Hospice Aides and Nursing Assistants: On the Front Lines of Healthcare

When a patient with an advanced illness is ready to start the conversation about hospice, one concern inevitably arises: Where will I receive care? VITAS® Healthcare has over 40 years of experience providing hospice care that focuses on improving quality of life, and we’ve found that most patients fare best where they’re already most at ease: in their home. Choosing Home over Hospital Studies show that more than 70% of people would prefer to die

Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Do you or your loved one have a serious medical condition? Examples of such conditions include advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer, liver failure, Parkinson’s and dementia. Have your or a loved one been told you are moving close to the end of life? Such patients often want to make very clear their wishes regarding the type of care they want to receive, or do not want to receive, if their condition progresses. There

Palliative Care Means More Good Days

Palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) medicine is a specialty for anyone of any age living with a chronic or serious illness. This care helps people live each day as fully as possible by relieving pain and other distressing symptoms and providing support to the patient and family. Who provides care? The palliative team may include a physician, RN or advanced practice nurse and a social worker. Providers are skilled at helping patients and families navigate the often complex

Taking Care of Grandpa

Growing up in Southern Colorado, every summer my grandparents would pick up me and my siblings for a trip to their cabin in Creede. My grandfather is a World War II veteran whose birthday just happens to fall on July 6, so we’d celebrate the country he loves and his birthday all in the same week. This year, my grandfather turned 97 years old. He says his years at the cabin are over, although he’d

Getting the Right Care at the Right Time!

It is human nature to sometimes think ahead and plan for the future. For example, we plan for school, relationships, births, vacations and retirement. Strategic planning is not all that difficult. It may require that we step back from our day-to-day activities and think a bit about what we want to achieve, and how we wish to achieve it. That being said, too many of us are either embarrassed or uncomfortable planning for our future

Managing Pain at End-of-Life

Pain Management is a complicated issue for any patient, but even more so for those facing life-threatening illnesses or an end-of-life prognosis. At VNA, our physicians are trained specifically in management of symptoms when quality of life matters so much, when time is short at the end of life. VNA’s Hospice Medical Director, Dr. Neeta Nayak is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, and much of her role involves addressing pain management for the