Enriching the lives of patients and families facing the end of life
VNSNY’s Hospice and Palliative Care provides patients at the end of life and their families with medical and emotional care to promote dignity and quality of life, and offer comfort and support. Charitable donations also support specialized hospice programs like physician fellowships and outreach to those who might not otherwise know about the important benefits this special care provides.
Families often say that they wish their loved one had started hospice care earlier. Specially trained hospice staff understand the importance of this time, so services often free family members from caregiving tasks, allowing them to simply enjoy the time they have left to spend with their loved ones.
VNSNY’s Hospice and Palliative Care offers services to patients in their homes (including nursing homes and assisted living facilities) as well as our Shirley Goodman and Himan Brown Hospice Residence. We are proud to offer specialized programs for military veterans, patients with advanced cardiac disease, and patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Every war veteran has a unique story. VNSNY Hospice Care’s partnership with We Honor Veterans lets hospice veterans like Edward know that their service has not gone unnoticed, and that it is greatly appreciated.
VNSNY’s highly regarded Physician Fellowship Training program offers carefully designed hospice rotations to fellows from eight NYC medical centers. These rotations give the next generation of physicians a unique perspective of hospice in a home health setting. The program also provides medical students with the opportunity to shadow a hospice physician or nurse.
The benefits of hospice care transcend race and religion, but nationwide and in New York City, hospice services are under-utilized by African-Americans and Hispanic individuals. VNSNY’s HOPE (Hospice Outreach Patient and provider Education) responds to this disparity through coordinated outreach and education. HOPE addresses cultural and institutional barriers, working in the Harlem community to strengthen collaborative relationships with faith-based leaders, community-based organizations, and physician and hospital partners to increase awareness of hospice through media, education, outreach, and counseling support.
Volunteers are an integral part of the hands-on comforting care that VNSNY hospice brings to patients and families, and in 2016, more than 350 hospice volunteers provided friendly visits, bereavement support, compassionate touch, and pet therapy visits (as well as office help and support and special hospice events and educational programs). Some volunteers provide Tele-Care, making regular phone calls to family members offering encouragement and support as they care for loved ones at home, and arranging for clinical interventions when appropriate.
Vigil Volunteers address the simple and humanistic goal that no patient will be alone at the end of life. These volunteers receive additional training and may utilize a variety of tools to bring comfort to patients.
Find out more about VNSNY’s Hospice Volunteer program.