Hospice recognizes that quality of life is as important as the length of life and that remaining peaceful and comfortable is an essential goal of health care. Our team of specially-trained hospice and palliative care professionals works with patients and families to enhance comfort and promote the quality of life during terminal illness.
Home Hospice Care
Hospice care can enhance the quality of life of those facing terminal illness. VNA Hospice is a continuation of the excellent care patients have come to expect from the Cape’s largest healthcare system. Choosing VNA Hospice means you can keep your own trusted physician, while adding a team of nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, home health aides, pastoral care providers, medical social workers and volunteers to your community of caregivers.
VNA Hospice is the highest-rated hospice on Cape Cod and offers more services, both clinical and complementary, than any other hospice in the region. The hospice staff work as a team with the person, family, and caregivers to maximize physical comfort and provide ongoing emotional support.
Hospice care services may be appropriate when:
- You are thinking about ending curative treatments
- You are diagnosed with a condition such as heart failure, COPD, end-stage renal disease, dementia, cancer, or stroke and your illness is at a life-limiting stage
- Your symptoms are becoming harder to manage
- You are spending more time in the hospital, with less time between hospitalizations
- Your main priority is comfort and relief from pain or other symptoms
McCarthy Care Center
When increased symptoms cannot be managed safely at home, we also provide short-term, acute inpatient care at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. This small facility offers private rooms and comfortable common spaces in a peaceful, home-like atmosphere, where family and friends are welcome to visit 24 hours a day. The center's skilled care team provides individualized care and emotional support to help hospice patients feel safe, comfortable and valued, with a goal of managing symptoms until a patient is stable.
The specially designed center is equipped with the technology of an inpatient hospital unit, arranged in a tranquil and unique setting. All patient rooms are spacious and private, with balconies overlooking the surrounding woods. Designed to blend with nature, the light-filled space offers a peaceful environment for a restful stay and includes shared common areas such as the kitchen and dining area. A chapel provides a quiet place for meditation and reflection.
Palliative care improves the quality of life for those patients with serious illness for whom the end of life is not imminent. Unlike hospice, palliative care provides patients with the ability to continue to pursue curative treatment while also receiving comfort care.
Our palliative care bridge program is a collaborative effort between the VNA’s hospice and home care division. We provide symptom management, education, and support during a period when a patient with a life-threatening illness may still be pursuing active treatment or declines to elect the hospice benefit.
Similar to hospice care, our palliative care team offers a wide range of home-based health care services, giving both patients and their caregivers added flexibility as their symptoms and treatment plans evolve.