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VNH Hospice

Hospice is based on the belief that dying and death are natural parts of life, and that the end of life can be a time of choices and profound meaning for patients, their families and their friends. Hospice is a philosophy, not a place, so “home” is wherever the patient may be—from a family home to a long-term care facility.

Even if you are not facing end of life decisions now, it’s important to think about it, so that when the time comes, you know what to do. Learn how you can Start the Conversation.

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Eligibility

VNH Hospice is available for people facing life-limiting illness who choose to discontinue curative treatment. Anyone can request VNH Hospice.

Referrals may come from the patient, family member, physician or other health care clinician. Call us to help determine whether VNH Hospice services are appropriate.

VNH Hospice in Care Facilities

Our dedicated Hospice staff provides support to people living in nursing care settings, collaborating with long-term care staff, patients and families. We work in cooperation with facility staff to attend to physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

Our goals

  • To support the patient and the family who are faced with terminal illness.
  • To provide the highest quality pain and symptom management.
  • To address the unique physical, social, emotional, spiritual and financial concerns which may be part of a terminal illness.
  • To help the patient live fully through the last days of life.

VNH Hospice Services

Care is provided by a team of professional VNH staff in concert with the patient’s current physician. Services may include:

  • Nursing and palliative care
  • Pain management
  • Emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and caregivers
  • Short-term respite for caregivers and companionship by trained volunteers
  • VNH Hospice Hotline for patients and families – 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
  • Bereavement support
  • Community grief support
  • Public and professional education

Coverage for Services

VNH Hospice care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance programs. VNH provides care for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Support Groups

  • We offer bereavement support groups throughout the year. Groups are held at locations throughout the region and are open to the public.
  • Check here for support group dates, times and locations.