VNA Community Healthcare – Beside You At Every Turn
When life takes an unexpected turn for a North Haven resident, VNA Community Healthcare (VNACHC)
provides support with healthcare, programs and services that help meet the challenge. Visiting nurses, physical
therapists and home health aides help make possible shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries at home.
VNA Community Healthcare is a notfor-profit, state licensed, and Medicare and Medicaid certified home healthcare
agency. Our dedicated agency has been caring for neighbors for more than 100 years. Funding from the Town
of North Haven and private donations are used to assist patients with acute or chronic illness for care not reimbursed
under Medicare, for those who do not qualify for Medicaid and for services not fully covered by insurance plans.
VNA Community Healthcare has an insurance verification department to ensure that all possible payers are
utilized prior to accessing town dollars.
Adult Health Guidance Clinics - Blood pressure checks are offered free of charge to residents of North Haven.
Nurses from VNA Community Healthcare take blood pressures and answer general health questions. Clinics are held in the following locations:
• North Haven Town Hall
• North Haven Recreation Center
• Steven’s Woods
• Wood’s Edge/Oakview Senior Housing
Each autumn, VNACHA conducts influenza and pneumonia vaccine clinics. When available, health insurance covers
the cost of this service. Otherwise, Town funds pay for flu and pneumonia shots for the underinsured or uninsured residents.
• VNA Community Healthcare offers a range of educational programs throughout the year at various locations such as
the Senior Center. Current offerings can be found under the “Programs and Events Calendar” tab at
• Our web site has useful information on health and prevention, listings of times and locations of clinics
and presentations and resources to support family caregivers. The web address is www.connecticuthomecare.com.
• We provide services as “Health Consultants” to the town’s Moppet Minders Nursery School and Community Services
Day Care Center.
Support for Family Caregivers of older adults
The stress and disruption of caring for an ill or elderly loved one can be overwhelming. VNACHC’s unique
Caregiver Support Network provides reliable advice from trained staff and the moral support of other family
caregivers and volunteers (who are former caregivers themselves). The shared wisdom is like fresh air!
VNACHC’s Caregiver Resource Center offers free “one-stop” support for seniors and family caregivers who
have the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting to discuss caregiving issues. Printed materials on government
financial support, local agencies and coping with the challenges of aging and caregiving are available. More
information is available under the “Healthcare News & Resources” tab on the VNACHC website.
The Eldercare Resource Center in North Haven is located at 2 Broadway (in the plaza with Bellini’s). Friendly,
knowledgeable staff people are on hand Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, call 203.985.0245.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide home and community health services for the residents of
North Haven and we welcome your questions or concerns by calling us at 203.985.0245.
VNA Community Healthcare Activity Report Summary
Well Right Now Nurse Coaching Clinics
Joyce Budrow Senior Center – twice monthly
Nurse coaching to help individuals self manage their chronic conditions and stay out of the hospital. Nurses
will monitor vital signs, provide resource information, and assist with goal setting.
Monthly Blood Pressure Clinics
North Haven Town Hall
North Haven Recreation Center
Steven’s Woods – No charge to town
Wood’s Edge / Oakview Senior Housing – No charge to town
Caregiver Support Groups:
Joyce Budrow Senior Center – program has been cancelled
VNA Community Healthcare – meets monthly – No charge to town
Caring for an aging or ill relative or friend can be overwhelming. These free to the public support groups
help provide individuals with the opportunity to discuss experiences, concerns, and get helpful information
and support. Each group session is led by a trained eldercare expert.
Multi Session Programs:
Stronger Seniors Now– Multiple sessions
2 sessions at Steven’s Woods - no charge to town – site participating in grant program
An interactive education and fitness program, led by a nurse or physical therapist that focuses on heart health
fall prevention, and a variety of health related topics. Ideal for all exercise levels.
Tai Chi to Prevent Falls
This is a gentle exercise that is designed to increase balance and stability, helping people stay on their
feet. This class meets twice a week for 12 weeks. – No charge to town / grant funded.
Memory Matters I– Multiple sessions
This innovative 7-week course focuses on how to enhance brain function and memory. The program includes fun
brain activities and lessons on how the brain works.
Memory Matters II: Taking it to the Next Level – One session/new program
For those who have already taken our Memory Matters course, this 7-week session includes new brain exercises
and stimulating activities.
Sitercise– Multiple sessions
Increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls. Exercises are done in a chair and are
appropriate for all levels. Classes are often held twice a week for 12 weeks.
Senior Immunizations (9/19/12)
Offers vital information on the year’s flu, pneumonia, and shingles vaccine.
Food Safety: To Toss or Not to Toss
Provides information on safe storage, preparation surfaces, and kitchen safety; especially during periods of
prolonged loss of electricity.
Don’t Forget: Memory Matters
This one time talk introduces the importance of exercising your brain and how to maintain and improve
Fall Free Living
No charge to town
Fall prevention education, how to get up from a fall, individual balance assessments and orthostatic blood
Are You Sleeping
Trouble sleeping? Learn how to get a goods night’s sleep, what may be causing your sleeping difficulties, and
when you should talk to your doctor about sleeplessness.
Gives tips and tools to keep medical and health records organized.
Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle
No charge to town: Our Heart Healthy program is designed to help families get heart healthy. This program
encourages Heart Healthy behavior, provides education, and includes cardiac screenings. It is supported by
the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
Flu Shots– 15 residents received flu shots with the support of town funding.
Moppet Minders Child Care Facility
North Haven Community Day Care Center
VNA Community Healthcare provides a Registered Nurse health consultant who is available to the operator and
staff for advice regarding the health of the children, the health program, and the review of health records.
Clinical Patient Services include:
Skilled Nursing Visits
Link to Life Emergency Response Unit
Homemaker / Companion Services
Transitional Care Services