VNA Northwest … where the care comes to you!

607 Bantam Road Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750

Wellness

Blood Pressure Screenings

Do you know what a normal blood pressure reading is? Not sure? When was the last time you had a blood pressure screening?

Estimates are that as many as fifty percent of all Americans over the age of 60 suffer from high blood pressure, yet many do not know what their blood pressure is and do not know if it is high or normal.

Studies show that high blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and heart and kidney failure. VNA Northwest offers a regular schedule of blood pressure screenings intended to fight high blood pressure and related ailments.

View our calendar for a complete listing of all screening locations and times or contact us for more information.

My reading was the best it has been since I started coming – the nurse told me to buy a different brand of sliced turkey because it would have less salt and that’s really made a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is blood pressure?

“Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

It usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, it can damage your body.

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Blood pressure numbers include systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. The table below shows normal numbers for adults. It also shows which numbers put you at greater risk for health problems.

Category Systolic (top number) Diastolic (bottom number)
Normal Less than 120 And Less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 Or 80-89
High blood pressure
Stage 1 140-159 Or 90-99
Stage 2 160 or higher Or 100 or higher

The ranges in the table apply to most adults (aged 18 and older) who don’t have short-term serious illnesses.

Fall Prevention

One of the great hazards of aging is the danger of falling, even when traversing the familiar territory around the home. Health care professionals know that muscle strengthening, balance exercises, proper movement and stretch techniques can greatly reduce the possibility of falls and lead to a happier, healthier aging process.

VNA Northwest offers several programs to assist with better balance. The following is a list of programs currently being offered.

Fall Risk Assessment Clinic

During this program a therapist will describe various risk facrtors that can lead to a fall and will explain and demonstrate some safety measures and tools that individuals can use to protect themselves from accident or injury. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for participants to receive personal reviews of their medications and blood pressure checks by a nurse, as well as the opportunity for individual fall risk assessments by a therapist.

Bend and Stretch

This is a six week program (1 hour per week) that provides gentle exercises designed to assist with better balance. Most of the exercised are done sitting or standing near a chair. The program begins with a personal evaluation by a physical therapist. The baseline data acquired in that assessment is then used to demonstrate the progress of the individual when the program ends. Participants find this a motivation to continue preventive exercises at home using the take home materials distributed during the program.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

These classes are designed based on the Tai Chi principle and will include warm-ups, Tai Chi movements and discussion. Based on ancient Chinese Tai Chi uses gentle flowing motions to streghten the body, relax the mind and reduce the risk of falls. Classes are held for 12 weeks (two one hour sessions per week) for a total of 24 classes.

Consult our calendar for specific locations and times of programs, or contact us at 860-567-6000 for more information.

Bend and Stretch is fantastic! The instructor and the music make it very enjoyable. We seniors have a very good time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a charge?

There is no charge or only a nominal fee for the program. In most cases, it is sponsored by local towns, organizations or grants. Currently VNA Northwest is collaborating with The Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention to offer programs at no charge throughout Litchfield County.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

No. Participants are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Flu Clinics

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or October, or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Flu and pneumonia vaccines will be administered by VNA Northwest nurses during flu season in local towns at publicized flu clinics.

VNA Northwest promotes prevention and wellness by offering seasonal flu clinics to our communities. Flu and pneumonia shots are offered to adults 18 and over at many different times, dates, and locations, see our calendar for this information.

For the most up-to-date information, please call us at 860.567.6000.

I liked the convenience of your walk-in clinic.

– Torrington

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I get vaccinated?

Influenza is a contagious disease which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be dangerous for people with heart or breathing conditions.

Who should get the vaccination?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people in high risk groups get an annual influenza vaccine. Examples include:

  • those 65 and older
  • those over 50 with chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease
  • pregnant women
  • anyone who lives with or cares for people at high risk for influenza related complications
  • anyone who provides essential community services
  • people at high risk of influenza complications who will be traveling

When should I get the influenza vaccine?

Influenza can occur any time from November through May, but most often peaks in January or February. Plan to get your influenza vaccine in October or November if you can. But getting vaccinated in December, January or even later, will still be beneficial. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot. Protection lasts up to a year.