Our experienced staff equip patients and their caregivers with the tools and knowledge to remain living safely at home and in good health.

Care nurtures the human spirit as well as the human body… Home health care is more than physical well being it is about relationships, compassion, support and trust. At Visiting Nurse Service we understand how important and meaningful it is to be home with family and friends including our four-legged ones during recovery from illness or surgery and beyond.

News & Announcements

We are proud to recognize Krista Scammell on her nomination for the Daisy award. Congratulations Krista!


Cayuga Health and Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County Announce Affiliation

(Ithaca, NY) February 29, 2024 – Officials from Cayuga Health and the Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County (VNS) announce their affiliation, effective March 1. The purpose of this affiliation is to connect the healthcare services that are delivered in a patient’s home with the medical care that is delivered at the hospital and in outpatient medical practices.  Together, Cayuga Health and VNS will work as one team to provide patients with a seamless experience across the different settings in which the patient may receive services.

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Services and Initiatives

Home care encompasses a broad range of health care services provided to a patient in their place of residence. “Residence” may mean own home, adult home facility or long-term care facility. Home care is often required after an injury, surgery or illness. The care must be medically necessary and directed by the patient’s physician through written orders. Patient care is provided by skilled nurses, physical therapist, occupational and speech therapist, medical social workers and certified home health aides.

  • Wound Care
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Pain Management
  • Chronic Disease Education
  • Falls Prevention and Safety Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • Cardiac Assessment and Teaching
  • And more

A “Health Home” is not a place… it is a group of health care and service providers working together to make sure you get the care and services you need to stay healthy.

Call 607-883-2565 to make a referral or use the application form on the referral page.

Advanced Illness Management (AIM)

Visiting Nurse Service AIM multidisciplinary team will partner with patients, their loved ones, primary physicians and other healthcare providers to offer a range of assistance including relief of pain and other distressing symptoms, improved understanding of what to expect from their illness(es), medication management, emotional support for patients and caregivers, assistance with goals of care and planning for future needs.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Visiting Nurse Service embraces this concept and has trained all of our staff in the principles of motivational interviewing. 

Health Literacy

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.