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Recovering from surgery or learning to cope with a health condition can be overwhelming.  VNA Northwest's expert home care staff can help you regain your independence. To help manage your health at home ask for VNA Northwest by name.

Nursing –We have a team of  highly educated registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who provide compassionate medical care.  Many of our nurses are certified in specialty areas such as wound care and hospice.


Hear nurse Deborah Welch

Physical Therapy – Our qualified physical therapists help you to regain strength, improve balance, gait and achieve maximum range of motion. Our goal is to help you resume maximum independence in day to day activities.

Hear Steve Chenail, PT, Rehabilitation Supervisor

Occupational Therapy – VNA Northwest licensed occupational therapists provide individual treatment programs designed to help individuals in the activities of daily living.  Therapists can also assist with planning minor adjustments to the household that enhance normal home activities.  Treatment is provided to patients who have suffered from a variety of illnesses or injuries.

Hear Lisa Baird, OT

Speech Therapy - experienced speech therapists help restore speech and communication functions in patients who have suffered illness or  injury.

Intravenous Therapy – Intravenous therapy is often a part of the home care prescribed by a physician.  VNA Northwest can provide trained and fully qualified individuals to administer this therapy.

Home Health Aides – VNA Northwest skilled home health aides provide patient services essential to independent living. Personal care, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, ambulatory activities and safety measures are among the types of assistance given.   Aides are trained to assist patients with range of motion exercises taught by the physical therapist.

Maternal & Child Health Care – Our registered nurses provide instruction on proper care of both mothers and newborns. Our service includes education on health during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. We emphasize nutrition counseling, preparation for childbirth and family planning guidance.  Staff members collaborate with other agencies in the northwest corner to assist with maternal and child health care.

Medical Social Work – Compassionate medical social workers address the social and emotional needs of patients on issues relating to their illnesses or injuries.  They provide patients, families and caregivers with short or long term planning and identification of available state and local resources.

Hear Elizabeth Tanner-Horn, LCSW

Nutrition – Knowledgeable registered dieticians educate patients on healthy eating habits to prevent and treat illnesses.  Typically, this might involve the use of less salt for patients with high blood pressure or reduction of fat and sugar from diets of clients who are overweight.  Many patients can achieve better health simply by improving eating habits.

“I cannot express adequately my respect and admiration for the wonderful people at VNA Northwest.  Since my husband’s most recent stroke…your organization has been so helpful, so patient, so kind to us that our lives have been easier and less stressful than I can believe." – Litchfield

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is home care  provided?
In the patient’s residence.

Who pays for home care?
The cost of home care is often covered by Medicare and private insurance programs.  To the extent funding is available, we offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay, which enables us to serve patients who are in need of help.

When is the appropriate time for home care?
Whenever the need for the skill of a nurse or therapist is required.  For example:

  • following a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay
  • at the on-set of a new condition
  • a change in existing condition, after surgery
  • need for wound care

Who can refer a patient to home care?
Patients may refer themselves for assistance or referrals may be made by physicians, family, friends or clergy.

Are all VNAs the same?
All VNAs are not the same. VNA Northwest Inc. is an independent not-for-profit home care agency that was founded in 1928.  If you would like VNA Northwest to provide your services please ask for us by name – VNA Northwest.

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