It is very difficult knowing that your or a loved one's time may be limited. Hospice Care of VNA of Care New England understands this. Our focus is to provide necessary and appropriate care to help individuals live life to the fullest and provide support to their loved ones. Because an individual's needs change during the different phases of illness, our expert team works collaboratively to determine the best course of treatment each step of the way. This helps to ensure that the priceless gift of special moments together is able to happen when it matters most.
What is hospice and how can it help people?
Hospice is not a place; it is a philosophy of care. Care is usually provided in a patient's home, but can be provided in any environment in which the patient resides – it might be a nursing home, assisted living or a residential care facility or even our Hospice Suite at Coventry Center Nursing and Rehabilitation. Hospice is the most appropriate treatment option when an individual has made the decision to discontinue curative treatment and when expert symptom management that may include physical, emotional and spiritual support becomes the goal for someone with a life-limiting condition. Caring and comfort, not cure, are the focus of Hospice.
What if someone is not ready to go on hospice and wants to continue receiving curative treatment?
At VNA of Care New England, we customize our services to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones at different points during their illness. We understand and respect these decisions and therefore, offer what is called a Palliative Care Program for those individuals who require home health care services.
Who provides hospice care?
The patient's needs may change during the different phases of their illness. At certain times more nursing care may be needed, while, at other times, more social work or the expertise of an entire team is beneficial. Hospice care is provided by a team of experts that includes:
- A physician.
- Registered nurses.
- Home health aides.
- Social workers.
- A chaplain.
- Trained volunteers.
Who is eligible to receive hospice care?
Hospice care is available for patients who have elected to no longer seek curative treatment and have a prognosis of six months or less, as determined by their physician, if their disease takes its normal course.
How is hospice care paid for?
Medicare's Hospice Benefit covers hospice costs at 100 percent. Medicaid and most private insurers also cover hospice costs, including medications, medical supplies and equipment.