New to Caregiving

Please join us for a special presentation

DATE:                September 20, 2017
TIME:                 6:00 PM Mingle and light dinner, 6:45 PM Presentation
LOCATION:        Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills, 200 Mount Airy Rd, Basking Ridge
TO REGISTER:  908-766-0180 or email

View and print event flyer

Adalin Ball, Eldercare Educator from the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services

What does it mean to become a caregiver or to experience role redefinition? The caregiving experience is characterized as a transition process or a period of ongoing focusing and de-focusing. The extent to which caregivers feel connected with others, redefine their personal use of time and feel comfortable with their new responsibilities indicates how they are managing this transition and how well they are achieving balance in their new role. The right planning and knowing where to get advice can make all the difference in one’s caregiving experience. The purpose is to understand the lived experience of individuals taking on the role as caregivers after an unexpected event involving a loved one.

This program is presented in partnership with the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services

Blood Drive

Donate blood and help save lives! In partnership with the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, the VNA of Somerset Hills is co-sponsoring a blood drive at the Wellness Center. Appointments are preferred. Visit and enter the code somerset hills for more information and to register.

DATE: September 18, 2017
TIME: 9am-2pm
LOCATION: Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 202 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge

Blood Drive Flyer

Gerontological Nursing Certification Review Course

The VNA of Somerset Hills will be hosting a Gerontological Nursing Certification Review Course facilitated by ANA Enterprise Nursing Knowledge Center. The 14 contact hour course will take place October 14-15 at the VNA headquarters at 200 Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge.

For additional information:, by calling 1.866.826.8746, or by emailing
VNA of Somerset Hills contact: Gail Bechtold, RN –

To register online:


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

Hospice Volunteer Training Opportunity

Free VNA Hospice Volunteer Training Available for Community Members

For over 30 years the VNA of Somerset Hills has trained volunteers to be vital members of our interdisciplinary hospice team. A hospice volunteer provides support to patients and caregivers. Responsibilities may include companionship visits, running errands, pet therapy visits, respite for caregivers, or help with administrative work at the agency.

Begins Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:30-3:30 pm
Continues for four consecutive weeks

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

Men and Women Needed!

Pre-registration is required.


For more information contact:
Kristin Pirich, Coordinator of Volunteers
908-766-0180, ext. 115 or email

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

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.

Rummage Sale Donations

Huge variety of clothing, household merchandise, sporting goods, toys and other items is accepted.

Click here to view the most current list of acceptable and unacceptable items

For more information about the Rummage Sale and making donations, click here.

Proceeds from the volunteer-run sale will provide home health, hospice care and wellness services to community members and their families without adequate insurance or financial resources. In addition, dollars raised will help enable the VNA to offer important wellness services not covered by any insurance.