The Visiting Nurse Foundation provides free care and services to underinsured and underserved families and individuals. This assistance ranges from paying electric or pharmaceutical bills and buying much needed prescriptions to building wheelchair ramps and home modifications to ensure the safety and well-being of VNA patients who are in need.
In addition, The Foundation supports our 38 ft. mobile medical clinic, the Florence Nightingale Express, which administers free medical care at local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries. The Foundation is funded by donations from present and former patients, VNA employees, the community and fundraising events like the VNA Charity Golf Tournament and VNA Charity Clay Shoot.
To make a charitable donation to the Foundation or to find out more about the Foundation call please call: 772-286-1844 or click the Donate Now tab at the top of this page.
Below are real-world examples of how our foundation dollars help our patients:
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The Foundation received a request to help a Stuart patient. He became a patient of the VNA due to a leg wound. The patient was experiencing severe financial hardship. He receives $17 a month in food stamps and has no other source of income. To raise money, he tried to have a garage sale but was unsuccessful in raising enough funds. In addition, he missed his doctor’s appointment because he had no money for gas. The Foundation purchased $100 in Publix gift cards and a $50 gas card to help assist in his time of need.
A young male patient in his early thirties was in need of pain medication. Due to his wounds, he was unable to return to work and was experiencing financial hardship. The Foundation purchased the pain medication, helping alleviate the patient’s discomfort.
A Polk patient was experiencing financial difficulty due to his illnesses, which included diabetes and lower leg wounds. The patient signed up for assistance from the state. Unfortunately, it was not approved in time. The patient’s electricity was shut off. The Foundation called the electric company and paid the outstanding balance as well as the reconnection fee so the patient would have electricity.
A paraplegic Okeechobee patient was in need of a “Hi-Low” electric bed along with improvements to his wheelchair ramp. The estimated cost for the two purchases was estimated at $5,000. His finances could not afford him these needs. The Foundation was able to purchase the electric bed and make his wheelchair ramp safe and accessible.