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Dementia Hospice Care

Hospice care for patients with advanced dementia.

Most people with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia live with their disease for years, and eventually caring for someone with advanced dementia becomes overwhelming and exhausting.

Hospice care from VNS Health can help. Our hospice services are provided by a team of experts with the training, compassion, and experience to give your loved one the care they need. We work closely with you, your loved one’s physicians to make sure your loved one stays safe and comfortable, with familiar faces in a place they know.

What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a unique kind of care centered on improving the quality of life of people who have an advanced illness and their caregivers. Hospice care focuses on treating a person’s physical and emotional needs rather than prolonging their life.  

Hospice care also helps caregivers and other loved ones by providing emotional support, answering questions, and relieving some responsibilities of care.

In many cases, VNS Health can provide hospice care for people with advanced dementia who live in a skilled nursing facility or memory care unit.

Benefits of Hospice Care for People with Dementia

Hospice care is designed to keep your loved one at home and out of the hospital. All of the care and equipment your loved one needs, including supplies and prescriptions, are delivered to their home.

Hospice also gives families the tools they need. Our team members make sure everyone knows how to keep your loved one’s routine from becoming stressful. And our care teams support you as well.

Hospice for people with dementia can:

  • Keep your loved one out of the hospital, in familiar surroundings
  • Better manage your loved one’s pain or other symptoms
  • Give family members and caregivers the support and guidance they need, including maintaining your loved one’s routine

Hospice care from VNS Health hospice care also includes:

  • Medications and equipment delivered to your home
  • A comfort pack (also known as a hospice emergency kit), which contains emergency medications to address symptoms as they occur and help reduce hospital visits
  • Round-the-clock access to the hospice medical team through our caregiver helpline

Speak with a VNS Health team member about hospice care.

When Should You Consider Hospice Care?

These signs can mean that your loved one may be ready for hospice care:

  • Needing more day-to-day help with dressing, bathing, and using the toilet
  • Losing the ability to swallow
  • No longer recognizing caregivers and loved ones
  • Losing the ability to speak
  • Needing help to walk, sit up, or hold up their head
  • Loss of awareness of their surroundings or recent experiences

It can be hard to think about hospice care. But talking to your loved ones health care provider about hospice sooner rather than later gives you more time to experience the benefits and the peace that it can bring.

What You Can Expect From VNS Health Hospice Care

When your loved one receives hospice care at VNS Health, you can rest assured that they are in good hands. We have been caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 1983 as part of our holistic hospice program.

Your loved one’s hospice care team will work with you and your loved one’s providers to develop a personalized care plan that focuses on keeping them safe, comfortable, and out of the hospital. Our team will work to ensure that all of your loved one’s needs — as well as your own — are met.

Hospice services include:

  • Medical care related to the dementia diagnosis
  • Personal care, such as bathing, toileting, and feeding, according to your care plan
  • Emotional support and spiritual care, including help resolving family issues and making peace
  • Help with practical issues, such as advance care planning  
  • Hospice comfort pack, which includes emergency medication for common symptoms 
  • Other services as necessary

While your loved one is receiving hospice care, you can expect:

  • Education about how to care for your loved one, what to expect, and what to do in an emergency
  • Guidance in creating and maintaining a routine environment to reduce your loved one’s stress
  • Help with making decisions about care and practical concerns
  • Round-the-clock access to a hospice nurse through VNS Health’s caregiver helpline
  • Emotional support and spiritual care to help you cope with your feelings and support other loved ones
  • Support with family issues 
  • Respite care, which allows you to take a break or even attend an important family event knowing that your loved one is in good hands
  • Grief support for 13 months to help you and your loved ones through milestones and anniversaries

Is Hospice Care Covered by Insurance?

Yes, hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and most private insurance companies. Insurance starts as soon as your loved one is admitted to hospice.

Additional help, including home health aides and round-the-clock nursing care, is available to patients and families from VNS Health Personal Care. We have special discounted rates if your loved one is receiving advanced illness care from VNS Health already. Learn more about private care services from VNS Health Personal Care.

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Veterans Hospice Care

Hospice care for veterans who have served our country.

Learn more about hospice care for people with dementia.

Or give us a call at 1-212-609-1900 to speak with a VNS Health team member.

Choose VNS Health for your loved one’s care.