Hospice Care

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Common Myths of Hospice

HospiceHospice care enables patients and their families or caregivers to make the most of the time remaining after curative treatment. At GVNA HealthCare, we believe that every hospice patient deserves compassionate care at the end-of-life and the peace and dignity that comes with receiving care in familiar surroundings - whether it's the  patient's own home, a nursing facility, or with family.

Hospice care involves a patient-centered approach that includes a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, a chaplain and trained volunteers providing expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to patients' and their families' or caregivers' needs and wishes.

Our skilled and caring hospice team works collaboratively, focusing on the dying patient's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs while keeping the patient as comfortable as possible and supporting caregivers during the illness and after their loved one's death.

Program Services

Our team of clinicians and volunteers provides regular visits to a patient's residence, assisting with pain and symptom control, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of dying, and providing needed medications, medical supplies and equipment. Our team includes registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care and bereavement counselors, and other specialists as needed. Trained volunteers are also available to provide additional support. Hospice nursing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide around-the-clock support.

Hospice care is coordinated through the registered nurse and team, working in partnership with the patient's own physician and the hospice medical director. The patient's status is monitored daily, with a focus on maintaining comfort and quality of life. GVNA HealthCare also offers specially trained volunteers (upon availability) in complementary care treatments such as massage therapy and Reiki.

Bereavement support to surviving loved ones continues for 12 months following the death of the patient. Through visits, phone calls, regular mailings, and support groups or referrals, hospice seeks to support the natural grieving process. Participation is voluntary and can vary depending on the needs of each survivor.

Program Benefits:

  • Enables an individual to remain at home and in the presence of loved ones at the end of life
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Focuses on comfort rather than cure, following each person's wishes for living life to the end of their days
  • Equips and supports family members for the care-giving role, offering the coaching and other resources needed to provide quality care
  • Provides coordination of care with all providers involved

Service Locations:

Hospice care can be provided wherever patients reside. This can be at home, in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, residential group homes or with family.

Program Eligibility:

  • Diagnosis of terminal illness
  • Patient no longer receiving curative treatment
  • The goals of treatment are primarily pain and symptom control

Payment Methods:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private insurance
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Public and private funding


Referrals can be made by physicians, case managers, discharge planners, hospitals, clergy, friends, family or self-referral.


We are always looking for caring, committed individuals willing to volunteer their time and effort to helping others. If you are interested in making a difference in the health and well-being of your community, please contact us at 978-632-1230 or 800-382-7305.  GVNA HealthCare is committed to our volunteers and offers training to fully prepare you for this wonderful experience.

To volunteer in our Hospice Program, contact Dawn Lielasus at (978) 632-1230, Ext. 340 or (800) 382-7305 or fill out an application.

Office Hours:

24/7 availability
GVNA HealthCare office hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday

How to Contact Us:

Karen Bernhardt, BSRN, MA

Hospice Program Director
978-632-1230 x321 or 800-382-7305 (voice mail is confidential)



For more information about GVNA HealthCare and our services, please contact us, or for more immediate assistance, call 978-632-1230

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