Visiting Nurse Association
of the Central Valley
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of the Central Valley provides a variety of home health services for persons of all ages. VNA has been providing care in Stanislaus County since 1953, and in recent years has expanded its services to the residents of southern San Joaquin County. VNA is a not for profit, community based home health agency, and is accredited by The Joint Commission.
After an illness or injury occurs, most people prefer to recover in the comfort of their own homes whenever possible. Research shows that people who receive health care at home, in familiar surroundings among the company of family and friends, often heal better and faster. By providing valuable home health services, VNA bridges the transition between professional care provided in a hospital and self-care at home.
VNA provides a broad range of services, including:
- Nursing services: VNA's nursing services are provided by a full-time staff of nurses who are professionally trained and certified in general nursing as well as a variety of specialties, including cardiopulmonary nursing, enterostomal nursing, intravenous nursing, maternal/child health nursing, behavioral health nursing, rehabilitative nursing, wound care, dressing changes, catheter care, pain and medication management, and diabetes education/management. Our nurses work with each patient's personal physician to develop an individualized treatment plan designed to meet each client's needs.
- Infusion therapies: A team of VNA's registered nurses specialize in home intravenous (IV) treatment, patient instruction and education, and medication and supply coordination. IV therapies include antibiotics, chemotherapy, hydration, diuretics, pain management and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).
- Ostomy and skin care: Our enterostomal therapists work with ostomy patients and others with skin problems, performing services such as stoma and wound care and patient instruction and education.
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies: Skilled therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation to meet each individual's needs.
- Behavioral health services: VNA's behavioral health home care services are designed to meet the specialized needs of individuals who may be experiencing a psychiatric or medical crisis involving an adjustment to loss (depression, grief or situational crises); adjustment to illness/multiple medical problems; cognitive disorders (including Alzheimer's disease and dementia); suicidal thinking or hopelessness; sleep disorders; substance abuse; noncompliance with medications or treatment plans; and prior psychiatric history. Our nurses use a case management model and collaborate with each patient's physician to develop a personalized plan of care, and may provide care to patients in their homes, board and care facilities or residential facilities.
- Nutrition services: VNA dietitians conduct nutritional screening and assessments, provide nutrition counseling and monitor patients who are receiving liquid tubal feeding regimes.
- Medical social worker services: Medical social workers provide short term behavioral health and social assessments, community referrals and long-range planning, patient advocacy and short-term behavioral health counseling as needed to meet patient care goals.
- Personal Care: Certified home health aides provide short term personal grooming activities when ordered by a physician under a plan of care.
Each member of VNA's warm, professional and courteous staff is fully insured and bonded. Staff members include registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, behavioral health nurses, rehabilitation therapists, certified home health aides and medical social workers. Members of the staff are assigned to visit homes based on each patient's individual needs and compatibility.
Donations to VNA may be made through Memorial Hospital Foundation. To make a contribution, contact the Foundation at 209-530-3600.
For more information about Memorial Hospital Foundation, click here.
Because VNA and Memorial Hospitals Association subscribe to the philosophy that education and knowledge about one's health promotes faster recovery and continued wellness, each member of VNA's staff continuously educates his or her patients and their caregivers about their patients' individual health and wellness issues.
Methods of Payment:
VNA's skilled services may be covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, Social Security, various insurance plans or worker's compensation.
Unskilled (non-medical) services are offered on a private payor basis.
How to contact VNA:
Contact VNA at 209-571-1055 or 1-800-209-6877. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. VNA's professional staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with your needs or questions regarding services.