Hospice Care

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Our Philosophy

Hospice is not a place, but rather a concept of care that offers physical, emotional, social and spiritual support for patients and families. 

We provide professional medical care with emphasis on pain management and symptom relief. We respect and honor the right of every patient and family to participate in the final stage of life’s journey and encourage our patients and families to participate in the design of the plan of care.

What is Hospice?

Hospice emphasizes quality of life by focusing on what is important for each patient. Patients, families, caregivers and hospice professionals participate in care designed to best meet individual patient needs.


Our team works alongside each patient’s physician to coordinate the best approach for pain and symptom management. We also make home visits and are available 24/7.


We work directly with the medical community, families and caregivers to ensure that every hospice patient is treated with dignity and respect. Mindful of our patients’ special needs, our chaplain provides a uniquely dignified spiritual presence for all our patients.

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Hospice is for many diagnoses (e.g. Alzheimer’s, cancer, COPD, heart-disease) and is elected when, according to Medicare eligibility, there is an advanced life-limiting illness and any of the following:

  • Pain or other forms of suffering

  • A choice to focus on comfort care and quality of life

  • The family needs trained help and support to manage end-of-life care in conjunction with their physicians care.

When is Hospice Appropriate?

Why Choose NVNA & Hospice?

Our mission is to provide quality home health care, wellness, and public health services in our community. Our experience and commitment to clinical expertise sets us apart.

  • Home visits from our team who specialize in hospice and palliative care.

  • Patient-centered spiritual care by our chaplain to assist people of all faiths.

  • Comfort and companionship through our Pet Therapy Program.

  • Experienced, certified and fully licensed clinical staff.

  • Specialized, certified training in end-of-life, Alzheimer's and dementia for staff.

  • Veteran's Appreciation Program.

  • Same-day personal delivery of medications by local pharmacists.

  • Trained and certified volunteers for companionship, respite, and assistance for our patients and families.

  • Ongoing family support through education and bereavement programs and groups.

The Pat Roche Hospice Home

Our beautiful 12-bed hospice home in Hingham provides a dignified and peaceful environment for residents facing a life-limiting illness. We are the first non-profit, independent hospice home of our kind on the South Shore.

If you are seeking care for a loved one, please call our main office at (781) 659-2342 and press 2 to be connected with our hospice team. To contact the hospice home reception desk with questions about visiting hours or tours, please call (781) 783-1627.

How We Care

Hospice Team

When you choose NVNA and Hospice for your hospice services, patients will have a team behind them to ensure comfort and support. In addition to a nurse case manager, medical social worker and home health aides, the family can also request physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, spiritual care coordinators, and volunteers.


The entire NVNA and Hospice team doesn’t just assist the patient, but provides support to the family as well. With extensive counseling, grief support and assistance community resources, our social workers will meet with the patient and family as needed.

Medical Care

Both our hospice medical director and hospice nurses are certified in hospice care and have extensive training in pain and symptom management. They will work together to provide an individualized comfort care plan based off the patient’s needs. 


As an optional service, NVNA and Hospice chaplains are available for visits no matter what a patient’s personal beliefs and spiritual needs are. If you would prefer to be connected with local clergy or resources instead, our team is more than willing to make that connection for you.

Personal Care

Specially trained in hospice care, our home health aides provide assistance with personal needs, including bathing, dressing, skin care, and restroom assistance. 


Hospice bereavement services are an important support system before, during, and after a loved one’s death. Our bereavement coordinator is a licensed social worker who provides support to surviving family members for up to 13 months following the loss of a loved one.

Pat Roche Hospice

An introduction to the nurses, residents, families and the community support at non-profit Pat Roche Hospice Home.