VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF ERIE COUNTY

Since 1906, VNA of Erie County (Pennsylvania) has been providing professional and compassionate home health care service to patients in their homes. VNA home health care services provides care through the transitions from hospitals and nursing homes, by 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.

How can VNA help you or a loved one?

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AFTER A STAY IN A HOSPITAL OR A NURSING HOME

  • A VNA Nurse will visit you in the hospital or nursing home and facilitate a seamless transition of care from facility to home
  • Specialized wound, ostomy and continence care can be provided
  • VNA Rehabilitation Therapists will provide in-home therapies
  • VNA Medical Social Workers can help
  • VNA Home Health Aides can help with personal care
  • 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:

  • VNAComplete 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

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:

  • julu-20062 (1)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

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

AFTER KNEE SURGERY

VNA Physical Therapists can help you or a loved one:

  • julie-pt2 (1)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

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:

  • p92100172 (1)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:

  • denise22Access 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

Health Problems Related to Heart Disease
VNA Nurses will help you or a loved one:

  • relatedproblemsLearn 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

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:

  • joe-p2Continuation 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
  • Provide you with a medication pre-fill box
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SPECIAL NEEDS

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  • Surgical wounds, bed sores and leg ulcers
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Ostomies
  • Lymphedema

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
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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT VNA

man-and-girl2“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.”