Hospice Services are provided to patients in the comfort of their own home or home-like setting during the last phases of a life-limiting illness. Hospice emphasizes quality of life by focusing on what’s important for each patient. It neither hastens nor postpones death but rather offers pain management and symptom relief as well as emotional, social, and spiritual support.
For anyone needing hospice on the South Shore, from Milton and Quincy to Plymouth and Carver, our NVNA and Hospice staff provides quality hospice services wherever the patient lives . . . in one’s own home, family member’s home, assisted living community, hospital, nursing home facility, or our Hospice Residence in Hingham.
“Because there really is no place like home.”
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover hospice-related services. Covered services include visits from hospice team members as well as medications, medical equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis. No one is denied care because of inability to pay.
Hospice Team. In addition to a nurse case manager, medical social worker and home health aides, the team may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, spiritual care coordinator and volunteers as requested by the patient and family.
Medical Care. Our Hospice Medical Director, certified in hospice care, and our hospice nurses, specifically trained in pain and symptom management, work together to provide comfort care customized to each hospice patient’s needs.
Personal Care. Our home health aides are specially trained in hospice care and provide assistance with personal needs such as bathing, toileting, dressing and skin care to keep the patient comfortable.
Emotional Care. Our medical social workers provide counseling, grief support and assistance with accessing community resources. The social worker is available to meet with both the patient and family as needed and requested.
Spiritual Care. Our chaplain respects each patient’s personal beliefs and supports individual spiritual needs. This is an optional service that the patient, or family, may accept to receive visits from the NVNA and Hospice chaplain, or be connected to local clergy, or simply be provided with resources as requested.
Bereavement Care. Before, during and after a loved one’s death, hospice bereavement services are an important support system that assists patients, families and caregivers with their respective grief. Our bereavement coordinator is a licensed social worker who also provides support to surviving caregivers and family members for 13 months following the loss of a loved one.
Hospice-related services: We can also help access and/or provide such services as:
- Medications, medical supplies and equipment to manage symptoms
- and promote comfort
- 24-hour support for questions
- In-patient and respite care to address specialized needs as they arise
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed.
Please Call 781.659.2342 to learn more our hospice residence in Hingham.
Special Programs: Through our Hospice Volunteer Program, we offer several initiatives for hospice patients and families. These include:
StoryCorps Legacy Project. A program of the national oral history project offered in partnership with NVNA and Hospice to record and preserve the stories of people affected by serious illness.
NVNA and Hospice is a Community Partner with Honoring Choices® Massachusetts to help patients and families initiate and develop a healthcare plan that reflects their values, wishes and choices for healthcare and living needs throughout their adult years. Incorporating Honoring Choices’ Who’s Your Agent?SM kit, we help adults understand and exercise their right to appoint a health care agent in a Health Care Proxy, design their own specific plan, and explore and discuss other initiatives such as Power of Attorney, Personal Directives and other healthcare guidelines.
Pet Therapy Program.Our pet therapy dogs provide joy and comfort to our patients who request visits. The dogs have been trained and certified as therapy dogs, along with their handlers who have also completed our volunteer training program.
Veteran's Appreciation Program. We recognize veterans in our hospice service by acknowledging and thanking their service to our country. A presentation of a certificate by our veteran volunteer and local veteran service officer is provided for veterans and their families who wish to participate.
Donations help deliver care
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Underfunded and free care needs …Adjunct support services …Special products to enhance comfort …Specialized training and continuous education of staff …Community Education… These are all facets of our Hospice Program that benefit from outside funding, such as donations.
While Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover hospice-related services, they do so at a fixed, standard daily rate. All visits from hospice team members as well as medications and related medical equipment and supplies are covered. Hospice receives the same daily rate for the complex patient requiring multiple daily visits, and expensive supplies and medical equipment, as it does for the far less complicated patient requiring less.
Also, there are products that provide invaluable comfort to patients but are extremely high cost items. Such an example is a low airflow mattress that ensures support for the bed-ridden while reducing the probability of bedsores and skin issues and the need for turning the patient frequently by family and caregivers. The cost is high but the value to the patient and family/caregiver is priceless. We believe our bedridden hospice patients deserve as much comfort care as we can provide.
And we believe that Community Education is key to increasing awareness of the hospice benefit and its value for patients, families and caregivers, as well as issues of caregiving and end of life care. Studies show that many hospice families feel their loved ones were referred “too late” to Hospice. Indeed, statistics report that one-third of hospice patients received care for less than one week. (NHPCO data). This is unfortunate since studies also show that hospice offers a better quality of life for patients and their families at this crucial time.