VNA of Northwest Indiana

Making best days possible


Making Memories

What does "Making Best Days Possible" mean? Sometimes, it looks like hosting an impromptu wedding so a patient can see his son get married. Last month, our hardworking team pulled together an intimate wedding ceremony in just three hours. We set up chairs, selected music, and enlisted the help of local businesses—a cake donated from Henze's Bakery, flowers from Schultz Floral and Gifts, a photographer from Valpo.Life—to make wonderful memories possible for some very special people.

Our team wheeled the Father of the Groom out to the garden in the beautiful afternoon sun so he could hear the couple exchange vows. This is how we Make Best Days Possible for patients and their families.

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Planning Ahead

90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important—but only 27% have actually done so. Many families start conversations about end-of-life planning too late and miss priceless opportunities. When life-limiting illness sets in, it’s time to start the hospice conversation. We're here to answer your questions and help you plan with tools, resources, and helpful conversation-starters like this one.

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From Haircut to Hugs

As a VNA Hospice patient and Navy veteran, Steve struggled daily with his illness. VNA nurses caring for Steve learned that one of the “luxuries” he missed treating himself to was a straight razor shave, complete with hot towel service. The nurses sprang into action through the VNA’s Christmas for the Elderly program, reaching out to a local barber who provided just that service. Todd Carpenter, owner of South Shore Shaving Company in Valparaiso and a veteran himself, gave Steve a shave and threw in a haircut, too. Because Steve could no longer drive, InHealth Integrated Care, a local ambulance service, gave him a lift to the barber shop.

During the haircut, Steve and Todd exchanged stories of their days in the service. Steve even joked, “I’m a sailor; this is what I get for trusting a Marine with my hair.” At the end of Steve’s shave, the heartfelt handshake and hug between veterans brought the VNA nurses to tears. Thanks to the generosity of our community and donors like you, Morrow had a smile on his face and a spring to his step—something his nurses hadn’t seen in a while.

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Volunteer Opportunity

Want to make a direct impact in someone's life? Volunteer with VNA Meals on Wheels! 58% of Meals on Wheels recipients live alone, so the person delivering their meal is often the only person they will see that day. Last year alone, volunteers like you served 44,000 meals to neighbors in our community. Contact Julie Kissinger at 219.462.5195 or to volunteer and change someone's day!

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501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383

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1450 E. Joliet St., Suite 104, Crown Point, IN 46307

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803 Washington St., La Porte, IN 46350
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