Center celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Sweetheart Tea and Treats on Friday, Feb. 13. Beautiful decorations in red and pink greeted the couples as they entered the recreation room. Our dining staff prepared a wonderful table of Venetian Treats. Everyone enjoyed the mellow voice of Patrick Surdam, singing favorite oldies, during the celebration.

Amongst the ten couples who attended the Sweetheart Tea and Treats, were Mr. and Mrs. George Lind. Mr. Lind is a long-term resident of Cherry Brook Health Care Center and his wife Carol visits him daily. Mrs. Lind quotes “We have been married for 58 years! George and I met while I was vacationing with my parents in the Catskill Mountains in NY. George was swimming in the pool and he looked up and saw his future bride. I was only sixteen years old at the time. He got out of the pool and came over to ask me for my phone number, so I gave it to him and he gave it to his friend. Dating back then was dancing and coming home early! George asked his friend how our date went and his friend said I was very nice. George didn’t want to be outdone by this, so he called me and asked me out on a date and I said yes, but only for an hour! I was so excited!! From then on it was a give and take relationship. Mostly giving and taking kisses, leading into a lifelong of love.” … Continue Reading

Canton Nonprofits, Community Groups and Students Invited to Apply for Grants, Scholarship

February 13, 2015 Community, Health No Comments

zeropoint_logo(Submitted) The Canton Community Health Fund (CCHF) seeks applicants for money available to any nonprofit or community agency whose efforts contribute to the health and well-being of Canton. The organization also offers a scholarship to high school seniors and is seeking applicants for both the grants and scholarship.

Grant applications from community groups are due by April 30. Applications may be completed online at cantoncommunityhealthfund.org.

Last year, CCHF awarded some $26,000 in grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per applicant. Past grant recipients include: Focus on Canton, FAVARH, Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS, Canton Parks and Recreation Department, Canton Food Bank and the Canton Public Library. Funds have been used to purchase everything from an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine for the town pool, trail signage, food for Canton residents in need and story hour for preschoolers and their parents. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Care Center Announces New Director of Staff Development

February 12, 2015 Community, Health No Comments
Patricia Pesut.

Patricia Pesut.

(Submitted) Cherry Brook Health Care Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Pesut to the position of Director of Staff Development.

Mrs. Pesut earned her Bachelor Degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University and received her Maters Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pat is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience in nursing and has a diverse background working in both acute and long-term care settings.  In this position, Patricia will evaluate resident and staff needs in collaboration with Administrative and department leadership to plan appropriate orientation, in-services and education necessary to prepare personnel to perform their duties. … Continue Reading

Farmington Valley Health District Releases February Newsletter

February 5, 2015 Community, Health No Comments

The Farmington Valley Health District has released its February newsletter. It can be read below as a pdf. On the bottom of the box, you will find tools to zoom in on text, make the image full screen or an arrow that lets you download the file. See more at fvhd.org.

DEEP: Environmental Impact from Canton Oil Spill was ‘Minimal’

December 24, 2014 Fire, Health, Police No Comments
The oil spill Friday afternoon.  Submitted photo

The oil spill Tuesday afternoon.
Submitted photo

Environmental impact from a diesel oil spill Tuesday afternoon was minimal and did not affect the Farmington River, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

A delivery truck owned by Connecticut Cartage was delivering the fuel — specifically #2 home heating oil — to a bulk oil storage terminal on Powder Mill Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dennis Schain, Communications Director for DEEP, told Canton Compass in an email on Wednesday. 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

During the delivery, 20 to 50 gallons of fuel were released, he said.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene and placed several absorbent booms in the area.

DEEP Emergency Response was called to the site and observed fuel oil on the parking lot and confirmed that some had reached the storm system catch basin network, Schain said. The spill did not impact the nearby Farmington River, he added.

Connecticut Cartage hired an environmental contractor and the fuel and catch basins were cleaned under the supervision of DEEP staff, Schain added.  … Continue Reading

Focus on Canton Presents Gifts to Cherry Brook Health Care Center

December 23, 2014 Community, Health, Nonprofits No Comments
From left: Laurie Columbia and Hannah Aaron.

From left: Laurie Columbia and Hannah Aaron.

(Submitted release) Thanks to Hannah Aaron and Laurie Columbia, members of Focus on Canton recently presented gifts to the residents of Cherry Brook Health Care Center.

The gifts were from churches and volunteers in the community.

“The gifts were greatly appreciated, and the smiles and joy on the residents’ faces while receiving this kindness showed the real reason for the season,” said Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Cherry Brook.  … Continue Reading

Annual Holiday Tag Sale held at Cherry Brook Health Care Center

December 12, 2014 Community, Health No Comments
Sarah Tomko gets in the holiday spirit at the tag sale.  Submitted photo

Sarah Tomko gets in the holiday spirit at the tag sale.
Submitted photo

(Submitted Release) The recreation department of Cherry Brook Health Care Center held its annual holiday tag sale this past Tuesday, making it just another step to give Cherry Brook residents a feeling of independence.

Over the last two months the recreation department has been busy collecting new and gently used donated items for all ages, from infants to seniors. The holiday tag sale gives the residents an opportunity to shop for the important people in their lives and even themselves. The goal of Cherry Brook’s recreation department is to create memorable opportunities that help both the residents and those closest to them better cope with life limiting circumstances. … Continue Reading

Canton Considers Proposal To Upgrade its Ambulance Service

November 30, 2014 Government, Health No Comments

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Officials are recommending the town upgrade its ambulance service to a paramedic level.

Currently the town operates an Advanced EMT — or AEMT service — with paramedic support from the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The AEMTs are a combination of volunteers and employees of a vendor that provides additional coverage, primarily on weekday shifts.

AEMTs not only provide basic life-saving skills but also enhanced assessment, IV therapy to improve blood volume/pressure, some pharmacological interventions, better airway management, trauma care, and cardiac care such as manual and mechanical CPR and AED use.

Paramedics, however, are paid professionals with even more training and can administer additional techniques, especially in the areas of pain management, advanced airway techniques and advanced cardiac care.

Due to changes in the field and at the state level, UConn will no longer sponsor the service as of July 1, 2016, fire officials said. … Continue Reading

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