Hospice provides specialized care for people with a limited life expectancy and their families, focusing on meeting their physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs. Hospice is a philosophy of care that emphasizes the importance of living each day to the fullest in ways that are personal and meaningful; and receiving support and guidance in learning to accept death as a natural part of life. Since the development of our hospice program in 1991, we have helped thousands of individuals and family members cope with the challenges of making the journey from life to death.
Hospice care is provided in portions of the VNA Plus service area in homes, in long-term care facilities, or in the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center, located within the VNA Plus building at 610 E. Walnut Street in Evansville, Indiana. The hospice team, which is on-call 24 hours a day, includes the medical director, the patient’s personal physician, physical, occupational and speech therapists, a dietitian, certified home care aides, medical social workers, a pharmacist, and spiritual care counselors to provide support and professional guidance in coping with serious illness, separation and death. Hospice volunteers also play an important role, visiting with patients, providing respite for the family, assisting with errands and other activities, and performing clerical duties.
Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance provide a hospice benefit for eligible patients that covers the cost of medications, medical equipment and services provided by the hospice team. VNA Plus staff can assist families in evaluating insurance benefits prior to starting hospice services. As a not-for-profit, United Way agency, we also offer additional options for financial assistance for those in need.
Our hospice care does not end when the patient dies; bereavement support is extended to family members and loved ones who must go on with their lives after the loss. This service is provided for one full year following the death to those who wish to receive ongoing support. You are welcome to view Frequently Asked Hospice Questions for more information.