Grant from CR Bard Supports Music Therapy at the Adult Day Center

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA) has received a $5,000 grant from the C. R. Bard Foundation, Inc. to support the music therapy program offered at the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills, a service available through the nonprofit home care agency. Using evidence-based methods, professionally trained and certified music therapists develop programs that promote cognitive stimulation, social interaction, and emotional well-being. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research shows that music can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The VNA and Adult Day Center extend our thanks to the C. R. Bard Foundation for their generous support,” said Marie Sperber, VP of Business Development & Philanthropy at the VNA of Somerset Hills. “Music therapy is a valuable component of the specialized programming offered at the Center. Regardless of cognitive ability, every member has the opportunity to benefit from an individualized social and sensory experience.”

The Adult Day Center provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s, moderate dementia, or functional impairments due to stroke or chronic illnesses. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident while their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Center may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

C. R. Bard, Inc. headquartered in Murray Hill, NJ, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.

VNA Receives Grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA) has received a $1,000 grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to support the nonprofit home care agency’s home health, hospice and palliative care, adult day services, and community wellness programs. By bringing healthcare services into homes and onsite at community locations, The VNA of Somerset Hills helps make high quality, cost-effective healthcare accessible, and eliminates obstacles that can delay timely care, slow recovery, and an increased risk of a health emergency, even when services are not reimbursed by Medicare or any insurance.

“We are enormously grateful for the generosity of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and its support of our mission,” said Marie Sperber, VP of Business Development & Philanthropy at the VNA of Somerset Hills. “Its grant makes it possible for the agency to continue promoting safe and independent living, assist with recovery from illness or injury, help people struggling to balance caregiving with other responsibilities, and preserve dignity for those coping with life-limiting illness.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its independent regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

Enterprise grant to VNA

Accepting the grant check from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation are (left to right) Marie Sperber, VP of Business and Philanthropy at the VNA of Somerset Hills; Jose Jalandoni, Account Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management; and Nick Kouyialis, Vice President of Finance and Business, at the VNA of Somerset Hills. Funds will support home health, hospice and community wellness services provided to residents of Morris and Somerset counties in New Jersey.

Coping with Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease

United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Coalition invites you to attend a free Munch & Learn dinner presentation addressing Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease. The program is being presented by Alzheimer’s New Jersey. View and print flyer

DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017

5:30-6:30PM: Mingle and enjoy dinner
6:00-7:15PM: Presentation

VNA of Somerset Hills
200 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge

Behavioral changes in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can pose concerns for family caregivers. As the disease progresses, behavior often becomes the primary way people with the disease communicate their needs. Learn why people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia experience behavior changes, what those behaviors mean, and how to cope when behaviors are challenging.

Space is limited. Please register in advance by email to Stephanie. or call 973-993-1160, x534

Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

VNA of Somerset Hills Supports NJ Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare

The Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills has awarded its 2017 Nursing Scholarships to Jada Edwards of Somerset, NJ and Sophie Henderson of Gladstone, NJ. Both students plan to pursue baccalaureate degrees in nursing and have received $1000 scholarships to help finance their education.

Jada Edwards, a graduating senior at Franklin High School, will be attending the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Deeply moved by her grandfather’s decline and death from Alzheimer’s disease, and her work as a volunteer with the Somerset County Adult Day Center, Edwards plans a career working with older adults to help honor and remember the connection she and her grandfather shared.

Recent Villa Walsh Academy graduate, Sophie Henderson, also plans to attend the School of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania. Following her experience shadowing a nurse practitioner at Sutter Memorial Center in Sacramento, CA, Edwards has developed an interest in becoming a member of a neonatal nursing team.

“The VNA of Somerset Hills congratulates these exceptional students on their accomplishments, and is proud to support their decision to pursue a rewarding career in nursing,” said Dan Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills. “We applaud their enthusiasm for the healthcare profession and interest in caring for members of the community across the continuum, from newborns to older adults.”

Each year since 1991, the VNA has awarded college scholarships to high school seniors from Morris or Somerset County, planning to receive a degree in nursing. The scholarships are financed through proceeds from the VNA’s bi-annual Rummage Sale and other fundraising efforts.

2017 Golf Classic

Somerset County ParksOn September 18th, we will be returning to the Neshanic Valley Golf Club for the 2017 VNA Golf Classic.

The course has received numerous awards for design and play. We promise a great day of golf, food, prizes, and camaraderie with men and women who, like you, enjoy the game of golf and want to support the VNA.

Playing and non-playing sponsor opportunities are available.


Golf Classic brochure and sponsor information

Is An Adult Day Center Right For You?

Take our quiz to help you determine if you and your loved one can benefit from adult day services.

Are you the caregiver of an elderly family member?

Are you neglecting your health?
Are you currently working or want to find a job?
Do you feel overwhelmed?
Is your “to do list” never ending?
Do you keep cancelling or postponing visits with friends?
Is your loved one becoming increasingly dependent on your time and energy?
Do you need a break from caregiving — even for a couple of days a week?

Are you worried about the isolation and/or safety of your elderly loved one?

Not eating well or forgetting to eat
Doesn’t socialize any longer
Sleeps most of the day, minimal movement
Showing signs of short-term memory loss and confusion

Did you check yes to any of these questions?

Give us a call at 908-766-0180 and speak with Maria Keenan, Manager of the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills. We are here to help both you and your loved one.

While you receive a much-needed break, your loved one will enjoy their day socializing with friends and under the care of our nurturing and specially trained staff. We offer a variety of entertaining, interactive and therapeutic activities such as music therapy, art, yoga, daily exercising, museum and environmental center programs, pet therapy, horticultural therapy, group games, and visits from community groups including youth groups, musical performers and garden clubs. Meals and snacks are included, too!

The Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills is a service of the VNA of Somerset Hills. We are located in a state-of-the-art building in Basking Ridge, conveniently located near Routes 287, 78 and 202/206.


VNA Recognizes Employees for Service

During the agency’s 113th Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017, the following employees were recognized for their dedication and service to the organization and all those we serve:

25 Years
Kathy Holland-Noll, Physical Therapist

20 Years
Nancy Coto, Physical Therapist
Magda Dorielan, Certified Home Health Aide

15 years
Mary Lou Daley, Manager, Social Work Services
Marie Sperber, VP of Development & Philanthropy

10 Years
Lucy Byrnes, Registered Nurse
Betty Joseph, Certified Home Health Aide
Terry Monastero, Lead Patient Service Coordinator
Nancy Ryerson, Adult Day Center Activities Coordinator

5 Years
Rex Albano, Registered Nurse
Lisa Clobes, OASIS
Reifen Flint, Certified Home Health Aide
Diane Hurley, Registered Nnurse
Karen Lewis, Pastoral Counselor
Amanda Rusinak, Registered Nurse
Joyce Tiemens, Social Worker
Daniel Wilson, Manager of Therapy Services

Leading Home-Based Health Advocate to Highlight VNA Annual Meeting

VNAA President and CEO will deliver keynote speech at VNA of Somerset Hills Annual Meeting

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills will host its 113th Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at the home care agency’s headquarters at 200 Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), will be delivering the keynote presentation, “Changes in Home-Based Care.” Moorhead is also President and CEO of ElevatingHOME, a new nonprofit organization focused on unifying nation-wide leaders and stakeholders of home-based health care and repositioning home-based care as the center of health care delivery.

“The VNA of Somerset Hills is honored to welcome Tracey Moorhead, a respected national spokesperson for the home care industry, as guest speaker at our Annual Meeting,” said Daniel Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills. “As the national healthcare system continues to evolve, her insight is valuable to all those committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community.”

As President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), Moorhead spearheads VNAA’s strategic vision and growth, develops transformational home health care delivery and payment models, and leads policy formulation with the media and Federal policy makers. Having previously served as CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance/Population Health Alliance, she brings a population health management approach to home-based care.

In addition to Tracey Moorhead’s remarks, Powell will provide an overview of the agency’s 2016 achievements. The Annual Meeting will conclude with the installation of new Board of Trustees officers, and recognition of notable employee and volunteer accomplishments.

VNA Annual Meeting

Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), will provide the keynote address, “Changes in Home-based Care” at the VNA of Somerset Hills Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017.

RSVP by May 10th: 908.766.0180 or

Communication Tips and Techniques in Alzheimer’s Disease

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, people with the disease lose their ability to use words to communicate. Learn how to enhance communication at each stage of the disease, including how to recognize behavior as a form of communication. Topics include how to identify verbal and non-verbal messages and tips on how to maintain your relationship with your loved one as Alzheimer’s disease brings changes.

Laura Hawkins, MSW, LSW
Director, Program Outreach
Alzheimer’s New Jersey

There is no fee for attending this program, though pre-registration is required.
Register online at or call 888-280-6055.

View and print a flyer for this program.