Local Artist's Paintings on Display in our Lobby
Several paintings done by West Cornwall artist Ruthellen Griffin are currently on display at VNA Northwest.
Ms. Griffin, M. Ed., MA, BC DTR, Dance/Movement Therapist, has been painting for 5 and ½ years with friends who teach and inspire her. Landscapes and places she has been are favorite subjects of her art.
You are welcome to visit our lobby to see this display during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
July 2nd Benefit at Zini's Restaurant in Bantam
Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales at Zini’s Restaurant on Wednesday, July 2nd will benefit VNA Northwest, Inc. The “modern Italian” eatery, located at 938 Bantam Road, is offering the promotion as part of its “Giving Back Mission” which supports local community organizations.
Zini’s is open for dinner from 4-10 p.m., and reservations are recommended. The restaurant’s phone number is 860-567-1613. Menu items and more information are available atwww.zinisrestaurant.com.
Grant Received from Seherr-Thoss Foundation
.VNA Northwest has received $9,694 in matching funds from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation in Litchfield to purchase 10 new laptop computers for clinicians who visit patients in their homes.
Our agency is grateful to the Foundation for approving this grant request. The laptop computers used by our nurses and therapists at the point of service have a lifespan of only three years, so they must be replaced in a timely manner.
"Watch Your Step" Clinics Held in Nine Towns
During the last few months, VNA Northwest presented "Watch Your Step" fall risk assessment clinics in nine local towns: Litchfield, Torrington, Washington, Harwinton, Cornwall, Falls Village, Bethlehem, Thomaston, and Warren.
Participants told us they appreciated the programs, and were grateful for the opportunity to learn more about how they can reduce their own risk of accidental falls. The clinics were funded by a grant from the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention, headed by Dorothy Baker, Ph.D., of Yale University’s School of Medicine.
If you were not able to attend a clinic, but would like to be placed on a waiting list for future fall prevention programs, please call us at 860-567-6000.
Next "Watch Your Step" Clinic is June 12th
You are invited to register for one of our upcoming fall risk assessment clinics in area towns. The clinics are funded by a grant from the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention, headed by Dorothy Baker, Ph.D., of Yale University’s School of Medicine.
The next clinic will take place in Warren on Thursday, June 12th, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Community Center, 7 Sackett Hill Road.There is no charge to attend, but we ask that you call us to register, at 860-567-6000. You may bring a list of medications you are taking, since you will have the opportunity for individual medication reviews with a nurse.
At the clinics, VNA Northwest staff members will help you determine your own risk of falling, and share with you some proven strategies for lessening that risk. The clinics will feature a presentation by Gail Atkinson, OT, one of VNA Northwest’s occupational therapists. She’ll describe the various risk factors that can lead to a fall in or outside of your home, and she will explain and demonstrate some safety measures and tools you can use to protect yourself from accident or injury. Each participant will receive a "goody bag" with items that may be used to prevent falls.
Invitation from Rehabilitation Supervisor Steve Chenail
A few words from Gail
Contribution from JWC of Litchfield Hills
VNA Northwest has received a donation of $500 from the Junior Women’s Club of the Litchfield Hills to help defray the cost of purchasing updated computer equipment.
"We are grateful for this contribution, and for the work of the Junior Women’s Club in the communities we serve,” said Nancy Deming, RN, BSHA, executive director of VNA Northwest.
CFNWCT Grant to Aid Local Individuals and Families
VNA Northwest is one of 38 local nonprofits chosen to receive a year-end critical needs/holiday grant fromThe Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. The Foundation grant in the amount of $750 is made possible by the Marion Williams and Alice Edwards Fund, and the Jim and Shirley Draper Foundation Fund.
Bereavement GroupTo Meet Twice Monthly
VNA Northwest is offering a Bereavement Support Group for individuals who have experienced a loss. The group is open to the public. It will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1 p.m. at the agency’s office, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F. Please call Elizabeth Tanner-Horn, LCSW, at 860-567-6000, extension 113, to register.
Union Savings Bank Supports Local Patients
VNA Northwest has received a grant in the amount of $6,110 from Union Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. supporting skilled visits from nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and medical social workers to Litchfield County patients in need of home health care.
VNA Northwest requested the funding to provide home health services to patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Recipients of the visits may include the frail elderly, as well as patients of any age who suffer from chronic illness or who have experienced a traumatic accident or illness.
"Hope Heals" Holiday Tree on Display
This year's Holiday Tree decorated with memorial ornaments is on display in our agency lobby. Members of the community are welcome to view the tree during office hours (M-F, 8-4) throughout the month of December. Our agency office is located at 607 Bantam Rd., Unit F.
For more information, please call Elizabeth Tanner-Horn, LCSW, at 860-567-6000, extension 113.
We Salute Our "Tough Mudder" Donor
We are very grateful to Allan Darrow, the New Milford man who recently participated in a high-intensity event called "the world's toughest mudder" in Englishtown, New Jersey. Thank you to all who supported Allan by sending donations to VNA Northwest in memory of his mother, Allison D. Downs. These have totalled more than $1,000, and we are honored to be adding a new leaf to our Legacy Tree bearing Allison's name. Please read Allan's story below:
Allan Darrow says he has never known a more brave, loving and courageous person than his Mom, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, "and kept a sky-high, inspiring mindset through it all."
Read his heartfelt letter to donors.
Please view photos of Allan (shown with his mom and with Michael Downs, Allison's husband), in front of our Legacy Tree.
Flu Clinics Scheduled in Several Locations
Flu and pneumonia vaccines will be available at regularly-scheduled blood pressure clinics throughout October, and in locations throughout our service area.
Also, walk-in clinics will be held at VNA Northwest's office, 607 Bantam Road, each Thursday in October from 9-3.
Without insurance coverage, the cost for flu shots is $35, and for pneumonia shots, $100. VNA Northwest will take the following insurances: Aetna,
Anthem, ConnectiCare,and Medicare Part B.
Blood Pressure Clinic Added in Torrington
A second blood pressure clinic has been added in Torrington, at Doyle's Medical Supply, 25 Coe Place. This one will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 AM.
VNA Northwest nurses conduct weekly and monthly blood pressure screenings in many local towns. If you would like to visit a clinic, no appointment is necessary.
Nurse Named to Staff Travel Health Clinic
VNA Northwest has named Sarah Minervino, RN, of Northfield as the agency’s Immunization Nurse. Sarah, a registered nurse, has completed special training in travel medicine, and can administer a variety of travel vaccines, including Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and others.
VNA Northwest’s Travel Health Clinic is open by appointment to adults interested in pre-trip counseling and/or vaccinations.
Travel Health Clinic
Group Completes Hospice Volunteer Training
Congratulations to the group of 13 local residents who just completed VNA Northwest's comprehensive eight-week training course for Hospice volunteers.
They are: Debbie DiPietro, JoAnn Dzielinski, Suellen Gearinger, Susan Lachowicz, Dale Lynch, Donna Marvin, Francis McElwee, Marjorie Morris, Marion Muschell, Mary Stuart Orlando, Carolyn Setlow, Andy Shapiro, and Mary Tracy.
Litchfield Bend & Stretch Clinic Starts June 12th
A third eight-week session of the fall prevention clinic funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation begins Wednesday, June 12th, at 1 p.m. at The Litchfield Community Center. For details, or to register, please call the Community Center at 860-567-8302.
Bend & Stretch Clinic Schedule
Bend & Stretch Clinic Extended in Sharon
Three June sessions have been added to the fall prevention clinic (Bend & Stretch) recently completed in Sharon. Newcomers are welcome to register for these sessions, which will be held on the following Mondays: June 10th, 17th and 24th at the Sharon Hospital in the Women's Center Lobby, from 1-2 p.m. Please call VNA Northwest at 860-567-6000 for information.
Thanks to Linda Campanella for Heartfelt Talk
Last Thursday evening, our guests at the Litchfield Inn enjoyed Author Linda Campanella's moving talk about her mother and her family's experience with hospice care.
She signed many copies of her book, When All That’s Left of Me Is Love, at the end of the program. We'd like to thank Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, our primary sponsor for this well-received community presentation.
National Nurses Week Starts Monday, May 6th
We salute our skilled and dedicated home care nurses, as well as all nurses, during this week of national recognition. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Hear from our Executive Director
Help us to reach out to isolated residents
VNA Northwest is still in the process of identifying area senior citizens who may be in need of health assessment visits and/or help in connecting to services that can allow them to continue living safely in their homes. The grant funding time frame from the Connecticut Community Foundation has been extended through May, 2013.
Please call us at (860) 567-6000 if you know of someone who may need a health assessment or help in connecting to needed services. All referrals will be kept confidential.
New Bend & Stretch Clinics to be Offered
Thanks to a grant from The Canaan Foundation, Inc., an additional Bend & Stretch fall prevention clinic will be offered in North Canaan this year. Five or six sessions will be scheduled at Beckley House during the summer. The dates will be announced soon.
Bend & Stretch clinics are being offered by VNA Northwest in several area towns this spring, including Cornwall, Sharon, Torrington, Warren and Winsted.
Bend & Stretch clinics are designed to improve balance control, agility, and proper movement, for flexibility and safety in and out of the home.
Hospice Volunteer Training Starts April 3rd
VNA Northwest is offering an eight-week course for individuals who want to provide volunteer support to terminally-ill patients and their families. Sessions will be held here at the agency office, 607 Bantam Rd., on Wednesdays, from 1-4 p.m., starting April 3rd. The course concludes on May 22nd.
Although there is no charge, pre-registration is required. To register, please call Patricia Stengel, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at (860) 567-6000.
Learn more about our Hospice Program
Volunteer Opportunities at VNA Northwest
Read more on the course
Holiday Funding Received from CFNWCT
VNA Northwest is one of 45 local nonprofits chosen to receive a year-end critical needs/holiday grant from The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. The Foundation grant in the amount of $500 is made possible by the Marion Williams and Alice Edwards Fund, and the Draper Foundation Fund.
New Members Welcomed to Board of Directors
VNA Northwest welcomed three new members to its nonprofit Board of Directors at the agency’s annual meeting this month. They are: Susan Burton of Bantam, Mike Patterson of Winchester, and Margret K. Warner of Torrington.
These members join returning member Meryl Eve Matisoff of Harwinton and 11 other representatives from local communities on the agency’s Board of Directors. Chairperson is Arthur J. Mulligan, III of Southbury.
Article by VNA Northwest in National Magazine
An article submitted by VNA Northwest on the value of mission-based home care agencies was published in in the October issue of CARING Magazine.
Jane Brody Talk at Noble Horizons Well-attended
Our agency was one of the sponsors for last week's program at Noble Horizons featuring New York Times columnist and author Jane Brody. Ms. Brody was enthusiastic, energetic and engaging, and more than 100 people enjoyed her talk on "Healthy Aging."
View photos of the event
Patients and Families Tell Us About Their Care
We are very grateful to the patients and families who take the time to write or call and let us know how the care they have received has impacted their lives.
Grant Received from Women & Girls Fund
VNA Northwest has received a capital goods/equipment grant of $750.00 from the Women & Girls Fund of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc.
The funds will allow us to purchase equipment that will support our maternal and child health program in Litchfield County.
New Grant Will Support Home Care Services
We recently received a grant from The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut (CFNWCT) for $1,500. This funding, which will support home care services for uninsured and underinsured patients, is made possible by the Anson and Caroline Catlin Hungerford Trust Fund & The Marion I. Coe Fund of CFNWCT.
. “We are very pleased that the Foundation has funded this request,” said VNA Northwest Executive Director Nancy Deming, RN, BSHA. “It will be used to pay for home care for local patients who have inadequate or non-existent health care coverage,” she said.
Please Help us Reach Out to Isolated Seniors
We are still in the process of identifying senior citizens who may be in need of health assessment visits and/or help in connecting to services that can allow them to continue living safely in their homes. With grant funding from the East Hill Woods Fund of the Connecticut Community Foundation, VNA Northwest is equipped to identify and meet with at least 20 residents of nine western Connecticut towns,* with the goal of connecting them to services offered through the state’s CHOICES program, and assessing their current health needs.
Please call us at (860) 567-6000 if you know of someone who may need assistance with healthcare, transportation, home maintenance or other aspects of daily living. All referrals will be kept confidential.
*Bethlehem, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, Thomaston, Warren, Washington and Woodbury.
Nurses Earn Specialty Certifications
In order to serve the varied needs of patients throughout Litchfield County, VNA Northwest places a high priority on advanced education for its staff. “The more expertise our clinicians have, the better the experience for our patients,” said Nancy Deming, RN, BSHA, executive director.
Seven of VNA Northwest’s home care nurses have achieved national certification in Wound Care, through the National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC®), and eight nurses have achieved national certification in Hospice and Palliative Care, through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN). Two nurses have achieved certifications in both Wound Care and Hospice and Palliative Care.
Blood Pressure Clinics in Thomaston, other towns
Free blood pressure screenings are offered in many of our Litchfield County towns, including Thomaston, on a weekly or monthly basis.
In Thomaston, the clinics are held in two locations, Grove Manor and Green Manor. Read more
View schedule for clinics in all towns
Thanks for Supporting our Hospice Presentation
More than 150 people attended the community event at the Litchfield Inn on May 23rd, a talk by nationally-known speaker and author, Maggie Callanan. VNA Northwest, Thomaston Savings Bank and Civic Family Services were pleased to present the program to raise awareness about hospice care.
Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the short surveys that were on each table. If you took a survey with you, and would like to return it to us, please mail it to: VNA Northwest, 607 Bantam Rd., Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750.
View photos of event
Read comments about Maggie's talk
"Live Well" Workshops in North Canaan & Sharon
A Live Well workshop is underway at Beckley House, 85 South Canaan Road in North Canaan. It began on March 14th and will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon each week through April 18th.
“Live Well” is designed for adults age 55 and older who have on-going health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or similar issues. “Live Well” is also very beneficial for caregivers, family members and friends of people with chronic diseases.
How these workshops were created
Blood Pressure Clinic Underway in Torrington
Our nurses are conducting a new weekly blood pressure clinic at the Sullivan Senior Center in Torrington on Thursday mornings, from 10:30-11:30 at the Sullivan Senior Center. No appointment is necessary. The senior center is located at 88 East Albert Street. VNA Northwest conducts regular walk-in clinics in several area towns, so please check the schedule below to find a clinic near you.
Five More Nurses Receive Hospice Certification
Five additional members of the VNA Northwest nursing staff recently became certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN).
NBCHPN® is a national organization that advances quality in the provision of care to patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses through certification of health professionals. According to NBCHPN officials, there are currently less than 120 registered nurses, and less than 15 licensed practical nurses in the state of Connecticut who have earned this certification.
Read more about VNA Northwest certified staff
Litchfield Woman Wins Quilt
Carol Romer of Litchfield had the winning ticket for our handmade "Legacy Tree" quilt, valued at $1,200. She claimed her prize soon after the the ticket was drawn at our annual Legacy Tree Celebration on Oct. 14. Mrs. Romer said she bought her ticket at the Goshen Fair.
Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser for our Hospice and Home Care programs!
Please Help Us to Reach Isolated Seniors
VNA Northwest staff members are asking for help from the public in identifying senior citizens who may need help in connecting to services that can allow them to continue living safely in their homes. With grant funding from the East Hill Woods Fund of the Connecticut Community Foundation, VNA Northwest is equipped to identify and meet with up to 30 residents of nine western Connecticut towns, with the goal of connecting them to services offered through the state’s CHOICES program. (Connecticut’s programs for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling and Eligibility Screening)
The towns included in the grant’s guidelines are: Bethlehem, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, Thomaston, Warren, Washington and Woodbury.
Please call us at (860) 567-6000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a friend, neighbor or acquaintance that may need assistance with healthcare, transportation, home maintenance or other aspects of daily living. All referrals will be kept confidential.
Need a Speaker to Address Your Group?
Our staff members are available to talk to your group or organization on a variety of topics, including --skilled nursing care, hospice care, private duty options, rehabilitation services, and other aspects of home care. There would be no charge to you. Please call Bridget at 860-567-6000, and she will work with you to tailor a program to your needs.
Sharon Radio Host Interviews Nancy Deming
The benefits of home care and its importance to residents of our area was highlighted in a recent radio interview featuring our executive director, Nancy Deming, and Marshall Miles of WHDD.
Hear podcast of the interview
Dr. Walker Exhibit Continues in Cornwall
Where do babies come from? In Cornwall, between 1923 and 1978, the answer would have been, “Dr. Brad Walker.” Articles and letters at the Cornwall Historical Society record that Dr. Walker delivered a lot of babies: 800 by some accounts, a whopping 6,000 by others.
The CHS exhibit focuses on the founder of VNA Northwest, Dr. W. Bradford Walker.
"Care to Cure: Medicine in the Era of Dr. W. B. Walker, 1923-1978" opened in late June and will run through October.
11 Volunteers Complete Hospice Training
On May 19, 11 local individuals completed an eight-week hospice volunteer training course sponsored by VNA Northwest, Inc. The sessions covered the hospice philosophy and featured presentations from local experts and VNA Northwest staff on how to provide support to terminally ill patients and their families.
Participants who successfully completed the VNA Northwest Hospice Volunteer Training program are: Jean Devaux of Torrington; Susan Wadelton of Washington Depot; Gail Langlois of Torrington; Rachel Crean of Torrington; Maureen Carpenter of Litchfied; Leah Clark of Morris; Patricia Della Rocco of Morris; Rasheedah Z.N. Mu’min of Winsted; Paul S. Fazzina of Bantam; Lisa Klous of New Milford, and Stephen Wadelton of Washington Depot.
May is Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans month. The combined staff of VNA Northwest and West Street Home Care would like to express our appreciation for the wonderful seniors here in northwest Connecticut.
Their shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy and local character what they are today.
To help our seniors maintain their independence, VNA Northwest provides a wide range of community-based and in-home services – from blood pressure and Bend and Stretch clinics to rehabilitation therapy and assistance with daily living.
New Workshop for People with Chronic Conditions
VNA Northwest is pleased to present a "Live Well" workshop in partnership with the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging. If you or a loved one are dealing with an ongoing health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, or high blood pressure, this six-week workshop may be very beneficial to you! The sessions will be held on Wednesdays, beginning May 4, from 9:30-12 noon at our office, 607 Bantam Rd., Unit F, Bantam. Call Bridget Beauchaine or Joyce Dunn for more information at 860-567-6000.
May We Send You Our Preferred Provider Card?
If you’d like to keep our phone number and contact information handy in case you or a loved one have need of our services, please call us at (860) 567-6000 or drop us a note at email@example.com
We’ll send you a sturdy plastic card that you can keep in your wallet or purse for future reference!
Grant From Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation to Fund Foot Clinics
Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $1,353 to VNA Northwest to fund a series of free foot care clinics for older adults during the coming year. Please watch the newspapers or consult our website in Spring 2011 for more information.
VNA Northwest Nurses Receive Wound Care Certification
Posted Oct. 8, 2010
Nurses Kim T. Cole, RN, WCC and Kim M. Lagana, RN, BSN, WCC, recently received advanced clinical certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care. They join three other VNA Northwest nurses who have achieved this certification.
VNA Northwest Receives Grant from BTCF
Posted Oct. 8, 2010
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has awarded VNA Northwest, Inc. a $5,000 grant from its Anonymous Donors Fund. The grant supports our yearly food and gift distribution in North Canaan and surrounding towns.
11th Annual Golf Tournament a Success!
Posted Sept. 22, 2010
Thanks to all who participated on Monday, Sept. 20, at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton. The annual fundraiser for our Home Care and Hospice programs raised over $17,000. Once again we had a beautiful day on the course, and many non-golfers joined us for the social and dinner. We are grateful to have so many supporters from the communities we serve. Next year's tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2011.
VNA Northwest Now Offers Private Duty Care
Posted March 19, 2010
VNA Northwest has purchased West Street Home Care, a Litchfield referral agency, and we now offer private duty care in addition to our current programs and services. New services available include Personal Care Attendants, Companions, Domestic Care and Drivers.
Cholesterol Screening Available Here
Posted March 19, 2010
Weekday appointments are available for individuals who would like to come to our Bantam office for cholesterol screening. This test, which uses a small amount of blood obtained from a finger, takes less than 15 minutes. Fasting 8-12 hours beforehand is required. To make an appointment, please call 860-567-6000. A $15 donation for materials is requested, but not required.
"HomeSight" Helps People with Low Vision
Posted November 30th, 2009
If you or a loved one struggles with vision loss, VNA Northwest can help. Our specially-trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists will develop a personalized plan to help you live safely and confidently in your own home. Please call 860-567-6000 to inquire about our new HomeSight program.
Posted June 17th, 2009
VNA Northwest and Nodine's Smokehouse have joined together in a unique fundraising effort. When you make a purchase (orders of all sizes welcome) Nodine's will donate 25% of the total purchase to VNA Northwest's Hospice and Home Care Programs.