VITAS Advantage: Complex Modalities for Patients in Nursing Homes

Residents who require complex interventions and therapies that are difficult to deliver outside of a hospital can benefit from VITAS’ hospice expertise.
Is Your Patient Hospice-Eligible?

How VITAS Helps You

If your resident’s symptoms are difficult to control and result in multiple hospitalizations or trips to the ED, their goals of care may seem like unattainable wishes.

VITAS is equipped to care for your residents who require complex modalities to treat their aggressive symptoms—patients for whom other hospice programs may lack resources or expertise to provide the necessary care, and who typically are not considered suitable for in-place care at a nursing home.

Led by our full-time medical directors, our physicians tailor care plans to residents’ wishes and goals near the end of life, producing more favorable outcomes for our patients, families and caregivers, and fewer trips by your residents to the hospital or ED. VITAS partners with your residents’ specialists and primary care physicians to facilitate hospice access and provide the smoothest transition possible.

Open Formulary With 24/7 Clinical Support 

VITAS has the tools and expertise to support any patient whose need for high-acuity care requires complex modalities. No matter how aggressive your resident’s symptoms, VITAS offers hospice and palliative care solutions and protocols that many other hospice providers do not, including but not limited to:

Intravenous therapies for pain management, hydration, antibiotics, etc.

  • Paracentesis and thoracentesis
  • Chest tube/PleurX
  • High-flow oxygen therapy
  • Palliative blood transfusions
  • BiPAP, CPAP and Trilogy non-invasive ventilation
  • PEG-tube care and tube feedings

With VITAS, your residents have access to any medication related to their terminal diagnosis–and your staff always has support. VITAS clinicians are always available to answer questions and educate your staff. When a VITAS patient in your facility becomes acutely symptomatic or noncompliant, VITAS can send a clinician at any time–day, evening, weekend or holiday–to provide assistance and administer medication.

Expert Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care

VITAS is prepared to meet the unique needs of patients who have Alzheimer’s/dementia and who wish to remain where they live. Our interdisciplinary team develops a care plan with the advice and consent of your resident’s neurologist or other physician; a team manager coordinates the flow of information between our personnel and your staff.

VITAS is prepared to administer antipsychotics when a patient’s condition requires them; our proprietary protocol typically reduces patient reliance on antipsychotics.