Local Students Volunteer for VNA Rummage Sale

Mendham Country Day School students learn the value of community service

Students volunteering at VNA Rummage SaleStudents from Mendham Country Day School in Basking Ridge, NJ spent several hours at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills bi-annual Rummage Sale, learning first-hand about the importance and enjoyment of community service. After taking a tour of the sale, the hard-working and enthusiastic students assisted VNA Rummage Sale volunteers sorting and organizing donated merchandise in the sporting goods, housewares, costume and book departments.

Proceeds from the sale help the VNA give all families equal access to the agency’s full range of home health and hospice care services, regardless of their ability to pay. Funds raised also ensure that all members of the community can benefit from important and innovative programs uncompensated by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

The VNA Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7, 8 and 9 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds, located at the corner of US Route 202 and Peapack Road in Far Hills, New Jersey.  The sale is open 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.  More information about the sale is available at http://www.visitingnurse.org/news-and-events/rummage.

Walking Home: Planning Your End of Life Journey

walking-home-flyerSaturday, November 5th
9:00 am to Noon
Registration starts at 8:30am

Senior Wellness Center
202 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge

Topics include:

  • Let’s Start the Conversation!
  • Documenting Your Wishes – Legal Advice
  • Addressing Spiritual Concerns
  • Navigating Hospice & Palliative Care

Reservations: 908-766-0180 or health@bernards.org

FREE and Open to All!!

This program is presented in partnership by the VNA of Somerset Hills, Bernards Township Health Department and the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services

Adult Day Club Receives Grant from Investors Foundation

Funds will support arts programs benefiting elderly adults with dementia

investors-check-photoThe Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA) has received a $4,000 grant from Investors Foundation to support arts programming at the Adult Day Club at Somerset Hills (ADC), an adult day center run by the organization. The specialized interactive music, visual, and cultural arts programs offered at the ADC are designed to stimulate brain activity and provide opportunities for self-expression, sense of accomplishment and purpose, emotional communication, and memory retrieval. Many of the elderly clientele are frail, and suffer from moderate dementia or other functional impairments due to stroke or other chronic illnesses.

“We are enormously grateful for the generosity of Investors Foundation and their support of our mission,” said Marie Sperber, VP of Business Development & Philanthropy at the VNA of Somerset Hills. “Their grant makes it possible for the Adult Day Club to continue to offer a wide range of therapeutic activities designed to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other disabling conditions.”

The Adult Day Club at Somerset Hills 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 and dementia. Members enjoy a fulfilling day outside the home including a variety of engaging activities, lunch and snacks, daily exercise sessions, and personal care services. Experienced and nurturing staff are focused on supporting the individual health, emotional and recreational needs of each member. 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 Adult Day Club may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

The Investors Foundation is dedicated to helping organizations that support the arts, education, health & human services, youth initiatives, and more. Funding is available to organizations located in the areas served by Investors Bank, which includes most of New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. Since the foundation’s beginnings in 2005, more than $16 million has been pledged to hundreds of worthy organizations and causes.

Adult Day Club Open House


ADC open house flyerTuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

200 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
RSVP: 908-766-0180

Take a tour, enjoy a musical performance and refreshments, and learn more about this valuable program benefiting caregivers and their loved ones

About Our Adult Day Club
Are you a caregiver? We provide a much-needed break from the daily caregiving stress and responsibilities you might be experiencing while caring for your loved one. Our warm and welcoming environment enhances the quality of life for older adults needing companionship during the day, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Feel confident your loved one is safe and not lonely. Members enjoy a fulfilling day including a variety of engaging activities, lunch and snacks, daily exercise sessions, and personal care services.

VNA of Somerset Hills Appoints New President and CEO

Daniel E. Powell to lead New Jersey nonprofit healthcare organization

BASKING RIDGE, NJ (July 25, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills, is pleased to announce that Daniel E. Powell, of Bernardsville, NJ, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Powell, former Board Chairman of the VNA of Somerset Hills, has served as the agency’s Interim Chief Executive Officer since February. He will assume overall leadership for the nonprofit healthcare agency’s comprehensive program of home health, hospice care, adult day, and community wellness services.

“Dan Powell’s business background, leadership, and dedication to the agency and its mission make him an outstanding choice to lead the organization,” said Charles A. Reid, III, Esq., Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are excited that he has chosen to continue sharing his considerable expertise, knowledge and guidance with the VNA of Somerset Hills in this capacity.”

Over the course of his career, Powell has specialized in leading performance improvement initiatives to grow revenues, reduce costs and improve operations as an operating executive, strategic consultant, and private equity professional. In addition to serving as a CEO and as an adviser to Boards of Directors for several companies in the consumer product, retail, business service and wholesale distribution industries, Powell has also been active in the banking, private equity, and management consulting industries with McKinsey & Company, Alvarez & Marsal, Citicorp, and The Deerpath Group. He received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the VNA of Somerset Hills, and look forward to working with our accomplished staff and executive team as we continue the agency’s mission-based tradition of delivering high quality and innovative healthcare services to the community,” said Powell.

2016 Golf Classic

Somerset County ParksOn September 19th, we will be returning to the Neshanic Valley Golf Club for the 2016 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.


View and print the 2016 Annual Golf Classic brochure

VNA Annual Meeting

meeting invite web.pngThe Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills invites you to attend the Annual Meeting and reception.

200 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Celebrating 95 years of the Rummage Sale

RSVP by may 16th: 908.766.0180 or pkane@visitingnurse.org

Appraisals by Nick Dawes on Wed. October 5th

Nick Dawes, antiques and fine art expert and auctioneer

Renowned antiques and fine art expert and auctioneer, Nick Dawes, will be at the Far Hills Fairgrounds on Wednesday, October 5th from 10am-2pm. He will be offering informal appraisals of your personal items. The $10 per item fee (maximum two) will generously be donated by Nick to the VNA of Somerset Hills.

Eagle Scout Builds Planting Beds for Adult Day Club

Collin Leigh of Watchung, NJ, has fulfilled his Eagle Scout service project requirement with the construction and installation of two raised planting beds at the Adult Day Club of Somerset Hills. Leigh is a member of Basking Ridge Troop 555, part of the Patriots’ Path Council. The project will benefit club members, many of whom are disabled by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Leigh developed interest in the Adult Day Club when visiting a member in attendance. After discussing project options with Maria Keenan, Adult Day Club Manager, they agreed that the raised planting beds would be a wonderful addition to the Club’s enclosed, secure outdoor garden. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby, gardening provides important therapeutic benefits such as sensory stimulation through touch and smell. For individuals with cognitive disabilities, this can help improve mood, decrease agitation, and trigger positive memories, contributing to a better quality of life. The project will provide year-round enrichment program opportunities at the Club. Indoors, members are currently nurturing the seedlings started by Leigh, and will be planting and caring for them during the late spring and summer.

“We are very appreciative that Collin chose the Adult Day Club as recipient of his project. It’s been a pleasure working together, and our members really enjoyed the warm and engaging conversation he brought during his interactive presentation,” said Keenan. “They look forward to his return.”

Eagle Scout Collin Leigh        Eagle scout and ADC members