Hospice is about living, not dying.
Visiting Nurse Association’s strategic plan focuses exclusively on quality and compassionate hospice care for our patients and their families.
At VNA, hospice is an exceptional combination of end-of-life care that strives to comfort and support patients and their loved ones. Hospice doesn’t mean giving up hope. At the heart of hospice is a choice: choosing comfort care over aggressive treatment that is unlikely to change the patient’s condition.
Hospice care happens wherever the patient calls home – whether it is the patient’s own home, the home of a family member or friend, or a nursing or assisted living facility. At VNA, we believe in a holistic approach that addresses individual physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. Our goal is to make the most of the time that is still ahead by focusing on pain management and symptom control.
A person with a life-limiting illness needs a special kind of care. Hospice provides individualized care so that patients can live each day to the fullest. Patients receive medical equipment, such as a bed, wheelchair, walker, or other items that can help maintain independence and dignity. However, hospice is more than nursing care. Specially trained nurses’ aides assist with personal care, such as bathing and shaving; social workers help with counseling and end-of-life planning; and chaplains offer spiritual support for those who want it.
We also know hospice isn’t just for the patient. Loved ones and caregivers need support, too. Hospice offers a variety of services for families to deal with the emotional, social, and spiritual impact of the situation on the patient and on the patient’s family and friends.