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Marki Flannery
As Executive Vice President and Chief of Provider Operations for the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Marki Flannery oversees all provider service operations, including VNSNY Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Community Mental Health Services and Partners in Care, a licensed home care agency providing private care services for individuals who need assistance within their own homes. Ms. Flannery has been with VNSNY for more than 30 years, where for nearly two decades she served as the President of Partners in Care as it grew to become the largest employer of certified Home Health Aides in New York State. A frequent presenter at statewide and national conferences, Ms. Flannery has served in a leadership capacity for various industry organizations and has also published articles in industry journals, such as Caring Magazine, Home Healthcare Nurse and National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Entries by Marki Flannery

Something New Can Help Beat the Winter Blues

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Sitting alone on his couch in the early days of 2015, Robert*, a 72-year-old New York City resident, found himself overcome by feelings of isolation and depression. The holidays had been full of family, friends and regular visitors to his home. Normally he would spend this period after the holidays...

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Uh Oh, It's Flu Season! What You Need to Know About Flu Vaccination

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:39 PM

Media reports from just about every corner of the country are cautioning that Americans could be in for a particularly intense flu season this year, with many medical experts encouraging folks not to delay getting their flu shots. The flu season is not only here --...

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Clearing the Way, On National Falls Prevention Day and Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:38 PM

As soon as Anthony Walker stepped into Mr. Williams's apartment six months ago, he knew things weren't as safe as they should be. As a certified home health aide with a licensed home care agency serving homebound seniors in one of our nation's largest metropolitan areas, Anthony has seen his...

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Cooling the Flames of Depression During the Dog Days of August

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 7:10 PM

Summer Heat Can Mean Real Risks for Older People
While the summer brings sunshine, family barbecues and welcome distance from the memory of harsh winter weather here in the Northeast, it also brings added risks for the elderly. As the temperature rises, especially during the humid, end-of-summer August weather,...

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Coping With Dementia or Alzheimer's at Home: A Checklist for Daily Rituals

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:26 PM

10:30 sharp. Green cup with the cracked glaze. Half teaspoon sugar, half teaspoon Equal. That's how Miss Johnson takes her tea every morning.

When someone suffers from Alzheimer's disease, there are a million potential obstacles that can turn simple daily rituals like this one into a real challenge for caregivers....

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National Nurses Week: Home Health Aides Who Became Remarkable Nurses

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Today's newly certified registered nurses emerge ready to take on a career in one of the most rewarding industries, inspired by their own personal stories of what drew them to this vocation. Despite varying levels of education, distinctive cultures and unique life experiences, they all have one thing in common:...

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Home Health Care: Post-Stroke Care, From Head to Toe

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:52 PM

At the end of nurse Lorraine Williams' recent home care visit to Professor Samuel Kaplan, he walked her to the apartment's front door. "I was so surprised," she marvels -- because only a year earlier, the 70-something professor had a stroke and couldn't walk.

But with an attentive home health...

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Home Health Care: A New Start for a New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:55 AM

"And now let us welcome the new year," wrote the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. "Full of things that have never been."

For millions of older Americans who suffer from depression and chronic illness, the prospect of another year mired in isolation, anxiety and long-term discomfort can make that promise feel...

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New Year, New Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Thanks to several key trends in aging and health care, one of the fastest-growing jobs in 2014 is expected to be that of the home health aide. Each year, more and more of us count on these aides to come into our home or the home of a loved one...

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'Tis the Season to Be Lonely: Tips for Connecting Over the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 2:50 PM

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for older Americans living alone, especially if they are in poor health or without family or friends at the time of year when songs are sung about gathering by the fire, kissing under the mistletoe and basking in the bounties of the...

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Home Care Bridging Generations: Invite a Young Person to Visit

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 10:06 AM

I recently spoke with a remarkable high school senior, Victoria McGuire, who for the last six years has brought her Girl Scout troop to a Queens adult day center to visit with elders and engage them in conversation and projects. These intergenerational visits have fostered relationships...

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Still Weathering the Storm, One Year After Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:24 PM

While Superstorm Sandy forced many people to relocate from destroyed homes, it also drove many others deeper into isolation inside their own homes. Natural disasters hit the vulnerable especially hard. For those who are older, ill, injured or otherwise limited in mobility, a disruptive force like a storm or power...

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Home Health Care: Peace of Mind for Long-Distance Caregivers

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Every Sunday, Dennis telephoned his Aunt Catherine from his home in Washington, D.C., to check up on her. At age 87, she lived alone in her longtime Lower Manhattan apartment, and, except for an attack of angina a couple years ago, was in relatively good health.

He asked, as he...

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The Caregivers' Guide to Summer Travel

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Lily Avelon used to travel the world, but she hadn't left the country in 10 years as her Parkinson's disease advanced. It took a simple question from her occupational therapist to get her back in the air. "She told me she loved to travel, and I said, 'Well, why can't...

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National Nurses Week: Transforming Everyday Life -- Every Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:56 PM

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, a time that reminds us to celebrate the transformative power that nurses and members of nurse-led care teams have on the lives of so many vulnerable Americans. For the chronically ill, the very young and very old, the isolated, the depressed, the...

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Home Health Aides: Clustered Together for Better Care

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Home health aide Elaine Bigio came to work one recent morning in a large public housing building in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. She knocked on Isabel Rodriguez's* door, prepared to fix breakfast and get her 80-year-old patient's day going.

There was no answer. Elaine was worried but knew she...

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Home Health Aides: Living Lifelines in Sandy's Hobbled Communities

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Manning the Frontlines of Care

Lilly Hill spent the days before Hurricane Sandy trying to persuade elderly residents in a windswept housing complex on Seagirt Avenue in Far Rockaway to evacuate. But, mindful of what they saw as fruitless and disruptive evacuations during the less-intense Hurricane Irene, many remained in...

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Fear of Falling: Breaking the Dangerous Downward Cycle

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 1:41 PM

"There are always options for moving." -- Gretchen Reynolds
New York Times Phys Ed columnist
Author of The First 20 Minutes

For Mrs. P., the second fall was one fall too many. Once an active octogenarian, she had fallen and broken her...

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Home Health Aides: The Front Lines of the Future

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 8:14 PM

When Sandra Santos*, who is frail and elderly, fainted in her kitchen, her home health aide Angela knew just what to do, calling 911, initiating CPR, and remaining calm throughout. "She didn't leave my mother's side," marveled Mrs. Santos's daughter. "She handled the situation until help arrived and continued to...

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Home Health Aides: We Need to Raise the Bar

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 5:42 PM

A Troubling Study on Eldercare

Finding qualified, compassionate people to care for our aging parents, spouses and ourselves as we grow old is an undeniable challenge of our era. Americans are living longer, and those with chronic, debilitating conditions are increasingly likely to remain at home -- which...

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