Facing a terminal illness can be overwhelming, VNA Northwest’s Hospice program is here to help you during this time. Our philosophy affirms life and views death as a natural process. Hospice neither hastens death nor prolongs life. Hospice is about choice. Through hospice care patients make decisions about how they will live their final days.
With patient and family involvement a team of professionals works together to individualize a plan of care. The team includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, home health aides, therapists, nutrition counselors, social workers, clergy and volunteers. Team members address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Members of VNA Northwest’s staff are certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Both my husband’s children and I feel so fortunate to have had him home when he died. Hospice enabled us to participate in his death as we did in his life, and for this we are eternally grateful.
My Dad and I wish to thank you for all your tender care of my mom. You all made such a difference in her last days at home. Her home health aides were such a blessing to us in the care they provided. Her nurse was an answer to our prayers and our questions in guiding us all to the right decision. My mom was so thankful. We thank you all.
Hospice Focuses On Care Not Cure
Our team is skilled in pain and symptom management and is dedicated to ensuring that our patients live their final days with quality and dignity. VNA Northwest recognizes the importance of the grieving process and provides personalized bereavement support for up to one year following the loss of a loved one.
Message from Joanne White, Hospice Director
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is hospice care provided?
Wherever the patient resides; in a private home, hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Who pays for hospice?
The cost of Hospice assistance is often covered by Medicare, private insurance programs and gift donations. To the extent funding is available, we offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay, which enables us to serve patients who are in need of help.
When is the appropriate time for hospice care?
When faced with a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of 6 months or less. We encourage early referral so patient and family can receive the maximum benefit of the program.
Who can refer a patient to hospice?
Patients may refer themselves for assistance or referrals may be made by physicians, family, friends or clergy.