Palliative Care

Improving the Quality of Life of Patients and Families Living With Serious Illness

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a holistic, person-centered approach that improves the quality of life and relieves the suffering of patients and families living with serious illness.

Palliative care is all about what is most important to YOU as a whole person – not just your diagnosis.

What does palliative care do?

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms (physical, psychosocial and spiritual)
  • helps to manage the stress of living with a serious illness
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible and adjust to changes in abilities
  • offers a support system to help families cope
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families
  • helps to make a plan for end-of-life care

Palliative Care Specialty Professional Service – Partnering with Primary Care

Our physician and nurse practitioners work to support busy primary care practitioners as an extension of their team. If you are a healthcare provider and have a patient who might benefit from palliative care please contact our team for a consultation. We will help coordinate communication between your patient, family and all other providers to support our patient’s goals.

  • We support our shared, complex patients with management of refractory pain, complex depression, anxiety, grief, and existential distress.
  • We assist our fellow healthcare providers in conflict resolution regarding goals or methods of treatment within families, between staff and families and among treatment teams.

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Palliative Care Team

Our team works with you and your family around your Goals of Care, Advanced Care Planning and Symptom Management.

We are experts in providing tender care. Your team might include our physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational, speech and physical therapists, social workers, chaplains, dietitians, and home health aides.

To learn more, please call us today at (781) 659-2342 and ask for our intake team.

Dr Marina Androssova

Dr. Marina Androssova
Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director

Nicole DePace, NP, MS, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN
Director, Palliative Care Consultation Service

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Cheryl Pennacchio, RN
Clinical Manager Palliative Care, Certified Home Care

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Michelle Ricupero, MS, NP, ANP-BC

How Do I Get Started?

Typically, your primary care physician refers you to palliative care. Please request NVNA and Hospice by name when you speak to your doctor or other healthcare provider.

Or, just give us a call and we will work with your healthcare provider to get you started at (781) 659-2342.

Typical types of patients who benefit from palliative care include those with:

  • Cancer
  • COPD
  • ALS, Parkinson’s or Dementia
  • Kidney or Liver Disease
  • Heart failure
  • Uncontrolled symptoms (pain, insomnia, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, anxiety, etc.)
  • Frequent hospital visits

Considering palliative care for a loved one?
Get in touch with us today.

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What other services does NVNA and Hospice offer to complement palliative care?

NVNA WORKS – the private pay affiliate of NVNA and Hospice, complements our palliative care program by customizing additional private care to meet each client’s need. This may involve one or more of our services, such as:

  • Companion care
  • Homemaking
  • Personal care
  • Private nursing
  • Private rehab therapies: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy

NVNA SUPPORTS – As part of our charitable mission, NVNA and Hospice offers wellness and public health services to neighbors in our community. Our South Shore programs include caregiver support groups, disease-specific education, blood pressure clinics, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.

The Communities NVNA and Hospice serves:

NVNA and Hospice Coverage

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Breast Cancer Support Group 9:30 am
Breast Cancer Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Diabetes Support Group 10:00 am
Diabetes Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 11:00 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ The Elms
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Wellness Clinic 11:00 am
Wellness Clinic @ Cherry Hill II
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Adults Grieving Loss of a Parent 6:00 pm
Adults Grieving Loss of a Parent
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
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Wellness Clinic 8:45 am
Wellness Clinic @ Marshfield Town Hall
Mar 5 @ 8:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 10:00 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Hingham Council on Aging
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
 
Wellness Clinic 11:00 am
Wellness Clinic @ Rockland Town Hall
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
 
Wellness Clinic 1:00 pm
Wellness Clinic @ Whitman Town Hall
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child 4:00 pm
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
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Wellness Clinic 9:30 am
Wellness Clinic @ Granite Place
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening 11:00 am
Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening @ Duxbury Council on Aging
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Oncology Support Group 3:00 pm
Oncology Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Oncology Men’s Support Group 6:00 pm
Oncology Men’s Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
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Wellness Clinic 8:45 am
Wellness Clinic @ Marshfield Town Hall
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 9:30 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Inn at Silver Lake
Mar 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 10:30 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Hanson Council on Aging
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 10:45 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Wingate Residences
Mar 12 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening 11:00 am
Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening @ Marshfield Council on Aging
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Wellness Clinic 1:00 pm
Wellness Clinic @ Whitman Town Hall
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child 4:00 pm
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
Oncology Caregivers’ Support Group 6:00 pm
Oncology Caregivers’ Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
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Blood Pressure Screening 9:30 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Pinehills
Mar 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group 10:30 am
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group @ NVNA and Hospice
Mar 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Oncology Support Group 10:30 am
Oncology Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Wellness Clinic 12:00 pm
Wellness Clinic @ Whitman Council on Aging
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
 
Blood Pressure Screening 1:30 pm
Blood Pressure Screening @ Allerton House at Central Park
Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Partner/Spouse Loss Support Group 2:00 pm
Partner/Spouse Loss Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 
Blood Pressure Screening 4:40 pm
Blood Pressure Screening @ Village at Proprietors Green
Mar 13 @ 4:40 pm – 5:40 pm
 
Brain Aneurysm Support Group 6:30 pm
Brain Aneurysm Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
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Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening 10:30 am
Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening @ Norwell Council on Aging
Mar 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Oncology Support Group 3:00 pm
Oncology Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Melanoma Support Group 6:00 pm
Melanoma Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
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Breast Cancer Support Group 9:30 am
Breast Cancer Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Adults Grieving Loss of a Parent 6:00 pm
Adults Grieving Loss of a Parent
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
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Wellness Clinic 8:45 am
Wellness Clinic @ Marshfield Town Hall
Mar 19 @ 8:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Tai Chi 10:00 am
Tai Chi @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Blood Pressure Screening 10:30 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ Milton Council on Aging
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Wellness Clinic 1:00 pm
Wellness Clinic @ Whitman Town Hall
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child 4:00 pm
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child
Mar 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
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Wellness Clinic 9:30 am
Wellness Clinic @ Granite Place
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Wellness Clinic 10:00 am
Wellness Clinic @ Rockland Council on Aging
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group 11:00 am
Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group @ 110 Fitness
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
 
Blood Pressure Screening 11:30 am
Blood Pressure Screening @ South Shore YMCA
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Oncology Support Group 3:00 pm
Oncology Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Oncology Men’s Support Group 6:00 pm
Oncology Men’s Support Group
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
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Breast Cancer Support Group 9:30 am
Breast Cancer Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
 
Wellness Clinic 11:00 am
Wellness Clinic @ Halifax Town Hall
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
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Wellness Clinic 8:45 am
Wellness Clinic @ Marshfield Town Hall
Mar 26 @ 8:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Tai Chi 10:00 am
Tai Chi @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Wellness Clinic 1:00 pm
Wellness Clinic @ Whitman Town Hall
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child 4:00 pm
Parents Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please contact Karen Gore to pre-register for this group.
Oncology Caregivers’ Support Group 6:00 pm
Oncology Caregivers’ Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
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Oncology Support Group 3:00 pm
Oncology Support Group @ NVNA SUPPORTS
Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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