Hospice Emphasizes Compassion and Quality of Life
The realization that an illness has progressed beyond recovery is often difficult. At that pivotal turning point, many have found comfort from the VNA Hospice. In fact, our Hospice serves the needs of both patients and their loved ones and 100% of families who received services in the past year said they would recommend the program to others. One of the grateful family members who gives the VNA Hospice high marks is Jim Nolan.
Jim was already functioning as the caregiver for his wife, Gloria, with the help of another home care agency when the transition to hospice became necessary. However, due to a processing error, his hospice request was denied and the Nolans were abruptly left without any home care. Upon the recommendation of the Morris County Office on Aging and the family doctor, the Nolans quickly and confidently turned to the VNA which immediately began providing assistance.
Comprehensive Team Support
In the final months of Gloria’s life, the couple came to rely upon a VNA team that included nurse Judy Van Tassel, certified home health aide Tameka Graham, Chaplain Tim Baughman, volunteers Wanda Asemota and Stephen Rozzelle and a social worker. In addition to Hospice care, the couple requested supplemental VNA private care and support from aide Annette Vilagos, who was seamlessly integrated into their care plan. Jim also developed a warm phone relationship with the Hospice’s administrative assistant, Michele Aquadro, with whom he spoke often.
“The VNA Hospice introduced some very special people into our lives at a most difficult and emotional time,” said Jim, who continues to mourn the loss of his beloved “bride” of 60 years. He finds comfort in ongoing VNA bereavement counseling that includes frequent talks with Chaplain Baughman.