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.
Hospice services are available for people facing life-limiting illness who choose to discontinue curative treatment. Anyone can request Hospice services.
Referrals may come from the patient, family member, physician or other health care clinician. Call us to help determine whether Hospice services are appropriate.
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.
Care is provided by a team of professional VNH staff in concert with the patient’s current physician. Services may include:
Hospice care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance programs. VNH provides care for all, regardless of ability to pay.