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Hospice Care

 
Coping with the pressures of a serious illness can be difficult for both the patient and their loved ones. With VNA Care you don’t have to go through it alone. Every member of the VNA Hospice & Palliative Care team is here to listen, answer your questions, and help.
 

Approach to care

Hospice is a specialized, team-based approach to caring for patients with a life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Instead of trying to cure a disease, hospice focuses on providing physical comfort and emotional support, so that life can be lived as fully as possible, preserving dignity and respecting patient choice.
 

When should hospice be considered?

We recognize that it can be difficult to consider hospice for yourself or a loved one. Contacting our hospice team does not mean giving up. Rather, by starting a conversation about your care options as early as possible, you are providing yourself with more time to focus on what is important to you.
 
Hospice care may be appropriate when:
  • Your symptoms are becoming harder to manage
  • You are spending more time in the hospital, with less time between hospitalizations
  • Your main priority is comfort and relief from pain or other symptoms
  • You are thinking about ending curative treatments
  • You are diagnosed with a condition such as heart failure, COPD, end-stage renal disease, dementia, cancer, or stroke and your illness is life-limiting.

 

Where is hospice provided?

Care can be provided wherever you live. Many patients receive hospice care in their homes, whether that's a private home or apartment, or in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. Hospice care may also be provided in a short-term inpatient setting, such as in one of our three hospice residences.
 

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Elizabeth Evarts de Rham

Cambridge, MA
 

Rose Monahan

Worcester, MA
 

Stanley R. Tippett

Needham, MA
Tippett Home
 

What should I expect?

Hospice care is provided by a specialized team of professionals who develop a personalized, comprehensive care plan tailored to the physical, emotional, social, practical, and spiritual needs of each patient. The hospice teams consist of:

  • medical directors
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • music therapists
  • massage therapists
  • trained volunteers
  • home health aides
  • chaplains and bereavement counselors
  • registered dietitians and rehabilitation therapists are available as needed

When receiving hospice services, all medications and medical equipment related to your terminal illness are provided at no cost. Your hospice care team will assess your needs and explain the options available so that you and your loved ones can make the best choices for your care. The hospice team will work with you and your doctors to ensure you receive services to manage your disease and its symptoms. The team will also work with your family and caregivers to help them feel confident as they see to your needs and to understand your condition as it changes.

 

Who qualifies for hospice care?

Eligibility for hospice is established on a case-by-case basis. We can help you evaluate whether hospice might be an option, answer your questions, and work with your doctor as needed.
 
If your condition improves and you no longer need hospice, we will work with you and your family to transfer you to a more appropriate program. If necessary, you can resume hospice care at a later date.
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