VNS Specialty Services
High Tech Home IV Therapy
Specially trained nurses are available from VNS to deliver high tech intravenous (I.V.) therapy and other medicines and sophisticated treatments in the home. Some of the specific treatments provided include central line maintenance, continuous and intermittent medication administration, antibiotic infusions, hydration and total parenteral nutrition.
Wound & Ostomy Care/Wound VAC
VNS has nurses with specialized training in wound and ostomy care,
as well as access to consultants and Enterostomal Therapists. We
provide care to all types of wounds including, but not limited to,
pressure ulcers, wounds resulting from vascular conditions, diabetes,
trauma, surgery, disease or infection, burns and ostomy care. We
provide wound care in a team approach with the Nurse Case Manager
providing assessment, management, treatments and monitoring of existing
and potential problems. We relieve or prevent precipitating risk
factors and instruct the patient and caregivers regarding the patient’s
One of the most effective treatment methods we use is the Wound
VAC. This leading edge device promotes wound healing through the
use of continuous negative pressure and specialized wound dressings.
This important program provides mental/emotional health services
in the home to foster independence and help patients remain at home.
Working under a physician’s orders, the role of the psychiatric
nurse is to assess the patient’s mental status, evaluate level
of functioning, coping skills, availability of support systems,
treatment compliance and efficacy and to provide therapeutic intervention
Our Palliative Care Program is committed to enabling persons to
gain comfort and control over their lives when they are facing a
life-limiting illness. Palliative care is simply the
extension of hospice principles to people who are diagnosed
with a life-limiting illness, but who may still be undergoing active
treatment for their disease. Our palliative care patients receive
individualized pain and symptom management, while continuing their
treatments. We work closely with physicians, hospitals and
all other members of a patient's health care team to provide seamless,
high quality palliative care. We continually assess resources and
provide the appropriate referrals to enhance services, including
hospice services when appropriate.
Russian-Speaking Home Care Program
Olga Shikhman, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Services at our Norwalk
branch, has been working actively to develop a special home care
program for Russian speaking members of the community.
Olga, originally from the Ukraine, has provided care for many Russian-speaking
patients since joining VNS. “Connecticut’s Russian population
is underserved," she says. “I know firsthand from my
interactions with patients how difficult language and cultural barriers
can be to accessing care, and I’m looking forward to making
If you want to know more about this program, call Olga directly
at 203.838.8621 or click here
to send her an email. To make a referral of a Russian-speaking
patient, call our Intake Department at 800.551.8671.
Registered dietitians can assess diet and nutritional health and
can instruct patients on how to adopt new dietary recommendations.
Elder Care Planning & Coordination
VNS understands that families often need help caring for loved ones,
whether they are nearby or far away. With these concerns in mind,
we have created a special service that identifies opportunities
to improve a loved one’s current quality of life and anticipate
their future needs. Registered Nurses and Medical Social Workers
will coordinate care, preventive services and other daily activities.
VNS will also step in during a crisis to manage the wide variety
of individuals and organizations which may be providing services
to your loved one. Finally, we can coordinate health care services,
recommend highly qualified professionals to assist with financial
and estate planning, and help identify opportunities and sources
for legal assistance. With these services, VNS is pleased to provide
peace of mind to those near and far away.
Care for the Caregiver Services
Taking care of an ill or aging loved one can be very stressful and it’s important for the regular caregiver to take time out to care for him/herself. VNS nurses, sleep ins and aides will come to the home to provide the caregiver with respite: a few hours, days or as much time as is needed to leave the home worry-free. VNS also coordinates a number of support groups to help caregivers further in dealing with the complicated emotions and other issues associated with caring for an ill or aging loved one.