VNSHS Outreach and Community services
Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk responds to community needs as they arise, maintaining a tradition of charitable and compassionate care in the home
As a free-standing, not-for-profit, community based home health care agency and hospice, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk responds to community needs as they arise, maintaining a tradition of charitable and compassionate care in the home, as well as providing community service activities.
Hospice Lights of Remembrance
A beautiful candlelighting ceremony held in the spring of each year, providing families a unique opportunity to remember their deceased loved ones in a special way.
Hospice Tree of Lights
Every November, Hospice hosts a memorial tree lighting ceremony dedicated to our patients who have died over the year. Families gather to behold the tree lighting in honor and memory of their loved ones.
Bereavement Support Groups
Therapeutic groups offer educational, informational and sharing experiences. They help participants adjust to their new roles in life. They also guide them through the bereavement process and help them plan for the future.
Annual Montauk Retreat
This is our unique, overnight, family retreat. It is held for families with children who have experienced the loss of a family member. The retreat combines fun activities with age appropriate group sessions. Children discover they are not alone in their grief as they talk and play with their peers. Parents find friendship and support while speaking with others who are coping with their loss, while helping their children through this difficult time.
Community Blood Drive
Recognizing the desperate need for blood each year, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk sponsors a community blood drive in cooperation with Long Island Blood Services.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Throughout the year Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk offers blood pressure screenings at senior sites and local libraries.
Feeding the Hungry
Responding to the needs of the community we established our office as a drop off site for local food pantries.
4-5 thousand flu shots are given each year in the communities we serve. Vaccinations are also given to patients and homebound community residents.
Student Nursing Experience
We provide field experience for nursing students from Adelphi University, Molloy College, St. Joseph’s College, Suffolk County Community College, Stony Brook University Medical Center and Western Suffolk BOCES, providing the opportunity to learn about home health and hospice care, and gain clinical experience under professional supervision.
Community Thrift Shop
Located in beautiful Huntington village, the thrift shop is operated by volunteers from various community non-profit agencies including Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, with proceeds distributed among them.