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.

Wellness Clinics

Visiting Nurse Services provides Wellness Clinics at 27 public sites in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Prudence Island, Tiverton, Bristol, Barrington, and Warren. Check our listings of Wellness Clinics for locations, days and times at the bottom of this page.

Wellness clinics offer blood pressure screenings along with other vital signs and periodic cholesterol and glucose screenings. Our nurses can also relay general health information, review medications, and answer health-related questions.

3rd Wednesday of month 10:30am – 11:30am
Peck Center for Adult Enrichment, 281 County Road

3rd Thursday of month 10:30am – 11:30am
Peck Center for Adult Enrichment
281 County Road

2nd Wednesday of month 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Roger’s Library, 525 Hope Street

2nd Thursday of month 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Benjamin Church Senior Center
1020 Hope Street

3rd Tuesday of month 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Harbor Lights Sr. (St. Mary’s Church), 330 Wood Street
None in July or August

4th Tuesday of the month 12:30-1:30 pm
Jamestown Housing at Pemberton, 45 Pemberton Avenue

Little Compton
Last Thursday of the month, 11:00-12:00 pm
Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road

1st Friday of the month 9:00am-10:00am
People’s Credit Union, 858 West Main Road

2nd Tuesday of month 10:30-11:45 am
4th Tuesday of month 10:30 – 11:45 am
Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave.

3rd Wednesday of month 8:45 – 9:45 am
YMCA of Newport County, 729 Valley Road

3rd Tuesday of month 10:00- 11:00 am, every other month starting January
Park Holm Senior Center, 1 Eisenhower Road

3rd Wednesday of month 10:30 – 11:30 am
Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Boulevard

1st Tuesday of month 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Clement’s Market, 2575 East Main Road

4TH Wednesday of month 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Road

Prudence Island
1st Wednesday of month 8:30 am – 10:00 am, April through November
Prudence Island Fire House

1st Tuesday of month, 10:00- 11:00 am
Housing for the Elderly Tiverton, 99 Hancock Street

3rd Thursday of month 10:30- 11:30 am
Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Conanicus  St.

3rd Thursday of the month, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Hancock Estates, 345 Hancock Street

Flu Clinics

In the fall and winter we also offer Flu Shots, and some clinics have Pneumonia shots. Our flu clinics are staffed by registered nurses, many of whom are long term members of the community. Please wear a short sleeved shirt or loose clothing to a flu shot clinic. Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice accepts most forms of insurance and Medicare for Flu shots.

Every Wednesday (8:00-10:00 AM) and Thursday (1:00 – 4:00 PM) starting October 3rd there will be a flu clinic at the Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice office in Portsmouth. The office is 1184 East Main Road in Portsmouth with parking in the rear of the building.

Additional sites, by town are:

Monday, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Barrington Peck Center for Adults

Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30am, Benjamin Church Bristol Senior Center
Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Bristol Town Hall

Day, Time, Jamestown Housing Authority

Little Compton
Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:00pm, Little Compton Wellness Center
Wednesday, 2:30 – 2:30pm, Little Compton Wellness Center

Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30am, West House
Thursday, 9:30 – 11:00am, Middletown Senior Center

Monday, 10:00 – 11:30am , Martin Luther King Center
Monday, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Clark School Apartments
Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm, Park Holm Senior Center
Wednesday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Salvation Army Newport County
Thursday, 9:30 – 10:30am, Harbor House
Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm, 50 Washington Square
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00pm, Mumford Manor Senior Housing

Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00am, Clements’ Market
Wednesday, 8:00- 10:00am, Visiting Nurse HH
Thursday,  1:00 – 4:00pm, Visiting Nurse HH
Friday, 10:00 – 11:30am, Portsmouth Multiple-Purpose Senior Center

Prudence Island
Saturday, 8:30 – 10:00am, Prudence Island Fire Station

Wednesday , 10:00 – 11:00am, Tiverton Housing for the Elderly
Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm, Hancock Estates
Friday, 10:00am- 12:00pm, Tiverton Senior Center

Thursday, 1:00 – 3:30pm, Warren Senior Center

Aging in Place

The “Aging in Place” initiative is a community needs assessment studying quality of life issues along various parameters for seniors living in the Newport County region. In 2011, in partnership with the Edward King House, Child & Family, the Housing Authority of the City of Newport, Newport Partnership for Families, John Matson Consulting, and Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice took the lead in securing funding from the Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Department of Health to conduct a study through surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews of 550 seniors over 65 years old and approaching seniors 50-64 years old.

The needs assessment is the first step toward the objective that Newport County be a model community that supports aging in place with coordinated, cost-effective, and excellent client-centered services for elders and their families.

This is the data presentation of survey findings from the Aging in Place study of seniors in Newport County. Click here

Bereavement Support Groups

For those who have experienced the recent death of a loved one, Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice provides several Bereavement Support Groups throughout the year. These groups address a variety of topics designed to help, heal and support those who have lost a loved one.  These groups are open to the public and free of charge. 

Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice announces its upcoming Bereavement Support Groups: 

Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. February 20 – March 26, 2020
125 Quaker Hill Lane, Portsmouth

For more information about bereavement support groups, please contact Mary Holland, Bereavement Coordinator, at 401-682-2100 x1613 or

Diabetes Support Groups

The monthly diabetes support group sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Services Home and Hospice will be held on Thursday July 11 from 1-2 pm at the Edward King Senior Center, 35 King St., Newport RI.  The meeting is open to the public, and no appointment or referral is needed. For questions call (401) 682 2100 x1642.

Diabetes Support Groups are open to all those living with diabetes. The group is provided free of charge by Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice. The group is held on the second Thursday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. Each meeting is facilitated by a certified diabetes educator. No registration or doctor’s referral is required. If you are interested in more information about our diabetes support groups, please call (401) 682-2100 x 1642.