Victoria Order of Nurses continues to help those in need

Dave Mathieson
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VON hosting bowling fundraiser this weekend.

John Varner (left), volunteer Christena Helm, staff member Shelly Grant, Audrey Jones, coordinator Angie Nuttall, Ron Hope, Cathy Varner and Arthur Conrad enjoy an afternoon of music during the Adult Day Program Thursdays at Havelock Terrace in Amherst.

AMHERST – They did it last Thursday and, just as they have for the last 14-years, they will do it again this Thursday.

Adult’s will gathered at Havelock Terrace on Havelock Street for a day of socializing.

“They love it,” said Adult Day program coordinator Angie Nuttall. “There’s one gentleman who’s been here since the beginning and he always says he wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

The Victoria Order of Nurses, who celebrated VON Week last week, makes the Adult Day Program possible.

“We have an exercise program where we do no-impact, range of motion exercises,” said Nuttall. “And we do crafts and play bingo, but socializing is a big part of it.”

Last week it was John and Cathy Varner providing entertainment by playing guitar and singing but they have different performers from week to week.

“We have singers, guitar players, and we have storytellers who come in sometimes,” said Fonda Hutchinson, Coordinator for Volunteer Services for the VON Cumberland site.

Many of the adults who attend the Adult Day program are seniors but it’s open to all adults.

“If a person is living at home and they have a caregiver and the care giver wants some relief they can bring them here,” said Nuttall.

The Adult Day program in Amherst is supported through donations, and those donation help VON provide several programs for Amherst and Cumberland County.

“The two biggest services that VON provides is the Visiting Nursing and Home Support programs,” said Hutchinson. “VON offers both Nursing and Home Support services to clients in their own homes with the goal of assisting people to stay at home.”

They also offer exercise in clients homes and, “ We do Meals on Wheels for the town of Amherst and we have foot care clinics throughout Cumberland County,” added Hutchinson.

The foot care program is provided on a weekly basis in Amherst, and every month in towns throughout Cumberland County.

“Nurses cut toenails,” said Nuttall. “There’s a lot of diabetics who have their feet done, and the nurses can see if there’s any problems with their health.”

VON also coordinates a safety checking program where people call homes to make sure the people living there are ok, and they support the Vial of Life program whereby people put a vial in their fridge with their medical information so paramedics can quickly diagnose what healthy problems a person has during an emergency.

There is also an Adult Day program provided at All Saints in Springhill, and is supported by the Cumberland Health Authority.

Hutchinson said the Adult Day program could accept more people.

“We could take up to 10 people,” said Hutchinson. “We don’t understand why more people aren’t taking advantage of it.”

VON hosts a bowling fundraiser for their charitable programs in Cumberland County at the King Pin Bowling Alley in Amherst May 26 and 27.

To register, call Steve Butler at 667-5825 or email him at, or call King Pin Bowling at 667-5678.




Organizations: Volunteer Services for the VON Cumberland, Cumberland Health Authority, King Pin Bowling Alley

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Havelock Street All Saints Springhill

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