Hospice care is an option for patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, ALS, AIDS, heart failure, and chronic liver or kidney disease. When curative treatments are no longer beneficial, and life expectancy is about six months or less, then hospice care is an option. The focus of care shifts from treating the disease to treating the patient – managing pain and symptoms – to provide comfort and a quality of life.
Hospice is for families too.
A life-limiting illness affects everyone, and loss of any kind is never easy. Bereavement counselors are part of the VNA Health Hospice Care team and are available to help your family cope through individual or family counseling, support groups, and resources. VNA Health Bereavement Services is available at no cost to anyone in the community facing or grieving a loss.
For more information, simply call a VNA Health Hospice Care Manager anytime at 805.965.5555.