Annual Golf Outing Raises Funds to Support Healthcare Agency

VNA Golf Classic Benefits Home Care Patients and Caregivers

On Monday, September 18th, more than 90 golfers enjoyed a beautiful Fall day at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, NJ. Between registration fees, sponsorship dollars, live and silent auctions, and other contributions, a record-setting $75,000 in proceeds will support the home care agency’s home health, hospice and palliative care, adult day and community wellness services.

“We are grateful for the generosity of all the players, sponsors, volunteers, and others who helped make this year’s event such a great success,” said Daniel Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills. “Through their contributions, our patients and their caregivers can feel peace-of-mind knowing that life-changing healthcare and support services will continue to be available from the agency, when needed.”

Co-chairs Carolyn Fahey of Bernardsville, NJ, and Anthony Frisoli, MD, of Basking Ridge, NJ, led the 2017 VNA Golf Classic Committee. Special thanks go to gold sponsors ABC Supply Co., Inc., Robert M. Gardiner, and The Meridian Group/UBS Private Wealth Management. Photos from the 2017 event are available on The 2018 VNA Golf Classic will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.

Holiday Themed Gift Boutique on November 4 and 5 to Benefit Healthcare Agency

Second annual Holly Day Market in Basking Ridge hosted by the VNA of Somerset Hills

VNA Holly Day Market Commitee Photo

The VNA Holly Day Market boutique shopping event will take place November 4-5, 2017. Proceeds support healthcare services and wellness programs provided by the VNA of Somerset Hills. Pictured (left to right) are Committee members Rosemary Goodman of Basking Ridge, Diane Simon of Watchung, Amy Chatwin of Far Hills, Cynthia Wynant of Basking Ridge, and Ellen Christman of Bedminster. Not shown, Mona Gibson of Far Hills, Holly Day Market Chairperson.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to host the second annual Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness for the myriad of personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, November 5 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at the VNA of Somerset Hills, located at 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge, NJ.

“After receiving an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to last year’s inaugural Holly Day Market, the VNA is pleased to welcome the community back to our headquarters and Adult Day Center for a second year of seasonal shopping to benefit the agency. This is a terrific opportunity to increase awareness of the vital healthcare services and resources that the VNA team provides to our patients, caregivers, partners, and to the communities we serve,” said Dan Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills. “Funds raised will support programs including in-home nursing, rehabilitation therapies, adult day services, hospice and palliative care, caregiver support and community education.”

“We are thrilled with the excitement community members have expressed for this event as demonstrated by over 1,000 people attending last year,” stated Mona Gibson, Market Chairperson and VNA of Somerset Hills Trustee. “A ‘can’t miss event,’ our boutique features exclusive vendors selling items such as custom shoes for women, fine jewelry, monogrammed gifts, beautiful clothing and accessories, table linens, sweets and treats, and much more. We welcome everyone to this special venue to help ensure the VNA of Somerset Hills, an invaluable treasure for our community, can continue providing services to all those in need.

Shops at the Holly Day Market include: A&J Accessories; Classic Home Christmas; Duende; Discovery Toys; Elyse Marie Botanicals; Estate Fine Linens; Everything is Rosey; JOTT; Just One Bite LLC; kk’s; Larger Cross; Lei-Lei; Peaceable Hill Paperie; Ride + Reflect; Secret Garden Soap of Madison; Stanton Sweets; Susan’s Jewelry; Sweet Meadow Studio; The Personalized Party; The Posh Shop; Three Wags; Thorn Hill; Tori Brown the Label; Ward Vintage; Windswept; and Zwikker and Zacher.

For additional information about the Holly Day Market:
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VNA Rummage Sale at Far Hills Fairgrounds Takes Place Oct 6-8

Over two acres and 75,000 square feet of merchandise awaits bargain-hunting shoppers under the tents at the VNA Fall Rummage Sale. The sale takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6, 7 and 8 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds, located at the intersection 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.

Proceeds from the Rummage Sale support important VNA home health, hospice and palliative care, adult day, and wellness services that improve the health and quality of life of community members in need. In addition, at this a portion of the funds raised will be directed to relief agencies helping those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Florida, Texas and the Caribbean. “As a mission based organization with a tradition of community care, the VNASH understands the importance of providing on-the-ground, non-profit relief agencies with funds they can use to provide exactly the type of disaster relief supplies that are going to be most helpful,” stated Dan Powell, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills.

The sale boasts of over 28 different departments of goods including: clothing; fashion accessories; furniture and home decorative items; pet supplies; artwork; toys and games; sporting goods; fine and costume jewelry; antiques and vintage items; kitchen supplies and cookware; appliances; electronics; lighting fixtures; books for all ages; cameras; musical instruments; vinyl records; video games; fabric and yarn; sewing accessories; holiday decorations; costumes; gardening supplies; outdoor furnishings; and more. Merchandise has been carefully sorted, checked for damage, cleaned, and organized for display by more than 450 volunteers.

What to Know:

  • Rain or shine.
  • Parking and admission are free. Handicap parking is available.
  • Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa), cash, and checks accepted in all departments. Photo identification may be required for credit cards and checks.
  • Flu shots (individuals over 18) will be available at the VNA information tent Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost per flu shot is $25 and is free for those covered under Medicare Part B (card required for verification.) No Medicare Advantage plans, private insurance, or Medicaid will be accepted as payment. Shots are also free for Far Hills residents with ID.
  • Short walking distance from the NJ Transit Far Hills Station.
  • Food is available for purchase, cash only.
  • Strollers and shopping carts are welcome on the grounds but, for safety reasons, not allowed inside any of the tents or departments.

Hospice Volunteer Training Program Offers Rewarding Opportunity

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is offering an opportunity for men and women to train as hospice volunteers. Volunteers provide much needed joy, support and assistance to patients and their families dealing with life-limiting illness. For over 30 years, the agency has trained volunteers to be vital members of the interdisciplinary hospice care 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. No previous hospice or healthcare experience is necessary.

Beginning October 12, 2017, the free training program will run for four consecutive Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the VNA headquarters at 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge. Volunteers will gain an overall understanding of the hospice philosophy and the volunteer’s role. The curriculum, presented in a supportive environment, includes introduction to hospice and palliative care, patient and family care, communication, and grief and bereavement.

“Volunteers are invaluable members of the hospice care team at the VNA,” said Kristin Pirich, Coordinator of Volunteers at the VNA of Somerset Hills. “In addition to providing respite and comfort to others, our volunteers find that participation in the program offers them a deeply rewarding and life-changing experience.”

Pre-registration is required and is open now through September 21, 2017. For more information, contact Kristin Pirich, Coordinator of Volunteers, at 908-766-0180 ext. 115 or email


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.

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.

Caregivers: It’s OK to Laugh!

Laughter is great medicine for your mind and body.

Through humor and laughter, caregivers can help overcome challenges and deal with difficult situations, like caring for a family member with a chronic or life-limiting illness. In fact, scientific research shows that laughter provides important short and long-term physical, emotional and social benefits:

  • Strengthens our connection to others, and will help family members and friends enjoy special time together
  • Lowers stress hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine, and protects against damage from stress by releasing beneficial endorphins.
  • Boosts mood.
  • Diminishes pain by causing the body to produce natural pain killers.
  • May help improve the immune system by increasing the number of antibody-producing cells.
  • Protects the heart by improving function of blood vessels and by increasing blood flow. The American Heart Association has reported that the positive effects of laughter may last 24 hours!
  • Helps diffuse anger and our ability to moving on from conflict and confrontation.

It’s OK to let yourself feel good without feeling guilty, even while coping with a serious situation. Try to laugh every day, even if it feels forced or unnatural. Bring humor into your daily life through movies, TV shows, books, photos, comic books, YouTube videos, jokes, a visit to a comedy club, or by spending time with friends and family who bring joy and make you smile. Through the magic of laughter, you can improve your health, reduce care-taker stress, and create happy, memorable moments with loved ones.