The Adult Education Committee sponsored a presentation by VNA Hospice Clinical Manager, Amanda Matthew, RN CHPN Sunday, January 27, 2019, in the Family Life Center. Those who attended the presentation found it helpful and informative.
Robert Frost said, “Hope does not lie in a way out but in a way through.” And that is exactly what the VNA offers families needing care for their loved ones in times of crisis. VNA is patient and family focused and offers an interdisciplinary approach to end-of-life care. They offer options in crisis situations, symptom management, teaching and support, as well as, long-term support following death. Respite care, acute level hospice for short periods of time in a hospital setting, crisis intervention in the home, or the Josie Harper Hospice House are options available to families.
VNA Hospice is Medicare reimbursed. There is no cost to the patient with Medicare/Medicaid. MD, RN, SW, CAN, Chaplain, PT/OT, ST, RD, volunteers, and bereavement councilors are available 24/7. Durable medical equipment, medications related to terminal diagnosis, and bringing the hospital home are part of their care.
VNA partners with numerous facilities throughout the metro area. A wonderful volunteer program ensures many patients a comforting quality of life during their last days. Visits, phone support, grief groups, memorial service and newsletters are just of few of the many great services offered by the VNA.
Dame Cicely Saunders said, “You matter because you are you, and you matter until the last moment of your life.”
A huge thank you to Darla Langendorfer for making the arrangements for this very informative presentation.