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Hospice care

Perhaps one of life’s most overwhelming obstacles is dealing with a terminal illness and making choices for a patient’s end-of-life care. VNA hospice team works hand-in-hand with patients and their families providing the expertise necessary to help families make the best, most informed decisions possible.

Families are often hesitant because they feel like it means they are giving up hope and fear that it will hasten death. However, hospice doesn’t speed up the dying process. In fact, research shows that it can actually help extend the life of your loved one.

Patients have the opportunity to choose the care that is best for them. Hospice care is available in patients' homes, at the VNA Hospice Center, in extended care facilities, assisted living facilities or anywhere the patient calls home.

Our Hospice teams are specially trained in end-of-life care and pain management and provide knowledge and comfort every step of the way.

Watch Janis Boren's story on how VNA Hospice helped her to make every moment matter at the end of husband Al's life. 

 

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VNA Hospice is an ACHC accredited program.

 

Listen as VNA President & CEO Ann O'Heir explains hospice care.

When to pursue hospice:

Hospice is available to anyone with a prognosis of six months or less. One of the biggest regrets families have is not seeking hospice care sooner. Families are able to focus their attention on spending quality time with their loved ones while VNA’s expert hospice team focuses on pain and symptom management.

VNA Hospice Care celebrates the life of the individuals we care for, provides compassionate care during the last months of life and helps families embrace hope.

Admission Criteria for VNA Hospice Care 

  • The patient has a life expectancy of six months or less
  • Curative medical intervention is no longer possible or desired
  • An attending physician is directing the patient’s care to a hospice care
  • Patients receiving VNA Hospice Care in their home have a plan to have caregivers who will provide care between Hospice staff visits, when needed
  • A patient must reside in Northwest Indiana, within the geographical coverage area of the agency
  • Hospice Care is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, most private insurance programs, individual resources and donations

With the VNA Hospice Center or at-home Hospice Care, patients and their families have the opportunity to receive the care that is best for them.

Listen as VNA President & CEO talks more about the benefits of hospice care through VNA Hospice. 

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Hospice Options

VNA In-home Hospice Services allow patients and their families to receive care and support in familiar surroundings.

VNA Hospice Services

  • Scheduled visits by the interdisciplinary Hospice team members
  • Pain management and symptom control
  • Instruction, consultation and support for families
  • Direction of care by the patient's physician
  • 24/7 on-call availability of a Registered Nurse to answer questions, discuss concerns and visit patients when needed
  • Companionship and support
  • Communication with patient's clergy or spiritual support provided by Hospice chaplain
  • Social services to assist with psychosocial, emotional and financial needs
  • Bereavement services including mailings, support groups, memorial services, and counseling for families and caregivers to assist in coping with the death of a loved one

VNA Hospice Center

The Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center serves terminally ill patients who need special care. VNA medical professionals provide the compassionate, quality care patients and their families need, creating the most peaceful stay possible maximizing the time families have together. At the Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center, staff and volunteers help ensure that patients are able to have peace, dignity, and a spirit of hope.

  • 24 hour professional care is provided by a trained staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, and volunteers
  • Medical oversight is provided by VNA Medical Director, Michael C. Weiss, MD.
  • 24 hour visiting hours for children and adults
  • Pain management and symptom control
  • Instruction, consultation and support for families
  • Direction of care by the patient's physician
  • Companionship and support
  • Communication with patient's clergy or spiritual support provided by Hospice chaplain
  • Social services to assist with psychosocial, emotional and financial needs
  • Bereavement services including mailings, support groups, memorial services, and counseling for families and caregivers to assist in coping with the death of a loved one

The Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center is designed with both patient and family needs in mind.

        • With 20 patient rooms, the VNA Hospice Center can accommodate patients with critical care needs and residential patients.
        • The Ameling Family Room offers a kitchenette-dining and seating areas and serves as a gathering place for families.
      • The Leetz and Manakee Dayrooms provide additional space and may accommodate family members overnight as needed.
      • The Valparaiso Rotary Club Children's Playroom provides an area where children can play.
      • Watkins Music Room/Library is a place of quiet and solace.
      • The Schreiner Chapel is a non-denominational room for prayer or meditation with comfortable chairs and various bibles and writings available for the use of families and patients.
    • With the murmur of the Kiss Fountain in the background, the Aldrich Memorial Garden provides yet another family gathering area, where patients may spend time in the outdoors as weather permits.

VNA Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton Hospice Center
2404 Valparaiso Street
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Hospice Care is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, most private insurance programs, individual resources and donations.

Veteran Care

VNA Honors Veterans

VNA is a proud partner of We Honor Veterans and considers it a privilege and an honor to provide quality and compassionate hospice care to the men and women who have served our country. We Honor Veterans is different from traditional hospice in that it provides customized care for veterans who might have needs related to their military service, combat experience or other traumatic events. VNA Hospice medical personnel, specially trained in veteran care, quickly identify needs related to military service and customize care to fit each of their unique needs.

As part of We Honor Veterans, veterans are encouraged to share their personal stories and VNA is able to thank them for their service and show appreciation to their families.

If the Veteran is willing, VNA Hospice gratefully acknowledges the Veteran and his or her service through a special ceremony, which includes presentation of a flag pin, certificate and handmade-made red, white, and blue afghan in honor of their service.

We Honor Veterans was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more about the National We Honor Veterans program at: www.wehonorveterans.org

VNA Hospice Home Care and the VNA Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton Hospice Center are certified providers of the Hospice Medicare Benefit and certified by the Indiana State Department of Health.

 

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