Palliative Care

VNHCH offers a community-based palliative care program, with the goal to serve serious and chronically or terminally ill members of the community. Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering.


What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is delivered in the patient’s home, care facility, hospital, or at a doctor’s office.


Our interdisciplinary palliative care team provides support for the physical, financial, social, emotional, spiritual, and planning needs often faced by people with chronic conditions. Care can be started anytime during the disease process, with a focus on improving symptoms and increasing quality of life. Palliative care 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 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, or any of your healthcare providers may make a referral.


For clients living with dementia or cognitive impairment, we offer services through a grant program from the Administration for Community Living.

Dementia Palliative Care program services may include:
• Cognitive assessments
• Education about dementia – diagnosis, disease progression, caregiving tips
• Caregiver support – problem solving and respite strategies
• Long term care planning
• Referrals to home and community services
• Communication with client’s health care providers and community partners


Palliative care is offered as a free service and is not billed to insurance. Our Dementia Palliative Care program is supported by a Federal grant from the Administration for Community Living.

To learn more about our palliative care programs, call 603-356-7006 or request a home or telephone consultation using the Contact Us Form here.