Bringing comfort and care at the most important of times
At RVNA, we understand that every moment counts.
Our mission is to keep our patients and their families as comfortable as possible – physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We work to manage symptoms and offer services so that our patients may treasure their time and share it with those they love the most.
The RVNA Hospice team serves patients in their homes – be they private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals. We are honored to provide our hospice families with expertise, kindness, and comfort.
Our Hospice Services:
RVNA Hospice Services
Hospice care offers unique services tailored to match the needs of each individual and family. Hospice by RVNA offers the following services to all our patients:
- Expert Medical Care and Symptom Management
- On Call 24/7 Physician, Nursing and Pharmacy Support
- Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Support
- Personal Care to Support Daily Living Activities
- Social Worker Services
- Medical Equipment, Supplies, and Medication related to Terminal Illnesses
- Access to Financial, Legal, and Transportation Resources
- Caregiver Support and Counseling for Family and Friends
- Access to RVNA Hospice Volunteers
- Bereavement Support for 13 Months
- Seamless Access to RVNA’s family of Health Services: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapists, and Non-Medical Caregivers
Our Hospice Team Members:
The RVNA Hospice Team is an extraordinary group of people. True professional hospice experts with skill, competence, compassion, and kindness.
And they have even more. They know that Hospice is the time of life where they can make a real difference. They have the words. The depth of feeling. The experience and insights to help in just the right way. Which is different for everybody and every family.
Each RVNA Hospice team includes the following members:
- Medical Director
- Care Manager
- Registered Nurse
- Social Worker
- Spiritual Coordinator
- Bereavement Coordinator
The RVNA Hospice team also has the backing of the entire RVNA family of services, including skilled nursing, non-medical caregiving, and in-home therapies. Many of our Hospice patients already know RVNA through these services. And these services remain available, as appropriate, to complement our Hospice care.
Meet the RVNA Hospice Team:
Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPCA
Chief Clinical Officer
Cynthia Merritt, MSW, LCSW
Hospice Social Worker
Carrie Oram, RN, BSN, CHPN
Hospice Clinical Supervisor
Christine Palmer RN, BSN, CHPN
Betty Avery, RN, BSN
Hospice Nurse Case Manager
Theodore Kutzy, MD
Hospice Medical Director
FAQs about Hospice:
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a special type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care focuses on managing symptoms and pain and helping patients and their families to be as comfortable as possible – physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Who is eligible for Hospice Care?
Individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of six months or less. One needn’t be homebound to receive hospice services.
When is it time for Hospice Care?
Hospice care is typically recommended when a physician is offering a life expectancy of six months or less, depending on the course of the disease. Patients and families benefit most when their symptoms are managed earlier during their disease process rather than later.
Who Pays for Hospice Care?
Most private insurance plans cover hospice care expenses related to the terminal diagnosis, as do Medicare and Medicaid.
Myths About Hospice Care:
Hospice care is very beneficial to patients and their loved ones. But it is often misunderstood. Following are common myths about hospice care that are not true.
Myth: Hospice care quickens end of life.
Fact: Hospice neither hastens nor slows end of life. Hospice is a means of healing and providing relief so that patients may focus on quality of life.
Myth: Hospice is solely for cancer patients.
Fact: RVNA Hospice cares for patients with cancer and other chronic illness.
Myth: Hospice is only for patients nearing death.
Fact: Patients with a 6-month or less prognosis may be cared for through Hospice services.
Myth: Hospice is far too expensive for a patient and their family.
Fact: Hospice care is covered by most insurance companies and Medicare, Medicaid and other plans.
Myth: It is difficult for a patient to obtain Hospice care.
Fact: RVNA will guide you through the steps toward Hospice care. You and your family are provided with a medical support team and access to our family of Health Services: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapists, and Non-Medical Caregivers.
Myth: Hospice care ends when the patient passes away.
Fact: RVNA offers bereavement support to family members up to 13-months after the passing of a loved one.