Rhode Island home care provider to shut down

Providence (AP) — One of Rhode Island's oldest home care and hospice providers will shut down by the end of this year.

The Visiting Nurses Association of Rhode Island announced Wednesday that it will close because of financial problems. The Warwick-based agency, which was founded in 1900, did not disclose details of the problems.

The VNA has about 80 employees and serves about 250 patients, who will be transferred to the Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice in Portsmouth.

State Department of Health spokesman Joseph Wendelken says the agency will help oversee the transition process.

The announcement follows the August shutdown of Homefront Health Care, which served more than 450 home-bound Rhode Island residents.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Serpa says lawmakers need to take action to help keep home care services running.



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