VNA Community Healthcare, a century-old nonprofit visiting nurse agency, brings you timely home healthcare services and extensive community care resources. Care that many thought could only be received at the hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility, can now happen effectively – and comfortably – in your own home and community.
Using the newest technologies, and expertly trained staff, we help you recover and regain your independence quickly and easily. You might say we bring a “mobile health center” right to your living room.
Founded in 1910, VNA Community Healthcare was created from a merger of local town visiting nurse associations in Branford, Guilford, Madison, Hamden and North Haven. As a nonprofit agency, we are proud of our dedicated staff, volunteers, board of directors, community partners and donors. Together, we have become a leader in healthcare at home and the self-care movement across Southern Connecticut.
VNA Community Healthcare – By the Numbers*
- VNA Community Healthcare makes 324,000 home healthcare visits annually
- 5,200 Flu shots given
- 2,500 Blood pressure checks
- 451 Cholesterol screenings
- 653 Exercise class attendees
- 210 Family Caregivers attended our support groups
- 155 Individual Family Caregiver Consultations
*Data from FY14 (July 2013 thru June 2014)
Agency accomplishments & Innovations:
Consumer Reports Choosing Wisely Program Partnership
VNA Community Healthcare is the only home healthcare agency in the nation to partner with Consumer Reports’
national “Choosing Wisely” campaign – whose goal is to inform physicians and patients about the latest research on medical tests and procedures that are often used – but may not be necessary, or may in fact be harmful. We distribute plain language patient education brochures, articles, posters and public service announcements developed by Consumer Reports Health that help patients talk with their doctors about whether tests and treatments are necessary. Click here to access our partner micro website.
Leaders in Fall Prevention
Since 2009, VNA Community Healthcare’s highly effective fall risk program: “Falls Not Me” has been funded by a grant from the CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention at Yale University School of Medicine through the CT State Department on Aging. Our award-winning program offers group and individual in-home screenings for fall risk and personal recommendations to reduce fall risk. We also offer Tai Chi and chair exercise classes designed to help participants build and maintain strength and balance.
In partnership with the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Room, other home care agencies and local emergency medical services, VNA Community Healthcare is providing in-home fall risk assessments to patients who call 911 for lift assists.
Shoreline Village Readmission Reduction Project
Working with the Shoreline Village Connecticut, a membership organization, that provides members with discounts, social programs and volunteer help, VNA Community Healthcare is providing home healthcare services to a group of high-risk patients. Our mutual goal is to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions.
Frailty Best Practices
Home healthcare agencies provide service to the most vulnerable frail elders. Working with a physician geriatrician and an interdisciplinary staff of home healthcare professionals, VNA Community Healthcare has developed a unique set of assessment and intervention tools, designed to help frail seniors gain back strength, physical mobility and better quality of life.
VNA Community Healthcare Family Caregiver Education Services
Based on a 2012 study from AARP, VNA Community Healthcare is helping family caregivers learn medical skills that are needed to keep their care recipient safe, independent and out of the hospital. Using classroom training, individual coaching and audiovisuals, the Family Caregiver Education Services teaches caregivers practical skills in dementia care, incontinence, wound care, best practices for moving and transfers, medication management and care coordination.
The Health Neighborhood
In 2012, VNA Community Healthcare invited a diverse group of local eldercare, community and healthcare organizations to work together to keep local residents independent and out of the hospital. The group has since grown and run two health literacy projects — the first focused on asking the right questions at medical visits, while the second encourages asking the right questions about tests and treatments that are prescribed. Click here to find out how to join the Health Neighborhood