Health & Well-being
- January 2006
Community based, not-for-profit full service home care
Community Nursing Services (CNS) is
a community-based. not-for-profit, full service home care
corporation established in 1928. CNS is composed of several
- CNS VNA (Skilled
services such as Nursing and Therapies.
- CNS Home Health Plus (non-skilled
services, such as homemakers, personal care adaes. respite
- CNS Pharmacy (intravenous
and nutrition support)
- CNS Community Hospice (Certified
Hospice) which includes the Kaleidoscope Kids program
(for children With life altering illnesses) and Journey
Home (AIDS/HIV care).
- CNS is the only CHAP (
Community Health Accreditation Program) accredited home
health agency in a six-state regional area. CHAP was
the first home care accrediting body in the nation to
receive deemed status from the federal government. Bv
approving CHAP for deemed status, the government certified
that CHAP’s standards for excellence met or exceeded
the government’s own standards for Medicare certification.
We are proud to be a partner in the
Utah Home Health Coalition WHHC) whose home health agencies
provide services to all counties. cities and towns in Utah.
In addition CNS helped establish the Idaho Coalition of Home
Health Agencies (CHHA). These two coalitions contract with
nearly every third party payor in this region to provide
home care and related services where and when they are needed.
Community Nursing Services Mission
We will assist clients to attain health care goals. while
maintaining independence and dignity, through appropriate
home health care and supportive services. We will promote
wellness in the community utilizing our experience, knowledge
VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY - CNS is committed
• Upholding our community-based,
not for profit status.
• Seeking client’s and family’s active
participation with an interdisciplinary home health care
team in order to meet a full range of needs.
• Recognizing the vital role of each employee in
accomplishing our mission.
• Providing quality home health care services to
all clients without regard to ability to pay within the
limits of our resources.
• Collaborating with other community agencies to
identify and address unmet client needs.
• Inf1uencing the development of national and local
home health care policies.
• Utilizing volunteers on advisory committees, in
support services, and in care programs. Fulfilling our
mission through fiscal responsibility and prudent use
of resources.Responding to the needs of our clients and
environment as the change or emerge.
In 1928, Salt Lake City Visiting Nurse
Service was formed “to provide nursing for the sick
in their homes”, The fllowing year it was established
as a voluntary, non-profit agency when the existing Visiting
Nurse Association of Salt Lake and the Private Duty Registry
were combined to form Salt Lake Community Nursing Services.
SOME HISTORICAL LANDMARKS FOR
1928 The Salt Lake City Visiting Nurse
Service was founded (later to become Community Nursing
1930 CNS became a participating agency
with Community Chest.
1964 Development of a Community Health
Service project to insulate a visiting homemaker service
to assist medical clients with their housekeeping needs.
1966 CNS is certified as a home health
agency able to provide service under Medicare Medicaid
1967 Physical therapy added to agency
1969 Full accreditation by the National
League of Nursing/ American Public Health Association Accreditation
1974 Medical social worker (MSW) and speech
pathology services were added to the program.
1976 Services extended into Tooele County.
1977 Occupational Therapy (OT) services
became available to patients.
1982 Merged with Hospice of Salt Lake
(the first hospice program in the state of Utah).
1983 Services extended into Davis and
1984 Utah county added to the service
area. Volunteer programs were developed and pastoral care
1987 CNS Home Health Plus (HHP) established
as a non-skilled service agency providing a range of in-home
health services, such as respite care, homemaker services,
and non- skilled personal care aide services.
1988 The first Medicare certified hospice
program in the state established at CNS. Maternal/Child
health and Pediatric (Mch and Peds) programs developed.
1991 Psychiatric/mental health as well
as intravenous therapy nursing services were added - the
first such services to be provided by a home health agency
1992 Flu vaccination program provided
throughout the state started in conjunction with several
local stores and private businesses. IMMUNIZE BY 2 Caravan
in conjunction with the State Utah was initiated. CNS travels
throughout the State of Utah to provide childhood immunizations
at a reasonable cost.
1994 Journey Home program serving AIDS/HIV
clients started. Kaleidoscope Kids service children with
life altering circumstances started.
1966 CNS Pharmacy was established to provide
IV and nutrition services. Intravenous therapy services
expanded to include home blood infusion, chemotherapy,
and specialized. intravenous lines.
2000 Carbon and Emery counties added to
the service area.
2001 Grand County added to the service
Community Nursing Services provides monthly foot care and
blood sugar check clinics to our senior community in the
MOAB and GREEN RIVER areas free of charge.
Community Nursing Services has a great variety of reimbursement
programs. Services can be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid,
Veterans’ Administration, United Way. insurances, Workers
Compensation, and private resources.
CNS may be reached in Moab at 435-259-0466