We believe that hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care that focuses on caring and comfort. Hospice is the most appropriate medical treatment option when an individual has decided to discontinue medical treatment and focus on comfort and quality of life.
Hospice encompasses the needs of the individual's family or caregivers so that together, they are able to fully enjoy meaningful time together.
Providing care at the place the patient calls home is the basic philosophy of hospice, whether it is at home, in a family member's home, a nursing home, an assisted living, or a residential care facility.
VNA of Care New England provides comprehensive, compassionate and individualized hospice services throughout Rhode Island to people of all ages.
Hospice care of VNA of Care New England partners with pharmacists from Care New England Specialty Pharmacy, a local pharmacy service for VNA hospice patients in the community. Care New England Specialty Pharmacy is available around the clock to answer medication questions and provide consultation for our nurses and physician. Medications are generally delivered the next day to patient's homes. Patients living in Long Term Care facilities will be serviced by Enclara Pharmacy.
The Hospice Physician and Nurse Practitioner(s) are hospice and palliative certified specialists who order hospice care, assists with the management of symptoms, order medications, treat patients and guide the patient plan of care. Some patients choose to involve their Primary physician in care planning. Nurse Practitioners also help the hospice physician recertify patients for hospice care after 6 months.
The compassionate group of home health aides provides personal care for the patient that may include:
The home health aide may also help to educate the family and other caregivers on patient care so that they can feel comfortable providing this care between visits.
Specially trained hospice volunteers provide companionship and support to patients and their families. They can:
They also lend support to families after the loss of a loved one and help to coordinate all bereavement activities.
Because an individual’s needs change during the different phases of illness, our team works together to determine the best course of treatment each step of the way. During the time leading up to and following the loss of a loved one, additional support is often needed, so we continue hospice care as a support for the family members after the patient’s death. The VNA can also provide bereavement counseling.
Care New England Specialty Pharmacy is available around the clock to answer medication questions and provide consultation for our nurses and physician. Medications are generally delivered the next day to patient's homes.