Hospice Care:

An Affirmation of Mind, body and spirit

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a comprehensive, team-oriented program of care that seeks to treat and comfort terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Hospice is a philosophy of care that accepts death as a natural part of life, seeking neither to hasten nor to prolong the dying process.

Hospice programs make it possible for those with terminal illness to spend the final stages of their lives at home with an emphasis on Palliative Care and support that enable them and their families to cope at end of life. Hospice care is also provided in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and certain Assisted Living Facilities. 

The apple blossoms of Rockingham County remind us of the seasons of life. The Hospice Program of Rockingham VNA & Hospice has adopted the apple blossom as its symbol of care, hope and compassion.

Hospice is hope: hope to encourage independence as long as possible; to remain at home with loved ones; to have compassionate caregivers; to be comfortable at end of life; to have a peaceful death.

Hospice is an opportunity for healing: the healing of relationships; of a broken spirit; of the pain of physical symptoms; of a wounded faith; of the overwhelming isolation of terminal illness.

What does Hospice care consist of?

Following a doctor's order for Hospice care, the Hospice Team develops a plan of care, in conjunction with the patient and their family, which meets their individual needs. Basic elements of care include:

  • Care of both the patient and family
  • Clinical expertise in pain and symptom management
  • Board Certified Palliative Care Physician Medical Director Oversight
  • Board Certified Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Director Oversight
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing and Home Health Aid Staff
  • 24-hour on-call availability
  • Medical and Skilled Nursing care Delete
  • Spiritual Counseling and support
  • Comprehensive Bereavement Services and Grief Support Groups
  • Nutritional support and counseling
  • Social Work services
  • Home Health Aide care
  • Coordination of medications, medical supplies, and durable medical equipment (such as hospital beds, etc.)
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, as needed
  • Specially trained Hospice Volunteers
  • Coaching caregivers on how to care for their loved one

Who is eligible for Hospice services?

A terminally ill patient may receive Hospice care for as long as necessary when a physician certifies that he or she has a life expectancy of six months or less
The Medicare Hospice Benefit, as is the case with many insurance companies, requires that a patient have a prognosis of six months or less, but does not limit hospice care to six months
Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, there are two 90-day periods of care (a total of six months), which are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods
Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are eligible to receive Hospice care

Hospice is right for you if:

You have a terminal illness; you prefer an emphasis on the quality of your life; you desire to be cared for by your family at home; you wish to direct your care with guidance from a specially-trained team.

For more information about Hospice services available at Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, please call us at 1-800-540-2981.

Helpful Link: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization