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Hospice Care

Hospice offers comfort and dignity for people who are at end of life. Our Hospice Team cares for terminally ill patients and their families, wherever they live. Hospice does not hasten or postpone death, but helps patients and families live well while preparing for death.

The Program

Patients and families facing the challenge of a terminal illness often feel overwhelmed. Hospice can help. We offer a medically-supervised, nurse-coordinated team of professionals, home health aides and volunteers who provide for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Hospice pain management, symptom control, spiritual care, bereavement support and assistance with personal care are all offered to allow patients and families to maintain comfort, independence and dignity. Throughout the dying and bereavement process, our caregivers teach patients what and what not to expect.

Quality

Cooley Dickinson Hospice services are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, and licensed by the Department of Public Health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Services

The hospice program offers an array of services including:

  • Skilled nursing care with physician collaboration
  • Medications, medical supplies and equipment
  • Volunteer support
  • Home Health Aides
  • Spiritual care and social work counseling
  • Physical and occupational therapy consultation
  • Inpatient hospitalizations and respite care
  • Bereavement support services
Eligibility

Terminally ill patients with a limited life expectancy of six months or less (if the disease runs its natural course) are eligible for hospice. An order from the patient’s primary care physician and the hospice medical director is established before admission to the program.

Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice provides care to the residents of Hampshire County and its bordering cities and towns. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status or sexual orientation.

Funding Sources

Hospice services are a benefit of most health insurance plans. Our team is available to discuss any eligibility or financial concerns with you.

Please contact us today at 413-584-1060 for more information.

The Hospice Shop

The Hospice Shop supports Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice by donating all proceeds raised. The shop is staffed by volunteers and is full of useful items, hidden gems and forgotten treasures. You can visit or call the Hospice Shop at 413-586-0193.

At Hospice, we depend greatly on the generosity of families, friends, and our community to help support our patients and their loved ones. In addition to contributions to the Hospice Shop, general contributions and memorial gifts are always welcome and are tax-deductible.

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