Hospice care focuses on the patient and family.  The goal of the professional Hospice team is to empower the patient to make their own choices with its support and assistance.  The team serves as advocates, helping to access the information and resources you need during this challenging time.

In addition to providing the care directly, the Hospice team members serve as teachers, enabling the family to care for their loved one at home.  Hospice recognizes that the family and caregivers need an extra measure of support both during and after their expereince of caring for a seriously ill patient.  Our Hospice care team delicately cares for the family after their loved one has passed.

The decision to choose Hospice is a very personal one.  It directly involves the patient, family, physician and any loved ones who may serve as caregivers.  Visiting Nurse and Community Health's expertise in palliative, or "comfort" care, assures state-of-the-art pain control and symptom management.

Hospice enables patients to focus on living their remaining days fully, at home, among family and friends.  This emphasis on family involvement - understanding that everyone's definition of "family" is unique - helps individuls to support each other during this time of life.

Since Visiting Nurse and Community Health is a small agency, we are able to offer personalized and consistent care. This is something the bigger Hospice companies cannot offer.  Providing the most complete care requires a dedicated and all-inclusive team.  VNCH believes in having one primary nurse dedicated to each patient. Other members of VNCH’s Hospice Care team include:

  • Pain and Symptom Management (Palliative Care)
  • 24-Hour On-Call Availability
  • Medical Director Consultation
  • Rehabilitation Therapies
  • Social Work Services
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Home Health Aides
  • Spiritual Support (from our inter-faith Chaplain)
  • 24-Hour Pharmaceutical Availability
  • Medical Supplies, Equipment and Medications
  • Respite Care
  • Guidance and Advocacy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement Program
    • Drop in groups and eight week groups
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  • Volunteer Program
    • Volunteers for Companionship and Respite
    • Light cleaning and light meal preperation
    • Reiki for patient and family for Stress Management, and Relaxation
    • Pet Visits
    • Choral Group
    • Hand to Hand Program (taking/framing picture of you and your loved one holding hands)
    • Prayer Shawls donated from local churches
    • Vetrans Tribute Program
    • Vigil Program


VNCH's Bridge to Hospice Program

When patients face end of life, our Bridge to Hospice and Hospice Care programs work hand-in-hand to provide support and the adequate and appropriate care for the patient.  We cater to the patient's needs and assess continuously if the patient should remain on the Bridge program or smoothly transition over to Hospice.  Our Bridge program involves the current Wellness Nurse on the patient's case and a Hospice Nurse who will work with that Wellness nurse, patient and family in order to evaluate the patient's progress, or lack thereof, and make suggestions to the patient and their family as time goes on regarding the proper care that should be given to the patient - whether it continue to be Homecare with the Wellness Nurse or Hospice care with the Hospice team.

Have further questions? Contact: Leslie Simpson, RN, Hospice manager - LSimpson@thevisitingnurse.com

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