Visiting Nurse Service

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Home Care Reviews for Visiting Nurse Service

September 02, 2017

By JP314

I am a past client of this provider

Truly terrible experience. We used VSNY for home hospice care for my wife, who had terminal cancer. One of the so-called health aides VSNY sent was completely baffled when asked to help with a sponge bath and later with a bed pan. She'd never encountered either of these things, nor did she seem particularly inclined to learn how to handle them. When my wife's death was "imminent," the nurse gave us instructions and left rather than stick around during these critical final hours of her life. The only way we got through this stretch was through private aides we hired at our personal expense to supplement this "service."

February 25, 2017

By SimplyMadue

Other

My dad was receiving hospice care from VNSNY winter of 2015. The service was horrible. He never received his medication or supplies on time. I would have to call it in at least three times to finally receive it. The vendors delivering supplies were very rude. The social worker was never available or returned phone calls. The list of things that went wrong was endless. This service brought our family more stress on top of the pressures of creating a peaceful end of life transition. It was very disappointing to see the lack of respect, professionalism and understanding the entire hospice team displayed. This was not hospice care more like a nightmare. They were never on the same page. Please save your family the stress. There are great hospice services out there please do your research. My mom experience with her hospice service was so different. ( I don't recall the name) I have a great respect for hospice care. My mom received excellent care (16 years ago) from another agency. I don't know what my family would of have done with out the help of the hospice team. Best of luck on your search. Hang in there!

January 30, 2017

By Winston284777

I am a current client of this provider

We have been using Visiting Nurse Services for about a month. They do a little bit of housekeeping once a week. Mom is comfortable with the caregiver. Billing is through Medicare.

February 24, 2016

By d. anglund

I interviewed this provider

I was given 2 days notice before being released from VNS hospice! No social worker to help move me to post hospice care. Partners in Care, the VNS home health provider, then ended all home health, no warning just no more. Narry one social worker ever! Ethically and professionally no care for the patient. I went from hospice care to having all care stopped. Beware VNS they are falling apart.

December 10, 2015

By C2

I am a past client of this provider

The aides from Visiting Nurse Services of New York were not working. They were just sitting on the couch, watching TV, on their phones, not interacting with their patients, and things of that nature. In terms of their Partners in Care Program, they were not good at all. When we requested another aide, they did not send a replacement; they kept sending the same aide that just sat on the couch and did nothing. They are not doing the right thing.

August 07, 2015

By Heavy heart

I am a past client of this provider

My experience was mixed. My husband was in hospice care for five weeks before he passed away. His condition had deteriorated suddenly and was changing daily, so we had no experience with how to cope with his new and worsening disabilities. I was expecting instructions and assistance on how to help him, and that someone would take an active interest in how he was managing. I felt I was left on my own in figuring out how to care for him. It was very difficult. The nurse visited once and then was on vacation the second week, when we needed the most help. We saw her again after two weeks. She was nice but didn't seem to take a very active interest in his symptoms or condition. The social worker did not apply for additional home health aide hours like I thought she had said she would do. We did get a lot of supplies and equipment, though some were broken. Phone response was mostly good, a bit spotty. The nurse who came out (after 2 1/2 hours) when I called to report shallow breathing was very good. He told me my husband was in the process of dying. The nurse who was sent to be with us overnight on his last night was very good.

Provider Response

Thank you for the feedback on your experience with VNSNY's hospice services. The goal of the hospice team is to work with you, the caregiver, to feel confident and understand your husband's condition especially at it changed. We are sorry that you did not feel that support through the entire time your husband was in our care. Your review will be passed on so we can learn from the experience and improve services going forward.

July 18, 2015

By RHJ NYC

I am a past client of this provider

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York(VNSNY) failed to provide me with timely, high quality, residential post-operation Nursing, Physical Therapy and Personal Healthcare Assistant services during the period 21 December 2014 - 10 January 2015 per the earlier Agreement which was based on compliance with the instructions of my Surgeon. VNSNY was supposed to meet with me(the patient) at the Hospital after surgery but prior to discharge to establish a services delivery schedule that would begin immediately upon return to my residence. VNSNY did not show up for this planned meeting with me at the hospital. The VNSNY Nurse first met with me at my residence TWO days after my hospital discharge. My surgery was major, I was non-ambulatory, taking strong pain killer medication, and I was a senior citizen living alone. No check of my health condition was made however during the first two days after hospital discharge by VNSNY. The VNSNY personal healthcare assistant first showed up at my residence FIVE DAYS after my hospital discharge. Since I was non-ambulatory I was unable during this FIVE DAY period to perform a number of daily life support tasks. I experienced many other problems with VNSNY. The perfunctory nurse examinations missed detecting several health issues. A significant number of scheduled appointments for the respective services were cancelled/rescheduled by VNSNY. There were several cases when the VNSNY service person simply did not show up for their scheduled appointments without even calling me beforehand. The medical and administrative information provided by VNSNY was inadequate and I had to (extensively) call my Surgeon's office and my Health Insurance provider to answer questions about my case and treatment. VNSNY actually at one point cancelled all my services(without telling me beforehand, because they erroneously determined that my health insurance had expired. I was/am a 30 year client of the Health Insurance provider in good standing and had to call them regarding the VNSNY coverage cancellation claim. My health insurance provider then advised VNSNY of their error and my services were restored after a lapse of time. My health insurance provider then told me directly that they had assigned both a case manager and one of their nurses to frequently monitor my VNSNY treatment activities and that I would be contacted regularly by these two individuals. This further demand on my time was directly caused by the VNSNY performance failures. I made many attempts to resolve these problems with VNSNY as they occurred. These were uniformly unsuccessful and I found VNSNY extremely difficult to deal with. There were extremely long telephone wait times, and I was unable to find any VNSNY staff that were knowledgeable, willing to become involved with the problems, and empowered to solve the problems. I have since filed formal written complaints with the chairman of VNSNY , the president, two senior vice presidents, and a vice president. My formal complaints however have been ignored to date.

May 28, 2013

By Review of VNSY In Home Hospice Care

I am a past client of this provider

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York In Home Hospice Care provided by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is a third class service. Most of the staff lacked experience required to provide quality service. I had the experience with threedifferent vendors and VNSNY comes in at a distant third. The visiting nurse administering the care did nothing. She couldn't even keep up with the medications required to keep the patient comfortable. the aides lacked had no experience with the patient's condition. The call center was unresponsive. The response time from the visiting nurses was unacceptable.

March 20, 2013

By Caring 1358

I am a current client of this provider

Visiting Nurse Services of New York checks on my mother once a week. They've been with her for over a year now. They're good people. I don't have any problems with them. The nurses administer my mother's medicine and take note of any changes in medication. They also take her vital signs, and they work with a young lady from another office. If they see anything that needs to be reported to the doctor, they make a note to do that.

December 12, 2012

By Boop1

I am a past client of this provider

I have had the pleasure of using their services twice for my Mom. Mom's blood sugar level dropped and her blood count fell the first time and the visiting nurse service was suggested to me at the hospital. I accepted and they were great. They gave us a nurse who checked her blood pressure and gave me valuable information. A therapist was assigned and helped Mom with exercises. We received help getting a rolling walker and travel chair. The social worker visited and assisted with getting a phone alert unit for Mom in case of a fall. The second time, Mom fell and required nine (9) stitches again the service came and offered the assistance of the nurse and therapist. As a daughter/caregiver, who desperately wants to get this caregiving stuff right, I really appreciated the assistance.

August 23, 2012

By caring8201

I am a current client of this provider

My brother has Alzheimer's. He has a nurse that comes in every two days and give me supplies and everything. Right now, I'm looking for an apartment for him. I've been taking care of him since 2007.

May 27, 2012

By Seung

I am a current client of this provider

My mother has used this agency before so that's basically the reason why we got them. My mom was in hospice before and they referred VNS to her. They clean the house, watch over her, take her out to walk and accompany her anywhere. The caregiver works for us 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. We find their service good and efficient.

May 08, 2012

By CaresForMom

I am a current client of this provider

I've needed to use Visiting Nurse Service of New York a few times for my elderly mother. Last year, they sent a nurse that helped us find options for my mother's care that I hadn't known existed. They also sent a wonderful physical therapist. This year, when I needed to use them again, they sent an even better physical therapist, and my mother actually looks forward to PT. I would never trust the in home care of my loved ones with anyone else.
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