VNHCH offers a community-based palliative care program, with the goal to serve chronically or terminally ill members of the community. Its interdisciplinary palliative care team provides support with the physical, financial, social, emotional, spiritual, and planning needs often faced by people with chronic illness. It can be started at the time of diagnosis and occur alongside all forms of treatment, but the focus is on easing symptoms without necessarily curing underlying disease.
Palliative care also includes a strong emphasis on educating clients and their families, and providing support and resources for them as they plan for their future.
VNHCH offers free support with advanced care planning, symptom management, and goals of care conversations to support decision-making. Their services are available in the home, residential care facilities, and hospital settings, and families are welcome to call directly to self refer.
Palliative care is available to all people who qualify, it offered as a free service and is not billed to insurance.