Hospice is a patient-centered philosophy of care that includes expert medical treatment, pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support specific centered around the wishes and needs of your or your family member.

Hospice care is available wherever you reside – a private home, extended nursing home, assisted living facility, the hospital, or in VNA’s Vermont Respite House.

When is it time to begin hospice?

handsWhen you or a family member is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life.

If you or a family member is in the last months of life, hospice allows you to live comfortably, surrounded by loved ones and familiar sounds and smells of home.


Choosing Hospice

Choosing Hospice is a new guide for individuals and families facing decisions regarding end-of-life care. It addresses the questions that might be raised by both community members and professionals regarding hospice care.

Click here to view and download a pdf of the new Choosing Hospice brochure.


Hospice Care Services

To support you and your family, hospice care can provide:

  • Expert pain and symptom management from experienced nurses
  • Medications related to your hospice diagnosis
  • Medical supplies and equipment (e.g. hospital bed, oxygen, bedside commode, wheelchair)
  • Personal care and comfort measures
  • Respite for family caregivers
  • Spiritual and emotional support for you and your family
  • Homemaker services including light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry
  • Bereavement support for surviving family members
  • Coordination of short-term inpatient care if pain or other symptoms become too difficult to manage at home

Care is delivered by a team of professionals including nurses, social workers, licensed nursing assistants, trained volunteers, chaplains, support staff, a bereavement coordinator, and physician.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about hospice care?

Call Kelly Fridinger-Dydula, or use the contact form to the upper right.

(802) 860-4410