Home Health Care

Since 1906, VNA of Erie County (Pennsylvania) has been providing professional and compassionate home health care service to home-bound patients in the Erie area. VNA home health care services enhance the institutional care of hospitals and nursing homes, providing a seamless plan of patient care based on the individual’s needs and the physician’s directions. Home health care services are delivered in the comfort of the patient’s residence, anywhere in Erie County, PA.



 

AFTER A STAY IN A HOSPITAL OR A NURSING HOME

  • VNA Nutritional Counseling is available

     

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs so you can remain at home, living independently
  • Learn about your medical problems
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn to self administer medications such as insulin
  • Learn to care for a new ostomy
  • Learn to self-catheterize
  • Learn about your special dietary needs; such as diabetic, low cholesterol or low salt diets

    VNA Nurses can provide:

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    • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring
    • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
    • Dressing changes to surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and other types of wounds or sores
    • Injections of medications such as B-12
    • Intravenous Therapy that includes administering antibiotics, fluids for dehydration, pain management or total parenteral nutrition
    • Urinary catheter changes
    • Tracheotomy care and changes

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    Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Registered VNA Nurse Specialists can provide:

  • Consultation, at the request of your physician, for the evaluation of a wound that is difficult to treat, that may be large, non-healing and/or infected- located on various areas of the body including the trunk, arms and legs
  • Photos of the wounds, utilizing digital photography, to provide to your physician to enhance his/her ability to order the appropriate treatment
  • Treatments to wounds utilizing innovative products and technology, such as negative pressure therapy
  • Recommendations for maintenance of skin integrity, pressure relieving devices for beds and wheelchairs, positioning techniques and uses of barriers, creams and lotions
  • Evaluation of Ostomies: new and existing, including colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies for proper fit of appliance, prevention and treatment of skin problems, output irregularities, dietary issues and introduction of the most current and up-to-date pouching systems and techniques
  • Recommendations for managing urinary incontinence such as bladder control/training programs, discrete incontinence products and prevention and treatment of skin irritation related to incontinence


    VNA Rehabilitation Therapy can help you or a loved one:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Restore function to a limb effected by stroke, injury or surgery
  • Adapt to a permanent disability

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

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    • Continuation of your rehabilitative process that was started in the hospital
    • An individualized home exercise program to restore endurance and function
    • Training on the proper use of braces, canes, crutches, walkers or prosthetic devices
    • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired
    • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues
    • Ultrasound and electric stimulation therapy

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved one to achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Assessment of the need for special equipment such as splints, feeding utensils and assistive devices
  • Evaluation of your home environment to make recommendations to increase your home’s accessibility

    VNA Speech Therapists can provide:

  • Treatments to individuals who have difficulty speaking, swallowing, reading, writing and understanding others
  • Individualized therapeutic programs that can help restore communication skills and improve thought processes
  • An exercise program that can increase one’s ability to eat and swallow safely


    VNA Medical Social Workers can help you or a loved one:

  • Access resources available in the community
  • Locate alternative care resources when remaining at home is no longer appropriate such as long term care facilities, assisted living centers or additional in-home resources
  • Short term counseling


    VNA Home Health Aides can help you or a loved one:

  • Maintain or achieve independence with personal care activities such as bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, skin care and dressing
  • With feeding, elimination, routine catheter care and colostomy care
  • With ambulation, transfers or positioning in bed
  • Perform routine maintenance exercises and repetitive practice of skills developed by a therapist
  • With light housekeeping duties such as laundry or meal preparation when personal care is required


    VNA Registered Dietitian can provide:

  • A thorough evaluation of your nutritional status and needs
  • Evaluation reports to your physician to assist in the development of a plan that meets your nutritional needs
  • Assistance in managing dietary restrictions and recommendations prescribed by a physician through education and instruction at your residence

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    AFTER HEART, KNEE OR HIP SURGERY


  • VNA Nurses can provide professional and comforting care in your home to help you heal
  • VNA Physical Therapists will continue your rehabilitative process in the comfort of your home

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    AFTER HEART SURGERY


    VNA Nurses will help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs related to your heart condition so you can remain at home living independently
  • Learn about your new medication regimen after surgery as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn about your prescribed blood thinner and precautions that must be followed for your safety
  • Learn about your special dietary needs such as low cholesterol, low salt diets and fluid restrictions
  • Follow the prescribed post-operative requirements related to activity, deep breathing exercises and home exercise program

    VNA Nurses will provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring with an emphasis on your heart and lungs
  • Post-operative blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
  • Dressing changes and assessment of your surgical wounds


    VNA Physical Therapists will provide:

  • A comprehensive home cardiac exercise program to assist in increasing endurance and muscle strength
  • Continuation of your cardiac rehabilitative process that was started in the hospital

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    AFTER KNEE SURGERY

    VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

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    • Improve muscle strength
    • Restore function to a limb affected by surgery
    • Follow prescribed post-operative instructions from your surgeon
    • Obtain an optimal level of functioning that will allow you to continue therapy at an outpatient facility

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

  • Continuation of your rehabilitative process that was started in the hospital
  • An individualized home exercise program to restore endurance and function
  • Training on the proper use of canes, crutches or walkers
  • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired
  • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues
  • Ultrasound and electric stimulation therapy to the affected limb

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved one to achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Assessment of the need for special home adaptive equipment such as elevated toilet seats, bedside commodes and bathroom grab bars
  • Evaluation of your home environment to make recommendations to increase accessibility and safety in your home

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs so you can remain at home, living independently
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn to self administer injectible medications such as Lovenox™

    VNA Nurses can provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring
  • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
  • Dressing changes and assessment of your surgical wounds
  • Removal of staples and sutures from your incision

    VNA Home Health Aides can help you or a loved one:

  • Maintain or achieve independence with personal care activities such as bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, skin care and dressing
  • With ambulation, transfers or positioning in bed
  • Perform routine maintenance exercises and repetitive practice of skills developed by a therapist
  • With light housekeeping duties such as laundry or meal preparation when personal care is required

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    AFTER HIP SURGERY

    VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Restore function to the hip affected by surgery
  • Follow prescribed post-operative instructions from your surgeon
  • Obtain an optimal level of functioning that will allow you to continue therapy at an outpatient facility

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

  • Continuation of your rehabilitative process that was started in the hospital
  • An individualized home exercise program to restore endurance and function
  • Training on the proper use of canes, crutches or walkers
  • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired
  • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues
  • Ultrasound and electric stimulation therapy to the affected hip

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved to one achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Assessment of the need for special home adaptive equipment such as elevated toilet seats, bedside commodes and bathroom grab bars
  • Evaluation of your home environment and recommendations to increase accessibility and safety in your home

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs so you can remain at home, living independently
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn to self-administer injectible medications such as Lovenox™

    VNA Nurses can provide:

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    • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring
    • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
    • Dressing changes and assessment of your surgical wounds
    • Removal of staples and sutures from your incision

    VNA Home Health Aides can help you or a loved one:

  • Maintain or achieve independence with personal care activities such as bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, skin care and dressing
  • With ambulation, transfers or positioning in bed
  • Perform routine maintenance exercises and repetitive practice of skills developed by a therapist
  • With light housekeeping duties such as laundry or meal preparation when personal care is required

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    RECOVERING FROM AN ILLNESS OR INJURY

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs so you can remain at home living independently
  • Learn about your medical problems
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn to self administer medications such as insulin
  • Learn to care for a new ostomy
  • Learn to self-catheterize
  • Learn about your special dietary needs such as diabetic, low cholesterol or low salt diets

    VNA Nurses can provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring
  • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
  • Dressing changes to surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and other types of wounds or sores
  • Injections of medications such as B-12
  • Intravenous Therapy that includes administering antibiotics, fluids for dehydration, pain management or total parenteral nutrition
  • Urinary catheter changes
  • Tracheotomy care and changes

    Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certified Registered VNA Nurses can provide:

  • Consultation, at the request of your physician, for the evaluation of a wound that is difficult to treat, that may be large, non-healing and/or infected
  • Treatments to wounds utilizing innovative products and technology, such as negative pressure therapy
  • Recommendations for maintenance of skin integrity pressure relieving devices for beds and wheelchairs, positioning techniques and use of barrier creams and lotions
  • Evaluation of problems, such as improper sizing of appliance, skin irritation, stoma irregularities, with ostomies including colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies
  • Recommendations for managing urinary incontinence such as bladder control/training programs, discrete incontinence products and prevention of skin irritation related to incontinence

    VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Restore function to a limb affected by stroke or injury
  • Adapt to a permanent disability

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

  • Continuation of your rehabilitative process that was started in the hospital
  • An individualized home exercise program to restore endurance and function
  • Training on the proper use of braces, canes, crutches, walkers or prosthetic devices
  • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired
  • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues
  • Ultrasound and electric stimulation therapy

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved one to achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Special equipment such as splints, feeding utensils and assistive devices
  • Evaluation of your home environment and recommendations to increase your home’s accessibility

    VNA Speech Therapists can provide:

  • Treatments to individuals who have difficulty speaking, swallowing, reading, writing and understanding others
  • Individualized therapeutic programs that can help restore communication skills and improve thought processes
  • Development of an exercise program that can increase one’s ability to eat and swallow safely

    VNA Medical Social Workers can help you or a loved one:

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    • Access additional resources available in the community
    • Locate alternative care resources when remaining at home is no longer appropriate, such as long term care facilities, assisted living centers or additional in-home resources
    • Provide short-term counseling

    VNA Home Health Aides can help you or a loved one with:

  • Maintaining or achieving independence with personal care activities such as bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, skin care and dressing
  • Feeding, elimination, routine catheter care and colostomy care
  • Ambulation, transfers or positioning in bed
  • Routine maintenance exercises and repetitive practice of skills developed by a therapist
  • With light housekeeping duties such as laundry or meal preparation when personal care is required

    VNA Registered Dietitian can provide:

  • A thorough evaluation of your nutritional status as well as your nutritional needs
  • Evaluation reports to your physician to assist in the development of a plan to meet your nutritional needs
  • Assistance in managing dietary restrictions and recommendations prescribed by a physician through education and instruction in your residence

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    PROBLEMS RELATED TO DIABETES, HEART DISEASE OR LUNG DISEASE:


    Health Problems related to Diabetes

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs so you can remain at home living independently
  • Learn about diabetes and the complications associated with the disease
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn to self administer insulin utilizing regular syringes, insulin pens or automatic infusion devices
  • Learn how to use your blood glucose monitor and perform fingersticks to obtain a blood sample
  • Learn about your special dietary needs to maintain compliance with your prescribed diabetic diet
  • Learn about foot care for people with diabetes
  • Obtain diabetic testing and injecting supplies
  • Access community resources to assist persons with diabetes

    VNA Nurses can provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring
  • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician
  • Dressing changes to diabetic ulcers or other wounds

    VNA Registered Dieticians can provide:

  • A thorough evaluation of your nutritional status as well as your nutritional needs
  • Evaluation reports to your physician to assist in the development of a plan to meet your nutritional needs
  • Assistance to manage diabetic dietary restrictions and recommendations prescribed by a physician through education and instruction in your residence

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    Health Problems Related to Heart Disease

    VNA Nurses will help you or a loved one:

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    • Learn to manage your health care needs related to your heart condition so you can remain at home living independently
    • Learn about heart disease and how to manage your life style to minimize hospitalizations and complications
    • Learn about your medication regimen, with emphasis on your medications related to your heart disease, as prescribed by your physician
    • Learn about your prescribed blood thinner and precautions that must be followed for your safety
    • Learn about your special dietary needs such as low cholesterol, low salt diets and fluid restrictions

    VNA Nurses will provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring with an emphasis on your heart and lungs
  • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician

    VNA Physical and Occupational Therapists will provide:

  • A comprehensive home cardiac exercise program to assist in increasing endurance and muscle strength
  • Education on energy conservation techniques

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    Health Problems Related to Lung Disease

    VNA Nurses will help you or a loved one:

  • Learn to manage your health care needs related to your lung condition so you can remain at home living independently
  • Learn about lung disease and how to manage your life style to minimize hospitalizations and complications
  • Learn about your medication regimen, with emphasis on your medications related to your lung disease, as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn how to use your inhalers and nebulizer medications
  • Learn how to safely utilize your home oxygen therapy
  • Learn about your special dietary needs and supplements available to improve your nutritional status
  • Provide information on smoking cessation

    VNA Nurses will provide:

  • Complete head-to-toe physical assessment and vital sign monitoring with an emphasis on your heart and lungs
  • Blood draws for lab work ordered by your physician

    VNA Physical and Occupational Therapists will provide:

  • A comprehensive home exercise program to assist in increasing endurance and muscle strength
  • Education on energy conservation techniques

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    AFTER A FALL

    VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Improve balance
  • Adapt to a disability
  • Reside in a home environment that minimizes the chance for falls
  • Improve safety awareness

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

  • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues to assist in eliminating future falls
  • Evaluation of gait and balance
  • Evaluation and education of transfer techniques to assure safe transfer techniques
  • An individualized home exercise program to improve endurance and function
  • Training on the proper use of braces, canes, crutches, walkers or prosthetic devices
  • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved one to achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Evaluation of your home environment and recommendations to increase your home’s accessibility

    VNA Nurses will provide:

  • Evaluation of medications and their interference with balance and cognition

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    WHEN RECOVERING FROM A STROKE

    VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

  • Restore function to a limb affected by stroke
  • Adapt to a permanent disability

    VNA Physical Therapists can provide:

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    • Continuation of your rehabilitative process that was started in a hospital or medical facility
    • An individualized home exercise program to restore endurance and function
    • Training on the proper use of braces, canes, crutches and walkers
    • Gait training for those who have had their ability to walk impaired
    • Assessment of your home environment for safety issues

    VNA Occupational Therapists can provide:

  • Assistance to you or a loved one to achieve greater independence in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and light housekeeping tasks
  • Assessment of the need for special equipment such as splints, feeding utensils and assistive devices
  • Evaluation of your home environment and recommendations to increase your home’s accessibility
  • Individualized home exercise programs

    VNA Speech Therapists can provide:

  • Treatment to individuals who have difficulty speaking, swallowing, reading, writing and understanding others
  • Individualized therapeutic programs that can help restore communication skills and improve thought processes
  • Development of an exercise program that can increase one’s ability to eat and swallow safely

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    MANAGE MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED BY A PHYSICIAN

    VNA Nurses can help you or a loved one:

  • Evaluate your medication regimen and determine any medication interactions
  • Assist your physician in minimizing the number of medications that is prescribed
  • Learn about your medications and how to take them as prescribed by your physician
  • Learn how your medications relate to your medical conditions
  • Learn the proper times to take your medications
  • Learn the side effects of your medications
  • Learn to self-administer medications such as insulin
  • Develop a medication reminder system
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    Surgical wounds, bed sores, leg ulcers

    Specialized VNA Registered Nurses Certified in Wound Management can provide:

  • Consultation, at the request of your physician, for the evaluation of a wound that is difficult to treat, that may be large, non-healing and/or infected
  • Comprehensive plan of care developed that includes addressing underlying medical conditions, nutritional status or ineffective dressings that may be causing wounds not to heal
  • Compression bandaging of leg wounds such as venous stasis and arterial ulcers to decrease swelling and drainage
  • Treatments to wounds utilizing innovative dressings, products and technology, such as negative pressure therapy
  • Recommendations for maintenance of skin integrity pressure-relieving devices for beds and wheelchairs, positioning techniques and uses of barrier creams and lotions


    Ostomies

    Certified Wound Specialists can assist with evaluation of ostomies including colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies for:

  • Proper fit of appliance
  • Prevention and treatment of skin problems
  • Output irregularities or dietary issues
  • Introduction of the most current and up-to-date pouching systems and techniques


    Urinary catheterization

    VNA Nurses can provide:

  • Regular (weekly, monthly) urinary(foley) catheter changes
  • Education on minimizing infections and care of a urinary catheter
  • Education on self-catheterization
  • Supra-pubic catheter changes
  • Catheter irrigations
  • Urine specimen sampling


    Lymphedema

    Specialized VNA Physical Therapists Certified in Lymphedema Management can provide:


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    • Evaluation of swelling of arms and legs to determine if lymphedema is present. Lymphedema usually occurs as a result of cancer-related surgery or trauma to the arms and/or legs
    • Treatment that includes massage followed by compression of the affected extremity with bandages to reduce swelling
    • Measurement and fitting for compression garments that can be worn to prevent the return of the swelling
    • Resources and/or contacts to purchase compression garments

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    WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT VNA



    man-and-girl“Thank you for being such a caring organization! Every person that came to the house was very caring and considerate. They were very helpful at such a stressful time. Thank you!”

    “I was very happy, when my surgeon made the request, to have the VNA help me with my rehabilitation at home. Having open heart surgery was a terrible thing for me. My therapist helped me also with a lot of encouragement.”

    “The VNA team was wonderful to me and very helpful, I would recommend them to anyone. I have been hospitalized many times and I always ask for the VNA.”

    “I was impressed and more fully understand the valuable service VNA provides. I feel quite comfortable in the knowledge that someone out there cares, as I am all alone with my beautiful Doberman. Thanks greatly.”

    “I consider the VNA my friend and am happy that it continues to have such a good reputation in the community. I’m a fan!”

    “I would advise anyone who needs tender, loving care to get service from the VNA.”


    “After experiencing so many painful falls, it is a problem for me to keep up with my daily household & personal chores and grocery shopping. I really appreciated the visits of your physical therapist in my apartment as well as the nurses’ help with bathing and dressing.”


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