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Visiting Nurses

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Caring for All Ages
Since 1922


We are the hometown nonprofit for Lyme and Old Lyme, supporting services to improve health, safety, and well-being for all ages.

When you are discharged from the hospital, please call Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) and request the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association.   860-444-1111

VNA Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 11am - 1 pm*

Best time for phone calls.  Missed calls are usually answered within 24 hours during the week. 

Call 911 in case of an emergency.

Nurse office hours locations as of June 1:

Old Lyme Town Hall (Mondays)

Christ the King Church in Old Lyme (Tuesdays-Thursdays)

Lyme Public Library (Fridays)

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Denise Piersa, Town Nurse



To promote individual, family, and community health; to assist in the prevention of disease; to make skilled home care available; and to coordinate its program with those of other health and social agencies in the community for the promotion of community health


Additional Services through the

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC)


• Preventive care
• Skilled nursing care
• Physical, occupational, speech therapists
• Certified home health aides
• Companions/homemakers
• Medical social workers


Founded in 1922

Recent Town Nurses have been:

Linda Camarra (1990-2014) 

Karen Veselka (2014-2020) 

and Denise Piersa (since 2020).


A brief history of the OLVNA


The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association was founded in 1922 under the auspices of the American Red Cross. Its early focus was on three community needs: high infant mortality, home health care, and health-hygiene instruction. In the 1940s, following the withdrawal of the National Red Cross from public health nursing services, Old Lyme’s chapter was incorporated as the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, with its own constitution, bylaws, and membership.


In 1964, with the advent of Medicare and resulting state and federal regulations, the OLVNA found that it would be difficult to continue operating on its own. As a result, it entered into a contract with the East Lyme Visiting Nurse Association. However, in 1983 the decision was made to return to the original concept of local autonomy, by buying services from a local home health agency: first, Medical Personnel Pool, and later, Interim HealthCare. In 2017 we became affiliated with the Waterford-based Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut.


With the past century’s spectacular advances in medicine and life expectancy, the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association has shifted its emphasis toward community health, prevention, and coordination of care. In recent years many of our day-to-day services have been focused on seniors, allowing older people to remain in their homes in this community. We also provide special health events such as Flu and Wellness clinics.


The OLVNA welcomed Denise Piersa as our Town Nurse in 2020. Her two most recent predecessors were Karen Veselka (2014-2020) and Linda Camarra (1984-2014). Earlier Town Nurses included Kathy Bartus, May Swift, Gail Blaine, Helen Weidler, Mary Noyes, Irma Horton, Charlotte Byden, Helen Streeter, Charlotte Coleord, Mary Champion, Enid Sheffield, Alice Thompson, and Winifred Weake. Old Lyme has benefited enormously from the services of all these dedicated women.

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At Lymes’ Senior Center*:

26 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371


11am - 1 pm

Call Cynthia Taylor,

Executive Director:


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