About Us

Compassionate Care when you need it most

Our History

Incorporated in 1952, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is committed to providing the best possible care to patients without regard to race, religion, age, sex or ability to pay.

As a freestanding, not-for-profit, community based home health care and hospice agency, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk responds to community needs as they arise, maintaining a tradition of charitable and compassionate care in the home, as well as providing community service activities such as blood drives, bereavement support, and flu clinics.

Today, more than 200 staff members make nearly 90,000 home visits to care for 3,000 home care patients and 600 hospice patients each year.  Over 100 specially trained hospice volunteers assist patients and their families with transportation, grocery shopping, errands or companionship for the patient.

Our professional staff is committed to treating patients with kindness and dignity, while helping patients achieve their maximum level of health.  Our knowledge and experience enable us to provide the best in home care to help patients cope with all of their health related needs. 

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is dedicated to:

  • Provide health services of the highest quality
  • Enable people to function as independently as possible in their homes and communities
  • Promote individual, family and community health
  • Maintain a tradition of charitable and compassionate care
  • Provide & maintain quality of life for the terminally ill throughout the dying process and bereavement period

There is no charge for an initial assessment.  Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk will help patients determine what is covered by insurance.  As a certified home health care agency and hospice, we bill Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance companies and HMO's.  When insurance does not cover a needed service, fees are adjusted based on ability to pay.


We wanted to thank you all for the kind and caring way you were able to help not only my dad but the entire family through the toughest time our family ever had to endure. We were always treated wonderfully by the greeters at the front desk, the health aides, the nurse and social workers. You are all truly amazing people. I am so glad we were able to meet you all. I was amazed at the way you were able to guide us all through the process. We have been telling all our friends about the work you do at Hospice House. We were truly lucky to have my dad in your care. Thank you for all you did for our family.
—Linda Wine (daughter of patient)

First and foremost, the Hospice House was a Godsend. The nurses and aides provided my sister with excellent care and their support for our family and friends was beautiful. Anything we asked for was answered with an immediate, knowledgeable response. No one could ever ask for a more compassionate, competent care provider team at the end of their life.
—Judith Moran-Peters (sister of patient)

Just a short note to thank you for sending the staff to help me get on my ‘feet’ during this very difficult time. They gave me confidence and hope and I could not have done it without them.
—Dorothy Widyn (patient)