When life takes an unexpected turn for a North Haven resident, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice (VNACHCH) 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 not-for-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.
Each autumn, VNACHCH 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 & Hospice 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 www.vnacommunityhealthcare.org.
• Our website has useful information on health and prevention, listings of times and locations of clinics and presentations and resources. The web address is vnacommunityhealthcare.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.)
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. Our Resource Center at One Hamden Center in Hamden is open to North Haven residents. Knowledgeable staff people are on hand Monday through Friday at the center, located at 2319 Whitney Avenue. To make an appointment, call 866.474.5230.
Caregiver Support Group:
Our Caregiver Support Group in Hamden is open to any North Haven resident. The group meets the last Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Miller Senior Center, located at 2901 Dixwell Ave.
Ask the Nurse - Health Coaching Clinics
Nurse coaching to help individuals self-manage their chronic conditions and stay out of the hospital. Nurses monitor vital signs, provide resource information, and assist with goal setting.
North Haven Recreation Center
Steven’s Woods – No charge to town
Multi Session Programs:
Tai Chi for Better Balance
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. This class is held at Oak View Senior Housing. – No charge to town / grant funded.
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.
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
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies
Transitional Care Services
Link to Life Emergency Response Unit
Homemaker / Companion Services