How Health Care at Home Provides People With Greater Access to Care

corecubedHome Care Education, Podcasts, Resources, Season Three

Johanna Beliveau, DNP, MBA, RN


In today’s episode of Help Choose Home, we welcome Johanna Beliveau, DNP, MBA, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH). Serving the Upper Connecticut River Valley region since 1907, VNH is a nonprofit organization that provides nursing, rehabilitation, hospice, and personal care services in more than 140 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Dr. Beliveau is an experienced healthcare leader with 25 years’ experience in nursing practice. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Yale University, a Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State College and a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certificate from the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. Combining her educational background with her industry expertise, Dr. Beliveau is a passionate advocate for delivering health care at home, and she is especially focused on increasing care options for those in the rural communities that VNH serves.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of developing program-specific teams in order to deliver effective care at home
  • How rural care is different from urban care
  • The ways in which home care services provides greater access of services to those in rural communities
  • What makes home-based care unique
  • The importance of consumers advocating for care and ultimately driving change in the home care industry

Below are some highlights from our conversation:

  • [1:24] Hear about VNH and where they provide services
  • [2:45] Dr. Beliveau discusses her credentials and the changes she has implemented at VNH
  • [4:25] Learn about the differences in delivering care in rural vs. urban areas
  • [5:30] Dr. Beliveau discusses the ways in which the pandemic has impacted the delivery of services
  • [6:40] Dr. Beliveau explains how clients access VNH services
  • [7:30] Learn how the hospital at home movement benefits clients
  • [8:45] Hear about plans for the future of home care
  • [9:45] Discover what telehealth entails
  • [11:15] Dr. Beliveau explains the broad array of services available at home
  • [12:30] Learn what makes home-based care unique
  • [14:15] Learn why it’s important to advocate for yourself when it comes to care in the home

After listening to today’s episode, I think that like me, you’ll come away with a greater understanding of how home care services are particularly important in rural areas, providing families greater access to care, while honoring their desire to remain at home.

You can listen to today’s episode here, or on Apple Podcasts, GoogleYouTube or wherever you listen to podcasts.

To learn more about the ways in which home care services are meeting a wide variety of needs and expanding services to people in rural communities, listen to my interview with Dr. Michael Fratkin, CEO and founder of ResolutionCare. Dr. Fratkin and his team specialize in providing palliative care for people in the comfort and familiarity of home, utilizing a network of experts who share a commitment to person-centered home health care.

If this episode has been helpful, be sure to leave a five-star review and share the podcast with your friends to help us in the national effort to educate about home health care options! You can connect with me, Merrily Orsini, on Twitter@MerrilyO.


The Help Choose Home podcast series is a collaborative effort by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), Axxess, and corecubed to educate the public about the many benefits of the in-home care industry, which includes non-medical home care, private duty nursing care, medical home health, hospice, and other in-home health and wellness services.

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The Help Choose Home podcast series provides information and resources to help those with a care need learn more about healthcare at home. Podcasts are hosted by Merrily Orsini, Founder/Board Chair of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their business.