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VNA of Ohio Cares Together 

  • We care together for our community since 1902.
  • We care together to offer the largest scope of home-based health services in Ohio. 
  • We care together to improve lives.
  • We care together to expand access to care. 
  • We care together to help you make the best choice possible for you and your loved one.

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Our Team and Patient Care Stories Prove Our Dedication. 

Jo's Story, Home Healthcare and Mental and Behavioral Services

After learning to manage her chemical dependency, VNA of Ohio's compassionate and respectful nurse, Amy, helped Jo relearn to care for herself properly in the comfort of her own home.

Jo was able to find the support she needed and our experienced home care nurse understood how to help her move forward. Without a patient and responsive home care resource, Jo would not have been able to recover and regain control of her mental and physical health.  

After her initial care, Jo later slipped and fell in her shower over the winter and needed to undergo a shoulder replacement surgery. The VNA of Ohio team of nurses stepped in to again help her recover. Jo is appreciative of this care but, more importantly, recognizes that the nurses patience and support helped her maintain her mental health. She knows that she could have easily slipped back in to her old ways. This experience taught her how closely linked mental and physical well being are in our lives. 

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Steven Landers, VNA of OH CEO, Home Healthcare Services

My treasured parents, who inspired my career in healthcare, were recently affected by a healthcare crisis. Although I have been deeply involved in home health care since 2005 as a physician and administrator, I never personally needed the services for myself or an immediate family member. My dad recently suffered a devastating stroke which left him unable to walk, talk clearly, or swallow safely—-and even things like sitting up in bed, using the phone, and holding a fork became virtually impossible Herculean tasks. This was hard to watch, as he had still been actively leading much of the anatomy and physiology curriculum for CWRU dental school and the Kent State podiatry program!

Fortunately and miraculously after a few grueling weeks at inpatient rehabilitation hospital, my dad was strong enough to walk a little bit with a walker and manage more of the basics but was still only a shell of himself. My mom, his main caregiver was mostly alone and quite scared--they definitely needed the help of VNA of OH. 

While I know that our home healthcare team probably knew that I worked for VNA of OH, it was also clear that their effort and excellence were genuine and their compassion hard-wired. I feel quite confident that the care we received was similar to what the team would give to any of our patients in a tough situation. The care was unreal—we are just so INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL.

Thankfully, my dad is now in outpatient therapy and we hope these next months will allow him to return to more activities and more independence. We are so thankful that a team like VNA of OH, comprised of such wonderful people, exists in our community.

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Dr. Polito's Story, Hospice Services

Our hospice patient, Dr. Polito was one of the best podiatrists in the greater Cleveland area and had a stellar reputation of being adored by his patients.

As a family man, Tony was one of 12 children in his large and loving family. Unfortunately, in 2018 he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and everything changed. Tony’s family turned to the VNA of Ohio when they needed additional help as his disease  progressed. Tony, along with his significant other Jen, and his brothers and sisters found  comfort in the VNA because of our skill and experience in hospice and end of life care. 

Our team built a connection with Tony and did everything possible so that he felt heard, respected, and empowered until the end.

In a final ironic tribute to his incredible  podiatry career, you could see the smile in Tony’s eyes as we managed to insert IVs for his pain medication—one in each foot.

Tony's family was grateful for the kind, competent care he received throughout his illness which brought him peace and comfort in his final moments. 

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Baby Carmen, Home Healthcare Pediatric Services 

Our pediatric patient, baby Carmen, was born with down syndrome. Today she is an active, thriving child but after her birth, she spent a lot of time in MetroHealth's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Once she was ready to be released, our pediatric care nurses visited her family and educated her parents about proper nutrition and feeding habits. Though ready to head home, she still wasn't feeding quickly and was unable to get the nutrients she needed.

Her nurses prepared Carmen's parents to feed her in a way that helped her gain weight. Knowing that she would need to weigh 10lbs for her upcoming open heart surgery, they cared together to achieve this goal.

And... at seven months, Carmen had surgery, and our nurses helped her recover. Her parents couldn't be happier! 

 

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VNA of Ohio Provides Many Types of Home Healthcare Services. 

How Can We Care for You Today?

Private Duty 

  • Assistance with walking and transferring
  • Assistance with exercises
  • Personal care and grooming 
  • Meal planning

Home Healthcare

  • Medication management
  • Recovery from injury or illness 
  • Chronic disease management 
  • Infusion therapy
  • Wound and ostomy management
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Home health aide 

Medical Surgical Nursing 

  • Primary care
  • Palliative care
  • Transitional care

Hospice

  • Ongoing medical care and coordination
  • Crisis support 24/7
  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Patient, caregiver education and companion support

Mental & Behavioral Health

  • C.A.R.E program for Mental and Behavioral Health 
  • Anxiety and depression disorders
  • Safe shelter, nutrition, and medication plans

NP4U

"Nurse Practitioner 4 You"
  • Primary care
  • Palliative care 
  • Transitional care

Rehabilitation

  • Ongoing medical care and coordination
  • Crisis support 24/7
  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Patient, caregiver education and companion support

VNA of Ohio Home Healthcare is licensed in OH and accredited by CHAP. We are Medicare and Medicaid certified and our skilled services are covered by the patient's health care insurance benefit.

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Our patients and clients experience our reliability every day.  

"Our nurse, Jessica, left phone numbers for me to call if I had any questions.  She is such an asset to VNA and your team and exemplifies professionalism, caring, concern and kindness."

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Maka, Home Healthcare Patient's Daughter 

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