When it’s time for hospice, insist on a referral to VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice.

Choices. Control. Comfort.

Hospice is care focused on quality of life, not on death. We offer a holistic plan of care comprised of symptom management rather than curative treatment. We offer personal and medical care enhanced by therapies to address all needs ranging from those of the body to those of the spirit and mind. Our interdisciplinary team partners with you and your family/caregivers to create a plan of care that matches your diagnosis and provides comfort and support with dignity and respect so you can enjoy precious moments with your loved ones.

Our Hospice Care team includes registered nurses, a hospice physician, home health aides, social workers, volunteers, bereavement counselors and spiritual counselors.

When we can help

Hospice care is meant for when a physician has determined an individual has a prognosis of six months or less. The time to start thinking about hospice is before you think you need it. We’re happy to meet with you and your family – as well as to include your primary care physician – to discuss what care we can provide when the time comes. This way you can feel secure and prepared if you reach the point when hospice is required. Although many equate hospice care with final days of life, it is designed to support patients and their families from the moment it is determined that a cure is no longer an option so the precious time with one another can be enjoyed.

Hospice care is not limited to cancer patients, but also meant for those living with cardiac or lung diseases, dementia or other chronic issues. Once a decision to seek hospice care is made, we work with you and your family to help you stay at home – in your house, assisted living or skilled nursing facility – wherever you call home.

Levels of Care

  • Routine care at home: Hospice team members visit the patient’s home/residence as needed to offer services
  • General inpatient care: For pain or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in the home
  • Inpatient respite care: Provides temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver
  • Continuous home care: Between 8 and 24 hours of care provided in the home to manage uncontrolled pain or other acute medical symptoms

Plan of Care

Our services include a nurse on call 24/7, pain and symptom management, location of resources, medical supply and equipment arrangements and a variety of offerings such as massage, reiki, reflexology  and pet, music and art therapy. We work together with families and caregivers to offer the level of care required in a private way that is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Patients can expect:

Managing expenses

Medicare Part A, Medicaid and many private insurance plans cover Hospice care at home, which reduces out of pocket expenses.

Contact us to learn more: 203.458.4200 or email

Enhancements to our hospice program not covered by insurance – including comfort items and experiences for our patients – are supported, in part, by a grant from the Branford Community Foundation, as well as by individual donors.