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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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“I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know what a wonderful experience my father had with your Visiting Nurse physical therapist. From the start Linda was professional, kind and friendly, taking a lot of time with Dad, who is 82 years old. She put him through his paces in an encouraging and supportive way….I believe Linda was instrumental in his quick recovery helping him in his goal of getting back on the golf course.”

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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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.

Bereavement Support Group to Start Oct. 11

Bereavement Support Group to Start Oct. 11

A new six week bereavement support group will start Oct. 11th and run for six consecutive Thursdays at 11:30-1:00 at Atria Aquidneck Place in Portsmouth.  This is open to the public and free of charge.  A complimentary lunch will be offered.  Call Mary Holland (401-682-2100 x 1613) or email mholland@visitingnursehh.org to sign up.

Legislators Line up $10,000 State Grant

Legislators Line up $10,000 State Grant

Candy Sharkey, CEO of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, receives a check for $10,000 from a State of Rhode Island Legislative Grant to pay for telehealth monitors. Presenting were Rep. Kenneth Mendonca, Rep. John Edwards, Rep. Susan Donovan, and Rep. Marvin Abney. Thank you so much to our local legislators for making this happen!

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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