“The girls were all so kind and thoughtful. I always felt more optimistic after their visits.”
- Janice M. Cole
Hospice Services
Hospice Philosophy of Care
Hospice provides care and support to individuals who have a life threatening illness and who have decided to emphasize quality of life for time remaining and are not seeking curative treatment.
Care is provided to individuals and their families with an emphasis on quality of life, comfort, dignity and respect. It is a team approach to care emphasizing physical, emotional and spiritual support.
Hospice recognizes that every person's experience will be different and the hospice team creates a plan of care according to the individual needs and wishes of each patient.
Who is eligible for Hospice Services?
  • Diagnosed with a life threatening illness
  • Patient choosing not to seek curative treatment
  • Physician can certify that if the disease runs an expected clinical course, person may die in 6 months.
Do I need a referral from my Doctor?
  • You do not need a referral to consult with a Hospice Professional to seek information and understanding about Hospice Care.
  • It's very important to talk with your family, your doctors, and your friends about your end-of-life wishes. A referral to Hospice may be made by you, your doctor, a family member, a friend, or a member of the clergy or hospital staff.
  • Someone from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is always available to come and talk with you and your family about what Hospice is and how we can help you.
Where can Hospice care be provided?
  • Patient’s home or home of person caring for patient
  • Nursing Home
  • Group Home
Who provides Hospice Care?
  • An interdisciplinary team of professionals with a commitment to providing patient and family/caregiver support that will promote physical, emotional and spiritual comfort at the end of life. The Hospice team includes your caregiver, your doctor, Hospice Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Licensed Nursing Assistants, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Nutritionists, Medical Social Workers, Bereavement Coordinator, and volunteers.
Basic Hospice Services
  • Pain and symptom management.
  • Medications and medical equipment needed for comfort
  • Medical care focused on maintaining patient comfort, including frequent assessment and help for family members.
  • Assistance with personal care and activities of daily living.
  • Coordination of community resources and help to the patient and family with non-medical concerns. They can help family members mend damaged relationships, plan for the future and ease other emotional difficulties.
  • Spiritual Care -Help coping with spiritual care questions and concerns at the end of life, either directly or by coordinating services with the patient's and family's spiritual advisors.
  • Bereavement services to help patients and families deal with grief. Grief support services continue for 13 months after the death of a hospice patient.
  • Volunteers to provide companionship and emotional support and offer help in many different ways.