LeadingAge Welcomes Visiting Nurse Associations of America Members

PRESS RELEASE | February 01, 2021 | by Lisa Sanders

Mission-Driven Aging Services Providers’ Association Expands Home Health and Hospice Footprint

February 1, 2021 Washington, DC LeadingAge, the association of more than 5,000 mission-driven providers of aging services, today welcomes Visiting Nurse Associations of America/ElevatingHOME (VNAA) members into its fold.

“Now that our affiliation is official, I am thrilled to welcome VNAA into our community,” said Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge president and CEO. “LeadingAge has long been committed to representing the full spectrum of aging services, including care in the home and community. We are proud to deepen our partnership with home health and hospice providers.”

The association’s member organizations have a long history of service to older people and touch millions of lives every day. Alongside members and 38 state partners, LeadingAge addresses critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education and community-building -- all of which have been more important than ever throughout the COVID crisis.

“The pandemic has elevated the vital role of care in the home and community in ensuring the wellbeing of older adults across the country,” noted Sloan. “Even before COVID hit, we saw strong market demand. Many LeadingAge members have developed home health, hospice, and other home and community-based service offerings, and we anticipate more growth and transformation in coming years.”

VNAA’s over 50 members, whose home health, hospice and other visiting nurse services reach thousands of beneficiaries nationwide, are now part of a community of more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and others who share our common ideals.

VNAA board members Kate Rolf, president and CEO, Nascentia Health in Syracuse, NY and Joseph Scopelliti, president and CEO, VNA Health System in Shamokin, PA, continue to serve as members of LeadingAge’s board.

“LeadingAge has been a great partner,” said Rolf and Scopelliti. “They are tenacious advocates for the interests of home health and hospice organizations, and bring a unique focus on the continuum of services and supports. We believe our members will benefit greatly from their expertise and commitment to our work.”

The collective power of LeadingAge is made greater through sharing, learning, and collaboration. Our members are accountable to their workforce, community and the people they serve, and their work is guided by compassion, respect, and a steadfast commitment to build an equitable and inclusive aging services community.



About LeadingAge:

We represent more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we use applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building to make America a better place to grow old. Our membership, which now includes the providers of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, encompasses the continuum of services for people as they age, including those with disabilities. We bring together the most inventive minds in the field to lead and innovate solutions that support older adults wherever they call home. For more information visit leadingage.org.