Hospice is a philosophy of care for adult and pediatric patients and their loved ones to help them live as fully as possible while dealing with a terminal illness.
APPROACH TO CARE
The hospice team develops a personalized, comprehensive care plan that addresses the physical, emotional, social, practical, and spiritual needs of the patient with an emphasis on pain and symptom management. Staff also provide support to the family/caregiver.
The hospice teams consist of nurses, physicians, social workers, trained volunteers, home health aides, and pastoral and bereavement counselors. Registered dietitians and rehabilitation therapists are available if needed. Bereavement support groups in Cambridge, Danvers, Needham, and Worcester are open to the community.
Patients who would like to continue receiving aggressive treatment or who are not ready for hospice may still utilize the agency's expertise in pain and symptom management through Care Choices Palliative Care services.
Hospice makes it possible for patients to remain at home during much or all of their illness. If patients are unable to remain in their own homes, care is also available at our residences:
All three hospice residences provide a homelike place for patients to live and receive hospice. Learn more about our hospice residences by following the above links.
The hospice team will also care for individuals living at:
Assisted living facilities
Residential care facilities
Community support facilities
Extended care facilities
GUIDE TO HOSPICE
VNA Care Network & Hospice offers the guide Choosing Hospice at no cost to the community. To receive a copy, contact the Referral Center at 800-728-1862.
INFORMATION AND ARRANGING CARE
Call VNA Care Network & Hospice at 800-728-1862. For TTY access, call 508-751-6926.