Visiting Health & Supportive Services

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Visiting Health & Supportive Services (VHSS) was founded in 1958 and joined Hunterdon Healthcare System in 1996. VHSS is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to deliver quality healthcare and supportive services to anyone who requires in home assistance to manage optimally, including the chronically ill, children or home bound elderly. Our Certified Home Health Aides receive their certification through the NJ Board of Nursing and are accredited through Commission on Accreditation for Home Care. Visiting Health and Supportive Services is licensed under the State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs as a Health Care Service Firm.

Certified Home Health Aides are specially trained, and certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. They can help you with personal care, light housekeeping, and meal preparation. They also will work with you to reinforce any physical, speech and occupational therapy regimens prescribed for you.

NeighborCARE provides safety and supervision for adults who cannot remain at home alone. Full time family caregivers are able to address personal, legal or business obligations without worrying about the safety and security of their home bound relative.

The Statewide Respite Care Program is a New-Jersey-funded program which provides limited assistance to families for their respite needs. The Program can pay for short-term nursing home placement, adult day care service, certified home health aides or companion care to qualifying families. Income guidelines define eligibility.

Care Connections, a community nursing service, provides specialized, skilled care to residents of the community in the comfort and security of their own home. Professional nurses perform services such as blood draws, medication dosage pouring, and specimen collection on a prearranged schedule or a one-time basis.

Telehealth monitoring which is a unit set up in the privacy and comfort of their home which can reduce emergency room or hospital visits by daily monitoring by a Registered Nurse who can detect and address irregularities before they may become a concern.

Mother’s Helper Service provides in-home assistance program that caters to the needs of new parents, whether it be their first or third child. The Mother’s Helper Service is provided by Hunterdon Healthcare’s Visiting Health & Supportive Services and offers either a companion or Certified Home Health Aide.

The Mother’s Helper Companions have completed specialized infant care classes. They can assist new parents with baby care and household chores, enabling parents to have some time for themselves. The Companions also can provide:

  • Infant care and sibling supervision
  • Diaper changes and dressing
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Grocery shopping
  • Light housework
  • Assist with errands
  • Make beds and change linens
  • Take baby or siblings for a walk
  • Read and play games with siblings

A Registered Nurse will accompany the Certified Home Health Aide or the companion on the first visit to develop a plan of care per the parent’s specifications and needs.

For more information on these programs call, 908-788-2562.

Blood Work at Home

If illness or disability mean that you cannot travel to an outpatient lab for routine blood work, the Phlebotomy Program can come to you. Having blood drawn at home can lessen your anxiety about travelling to a facility and eliminates the cost of transportation.

Phlebotomy is available through Visiting Health & Supportive Services for those who require blood work for medication or disease management. A New Jersey-certified phlebotomist or a registered nurse visits the home, collects a specimen, and transports it to a lab. (A doctor’s order is required.)

To Use the Program:

  • Register for participation by calling the HRCH Central Referral Line at (908) 788-2562. You will need to provide information about yourself, including name, phone number, address, date of birth and payment information.
  • Ask your physician to fax a prescription with orders for blood work.
  • Once you have registered, a New Jersey certified Phlebotomist will make an appointment for a home visit to draw your blood.
  • Your sample will be delivered to the laboratory for processing.
  • The results of the lab work will be sent directly to your physician in confidence. The phlebotomy service does not receive the results.
  • When future blood work is required, request another prescription from your physician, then call our Central Referral Line to schedule an appointment. It’s that simple!

Payment for the blood draw is expected at the time of service; billing for lab work will be mailed to you directly from the processing laboratory and may be covered by insurance.

Visiting Health & Supportive Services is a proud member of the Home Care Council of New Jersey – www.homecarecouncilnj.org.

 

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