Hospice Care

We believe that each individual and their loved ones deserve to live fully during the final phase of life. This means different things to different people. Our goal is to help you meet your needs: comfort, respect, joy and support.

We want to support you through all the hellos and good-byes, the situations in which you need to say I forgive you, I forgive myself, I thank you, and I love you.

We believe you deserve the most advanced medical support and symptom management with the most basic of human caring.

Death is a natural conclusion of each of our lives on earth. This final road can be a powerful experience. We would like to help.

Hospice eligibility

The hospice program is available to anyone who chooses comfort care in the face of life-threatening illness. Patients are welcome regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin or diagnosis.

The hospice team

Our interdisciplinary team is composed of you, your physician, our Hospice Medical Director, specially qualified and caring nurses, a case manager, a dietitian, therapists, clergy and volunteers. These professionals work with you in a coordinated way so that care is planned, implemented and evaluated based on your individual needs and wishes. Each member of the team believes in the purpose and goals of hospice care. They have received in-depth training to meet the physical, spiritual, and social challenges of the hospice experience.

Our hospice team also works closely with Connecticut Valley Home Care and the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire for an effective range of care.

Our hospice services

  • All of the resources of the hospital
  • Annual memorial service
  • Bereavement resources
  • Coordinated care planning
  • Memorial recognition
  • Nationally-certified hospice registered nurses
  • Pain management program
  • Recreational therapy
  • Spiritual support
  • Symptom management program
  • Vigil Companions program

Vigil Companions Program

Vigil Companions are caring community members who have graduated from a nationally recognized hospice volunteer certification course.

The purpose of the Vigil Companions program is to provide calm and comforting support to dying patients in Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center during the last days of their life. Vigil Companions are prepared to stay with patients who have limited support, to sit by their side in vigil during the last days or hours of their life. They are also prepared to relieve family members who need respite during the end-of-life vigil.

This pool of volunteers may only be able to respond in a limited capacity and should not be expected to provide 24-hour patient support.

Hospice Journal

The Hospice Journal (DOC) is a document designed to help you and your loved ones remember, relive and resolve life issues that are important to you. Please use the Hospice Journal in any way that is helpful.