Visiting Nurse Service of New York

August 12, 2009 3:27:22 PM PDT
For some people, it's just too difficult to leave their home for health care. So the care comes to them. And sometimes, help arrives in unusual ways.

On any given day, 30,000 New Yorkers receive visits from nurses, therapists or social workers in their homes, through the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Those who make those visits often have to travel miles between patients. But as one care giver found, the right set of wheels helps speeds things along.

The rev of the engine, the nimble turns and the ease of finding a place to park are just some of the pleasures of getting to work on a motorcycle.

And while some motorcyclists are known to be tough, Sandra Flemming is quite the opposite. She's a social worker.

"When we go in, we see an issue, deal with it and then go," she said.

Sandra soothes those in crisis and helps them get back on track. She works for the Visiting Nurse Service.

The agency's founder was known to travel across rooftops to get to those in need, back in the 1890s. Consider Sandra the modern day version. And most of her clients have no idea how Sandra gets to their homes.

"It's about them," she said. "I want them to know I'm there to serve them, regardless of how i got there."

Inspiring words help Sandra to make her rounds through Brooklyn in the most efficient way she can.

"You actually see the fruits of your labor immediately," she said.

Sandra's bike of choice is a Yamaha, which she plans to ride across country to Colorado for an upcoming conference.

For more on the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, visit VNSNY.org.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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