Palliative Care

Palliative Care means comfort care – emphasizing quality of life while facing a life-threatening illness. Our program focuses on the management of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients with life-threatening and incurable illnesses. and bridges the period of time when a patient wishes the expertise of home care for comfort and symptom control but is not yet ready for hospice care.

Palliative Care is provided by a core interdisciplinary team consisting of the patient’s physician, nurse, medical social worker, and palliative care coordinator in the comfort of the patient’s home. These core services may be supplemented with the support of home health aides, dietician and trained volunteers. Complementary therapies may also be offered.


The following services are provided by our Palliative Care program:

  • Pain and symptom control
  • Skilled nursing care
  • 24 hour telephone availability of Hospice/Palliative Care Nurse
  • Social work / psychosocial counseling
  • Volunteer assistance
  • Bereavement support group

For more information about palliative care or other VNA services, contact us at 908-766-0180.