What is Hospice?

Hospice is a patient-centered philosophy of care including expert medical treatment, pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support centered on your, or your family member’s, needs and wishes.

Hospice care is available wherever you reside – in your home, in an extended nursing home or assisted living facility, in the hospital, or in the newly renovated McClure Miller VNA Respite House, Vermont’s only in-patient hospice facility located in Colchester and run by our partner Visiting Nurse Association, the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.


When is it time to begin hospice?

Hospice cares for you or your family member in the last months of life. It allows you to live comfortably, surrounded by loved ones and the familiar sounds and smells of home.

When you, or your family member, is coping with a serious illness, and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care that most people say they want at the end of life.


Hospice Care Services

To support you and your family, hospice care may provide:

  • Expert pain and symptom management from experienced nurses
  • Medications related to your hospice diagnosis
  • Medical supplies and equipment (e.g. hospital bed, oxygen, bedside commode, wheelchair)
  • Personal care and comfort measures
  • Respite for family caregivers
  • Spiritual and emotional support for you and your family
  • Light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry
  • Bereavement support for surviving family members
  • Coordination of short-term inpatient care if pain or other symptoms become too difficult to manage at home

Care is delivered by a team of professionals including nurses, social workers, licensed nursing assistants, trained volunteers, chaplains, support staff, a bereavement coordinator, and physician.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about hospice?

Call our Hospice Manager, Jewlene Griffin, RN, or use the contact form to the upper right.