Vineyard Nursing

Preventative Care Options For the Elderly

Tips To Help You Care For Your Elderly Parents Before Assisted Care is Needed.

It happens to everyone. Your loved ones (usually parents) get older and as their faculties start to diminish, you have to assess how capable they are of taking care of themselves before options like Care Aids and nursing homes become unavoidable.

However there are new, relatively inexpensive technologies that you and your older loved ones can use to make everyday tasks easier and safer for older people. One of the most common hazards is cooking, for example: lots of hot surfaces mean potential burning hazards for older people with diminishing memory. Luckily there are actually technologies that exist right now that to ensure a safer home.

Concern #1: Cost.

Obviously with older people living off pensions, buying lots of new gadgets can be cost prohibitive. The gadgets we have mentioned in this post were collected with a tight budget in mind. And to help you out even more, we’ve gathered a list of a few sites that can help you save a significant percentage off the cost of these items:

Lifeproof Coupon Codes – 30% Off Discount Code! – Save 50% off unbreakable phone cases for your parent’s smartphone. Make sure it’s still working when they need it.
Amazon Coupons & Promo Codes – Most of these items are available on …

Capital Campaign

The Campaign for the Vineyard Nursing Association

For close to 30 years, the Vineyard Nursing Association has been a critical component of the health care system on Martha’s Vineyard. From making sure that patients take their prescriptions properly to helping people manage their pain to providing physical therapy, our staff provides an array of essential services a patient needs to recover from illness or surgery. We are the only certified home health care agency on the Vineyard, and our nurses and home health aides serve more than 1,000 people each year.

Our ability to do our job became constrained by space limitations in our previous building. In less than a decade, the number of annual home visits has more than doubled – from 15,000 to over 40,000 – and we have grown our staff to 125 people on two islands in order to keep pace with the change. In that same time frame we have moved locations twice – in 2006 and 2008. Lacking sufficient room, we were unable to enroll everyone who wanted to attend our Stroke Support Group or to schedule additional support groups for other interests. Our aides, therapists, and nurses shared desks. Supplies were piled high in the attic, the only space we had to spare.

The VNA’s mission is not only to care for our community in the present, …


Frequently Asked Questions:

What services are provided?
The Vineyard Nursing Association has a variety of highly skilled health care providers on staff, including skilled nurses, home health aides, rehabilitation therapists, licensed medical social workers and other knowledgeable health care professionals.

When is Vineyard Nursing care necessary?
Home health care with VNA is available to individuals who need nursing or therapy services for care of a new or existing illness. We are available for care after surgery and to instruct patients in the management of their disease or wound. We care for a broad spectrum of patients – from newborns and moms to elders or those who need end of life care. Vineyard Nursing services can be requested by the individual needing care, their family, doctors or friends and neighbors. Call 555-693-6184 for information.

How can I contact my nurse or other home care team members?
Our home care team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our offices are open for billing or scheduling questions from 8am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday. If you need to contact our on-call nurse during off hours please simply call our main number at 508-693-6184. We utilize a 24 hour a day answering service. Within seconds your call will be answered by a professional who will be able to connect you with someone who can answer …

Our Services

The Vineyard Nursing Association is the only full-service certified home health care agency on Martha’s Vineyard. We offer a full complement of home health care services, with specialties from pediatrics to geriatrics. We are committed to providing the highest quality home health care and assisted living services to the community. All of our compassionate caregivers are trained, CORI checked, insured, licensed and/or certified by the state of Massachusetts. With our expertise in continuous care nursing, we are able to transition even the most complex cases, from the hospital to home. Click on the below service for further details:

Skilled Nursing
Home Health Aides
Rehabilitation Services (Physical & Occupational Therapies)
Medical Social Work…


Join our health care team!

The Vineyard Nursing Association has openings for the following positions (scroll down for further positions and job application):
Nurses – Salaried case manager RN and per diem RN or LPN positions

Job Description/Responsibilities:
As a home health nurse with the VNA, you will educate patients and their caregivers on their conditions and the steps needed to ensure proper recovery. You will maintain ongoing communication with the Clinical Supervisor, relaying any patient needs or problems. We have a salaried case manager RN position (with benefits) requiring every other weekend and several per diem positions available. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Making initial nursing evaluation visit.
  • Continually evaluating the patient’s needs.
  • Initiating, coordinating and revising the treatment plan.
  • Rendering nursing care and performing treatments, such as IV administration, as ordered by a physician.
  • Participating in the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Process.
  • Preparing accurate, orderly and timely reports and documentation.
  • Adhering to all practice standards as they apply to patient care.

Job Requirements:
You must be a caring, patient and flexible teacher with excellent communication and time management abilities. You must possess independent problem solving abilities, excellent clinical assessment skills and be computer literate. You must also be in good physical shape and have the ability to lift/transfer patients to and from wheelchairs, if necessary. Additional requirements include:
Because you will be involved in IV …