Home Care Touches Young and Old
The VNA is committed to serving the needs of clients of all ages. In fact, our founders were motivated by a desire to provide in-home neonatal care to help address infant mortality, a major health concern of their era. Since that time, the VNA’s services have evolved along with community needs.
Today, more than 82% of all clients are senior citizens over age 65. However, we also continue to serve infants, children and adults who are homebound on a short or long-term basis due to diverse illnesses, injuries and disabilities. Our comprehensive suite of home care services includes skilled nursing care; physical, occupational and speech therapy; certified home health aides; dietician; and social worker services.
A Place to Turn for Unexpected Needs
Like most young people, David Artis didn’t think much about any aspect of health care until an accident left him physically challenged. Although he lives independently and attends to all of his own day-to-day needs, he periodically experiences persistent wounds that require the help of a VNA nurse. In fact, he’s been assigned to Marsha McLeod, RN, on more than one occasion. “I hate going to the hospital, so I’m very pleased that I can get treatment at home,” he said. “I have my good days and my bad ones, but whenever Marsha comes, she brightens my day. She’s always pleasant and upbeat.”
Although David is now skilled in the use of a portable wound vac, changing his bandages is a very complicated process and he’s grateful to have Marsha’s help with that. “It’s reassuring to have Marsha checking on me about three times a week,” he observed. “I don’t see my doctor very often and she gives me confidence that my wound is healing properly.”