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Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice

A not-for-profit, independent home caregivers and hospice agency
providing optimal health and quality of life since 1950.

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Home Care Services

Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice Home Care is intermittent care – care provided several times a week or less for a short period of time – that requires special skills not ordinarily carried out by a lay person. Care may be provided more often if the medical condition of the patient requires it, but it is not private duty nursing. Care is provided by professionals and paraprofessionals.

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“Having home health care was such a comfort to me and my husband. It can be very scary to be a patient, sick at home, or the caregiver with no one to consult when new issues or questions arise. Without the Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice to help the alternative the wait and worry or return to the Emergency Room, neither of which is good for recovery. VNS bridged an important gap for me between hospitalization and feeling better at home.”

Hospice

Hospice is a form of care; it is not a place. Our hospice care is available to patients who have advanced diseases that are considered incurable. Hospice care is about living each day to its fullest and helps to make a patient’s last months and days as comfortable  and fulfilling as possible…making every moment count. Hospice is a philosophy, not a place. Care is provided in the familiar surroundings of home or home-like setting. Care can also be provided in a long-term care setting or a hospital.

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Palliative Care

The Visiting Nurse Palliative Care is specialized medical care that focuses on reducing symptoms, pain, and stress caused by illness. It is appropriate at any stage of serious illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.  The goal of our Palliative Care is to improve quality of life for both patient and family.  It is an extra layer of support whereby the team (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, CNAs, pharmacists, dietitians) work together to provide a plan of care and offer guidance for complex medical decisions.

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Rehabilitation Services

The Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice Rehabilitation Team of VNS helps patients regain their independence
and achieve the goals they have set for mobility in the home. Upon returning home after

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Community Health

Community Health is a central part of the Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice mission. Our commitment to community health covers wellness programs, community flu clinics, adult blood pressure clinics, support groups (diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and bereavement), health research, community partnerships, and governmental lobbying for home health initiatives.

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Jennifer Fairbank is Named New CEO

Jennifer Fairbank is Named New CEO

The Board of Directors of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer W. Fairbank, RN, BSN, CNHA to be the next Chief Executive Officer of the agency.  Stacey D. Carter, President of the Board, states:  “We are excited to bring Jennifer Fairbank on board to succeed retiring CEO Candace Sharkey, whose shoes will be hard to fill.  Ms. Fairbank’s executive leadership will expand upon the successes that Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice has recently experienced.”

Service of Remembrance

Service of Remembrance

The Hospice Team held a non-denominational Service of Remembrance Sunday, November 11th at the United Congregational Church in Middletown.  This service is to honor the memories of family and friends who have died in the past year.  To honor their memories, loved ones enjoyed inspirational music, reflections,  reading of names, and lighting of candles in remembrance.   This Service of Remembrance always takes place in November, which is National Hospice and Palliative Care month.

Rehab Team Visits Home Healthsmith

Rehab Team Visits Home Healthsmith

About 40 physical therapists and occupational therapists from our Rehabilitation Department toured Portsmouth’s Home Healthsmith facility to learn about new designs, products, lifts, gadgets and ideas for adapting a home to the needs of seniors with disabilities of all kinds.  Owner Linda Bohmbach demonstrated all kinds of products as well as hi tech devices.

Visiting Nurse’s Mission Statement

The mission of the Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice is to provide community services that promote optimal health and quality of life for individuals and families

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