In recognition of National Homecare and Hospice Month, Dr. Jeff Zesiger, Medical Director and Palliative Care Specialist, and Maureen Groden, Registered Nurse, MS, and Hospice and Palliative Care Manager of the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, Inc., were guests of WGBY's "Doctors on Call" program Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, to discuss end-of-life care and locally available services.
Hospice adds life to days when days can no longer be added to life
The hospice program of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice (VNA&H)
of Cooley Dickinson cares for terminally ill patients and their
families, primarily at home. Our goal is to improve each patient’s
quality of living during his or her final stage of life. Hospice care
does not hasten or postpone death, but helps patients and families live
life fully, prepare for death, and maintain personal control over their
lives for as long as possible.
Patients and families facing the challenge of a life limiting illness
often feel overwhelmed. Hospice can help. The hospice program offers a
medically-supervised, nurse-coordinated team of professionals, home
health aides and volunteers who provide for the psychological, physical,
social and spiritual needs of the patient/family throughout the illness
and bereavement experience.
Hospice offers comfort at the end of life and a dignified death for
patients. Pain and symptom control are of primary importance.
Spiritual care and counseling are also provided. Hospice allows people
to maintain comfort, independence and dignity.
Hospice staff is available by phone seven days a week, 24 hours a
day, wherever the patient lives. Visits are made by staff according to
the patient’s condition and needs. At the time of death, a hospice staff
member will pronounce and provide support to loved ones.
The hospice program of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Cooley
Dickinson is Medicare/Medicaid certified and licensed by the Department
of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The organization
has been accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
The hospice program offers an array of services including:
- Skilled Nursing Care
- Physician Collaboration
- Medical Supplies and Equipment
- Volunteer Support
- Home Health Aide
- Social Work Counseling
- Spiritual Care
- Physical and Occupational Therapy Consultation
- Inpatient Hospitalizations and Respite Care
- Bereavement Support Services
- The patient has a terminal illness with a limited life
expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs it’s natural
- The patient/family realize that the goals of hospice is to
provide comfort care and symptom management to enhance the patient’s
quality of life.
- Consent from the patient’s primary care physician and the
hospice medical director is established before admission to the
- Hospice provides care to the residents of Hampshire County and
its bordering cities and towns.
Admission to hospice is based on the patient/family need, and the
organizations’ ability to provide quality services. Hospice does not
discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, creed, color,
national origin, martial status or sexual preference.
Reimbursement for hospice services may come from Medicare, Medicaid,
health insurance plans, or direct patient payments. Hospice staff is
available to discuss financial concerns, and applications for financial
assistance are available.
Hospice depends greatly on the generosity of families, friends, and
businesses to help support its services. General contributions and
memorial gifts are always welcome and are tax-deductible to the full
extent provided by law.
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