Home Health Services: Caring for Our Community at Home


(Above photo: The Home Medical Equipment service techs demonstrates their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Elliot Health System’s home health services include the VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, which provides home health care, palliative care, and hospice care, and Elliot Home Medical Equipment, which offers home medical equipment and supplies. During normal times, these services allow patients to be cared for in the comfort of their own home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have proved critical—ensuring patients can be cared for properly, without being admitted to the hospital—thus, protecting patients from infection and ensuring much-needed hospital beds remain open and available to COVID-19 patients.

“We are proud of our home care, hospice, personal services, and maternal-child health clinicians who continue to work the community front line,” says Donna Frizzell, MSN, RN, Director of Home Health Services for Elliot Health Services. “They have an unwavering commitment to assure that patients remain safe at home while keeping our hospital beds free for the most acutely ill.”

The Home Medical Equipment team similarly feels committed to the community in these unprecedented times. “They say about the US Postal Service ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.’ Well, HME does all that, and isn’t stopped by COVID-19!” says Steven DeYoung, MBA, RCP, Director of Home Medical Equipment.

Celebrating Our Volunteers

April 19 through April 25 is National Volunteer Week!

This week, we honor the Visiting Nurse Association hospice volunteers.

“These dedicated individuals are everyday heroes. They give selflessly and for that, we are forever grateful. Your kind-heartedness and generosity touch our patients’ lives in so many impactful ways. The spirit of service from all of you demonstrates the gold standard of care and collectively the hospice team is stronger for it,” says Frizzell.

Click here to watch a special tribute to the hospice volunteers.