Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Hospice Care Services

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Hospice Care Services
Contacting Us is Easy
Simply call us to determine how we can meet your home health care needs. We provide a full range of services to allow you or your loved one peace, comfort, courage and dignity in your own home or in our hospital at LVH-Pocono.

Phone: 570-421-5390
Fax: 570-421-7423
Business Hours: M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm
On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
502 VNA Road
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301


Caring for Your Loved Ones with Skill and Compassion


Coping with Progressive Illness 
At Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Visiting Nurse and Hospice, we are committed to serving you with the highest standards of excellence. Our caring team of specially-trained professionals and volunteers provide Hospice Care Services to patients and families coping with the physical and emotional stresses of a progressive illness.

To make sure your loved one gets the very best care possible, it is important to gather as much information as you can and ask questions. This is a good start to becoming more fully informed about the benefits of hospice care.


What is Hospice?
Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on end-of-life symptom management, relief from pain, and optimal quality of life for the patient.

Hospice is not just a place, it is a program. With hospice, patients can receive care in their home, surrounded by loved ones, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or at an inpatient hospice home. The goal is to offer physical, emotional and spiritual support in a tranquil environment.

When you choose hospice, you are choosing to give your loved one the gift of comfort and dignity in their remaining days. Hundreds of thousands of people choose hospice each year. We are proud to offer this important and meaningful service to our community.


What Types of Services and Support Are Included in Hospice Care?
Hospice care begins when the patient is admitted to our program. Our hospice team provides comprehensive services 24 hours a day, seven days per week, all of which are directed by the patient's physician. Our entire staff is specially trained to meet the diverse needs of the patient and family.

A Caring Team
Our hospice team includes:
  • Physician medical director

  • Registered nurses

  • Social workers

  • Home health aides

  • Chaplains

  • Volunteers

Because hospice seeks to enhance the patient's life, we encourage both the patient and their family to participate in caregiving and decision making, every step of the way.

While not intended to prolong life, hospice care can do much to make this unique time as comfortable and meaningful as possible for everyone involved. Our support services continue throughout the period of bereavement.


From Medicine to Massage
From medical needs to massage therapy, our team is devoted to ensuring the patient's comfort both physically and emotionally.

Our volunteers offer those special touches that help make each day a little brighter for the patient. Whether it's holding a hand or sharing a story, our hospice team is there to help make a vital difference in the patient's life.


Respect for the Patient and the Family
While hospice care is available around the clock, hospice caregivers respect your privacy. We will provide as much, or as little, care and support needed.

Hospice also offers respite care. Simply put, respite care is "time off" for the primary caregiver. It's time to take care of personal needs, catch up with friends, or attend a special event. Respite gives caregivers much-needed time away to rejuvenate themselves.


When Is It Time For Hospice?
When the patient's illness is no longer responding to aggressive, cure-oriented treatments or when the patient needs regular pain relief and requires daily management
of physical symptoms.

While many families wait until the very last days of their loved one's life to seek hospice care, we believe our program is most effective and valuable when started at the moment these transitions take place. In that way, both the patient and family can more fully benefit from all of the services we provide.


How Does Hospice Help Us Deal With Loss?
While no one can fully comprehend the emotions a hospice patient experiences, nor feel the same pain a family member feels, hospice care can offer a welcome "bridge over troubled water."

When family members remain near to their loved one during this time, it helps counteract the fear and anxiety—in both family members and the patient—attached to facing one's mortality. Hospice team members are experienced at addressing difficult emotions such as loneliness, fear, and feelings of abandonment that often arise during this time.

Hospice professionals also offer grief counseling after the patient's death.


Who Pays For Hospice Care?
Hospice Care is covered under Medicare. Many HMO's and private health insurance plans also cover hospice care. Because hospice care is usually provided in a patient's home, without expensive medical equipment, it is often less expensive than conventional care during the last six months of a patient's life. Family, friends, and hospice volunteers provide much of the care at home, eliminating the need for costly round-the-clock medical personnel.

Our Agency Is Ready To Help
The term hospice comes from the Latin word hospes, which means to host a guest or stranger. The name was first used to describe a place of shelter and rest for sick or weary travelers. In Medieval times, a hospice became known as a place where wounded Crusaders could seek refuge. Today, hospice refers to the compassionate, supportive and specialized care we provide to our patients in their last days.

Please call us for more information about our Hospice Care Services: 570-421-5390


Mission Statement
The mission of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Visiting Nurse and Hospice is to provide high quality, cost effective health and supportive services in the home and/or community setting. It is our intention to provide these services to the people of our community regardless of their ability to pay.
Memberships:
  • VNA of PA
  • Pennsylvania Hospice Network
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Certifications/Affiliations:
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of 
  • Healthcare Organizations
  • Medicare and Medicaid Certified
  • Licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • United Way Organization

For additional information about Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care visit: http://www.vnahospiceofmc.org/

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