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Home Care Services

VNS’s Home Care is intermittent care - care provided several times a week or less for a short period of time – that requires special skills not ordinarily carried out by a lay person. Care may be provided more often if the medical condition of the patient requires it, but it is not private duty nursing. Care is provided by professionals and paraprofessionals.  The VNS Home Care staff includes:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Aides                                                            
  • IV Therapists
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Dieticians and Nutrition Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

How Do I Get Care?

If you are in the hospital and need skilled care, the discharge planner arranges for the services you need. Tell the discharge planner that you want your care to be provided by Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties and Intake will set up your service.
If you are at home, you may contact VNS by calling 401-682-2100 or 800.456.1195.

How Do I Pay for Home Care?

Home Care is covered by most private insurances, Medicare and Medicaid when there is a medical need for such care and it is authorized by a physician. Private health insurance may have special conditions. Call your health insurance company for more details. Medicare also requires that a patient be homebound. “Homebound” means that the patient requires a considerable amount of help to go out, with excursions limited mostly to doctor visits.
If you have no health care coverage and cannot afford the service fee, you may complete an application to determine if you qualify for reduced fee or free care.  The VNS is committed to assist everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

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