Colorado VNA provides the most appropriate range of health care solutions to allow adults to maximize independence and to heal and age at home.
Our client-oriented core values are to:
-provide health solutions that enable people to function as independently as possible in their homes and communities,
-provide high quality care that is cost-effective with high patient, employee, provider and insurer satisfaction, and
-provide high-acuity and individualized healthcare in the home,
all while maintaining a culture of opportunity and meaningful work.
In 1889, a group of community volunteers founded the Denver Flower Mission to take flowers and food to the sick and poor of Denver. Recognizing the need for nursing services provided in the home, they hired their first nurse, Hattie. The organization was originally incorporated as the Visiting Nurse Association of Denver (VNA) in 1902 and is now Colorado's oldest home health care agency.
Today, Colorado VNA has four main services:
1) In-Home Care Services - assisting seniors with everyday challenges such as light housework, meal planning, personal care/grooming, laundry, and travel to/from appointments. This critical service help keep seniors, especially low-income elders with chronic pain and worsening vision, out of skilled living facilities.
2) Community Wellness - clinics that emphasize health promotion, such as foot care, and disease prevention for ambulatory seniors. (The organization also performs immunizations for indigent elderly, though greater numbers of seniors' vaccinations are covered by insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.) Colorado VNA also provides onsite corporate immunizations and biometrics; offering flu, Tdap, pneumonia, cholesterol screenings and health risk assessments.
3) Home Health Care - skilled nursing, medical social work, and therapies that support people recovering from illness or those who just need a little assistance to remain independent.
4) Hospice-At-Home - a continuum of end-of-life care for patients and their families. The team's comprehensive approach focuses on the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of each patient and their families.
Additionally, Colorado VNA has created an Innovation Lab to serve as an internal research and development program, allowing us to explore promising practices, foster creative collaborations with both health systems and community-based organizations, and creatively design or redesign systems, processes, and/or programs to ultimately achieve positive health impacts that are both sustainable and scalable. Colorado VNA is currently exploring the following programs and services with in its Innovation Lab.
CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place-Advancing Better Living for Elders)
CAPABLE is a home visitation program for older adults developed by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Over the course of 10 visits, six with an occupational therapist and four with a nurse, clients identify self-care goals such as walking to the mailbox, doing laundry, or showering that they would like to address for improved functioning, and to live safely and independently at home. Based on the client's independence goals and their living situation, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver also plays a role by implementing minor home modifications such as safety bar installation and floor repair. Colorado VNA's CAPABLE program seeks to demonstrate that modest investments in short-term interventions can help older adults remain in their homes longer, improve health outcomes, and decrease medical costs.
Early Support Stroke Discharge
By surrounding the stable stroke survivor with extensive, home- and community-based therapy and homemaking, Colorado VNA wonders if it can reduce hospital length of stay and produce the same or better health outcomes at a lower cost than the traditional hospital-inpatient rehabilitation-home route. We are exploring this hypothesis with Dr. Jennifer Simpson of the CU School of Medicine's Department of Neurology and Easterseals Colorado.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR (sometimes called TAVI) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve's place. This procedure is for people who have been diagnosed with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and are at intermediate or greater risk for open heart surgery. Colorado VNA is partnering with HealthONE to improve procedure outcomes by providing pre- and post-surgical care to help condition patients. For example, our team of registered nurses and occupational and physical therapists help educate patients about their condition, medication compliance, symptoms of infection at the access site, and help patients resume activities of daily living.
In partnership with HealthONE at the Health Center of Aurora, Colorado VNA is implementing a telemedicine program to reduce hospital readmissions and improve the health status of approximately 125 high-risk individuals with heart failure, an exponentially growing and vulnerable segment of our state's older adults. The telemedicine program also aims to serve as a nurse extender by allowing virtual visits, which help ease barriers to care caused by the current, and growing, nurse workforce shortage despite a rapidly growing senior population with greater and greater health care needs. Colorado VNA ultimately strives to demonstrate the viability of utilizing innovative technologies to reduce the burden of disease for this specific chronic illness as well as better manage clinician resources, and expand telemedicine to global disease management in future years.
"What I need is [to be] wonderfully taken care of by the Visiting Nurses who [care for me] each Tuesday. They trim my toenails, let me know if they notice anything unhealthy, and laugh at my jokes. These are essential for me to have a happy life. Thank you for taking such good care of me." -Colorado VNA Community Wellness patient.
"Your service is a blessing to me because a nursing home or assisted living facility is not an option for me."
- VNA Patient
"Thank you so much for your compassionate, skilled and knowledgeable care. My nurse takes better care of me than my doctor does. She is so kind and gentle when she's caring for my leg wounds. Without her, I wouldn't even HAVE the leg. She's a very inspiring, intelligent and caring nurse. M is the BEST!"
"I was in danger of losing my housing - but now my home is clean, safe and I can heal in the comfort of my own house."
- VNA Homemaking Services Patient
"Colorado VNA [Hospice] staff helped him and his family know that...although tragic, [dying] was normal and that it was best to focus on the time he had left, spend precious moments with his daughters, wife, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. His attention shifted as well as his families. They truly enjoyed the precious moments they had. He went fast, he was comfortable and his family is forever grateful. Thanks to you and your staff. You are making a difference and its appreciated!"
-Family member of VNA Hospice Patient
"R.H. was my visiting nurse for 4 months, 3 times per week. He is very professional and always calls the day before to set up the appointment...I will be moving out of state soon and hope to find a visiting nurse as good as him."