Choosing Hospice Care
Vermont is fortunate to have a network of local, non-profit hospice providers that together provide hospice care coverage for the entire state. Vermont’s non-profit Visiting Nurse Associations, Home Health and Hospice agencies are the first Medicare-certified hospice providers in our communities.
Determining if hospice is right for you may best be learned from calling your local non-profit VNA and hospice agency to ask them about their services. You can also talk to people you trust who work in healthcare or aging services or who have received support from a hospice, including:
- Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals
- Social workers, clergy, and other counselors
- Friends or neighbors who have had direct experience with hospice care
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice Program
- What services are provided?
- What kind of support is available to the family/caregiver?
- What roles do the attending physician and hospice play?
- What does the hospice volunteer do?
- How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?
- How are services provided after hours?
- With which nursing homes does the hospice work?
- How long does it typically take the hospice to enroll someone once the request for services is made?