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A private, non-profit home health agency

Certified & Licensed Home Health Care

Care nurtures the human spirit as well as the human body…


Community Partners


Better Housing of Tompkins County
Is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving rural housing through home ownership counseling and education in relation to the Tompkins County Homeownership program. The agency assists with applications for home buying and home improvement loans, and provides maintenance and repair services to low income seniors and disabled homeowners.

Cayuga Medical Center
Cayuga Medical Center has been providing health care to residents of Tompkins County and the greater Finger Lakes region for more than 100 years. A 204 bed acute-care facility that offers state-of-the art diagnosis and treatment services, the center is an accredited, not-for-profit regional health care organization and one of only nine rural referral centers in the state.

Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce provides education and information services, as well as networking and other promotional opportunities to its members. The organization advocates for issues that affect the employers of Tompkins County and the viability of the regional economy.

Community Health and Home Care Inc.
A licensed non-profit, affiliate agency of Visiting Nurse Service that provides private duty home health care services to residents of Tompkins and Schuyler Counties. Services include skilled nursing , home health aide and personal care aide assistance 24/7 to patients with chronic illnesses.

Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York
Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York (CHFWCNY) provides information on Falls Prevention including a toolkit, NYSDOH Data, a Library and other Resources.

Eden at Home and the Eden Alternative
The core concept of the Eden Alternative is to improve the lives of Elders by eliminating the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom that make life intolerable and to ensure that Elders live in home environments enlivened with plants, animals and are regularly visited by caring people.

Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)
Agency educates individuals and organizations about their rights and responsibilities and helps solve problems of independent living. The Center provides information about benefits eligibility and procedures, independent living skills training, peer counseling, support groups and training on disability issues. FLIC also provides health equipment to community residents through its loan closet program.

Foodnet provides meals on wheels and meals in community settings to older adults unable to provide a main meal because of illness, frailty and or disability, enabling individuals remain at home and avoid hospitalization or nursing home placement. Nutrition and education and counseling are also offered.

Door to door transportation to people ages 60 and over and those with a disability preventing use of other transportation is provided, mostly by volunteer drivers who are trained and tested and have a NYS Commercial Driver's License.

Health Department of Tompkins County
Agency promotes, protects, preserves, and improves the health of residents consistent with Public Health Law. Services include community education, planning for health service delivery, healthy lifestyle promotion, HIV counseling and testing, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness planning, and immunizations.

Health Planning Council of Tompkins County
Council promotes the development of health services and resources and disseminates information about the health of county residents. HPC works to increase access to health care services and encourage the integration of community health care services into a cohesive system.

Hospicare and Palliative Care Service of Tompkins County
Agency provides comprehensive home care for terminally ill patients and their families, as well as care in area nursing homes and palliative care services to people with advanced illnesses who may or may not have terminal diagnoses.

Human Service Coalition of Tompkins County
Is a private non-profit corporation focusing on efficient, effective planning and delivery of health and human service program. The agency has three main programs; Human Service Planning, Health Planning Council and Information and Referral work together to enhance consumer access to services.

Information and Referral Services
Agency operates at the hub of the Tompkins County services network to promote effective service delivery and efficient allocation of community resources by maintaining a data base of community information and providing a central telephone information service to bring people in need together with services designed to address that need.

Ithaca College, Gerontology Institute
Institute provides community outreach programs on aging, and presents workshops and conferences regarding issues in aging throughout the year.

Agency is the umbrella organization that sponsors five programs. Its purpose is to assist older adults to improve and or maintain their quality of life through recreation, education, advocacy and volunteer service.

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
Agency is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, education and information about options concerning mental health issues, services and providers.

National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)
NTOCC is a group of concerned organizations and individuals who have joined together to address problems associated with transitions of care: the movement of patients from one practice setting to another. 

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Sharing Your Wishes
Information and forms about discussing your end of life wishes with family or friends and assigning a HealthCare Proxy.

Tompkins Care Connection
Tompkins Care Connection is a cooperative project between the Tompkins County Office for the Aging and Long Term Care Services to provide information and referral about the many long term care services available in Tompkins County and to improve access to these services. Tompkins Care Connection offers the following services: home delivered meals, transportation, respite care, home health care, free in-home assessments, counseling and support.

Tompkins County Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective investigates reports of abuse and neglect of adults and provides financial management, case management, and legal interventions necessary for the protection of at-risk adults.

Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS)
The Department is responsible for the provision of benefits and service necessary to sustain families and individuals and to assist them in achieving the highest degree of independence possible.

Tompkins County Long-term Care Services
Agency provides in-home assessment, information, referral, case management and home care service to Tompkins County residents who need long-term care. Home Care services provided through the Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP).

Tompkins County Office of the Aging (COFA)
Is responsible for planning and coordinating services and resources for residents who are sixty years of age and older. Services are provided directly and through subcontracts. COFA has a list of volunteers who will shovel snow, mow the lawns, or do yard work for seniors needing assistance.


Treatment Mesothelioma

is dedicated to the assistance and guidance of asbestos and mesothelioma victims around the world.These resources will help guide patients and their loved ones toward the answers and support they need to improve their quality of life, prognosis, and life expectancy.



Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County is proud to be a part of such a dynamic community that is blessed with so many organizations wanting to make a difference in the lives of its neighbors, family and friends.  It is because of the care and concern shown by so many that our County residents are able to thrive – not just survive.

Many of our community partners are working together with Visiting Nurse Service on several new initiatives. Read more… (takes you to initiative page) This spirit of community partnership is something that Visiting Nurse Service learned in part from Geese!

What Community Partners Can Learn From Geese….

  1. Geese fly together in the same direction in V formation.  This means they all agree on where they’re headed.  As a community partner it is important to have shared goals.
  2. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in to the formation and another goose flies at the point.  Partnerships are emphasized as no one should stand alone.
  3. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird just behind it.  By flying in a V formation, the whole flock has 71% greater flying efficiency than if one bird flew alone. Community partnersthat work together gain synergy and achieve goals easier and faster.
  4. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, he suddenly feels the drag of resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into the formation in order to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.  Working cooperatively is usually easier than trying to do it alone.
  5. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  Community partners need to honk from behind to encourage the accomplishments of each member on the team. 
  6. When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.  They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies.  Then they launch out with another formation or they catch up with their flock.  As a community partner working towards bettering health care for family, friends, and neighbors living in Tompkins County, Visiting Nurse Service will be there actively supporting the process at all levels.

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