How We Use Your Gift
Give to Visiting Nurse Service
Every day, VNS goes above and beyond for our patients and staff alike to keep people healthy, safe, and independent in their homes; deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound citizens; and provide compassionate care to hospice patients and their families. Unrestricted gifts to the Visiting Nurse Foundation allow VNS to address areas of greatest need within our organization, and to provide the highest quality of care to patients regardless of cuts to federal funding. Your support also gives us the flexibility to respond quickly when an opportunity arises to transform patient care through innovative technology and new care delivery models.
Give to Meals On Wheels
Each year, Meals On Wheels of Rochester and Monroe County provides more than 300,000 high-quality meals to 2,000 frail seniors and people who are unable to prepare their own meals due to a physical or developmental disability. With donor support, we have been helping thousands of people regain their strength, increase their independence, and improve their overall quality of life since 1958. As our population ages, the number of people in need of meals continues to grow. Meals On Wheels is not covered by insurance, and although we are grateful for funding from the United Way and the Office of the Aging, we cannot rely solely upon these sources to meet the increasing demand for meals. Your gift of $100 will provide 20 meals; $500 will provide 100 meals; and $1,800 will provide 365 meals - enough to ensure a homebound senior's health and independence for an entire year.
Give to Hospice
Visiting Nurse Hospice accepted its first patient in 1992. Today, our program provides end-of-life care to nearly 1,000 patients in Rochester and Monroe County each year. Our team of physicians, nurses, home health aides, counselors, and volunteers go above and beyond to make this difficult time as comfortable and dignified as possible for every patient, regardless of their ability to pay. The Bereavement Program at Visiting Nurse Hospice offers care to families to help address feelings of loss, grief, and sorrow before and after a loved one has died, at no cost to them. These services include support groups, individual counseling, an Evening of Remembrance, and volunteer services such as companionship and supportive phone calls. Since bereavement services are not covered under Medicare, this important program is entirely dependent on donor generosity.
Check out past issues of our Foundation newsletter, VitalLines, to learn about all the great things donor support is making possible at VNS: