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Initiating Conversations About Home Care and Hospice

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Initiating the Home Care Conversation

Once you have identified a patient eligible for home care and made a referral, it is important that the patient and family follow through on your plan of care. However, many patients are unaware of:

  • What professional home health care is, and what benefits it offers
  • Why it is being prescribed for them
  • The extent of the clinical care VNSNY can provide
  • The efficacy of home health care

You can support your patient’s recovery by explaining the role and importance of home health care in:

  • Supporting patients within the community and at home
  • Assisting with adherence to the plan of care
  • Enhancing recovery

Below are some additional tools and resources to help your patients understand the role of home care and what to expect:

  • “Home from the Hospital with VNSNY”
    This short educational video will help answer any questions your patients might have about what to expect when services begin.

  • “How to Recognize When Your Parents Need Home Health Care”
    This brief video can help your patients and their families understand the circumstances when home health care may be appropriate.


Initiating the Hospice Conversation

While starting a conversation about hospice with patients and their families can be difficult, the sooner the discussion begins, the sooner patients can get the care they need. The following questions often help start productive conversation:

  • What is your understanding of your disease?
  • What are your expectations/goals for the future?
  • What is most important to you at this time?
  • What treatment/care options are you considering?

Below are some additional tools and resources to support you:

Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) Tool

The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is a reliable and proven tool that enables clinicians to gauge a patient’s progression towards end of life. It is especially helpful in timing goals-of-care conversations with patients and their families.

Additional Hospice Resources

For more information about end-of-life care and advance care planning, we recommend the following websites:

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