VNA Charitable Care Program Helps Patient-In-Need

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Like many, the COVID-19 epidemic hit *James hard. “I lost my job and health insurance,” he said, and worse, he never recovered either. Six months ago, however, he qualified for Medicare – a relief since he has had myriad health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. But Medicare doesn’t cover all of his expenses, and it’s been a struggle to pay his bills. This issue came to a head when he ended up in the emergency room after a heart attack. His release was contingent upon him receiving home health care, and he opted for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), whose mission is to provide health care for people regardless of their ability to pay. He said his choice turned out to be a “life saver” because he qualified for the VNA’s Charitable Care program, an initiative that ensures people who are under and un-insured still receive the high-quality home care that they need and deserve. It is funded by the VNA & Hospice Foundation through philanthropic contributions. Because of the generosity of VNA’s donors, James received physical therapy at home and also qualified for the VNA’s Telehealth Program. “I checked my vitals daily on the (telehealth) machine. If there was anything off, a nurse called and followed up. It was very helpful,” he said. 

To find out more about the VNA & Hospice Foundation’s Charitable Care program or to make a secure online donation to support this program that helps the VNA provide care for our friends and neighbors throughout Indian River County, visit here.

*Not his real name

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