This page applies to our hospice agencies as follows
Centre Crossings Hospice - State College, Pa and surrounding areas
Hospice: The Bridge - Lewistown, Pa and surrounding areas
VNA Health System Crossings Hospice - Shamokin, Pa and surrounding areas
Crossings Hospice of the VNA - Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas
The end-of-life is the most difficult of circumstances to face. VNA Health System
Crossings Hospice program is designed to support terminally ill patients and their
families during this trying time.
Patients receive care through difficult physical discomfort and support for emotional
distress. Our approach is one based on respect to preserve dignity for our patient
when the end is near.
Frequently Asked Questions
deemed terminal with a prognosis of six months or less. The Hospice Team’s
primary focus will be to manager your symptoms and provide comfort care.
care facility, personal care home and even a hospital. If a patient requires
hospitalization to stabilize a symptom, it is usually an inpatient short-stay.
However, the majority of symptoms can be managed appropriately in a
home-like setting, which eliminates the stress of a hospitalization.
Patients do not need to be home-bound to receive hospice care.
hospice programs are found throughout the area. However, Crossings Hospice is
about living life to the fullest. We encourage patients to do what they enjoy as long
as they are able. Hospice care does not confine a patient to their home.
Our Hospice Team provides supportive care to ensure quality of life.
a choice. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, allow for
re-activation of a hospice benefit.
symptoms which allow the stages of an illness to unfold as comfortable as possible
while alleviating suffering. However, a nurse on our Hospice Team can be reached
24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergent situations.
A Hospice Team focused on you
Crossings Hospice recognizes that every patient’s care plan is unique, and our
hospice team will address their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs so
that a continuum of care is constant.
professionals to formulate your individualized plan of care in accordance with your
physician’s orders. Our team ranges in disciplines from skilled nursing care to
therapy modalities to spiritual counseling. We deliver compassionate care, which
is focused on our patient’s wants and desires to improve their quality of life.
Hospice Care Team
Stress can be overwhelming for a family and caregiver when faced with a terminal
illness. Our program offers additional help the caregiver can rely on. Caregivers
need time to rest and relax. Hospice aides are available to help with personal care
tasks such as bathing and light housekeeping. Crossings Hospice also provides
families and caregivers with education on necessary skills to care for a loved one
who is terminal. We are here to lend supportive assistance and help families and
caregivers cope with the end of life.
At the end of life, the patient’s family and caregiver are not forgotten.
VNA Health System hosts a Bereavement Support Group for family members and
caregivers. Through group support, families and caregivers can share experiences
and assist one another through the grief process.
cope with loss. Our Hospice Team stays in touch with you to lend support during
the next year as you acclimate to the changes in your life.
Crossings Hospice Services
(in accordance with diagnosis and care plan)