End of Life Care

Michigan Visiting Nurses does not have a hospice program; however patients who do not choose or who are not eligible for hospice may consider MVN Palliative services.

Palliative care is comfort care, which allows the patient to pursue or continue treatment. It endeavors to minimize the stress of emotional and physical issues by reducing and/or eliminating pain. Comfort care for those suffering with life limiting illnesses can enhance the quality of life, allowing more energy to be spent interacting with family and friends.

The goal of the Michigan Visiting Nurses Palliative Care Services is to offer patients and their families treatment, comfort and support. The objectives are to provide a specialized program, which emphasizes pain and symptom control and enables patients and families to continue to function in their home at their maximum potential.

 Palliative services offered by MVN

  • Assessment and monitoring of symptoms
  • Patient and family education
  • Evaluation of the home environment
  • Symptom management
  • End of life issues
  • Volunteer services
  • Timely hospice referral if needed and requested
  • Coordination of care among specialties
  • Skilled nursing
  • Personal Care
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Social Work
  • 24 hour on call phone consultation.

The patient's physician must agree to work with the MVN team and support the patient's decision to receive Home Palliative Care. He/she will provide orders and direct the care.

Medicare and other insurance plans cover some MVN services. Treatment services are often covered by insurance; however support services may require private pay. The patient and family will be informed of their financial responsibility for services not covered by third party payers. MVN will assist patients and families to explore financial support based on need.

If at any time the patient wishes to be referred to hospice services, MVN staff will provide them with information and refer them to the hospice of their choice.