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Local Artist's Paintings on Display in our Lobby

posted 7/14/14

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.

July 2nd Benefit at Zini's Restaurant in Bantam

posted 7/3/14

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.

Grant Received from Seherr-Thoss Foundation

posted 7/2/14


"Watch Your Step" Clinics Held in Nine Towns

posted 6/19/14

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

posted 6/12/14

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

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A few words from Gail

Contribution from JWC of Litchfield Hills

posted 4/8/14

CFNWCT Grant to Aid Local Individuals and Families

posted 12/9/13

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

posted 10/23/13

Union Savings Bank Supports Local Patients

posted 11/21/13

"Hope Heals" Holiday Tree on Display

posted 12/17/13

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

posted 12/17/13


Flu Clinics Scheduled in Several Locations

posted 10/29/13

Blood Pressure Clinic Added in Torrington

posted 10/21/13

Nurse Named to Staff Travel Health Clinic

posted 10/17/13

VNA Northwest’s Travel Health Clinic is open by appointment to adults interested in pre-trip counseling and/or vaccinations.



Group Completes Hospice Volunteer Training

posted 5/24/13

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.

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Litchfield Bend & Stretch Clinic Starts June 12th

posted 6/6/13


Bend & Stretch Clinic Extended in Sharon



Thanks to Linda Campanella for Heartfelt Talk


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National Nurses Week Starts Monday, May 6th


Hear from our Executive Director

Help us to reach out to isolated residents



New Bend & Stretch Clinics to be Offered


Hospice Volunteer Training Starts April 3rd


Learn more about our Hospice Program

Volunteer Opportunities at VNA Northwest

Read more on the course

Holiday Funding Received from CFNWCT



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.

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Article by VNA Northwest in National 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."

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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. 

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New Grant Will Support Home Care Services

posted 7/3/12

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.

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Please Help us Reach Out to Isolated Seniors

posted 6/27/12

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.

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Nurses Earn Specialty Certifications

Posted 5/18/12


Blood Pressure Clinics in Thomaston, other towns

Posted 6/7/12

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

Posted 5/24/12

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.

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Read comments about Maggie's talk

"Live Well" Workshops in North Canaan & Sharon

Posted 4/10/12

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.

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How these workshops were created

Blood Pressure Clinic Underway in Torrington

Posted 3/27/12

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

Posted 2/9/12

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

Posted 12/13/11


Please Help Us to Reach Isolated Seniors

Posted 9/28/11

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)       


Need a Speaker to Address Your Group?

Posted 8/2/11

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

Posted 8/2/11

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.


Dr. Walker Exhibit Continues in Cornwall

Posted 8/2/11

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

Posted 7/1/11

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

Posted 5/23/11

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

Posted 4/1/11

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?

Posted 1/27/11

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 info@vnanw.org

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

Posted 10/27/10

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.


Nodine's Fundraiser

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.


Areas we serve:
Bantam, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cornwall, Colebrook, Falls Village, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Lakeville, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford,
New Milford, New Preston, Norfolk, Northfield, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington,
Warren, Watertown, Washington, Washington Depot, West Cornwall, Winchester, Winsted, Woodbury