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Visiting Nurse provides compassionate care to alleviate suffering and ensure quality of life for those affected by serious illness.

Caring for Everyone

Visiting Nurse provides compassionate care to all persons, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, economic status or religion.  Visiting Nurse provides trained medical interpreters for limited-English speaking patients to ensure effective communication.  Visiting Nurse is proud to have our mission statement translated into Spanish and Burmese and displayed in our facility.       

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Community Resources

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana
2927 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: (260) 745-1200
Fax: (260) 456-1066
www.agingihs.org
AIHS is a social service organization serving seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages.

Brightpoint (formerly CANI, Community Action of Northeast Indiana)
227 East Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 423-3546
Fax: (260) 422-4041
www.mybrightpoint.org
Brightpoint is dedicated to removing the causes and conditions of poverty in Northeast Indiana.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
6316 Mutual Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Phone: (260) 484-9560
Fax: (260) 484-9572
www.cancer-services.org
Provides resources, education, and support to individuals diagnosed with cancer, to their families and the community.

Community Transportation Network (CTN)
Phone: (260) 420-3280
www.ridectn.org

Compassionate Friends - Fort Wayne Chapter
Supporting Family After a Child Dies
Meeting Info: 1st Tuesday of each month 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meeting Address: First Presbyterian Church
300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
www.compassionatefriends.org

Erin’s House for Grieving Children
5670 YMCA Park Drive West
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Phone: (260) 423-2466
Fax: (260) 432-5089
www.erinshouse.org
Erin’s House for Grieving Children provides support services for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.

Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health
200 East Berry Street, Suite 360
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 449-7561
www.allencountyhealth.com

The League
5821 South Anthony Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Phone: (260) 441-0551
Fax: (260) 441-7760
www.the-league.org
The League, formerly known as the League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc., is a Center for Independent Living that serves people with disabilities and communities in Northeast Indiana.

Positive Resource Connection (formerly AIDS Task Force)
525 Oxford Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Phone: (260) 744-1144
www.aidsfortwayne.org

St. Joseph Community Health Foundation
347 West Berry Street, Suite 101
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 969-2001
www.sjchf.org/
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation exists to steward resources that strengthen, improve and sustain long-term community health in Allen County, Indiana, by collaborating with other community agencies to improve the physical, mental and spiritual health of the poor and underserved.

United Way of Allen County
334 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 422-4776
Fax: (260) 422-4782
www.unitedwayallencounty.org
Dial 2-1-1 for free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral assistance for: housing, shelter, food, legal aid, clothing, education, counseling, utility assistance, health care and transportation.

End of Life Planning/Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive?

All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are.  Advance directives come in two main forms:

  • A “healthcare power of attorney” (or “proxy” or “agent” or “surrogate”) documents the person you select to be your voice for healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.
  • A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.
  • The Indiana POST form is a standardized form containing orders by a treating physician based on a patient's preferences for end-of-life care.

                Advance Directives

Facts

The Federal Patient Self-Determination Act requires that all Medicare-participating healthcare facilities inquire about and provide information to patients on Advance Directives; it also requires these facilities to provide community education on Advance Directives. See 42 C.F.R § 489.102.  All healthcare facilities are required to:

  • Provide information about health care decision-making rights.
  • Ask all patients if they have an advance directive.
  • Educate their staff and community about advance directives.
  • Not discriminate against patients based on an advance directive status.

For more information on Advance Directives/Advance Care Planning Visit:

The links below explore a variety of resources to help you make, discuss and document future healthcare wishes and decisions.