Stories of Caring

At the VNA of Somerset Hills, we help our patients transition from hospital to home, manage their chronic conditions, deal with life-limiting illnesses and receive the education and support they need to live independently. For caregivers, we offer specialized support services to assist with the daily burdens of caring for a disabled or elderly loved one.

VNA Respite Care ClientRespite Care Brings Welcome Assistance to Caregivers

Diane identifies herself as a member of the “Sandwich Generation.” Along with raising her own three children, Diane is primary caregiver for her 100 year-old mother, Ann. Read more about how our Respite Care Program helps her and the entire family manage the demands of caregiving.


ADC member Living Independently with Early-Alzheimer’s

Adult Day Club (ADC) member, Mary Ann, began showing signs of early–stage Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. Although she still lives alone and is capable of managing many of her own daily living needs, her cognitive abilities continue to decline. As helping their mother remain living independently at home becomes more challenging, daughters Cheryl and Carrie have discovered the benefits of adult day services. We spoke to Cheryl and Carrie about their experience as caregivers and their mother’s transition to our program. Read more

Kathy made the choice for VNA Hospice Care for her parentsMaking the Choice for Hospice

With two parents living at home and both suffering from life-limiting illness, Kathy and her family realized it was time to seek help. At the suggestion of their doctor, the family called the VNA to learn about hospice and our program. For several months, her parents received visits from the hospice team, including nurse Jennifer Cuff, RN, social worker Mary Lou Daley, MSW, Chaplain Karen Lewis, MTS, MDiv, and volunteer Maria Aznar. Read more about Kathy’s choice to use VNA Hospice Care.

Devoted CaregiverA Caregiver’s Story Inspires Others: Meet Sandra

Like many of you, Sandra  knows that caring for an aging and disabled parent isn’t easy. Sandra is the only child and devoted caregiver to her mother, Anita. She does everything possible to provide the best possible care for her mother despite substantial personal sacrifices. Read more about how the Adult Day Center helped Sandra honor her commitment to keep her mother living in the family home until no longer a feasible option.


VNA Hospice Care PatientHospice is About Family: Meet Emily and Ben
Emily, a VNA hospice care patient and Adult Day Center member, was the first recipient in our Sharing the Warmth blanket program. Through this program, patients receive beautiful, handmade blankets donated by local residents. Read more about Emily and her husband, Ben, a devoted caregiver.


VNA patient Angelina A Patient Story: Meet Angelina
For over five years, Angelina and her family found welcome assistance with a certified home health aide through the VNA Respite Care Program and our Private Care Services. When circumstances changed, they turned to the comfort and support provided by our hospice care team. Read more about Angelina.


VNA Donors and volunteers Lori and JackA Supporter Story: Meet Lori and Jack
Lori Morris and her father, Jack Freeland, have been members of our VNA volunteer family for over 14 years. Their story began in 1999 when Jack’s wife and Lori’s mom, Joann, worked at the Adult Day Center. She enlisted the family to help organize the Liberty Corner 4-Miler fundraising run. Following Joann’s passing in 2002, Jack became a Rummage Sale volunteer as a small measure of thanks for the care she received from the VNA during her illness. Lori and Jack remain committed volunteers and donors. We spoke with Lori and Jack about their experiences. Read the interview and learn more about ways to help at the VNA.

respite 1A Caregiver Story: Meet Kathy
Through the VNA Respite Care Program, Kathy has been provided assistance on nights and weekends. Knowing her mom is well-cared for and safe, Kathy is now able to participate in networking activities to promote her business, attend training programs, and have some much needed down time.

“I was beginning to feel like a prisoner in my own home. The VNA companion gives me a respite that I need to recharge and keep any resentment of my duties from overwhelming me—and she likes our dog!” Kathy M.