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Denim & Diamonds Ball

November 30, 2021

On behalf of our charitable organization, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, we’d like to introduce our second ever Denim & Diamonds Charity Ball! This event will take place on January 22, 2022. Proceeds from the event directly benefit our Foundation’s mobile medical clinic, the Florence Nightingale Express, which travels our service area providing free medical care to those in need.

September 27, 2021

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) would not be able to provide our community members with quality home health care without our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate caregivers. Every day, they go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for our patients, ensuring they are as healthy and independent as possible. With that said, we are pleased to recognize and acknowledge our caregivers for their commitment to patient care.   Today we would like to honor Madelyn Lopez, Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.)   We recently received a call from the daughter of one of Madelyn’s patients, Lilia. Lilia’s daughter wanted to make sure she let us know that they have had the BEST experience with Madelyn. “Earlier in the week when Madelyn came, my mother was not feeling well,” said Lilia’s daughter. “Madelyn took her vitals, assessed her, and immediately called the doctor. It turns out my mother had an infection. We are so very grateful for Madelyn and her caring performance!”   Madelyn has been a stellar member of our VNA family for almost 6 years. She says her favorite part about working for the VNA is the office staff accessibility and internal support. “I have had the ability to work with many wonderful therapists and nurses who genu

June 1, 2021

  Within recent years, numerous provisions related to the regulation of healthcare facilities by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) were amended, as per Florida Senate Bill 622, with several of the amendments directly affecting nurse registries. To understand how the provisional amendments affect in-home healthcare, it’s important to note that nurse registries and home health agencies are two separate business entities with different regulations. For example, both businesses provide healthcare services to patients in their homes, but home health agencies (like the VNA) are required by Florida law to employ their caregivers, whereas nurse registries use independent contractors. The reality is that nurse registries do not have employees, they do not carry workers compensation insurance, nor do they carry liability or malpractice insurance. Independent contractors working on behalf of nurse registries are also not covered by the registry for injury, damages, or criminal acts, such as theft. Home health agencies like the VNA of Florida provide full workers’ compensation, liability and malpractice insurance, as well as take full responsibility for all employees’ conduct and behavior. As per the latest legislative changes, nurse registries are

March 15, 2021

This year, the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida’s charitable organization, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, is holding its annual charity golf tournament on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Florida.

November 20, 2020

  Our client, Louise, turned 106 recently, and that’s reason to celebrate! We honored her on her special day by bringing her a birthday cake, card, and lots of well wishes! “The VNA was very nice to do this,” she said. Louise has been a client of ours for almost four years. After she fell and required a hospital stay, it became apparent to her daughter, Carol, that her mother would need 24-hour care. The hospital physician recommended the VNA of Florida. Now, nearly four years later, Louise is still a member of our VNA family, using our home health aide services for round-the-clock care. “They help me a lot,” Louise said with a smile, when asked about her caregivers. Her VNA home health aides have been with her ever since she started rehabilitation upon being discharged from the hospital. Carol says this helped her reclaim her personal time without having to worry about her mother’s health or safety. “I could visit with her instead of having to be with her 24-hours a day,” she said. Louise, a Stuart resident, spent much of her life volunteering, supporting local politics, and being an environmental activist. She founded the Martin County Schools volunteer program, which matches local tutors with students who are struggling academically. In 2014, Louise was awarded the

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August 24, 2020

VNA Care Management Nurse Lauren and Patient Patty S.If you live far from your parent(s) and only visit them once or twice a year, it can be a shock when you arrive at their house and realize that things are worse than you thought they were.

Many of the elderly prize their independence, and it is often difficult for them to admit they needs assistance with home or personal maintenance. The adult child can also feel like an unwanted intruder into his or her parents’ personal affairs. How do you tell if your mom or dad needs home care if you live in another state? Here are some indications:

  • Your parent seems “off” when you speak to him or her
  • The neighbors are calling you because they are worried
  • You get a call from the emergency room that your mother or father has fallen
  • Your parents’ physician is calling you with concerns
  • Your mother doesn’t get on the phone when you call—you can only speak with your father. He is vague about why you cannot speak with your mother
  • When you call your parents, they forget to call you back

Now you are worried. You want to fly down immediately, but you

March 10, 2020

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) would not be successful without our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate caregivers. Every day, they go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for our patients, assisting them with everyday tasks which allows our patients to maintain their independence at home. With this said, we are pleased to recognize and acknowledge our caregivers for their commitment to patient care. This quarter’s Spotlight Caregiver is Hopeline Buchanan. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who has been with the VNA for two and a half years. She chose to become a CNA because she wanted to have a career that supports her true passion, which is helping others when they need it most. Hopeline never fails to be compassionate and dedicated to each one of her patients. “Over the years, I have become attached to all of my patients. They’re like my family members to me,” she says. Most recently, Hopeline accompanied a patient from Florida to Philadelphia so the patient could be closer to family. The patient’s Care Manager was extremely impressed that we were able to provide such a thoughtful and lo

November 13, 2019

  Vincent and his wife Lynne have lived in Florida for 27 years. They relocated from Philadelphia, PA, after retiring from their respective professions as a teacher and shoe manufacturer. They chose their home in Florida because it’s in a community with two golf courses, and Vincent and Lynne both enjoy playing golf. A little over a two years ago, Vincent fell and broke his ankle. He spent time in a rehabilitation center before receiving a recommendation for home healthcare services from the VNA of Florida. Although they hadn’t used VNA services before, Lynne and Vincent followed the recommendation from the rehabilitation center staff members and used the VNA’s skilled nursing, therapy, and personal care services to help Vincent’s broken ankle heal. When he was almost recovered, however, he suffered another unfortunate setback—a stroke. After spending an additional four months in a rehabilitation center, Vincent was able to return home yet again. Right away, Lynne requested home health services from the VNA. Patricia “Pat” Weir became their certified nursing assistant (CNA), spending five days a week at their home caring for Vincent.

“I couldn’t do it alone. Now I’m able to go out and do things and I have no worries. We can trust Pat completely,” said Lynne.

Every day, Pat helps Vincent with bathing

October 21, 2019

  This flu season, we have teamed up with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and Clorox for “Say Boo to the Flu!”, a campaign to educate parents on the importance of flu vaccinations and other preventative methods that can help keep families healthier during cold and flu season. You can also join us on October 30, 2019, at our Stuart location (2400 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL 34996) where you and your family can enjoy some Halloween fun and get vaccinated against the flu for FREE! For more information on this first come, first serve event, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. However, even after getting vaccinated, families should also use simple steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus—and other potentially harmful bacteria and viruses—in their homes. Some simple steps include: Doing the Sing and Scrub. Make sure kids wash their hands the right way! They should wash frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing this song (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Wash, wash, wash your hands, Wash them nice and

September 26, 2019

  VNA of Florida Registered Nurse Ashley Hataway, R.N., recently flew to the Bahamas to assist with the relief efforts currently underway due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian. Read her story here:  

I recently had the opportunity to travel to several different islands in the Bahamas to aid and assist in relief efforts with Operation 300, alongside several different doctors and medical staff in our community.

 Last weekend, I was accompanied and transported by Dr. Stuart Sabol, M.D., an ENT-otolaryngologist in Stuart, and his daughter Nicole Sabol in his personal plane to Treasure Cay Island. Once we arrived, we assisted existing medical volunteers with setting up, organizing, and facilitating the use of the only medical clinic left standing across several of the islands.

 We worked on cleaning out rooms in order to provide as much care as possible to locals and incoming civilians. I worked with Dr. Luis Villar, M.D., a surgeon from Stuart, to construct lists of medical supplies needed and arrange for supplies to be donated and dropped off in the following days.

 The destruction and devastation that Hurricane Do

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