Hospice Care

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What is hospice?

Helping our patients and their loved ones live every day to its fullest is the Cornerstone of our hospice program. Our highly skilled team will partner with your physician and other healthcare providers to develop a plan of care that meets your unique needs and honors your wishes.

Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on providing physical, emotional and spiritual support wherever you live, whatever your life limiting illness. Our team cares for patients in private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals, with a wide range of diagnoses such as cancer, dementia, stroke, COPD, and heart failure and more.  We are experts in managing pain and other distressing symptoms, and in teaching patients and caregivers what to expect as the illness progresses.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for hospice, a physician familiar with your care must certify that you are living with an illness that could lead to death within the next six months, if that illness takes its expected course. Hospice care focuses on aggressively treating symptoms and ensuring comfort, rather than continuing to seek to cure the disease.

Who pays for hospice?

Hospice is a covered service under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurers. For patients who do not have insurance and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, a sliding fee scale is available.

Who is on the hospice team?  What services are provided?

  • Our team includes nurses, physicians, licensed nursing assistants, medical social workers, chaplains, volunteers and bereavement counselors.
  • Nurses are available 24 hours a day to monitor and treat symptoms, and teach patients and families what to expect as the illness progresses.
  • Hospice physicians provide home visits to assist with managing symptoms.
  • Licensed nursing assistants help with bathing, dressing, eating and mobility.
  • Social workers can assist with advance directives, emotional support and coping, financial needs and access to community resources.
  • Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support to both patients and their loved ones.
  • Volunteers can provide companionship to patients and respite to caregivers.
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and nutritional counseling.
  • Bereavement counseling and support are available to loved ones for a full year after the loss.

How do I arrange for care?

A referral for hospice services can be made by a patient, family member or physician.

Click here to contact us for more information about our services or to make arrangements for care.

We Honor Veterans

Cornerstone VNA has achieved level two status with the “We Honor Veterans” program.  This important recognition reflects our commitment to ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.