Hospice and Palliative Care
...It's About How You Live
Palliative Care (or comfort care) is a form of care focusing on providing comfort and relief from pain and suffering to ensure the highest quality of life possible for those who have a chronic or life-threatening disease. Palliative care often includes support for the mental health and spiritual needs of a patient and helps a person with a life-limiting illness remain at home and continue as a functioning part of their family. We also offer pediatric palliative care for children with life-limiting diseases whose life expectancy is less than the age of eighteen.
Hospice is a specialized form of care that focuses on supporting the choices of the terminally ill individual and their family. It focuses on care that will enhance the quality of life remaining, rather than on finding a cure. Care is directed at comfort measures that allow the patient to manage pain and other symptoms. The patient is cared for in his or her home, their caregiver's home, an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Hospice Care is the right choice when a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, is no longer seeking curative treatments and, in the clinical judgement of the physician, has a life expectancy of six months or less.
Specially-trained nurses for symptom management and hospice care
Medical Social Workers to help cope with the stresses of illness, care giving and loss and to give counseling and referrals
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists who help the patient adjust to changes caused by disease
Registered dieticians to provide guidance for special nutritional needs
Home care aides and Homemakers to help with personal care, housekeeping and shopping
Spiritual Care Providers, to provide support for the patient and family and/or to act as liaison with the clergy person of your choice
Trained volunteers to provide a listening ear, to spend time with the patient, to give the family time on their own or simply to be a friend who understands
Bereavement counselors to help friends and family cope with the loss.
- Massage & Therapeutic Touch
For Easy Referrals or Inquiries
CLICK HERE for our On-line Referral Form
CLICK HERE for a printable version of our Referral Form
Simply call our care support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:
TDD Callers: 1-800-RELAY NH
Who pays for Hospice Care?
- Medicare Hospice
- Private insurance plans
- Private pay
Bereavement Support Program
Grief and loss are natural, inevitable occurrences in life. Many life changes can trigger the emotions of grief. The VNA Hospice Team provides support groups in nursing homes , assisted living facilities and other community settings for adults, and in schools for children. We also offer an annual "Afternoon of Remembrance" service to remember loved ones.