What is hospice? What is palliative care? When is it time to consider hospice care? Where is hospice and palliative care provided? All of these questions and more are very common, especially when facing the many challenges associated with managing a life-limiting disease or illness.
Hospice Care of VNA of Care New England can help. Our team of experts includes:
- Home health aides.
- Social workers.
- A chaplain.
All have specific information about hospice and palliative care to help you better understand the many benefits this type of care may offer.
Hospice is not a place; it is a philosophy of care. Caring and comfort, not cure, are its focus. 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. Hospice not only focuses on ensuring optimal comfort and quality of life for the individual, but also on the needs of the family or caregivers, so together, they are able to fully enjoy special moments together. Care is usually provided at home, but may be provided in any environment in which the individual resides – it might be a nursing home, assisted living or a residential care facility. Read our frequently asked questions
Palliative care focuses on pain relief, treatment of stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness and may be provided while the individual seeks curative treatment. The goal is to help provide the best possible quality of life for individuals and their families while they work to make medical decisions and determine, along with their physician, the best course of treatment that is consistent with their goals and wishes. Palliative care may be provided at home through VNA of Care New England's home health care program. Read our frequently asked questions
Learn more about palliative care through Care New England and The Conversation Project.
The Gift of Hospice
It is very difficult knowing that 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.