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VNA receives more than $700,000 in funding from United Way of the Midlands

August 16, 2016 at 4:19 PM

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 16, 2016 – Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $701,800 grant by United Way of the Midlands to support several programs in Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, VNA is able to offer programs that serve the metro area’s most vulnerable residents, who are often turned away due to inability to pay or complexity of needs.

One example of these programs is VNA’s Home Health Aide program, which provides essential non-medical services to help people stay safe and healthy at home, and prevent premature and costly transitions to an assisted living facility. Hundreds of clients use VNA’s Home Health Aide service each year. For one patient, Bryan (name has been changed to protect client’s privacy), a medical condition made it difficult for him to do once simple tasks on his own, such as bathing and personal hygiene. Bryan’s wife wanted to help, but due to her own limited physical ability, all she could do was help feed him and get him safely to bed each night. Although they tried apartment living, the couple really wanted to stay in their home.

The VNA Home Health Aide team began seeing Bryan for bathing assistance twice a week. They acted as the eyes and ears in the home, providing much-needed care and also working to assure good hygiene practices were in place, preventing infections and skin breakdown. Bryan’s success is typical ­­– 95% of VNA clients who use the Home Health Aide services are able to improve and maintain personal hygiene and homemaking needs while remaining in their own homes.

United Way funded $155,000 for VNA’s Home Health Aide Program, providing an array of in-home services to vulnerable individuals who require assistance improving and maintaining their safety, wellness and independence to remain in their home of choice.

As seen with Bryan, services may include assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, meal preparation, errands, basic homemaking chores and laundry. A home safety evaluation is also completed to ensure the home environment is free of hazards, and any existing hazards are minimized or resolved. VNA staff work as a team to assure each client’s needs are being met in the spirit of fostering quality of life and independence.

Additional United Way funded VNA programs include:

$157,600 for VNA’s Maternal Infant Home Health Care: This program provides nursing, social work and supportive services to enhance the health and quality of life of low-income women, children and families. Nurses provide home visits for high-risk pregnancies, support to new mothers and infants, infant care and safety lessons and acute illness or injury care for children.

Social workers help families access community resources and advocate with families when mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence or child safety issues arise.

Supportive services include:

  1. providing cribs and car seats for clients unable to afford them;
  2. breastfeeding assessment, support and education by lactation consultants;
  3. prenatal and childbirth education classes for at-risk women and teens; and
  4. public health nursing services for women and children in homeless and crisis shelters, including health screening, assessment, education and guidance, referrals to community resources and client advocacy.

$139,200 for Home Health Care: This program provides physician-directed, in-home health care services for individuals with acute or chronic illness or injury who are without the financial resources to obtain care on their own. The focus of the program is to help clients manage their health needs while living independently.

The Home Care team is multidisciplinary, with registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, registered dietitians and social workers all working together to meet the client’s full spectrum of need. Areas addressed include primary health, home environment, family support and financial stability. Care plans may include medical treatments, therapy (physical, occupational, speech), education, referrals to community partners, and addressing patient safety needs and other resources as needed.

$250,000 for Maternal Child Home Visitation: This program provides home visits by registered nurses, social workers and parent coaches to vulnerable women, children and young families. Referrals come from collaborating partners, health care providers, child welfare agencies or self-referral.

An array of voluntary programs target specific populations and/or geographic areas, utilizing evidence-based models or the research-based Growing Great Kids™ curriculum. Each program uses a strengths-based approach and interventions proven to reduce child maltreatment and improve the health, parenting skills and self-sufficiency of high-risk families.

VNA’s Maternal Child Community Home Visitation programs are Project WIN (Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties), Love and Learn Teen and Young Parent Program (Douglas and Sarpy Counties), Nurse-Family Partnership (Pottawattamie County), and Healthy Families America (Douglas County).

For more information on any of VNA’s programs or services, please visit www.theVNAcares.org



About United Way of the Midlands

We focus the efforts of many to help our neighbors stand strong – by addressing basic needs, and fostering success in the classroom and the workplace. http://www.UnitedWayMidlands.org

About the Visiting Nurse Association

For more than a century, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has led the way in the delivery of in-home and community health care services. Today, VNA is a team of more than 400 expert health professionals and caregivers dedicated to providing the highest quality in-home care to the residents of Omaha and Council Bluffs—regardless of their ability to pay—along with a wide range of services for and in the community. Backed by a tradition of nursing, VNA offers a complete line of home care services, including Companion Care, Skilled Home Care, IV Therapy, Home Health Technology, and Hospice and Palliative Care. To learn more about VNA’s unique commitment to quality in-home care and the services we provide, visit www.thevnacares.org or call 402-342-5566.