VNA | Visiting Nurse Association: Hospice Care

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Care, Comfort and Support

When thinking about the prospect of a loved one facing a life-limiting illness, making the best decisions for their care can be both emotional and overwhelming. It is difficult to find a balance between being a spouse/child, caregiver and an advocate for what is best for your loved one.

When it is time to make these decisions, the discussion is not one about giving up hope. It is a discussion about providing a loved one facing a life-limiting illness the care options that are available to improve their quality of life.

VNA is available to help you and your family understand the resources that are available to you. We’ll help you and your family members make an educated and informed decision, and explain the coverage provided through Medicare for care and equipment, medication management, and the steps that could be taken to ensure your loved one has the best quality of life.

Indicators for a Hospice Evaluation

Hospice care is appropriate at the time a loved one’s illness no longer responds to aggressive, cure-oriented treatment and the focus shifts to providing comfort through the end of life. Following are indicators that it may be time for a hospice evaluation:

  • Frequent hospitalizations, emergency room visits and/or physician visits
  • Disease frequently worsens, and/or shorter time between periods of stability
  • Ten percent or greater weight loss over a 6-12 month period
  • A decline in overall functional status, activity tolerance, endurance or ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as feeding, toileting, selecting proper attire, grooming, maintaining continence, putting on clothes, bathing or walking and transferring (such as moving from bed to wheelchair)
  • Dependence or assistance needed with ADLs
  • Worsening laboratory values


Personalized, Quality Care

Drawing from more than 120 years of expert community care and more than 300 healthcare professionals, VNA works closely with you and your physician to create a customized plan of care. Our depth and level of service enables us to care for a wide range of patient needs, and we form lasting relationships with families as a result. We consider serving families during this time to be our greatest privilege.

In hospice, emphasis is placed on caring for the whole person — physical, emotional, social and spiritual — in an environment where you and your loved ones are able to concentrate your energy on each other. We respect the privacy and lifestyle of your family and work with you to develop a plan of care that brings peace of mind during this difficult time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hospice?

Hospice Care works to make the person comfortable and relieve symptoms and pain for the entire length of their illness when medical care cannot offer a cure. Hospice provides care, comfort and support for persons with life-limiting conditions and their families.

What hospice and palliative care services are offered by VNA?

VNA Hospice and Palliative Care services include:

  • Physician Directed Plan of Care
  • Certified Hospice Registered Nurses
  • Medications for Pain and Symptom Management
  • Medical Equipment
  • Respite Care
  • Hospice General Inpatient Care
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Patient/Family Focused Care
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Therapists (OT, PT, ST)
  • Bereavement Services
  • Volunteer Services – Adult and Teen

What makes hospice different from palliative care?

Our certified hospice nurses focus on improving quality of life during the last months, and palliative care can be received from the point of diagnosis. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide your family with the highest quality of care. Short-term respite is also available on an intermittent basis to allow families time to take care of their own personal needs.

When should someone research or seek hospice care?

Earlier is better. By understanding the benefits of hospice earlier on, you have more time to research and understand your options and choices – and your loved one and family can greatly benefit from the emotional and physical support our hospice professionals can provide. VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care services include support and programs to those who are in need during and after the loss of a loved one.

Let VNA Help

Is hospice or palliative care appropriate for your loved one? Let us help explain your hospice benefits and how we can assist you and your family.

Call: (402) 930-4261

Has Hospice Impacted You?

If you’ve had a loved one go through hospice, it’s sometimes hard to articulate what a life-changing experience it is. But by supporting VNA, you can ensure that this compassionate, expert care is available to those who need it most. Give back today.

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