Contact Us

VNA of Care New England
51 Health Lane
Warwick, RI 02886
P: (401) 737-6050
P: 1 (800) 348-6417
E: info@vnacarenewengland.org

Hours

M-F: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekdays and Holidays:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Hospice Care Program Manager

The hospice care program manager is an experienced hospice nurse. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the program, including addressing any patient or family concerns. She regularly communicates with all team members and directs bi-weekly case conference meetings, where the team comes together to discuss how to best meet the needs of current patients, their families and caregivers.

Registered Nurses

The experienced and specially trained registered nurses in the Hospice Care Program focus specifically on end of life care by providing expert pain management and symptom control combined with compassionate listening and counseling skills. The nurses communicate with the physician as needed and coordinate appropriate changes in services, medication or equipment.

Home Health Aides

The compassionate group of home health aides provides personal care for the patient that may include:

  • Bathing.
  • Toileting or incontinent care.
  • Nail care.
  • Transferring from bed to chair or chair to bed.
  • Assistance with walking.
  • Range of motion exercises.
  • Changing of bed sheets.
  • Light housekeeping.

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.

Social Workers

The hospice social workers have specialized training in end of life care and are concerned with helping to enhance the quality of life and promoting well-being for patients, their families and caregivers. They may help with a variety of things including assistance with insurance, Medicare and Medicaid paperwork, coordination with other support services such as Meals-on-Wheels or personal emergency response systems (PERS), and ensuring the patient's end of life wishes are known and documented through tools such as advanced directives.

Pharmacists

Hospice Care of VNA of Care New England partners with pharmacists from Hospice Pharmacia, a leader in pharmacy service for hospice patients. Hospice Pharmacia 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.

Volunteers

Specially trained hospice volunteers provide companionship and support to patients and their families. They can:

  • Stay with the patient while the family runs errands.
  • Lend a helping hand.
  • Read a book out loud.
  • Sit quietly and provide companionship.

They also lend support to families after the loss of a loved one and help to coordinate all bereavement activities.