Hospice Care at Home
Hospice care is recommended when a loved one has a limited life expectancy and desires treatment for pain and other symptoms when curative treatments are no longer beneficial.
Our team of hospice-trained professionals offers a special way of caring for patients at the end of their lives, allowing every day to count for both the patient and their families. The team focuses on the physical care of the patient and the emotional, social and spiritual needs of both the patient and the family.
The team develops an individualized plan of care for each patient that is designed to provide comfort, dignity and independence. The plan is updated as needed and as the patient’s condition changes.
Introducing the Hospice At Home care team
- Registered nurse case managers coordinate the patient’s plan of care, communicate with the patient’s physician and manage pain and other symptoms the patient may be experiencing. VNA nurses are compassionate, experienced and specialize in providing care to hospice patients.
- Medical social workers provide emotional support and counseling to patients and their families. Social workers assist with end-of-life care planning, discuss powers or attorney and identify community resources.
- Chaplains offer spiritual support and counseling, regardless of the patient’s faith. Chaplains listen to the patient’s expectations, concerns and life stories.
- Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) help patients and family caregivers by assisting with personal care needs, such as helping with meals, bathing and changing bed linens.
- Our medical director, a physician specializing in hospice and palliative care, is available around the clock to answer questions our nurses may have about your care.
- Hospice At Home volunteers have special training and are available to provide emotional support, respite and compassionate companionship.
Medications and Medical Equipment
The Hospice At Home nurse, under the direction of our medical director, assures that medications related to a hospice diagnosis, as well as medications necessary for the patient’s comfort, are provided and delivered to the patient’s home.
The Hospice At Home nurse also orders the appropriate medical equipment and supplies needed for the patient’s comfort and safety. These are delivered directly to the patient’s home.
If your loved one cannot be cared for safely and in comfort at home, VNA’s Hospice At Home team will arrange transportation and admission to a licensed care facility in the your neighborhood and continue to provide inpatient hospice care.
When you need us, we will be there for you
In times of crisis, and for a temporary period of time, the Hospice At Home team can provide full-time care to a patient at home until symptoms are managed and the patient is stable, through the continuous care benefit.
VNA’s Hospice At Home team is available to answer your questions and offer support or make visits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to help you live until you die.”
– Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement.