The Benefits of Hospice in Nursing Homes and Facilities

VITAS brings unparalleled clinical expertise, extensive knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid nursing facility regulations, and the ability to integrate the provision of hospice care into the nursing facility environment.

As an experienced partner with episode-based providers, VITAS offers a full range of services to positively impact your nursing facility's (NF) performance and quality metrics. From individualized care plans and regular team visits by our hospice experts to educational programs and ongoing grief and bereavement support for your residents and staff, VITAS supports your clinical staff to facilitate positive outcomes.

RELATED: Medicaid Managed Care and Hospice

How VITAS Can Help Nursing Facilities

  • We support the concept of “aging in place” by bringing hospice care to your residents and avoiding unnecessary/disruptive care transitions.
  • We understand death and dying, including adjusting medications as a resident declines and providing appropriate death attendance, an expedited death certificate and coordination with the funeral home.
  • We offer free CE training for your staff about the role of hospice and we educate our staff about working in nursing facilities.
  • We provide Minimum Data Set coordination to meet federal requirements and hospice patient needs.
  • Our knowledgeable representatives bring pre- and on-site survey and certification assistance to assure positive outcomes.

How We Help Your Residents

  • We meet the physical and psychosocial end-of-life needs of the resident who qualifies for hospice and their family.
  • We staff 24-hour continuous care at the bedside when medically necessary to avoid 911 calls and to keep a resident out of the emergency department and hospital.
  • We provide medications, supplies and DME related to the resident’s hospice diagnosis.
  • We staff a 24/7 Telecare line to ensure that a hospice clinician answers every call, whether to advise your staff or dispatch a team member to your facility day or night.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your patient ready for hospice?