is a way of caring that brings comfort to persons living with a terminal
illness, and gives support to them as well as to their families. Hospice neither
hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life, emphasizing quality, not length. Patients live their final days with peace and dignity, either in the comfort of
their own home, long term care facility, or the VNA Arthur B. and
Ethel V. Horton Hospice Center.
Hospice care is
provided by an
interdisciplinary team consisting of
and family, the patientís
physician, the VNA Hospice
medical director, nurses, Hospice social workers, home
health aides, the patient's clergy or VNA Hospice clergy, therapists,
and specially trained Hospice volunteers.
pain management and symptom control, along with psychosocial,
emotional and spiritual support. The Hospice team respects the patient and family unitís right to make decisions about his or her own care.
of Hospice is to enable terminally ill patients to live life as fully as
possible with a spirit of hope and a sense of personal satisfaction and worth.
patients receive a combination of services and support provided by the Hospice
visits by the interdisciplinary Hospice team members.
management and symptom control.
consultation and support for the family.
of care by the patient's physician.
hour, 7 day a week on-call availability of a Registered Nurse to answer
questions, discuss concerns and visit patients when needed.
and support provided by volunteers.
with patient's clergy or spiritual support provided by Hospice chaplain.
services to assist with psychosocial, emotional and financial needs.
services including mailings, support groups, memorial services, and
family and caregivers to
assist in coping with the death of a loved one.
VNA Hospice Home Care and the VNA Arthur B. and
Ethel V. Horton Hospice Center
providers of the Hospice Medicare Benefit and certified by the Indiana State
Department of Health.
Criteria for Hospice Care
There are several criteria
for admission, such as:
patient has a limited life expectancy of six months or less.
medical intervention is no longer possible or desired.
attending physician is directing the patientís care.
receiving VNA Hospice Care in their home must have a plan to have caregivers
who will provide care between Hospice staff visits, when needed.
patient must reside in Northwest Indiana, within the geographical coverage area of the agency.
Care is covered by Medicare and Medicaid,
some private insurance programs,
individual resources and donations.